I hate to admit this or say it out loud but, I used to be the girl who NEVER took her makeup off at night. I washed my face in the morning slapped on some moisturizer, some makeup and called it a day! Sometimes I would take a makeup removing wipe to it before bed but that was the extent of it. I was lucky to have good skin growing up and well into my 20’s so why would I change my habits? Because I had a baby that’s why.
Gone were the days that my skin looked great when I woke with my makeup still on and hello fine lines, pores, and dark spots. In the past year and a half, I have aged what feels like 10 years thanks to stress, sleepless nights and yes lack of a proper skin care regimen, oh and probably copious amounts of chocolate.
So recently (yes, this decision did not happen overnight, I fought it tooth and nail) I decided to start taking care of my skin. I decided this for a few reasons; of course, I want to look my age, or a little younger if I am being honest, but I also wanted to starting taking care of my skin for myself, to show myself some love and gratitude. Now that I have started a healthy routine I feel more in tune with my body and what is going on with my skin, I watch what I eat (most of the time) and I follow a solid skin care routine with some amazing products.
Below is my routine!
First things first I get a cup of coffee, lets be real. 😊 Then I grab my Kiehls Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash…. I cleanse my face for a few minutes and then I grab my tried and true Kiehls Herbal-Extract Toner. I have been using Kiehls products for a few months and I LOVE them! They are clean, refreshing and although the price tag is a little bit high the product goes a long way! After that I will swipe some toner all over my face with a cotton swab for an extra cleansing before I move onto the next step.
After cleansing I bust out this fantastic tool, Nurse Jamie. You are probably thinking what the word? But this facial massaging roller is a gift sent from the heavens and trust me once you try it you will never turn back. I have been contemplating Botox for a while now and although I think I will do it in the future I am not ready yet to pull the trigger, so I went searching for something less invasive that might help with my fine lines and I found Nurse Jamie! This massaging roller has 24 massaging stones and helps revitalize skin, improve skin tone and makes my face look fresh and has reduced my fine lines. Now it is no magic pill but for me it has made a big difference. You just massage each section of your face in an upward motion for 30-45 seconds every day and in a few weeks, it will make an improvement in your skin. Bonus: I have TMJ and using this massager on my jaw has helped relax the muscles and relieve some of my tension headaches. The price tag is worth it to me! Cheaper then Botox!
Time for under eye cream, because let’s face it being a mom can give you some wicked dark under eye circles. I just recently found IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex when I went in for a facial and I’m in love! Its hydrating and I have really seen a difference!
I move onto a great moisturizer and since my skin is on the drier side, I need something with an extra kick! I love Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Intense Moisturizer. It is creamy but not oily and works great under makeup. Now it doesn’t have SPF, but I have SPF in my foundation, so I don’t need it, but you can always mix an SPF into this lotion for coverage.
After that I put on a primer, makeup and start my day!
Night Time Routine
This took me a while to get used to because there are so many steps and honestly you don’t have to do them all, but I have seen great results and I now love this little bit of me time at the end of the day!
I used to use makeup remover wipes, but I feel like they are too harsh for my skin and I have heard other ladies complain of the same issue, so I have started using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my make up and impurities. You can find it at Target!
Then I bust out my Kiehls face wash and toner again. I just love this stuff!
Next up is a serum to treat imperfections overnight. I went into Kiehls and had a custom serum made which is a fabulous option because they create something for your specific issues and it feels much more effective to me. As you can tell from the pic below it has been used quite a bit!
But if you are looking for a serum to buy online, I would suggest this one: Kate Somerville Retinol Vita C Power Serum. the retinol and vitamin c help to improve skins texture, uneven skin tone and firmness. Plus, it smells great!
After my serum I slap on my eye cream and my moisturizer and hit the sheets!
Bonus tips: Twice a week I using an exfoliating masque – Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque, which is the most important step! It helps get rid of dead skin cells and regenerates new vibrant skin!
I also use a face this mask twice a week for extra moisturizing and firming. I am in love with the brand Drunk Elephant and I use this TLC Sukari Baby Facial which comes with a marula oil to put on after!
Hopefully you find something that works for you and thanks for reading!
Chat soon lovelies!
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