Skincare routine update January 2019

Skincare routine update January 2019

A lot has changed since I shared my “Current Skincare Routine” — I became vegetarian and started re-introducing some dairy and soy into my diet, we moved to Seattle, and I turned 27. Each of those things on their own might not make a huge change, but all of them combined meant I spent the better part of Fall 2018 re-tooling my routine and habits to keep things hydrated, smooth and glowing. Add in trying to make educated choices about what is in the products I put on my skin and trying to swap to some more natural and/ or non-toxic products and we have a whole new routine on our hands! It’s gotten a little complicated (and definitely a little bit of an investment), but I found some new products I love, and swapped out ones I was unimpressed with and wanted to share.




  • Cleanser: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (this is my favorite, ride or die. The only cleanser that doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped), usually post workout in the shower.

  • Exfoliating: I used to exfoliate like a crazy person, convinced that getting all of the oil off my skin was the way to clear skin. lol @ 16 to 23 year old me. These days it’s much calmer.

    • Chemical Exfoliating: I use Glossier “The Solution” most days; (Post shower, use 1/2 a cotton ball to apply Glossier "the Solution" all over face; I only do this once a day, and skip it a few days after using a more intense chemical exfoliator mask. Consistently using this product is the one thing that has helped me manage my acne as an adult. It is truly worth every penny.

    • a few times a month if my skin is flaky I use a physical exfoliator; I swapped out Dermalogica’s daily microfoliant for their superfoliant and have been loving it.

  • Toner: Spritz face with Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner (when I remember) - also a big far of the Lather Rose toner.

  • Serums: This is kind of a hodgepoge based on how my skin is doing.

    • Daily go-to (morning and night); Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Oil. It’s pricy, it’s fancy, and I swear it’s made of magic. I’ve been using it about five months and it’s taken most of my other serums out of the rotation. Definitely would recommend if you’re looking for an investment in the natural skincare department.

    • Others I love:

      • I stopped using all the Glossier Serums ($$$$$) and swapped them out for Nicinamide +Zinc (for any congestion or breakouts) and Hyaluronic Acid (for hydration) from The Ordinary. Cheaper and better quality!

      • Demalogica Biolumin-C Serum; Use a few times a month at night for brightening!

    • apply in light circular strokes outwards and upwards, pressing gently and not tugging or pulling on your skin (or so the internet tells me).

  • Moisturize: For a place that rains as much as it does, Seattle is weirdly dry and I spent a lot of Fall 2018 trying to get my skin to stop looking and feeling like a lizard.

  • Let dry/ absorb while I am distracted detangling my hair.

  • Sunscreen: Add Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 35 (let's be honest, I remember this approximately less than half the time, but sunscreen is still important, even when I live somewhere with 300 days of clouds a year!)



This used to be where my skincare routine fell off the rails and the best laid plans gave way to laziness and late nights, but something about getting a puppy that has me ready for bed by 9 pm and up around 6 and turning the geriatric old age of 27 has made this the place where my routine SHINES.

  • Cleanser: Wash face/ remove makeup with Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser + Lather Blue Chamomile Makeup Remover

  • Toner: a few spritzes Odacite Rose + Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing Mist

  • Serum: Pat Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Oil on skin- add extra to dry spots!

  • Acne situation: Add Clean & Clear spot treatment when/ where needed. (the OG drugstore spot treatment still works better than anything else I have tried.)

    • I also have the Glossier Zit Stick; consensus is that Clean & Clear is faster, the Zit Stick tends to be more effective at cystic type acne, which I luckily have not had for a few years. I still use the Zit Stick, but probably won’t buy again.

  • Moisturizer(s): Y’all my skin is THIRSTY.

    • Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call (same with the Botanical Cell oil— it’s pricy but I love it). Let soak in while I brush my teeth, and take vitamin d , multi-vitamin and magnesium.

    • Top with 1-2 pumps Dermalogica Sleep Cocoon.

  • Apply Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift underneath eyes when I remember

  • Get some beauty sleep!


Fun Extras & Splurges

  • Hydrating Masks

    • : DNA Renewal DNA Restoring Mask - literally feels like you have baby skin after using it.

    • Ahava Hydration Cream Mask - I like the DNA Renewal Mask best, but this is a close second— feels hydrating without being oily.

    • Lululun sheet masks: I picked up a bunch when we were in Japan and have been obsessed ever since. I have the Pink (Hydrating) and Blue (Deep Moisturizing), but before you cop any of the other colors make sure you do your research; some of them containing “whitening” ingredients!

  • Mask for congestion clearing: Clinique City Block Purifying

  • Biggest Splurges (#worthit)

    • Drunk Elephant Baby Facial + Luxary Marula Oil; Holy Hell. I didn’t believe the hype but I got the trial size duo for Christmas and you can bet your ass I’m about to be spending all my money on this from now for forever. Baby facial is a serious chemical exfoliating mask meant to refine texture, brighten, and generally give you the skin of a small baby child. I use it once a week for 20 minutes and follow it immediately with the Marula Oil, an ultra hydrating moisturizer, and like 20 gallons of water.

    • Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo ( a hydrating and firming serum/ oil for normal to sensitive skin. great trial size before committing to full size). LOVE. Have been subbing in for my morning serum since Christmas and will more than likely shell out for the full sizes.

    • May Lindrstrom Clean Mud (mixed with rosewater) followed by Youth Dew.

  • Vitamins and supplements: Since I became vegetarian and started eating small amounts of dairy again I’ve been making sure I am eating all the nutrients I need for healthy skin hair and nails (and supplementing when necessary!).

    • Hair, skin & nails biotin Vegetarian gummies from CVS brand: Might just be that I’m a fan of gummies but I like them (and the added boost of B12 that is hard to get in veggie diets)



Minimal Make-up

I wear less and less makeup the older I get and it’s the best.

  • Eyebrows make the outfit; Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

  • Clean and Clear Acne Spot Treatment -- always, y'all.

  • 100% Pure Eye masks (for special occasions and red eye flights) and Coffee Bean Caffeinated Eye Cream (all. day.)

  • Liquid Eyeliner: Sephora collection 12 hour Waterproof liquid eyeliner in black.

  • Mascara

    • Everyday: Glossier Lash Slick — I love that it’s minimal and comes off easily in the shower, but I wish it was a little more volumizing for my skinny ass lashes.

    • Fancy Occasions: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara in black

  • Ritual de Fille highlighter in Phosphene

  • Not Pictured but always on rotation when I can remember; Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff

Like I said- it’s getting fancier and more complicated, but I am also starting to have so much more FUN taking care of my skin. It feels like a gift and a special way to take care of myself after YEARS of feeling uncomfortable with my skin and spending money on products that didn’t work. Would love to hear your thoughts, or any other favorite products y’all have!

Linked products for y'all , or available via my Amazon Page

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