My Current Skincare Routine (Morning and Night)

Recently, my passion for the beauty industry has shifted more towards skincare than dramatic makeup looks. While I still love makeup and enjoy its opportunity for artistic creativity, I have really been making skincare my #1 priority. After all, having skin is the key to a great makeup day!

I have tried so many different skincare products and am finally 100% content with my current routine. I use very simple, natural products and they have made the biggest difference for my skin. I currently have NO TEXTURE and NO ACNE! Occasionally I will get a little hormonal pimple, but it goes away in a day or two if I keep up this routine.

I have oily skin, but these products (with the exception of a couple) can be used for all skin types. I am not an esthetician or have any kind of professional training when it comes to skincare, but this routine has worked so well for me and I wanted to share!

My Morning Skincare Routine

Step 1: Cleanse with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

  • This cleanser is meant for normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin, the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a great option!
  • This cleanser contains hyaluronic acid and has a liquid/gel texture
  • Sometimes, I will also just splash my face with water and skip cleanser in the morning.

Step 2: Tone with Witch Hazel/ Apple Cider Vinegar 

  • One of the worst things you can do for your skin is use a harsh astringent that contains alcohol. Witch Hazel is an all-natural toner/astringent and is completely alcohol free.
  • I will alternate between Witch Hazel and Apple Cider Vinegar for this step.

Step 3: Moisturize with the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

  • This is a lightweight moisturizing lotion and is great for all skin types!
  • Contains hyaluronic acid as well.
  • I also mix in my daily facial sunscreen with the moisturizer just to save a step.

*** ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN ***

*** Once a day, I will apply a Manuka Honey mask. I use pure Manuka Honey and will leave this on for at least 30 minutes/ 1 hour. I have an entire post dedicated to my love for Manuka Honey and how much it has helped my skin so check it out!

My Evening Skincare Routine

Step 1: Oil cleanse with 100% pure Sweet Almond Oil

  • I do this regardless of whether or not I am wearing makeup that day. This oil works great for breaking down makeup (you can also use coconut oil, but almond oil is not as heavy).
  • I like to oil cleanse before using my normal cleanser because I find that it makes my skin softer and actually helps my skin to produce less oil naturally.

Step 2: Cleanse with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

  • This breaks down the oil really well, but you could also dampen a washcloth with warm water to gently remove the oil before this step.

Step 3: Tone with the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner 

  • This toner is great if you have textured skin and/ or acne scarring.
  • I NEVER use an exfoliant scrub on my face because it is way too harsh and can actually irritate the skin and cause more acne/ scarring.
  • Glycolic acid is an amazing chemical exfoliant and I have found that this toner has really reduced my acne scarring drastically. It also works great with helping new pimples to go away quickly without leaving a mark.

Step 4: Moisturize with the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion + Rosehip Seed Oil

  • To boost the moisturizing benefits even more at night, I add in a few drops of 100% Rosehip Seed Oil to that same moisturizer. The oil absorbs really well into the skin and is great for acne scarring and has amazing anti-aging benefits.
  • If you have dry skin, I recommend the CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream. This is a very thick and luxurious moisturizer that will help get rid of any dry patches you might have. I have gone through 2 jars of this stuff and I even love it with my oily skin!

*** As an added beauty tip, I will use a clean mascara wand to apply Vaseline to my lashes every night before I go to sleep. This has made my lashes grow like crazy!

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Coconut Oil vs. Sweet Almond Oil

Everyone knows that coconut oil and sweet almond oil have so many different uses in a beauty routine and are very multi- purposeful. I am just going to break down what these oils can be used for and kind of compare and contrast them.

These are the ways that I use Coconut Oil (I get mine from Trader Joe’s for about $10):

  • Hair mask- massage into the scalp and on the ends of that hair after shampooing, leave in for about 5 minutes, then rinse out completely.
  • Great face and body moisturizer
  • The one that everybody knows- makeup remover! This is the best makeup remover I have ever tried. Every time I use this to take off my eye makeup, no matter how waterproof it is, I NEVER wake up with black smudges under my eyes. It gets any kind of makeup completely off and is gentle on the eyes. It is also good for your lashes and over time, if will make your lashes thicker and longer.
  • Body scrub- mix some leftover coffee grounds in with coconut oil and use it as a body scrub! This will moisturize and make your skin extremely soft.

These are the ways that I use Sweet Almond Oil ($8):

  • Makeup remover (sometimes)- this does a pretty good job, but I have to work a little harder than when I use the coconut oil.
  • Face and body moisturizer- I actually use this more often as my face and body moisturizer more often than the coconut oil because I feel it sinks into the skin better and gives the skin a natural glow.
  • Under- eye cream- This stuff is awesome for dark circles! I applied this every night before going to sleep for about two weeks and noticed a big difference. My dark circles were not as bad and my eyes not puffy at all.
  • Acne scarring- I apply the oil as my moisturizer after my face cleanser at night before going to sleep and noticed that it has diminished the appearance of acne scarring.

Overall, these two oils share a lot of the same benefits, but I do like one better than the other for certain things. Recently, I have been reaching for the sweet almond oil more often because it is a liquid all the time (coconut oil will change from solid to liquid depending on the temperature) and does not have a scent. When it comes to skin care, being as natural as possible is extremely important! Both of these oils are great for any skin type and will definitely improve the quality of your skin (face and body).