How I Take Care of My Skin

I always get tons of questions about what makeup products I use, but honestly good makeup starts with good skin. My first year in college I did a research project on skin cancer and learned so much about the effects of sun damage to your skin. Ever since then, I've been passionate about taking care of my skin! I've been an avid self-tanner for years and I ALWAYS wear sunscreen on my face, neck and hands, daily. I'm going to share my current skin care routine with you and link all of the products at the end of the post. Click the links to shop the items & get them shipped right to you. :-) 

My morning routine consists of 5 steps, plus a 6th step that I do throughout the day. First I start with Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. I love this gel cleanser because it also has tiny exfoliating rounds in it. It's gentle enough to use everyday but great for scrubbing my oily skin & pores. Second, I apply Skinceuticals Equalizing Toner with a cotton ball. This toner is pore refining and great for combination or oily skin. Next I apply Skinceuticals Eye Cream under my eyes & up to the brow bone in a boomerang shape. Follow that with applying a few drops of Obagi Professional-C Serum to my face, neck, and décolleté. This Vitamin-C serum is full of antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals before they have a change to damage your skin cells and accelerate aging. After I let the serum soak in for a few minutes, I apply Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 to my face, neck, hands, etc. I spritz Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray on throughout the day when I want a bit of a refresher or pick-me-up. 

I always start my P.M routine by removing my makeup with Neutrogena Wipes. These are so economical and are truly the best. Steps 2-4 are the same as the morning routine - face wash, toner, eye cream. Step 5 I like to apply a Retinol cream. Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0 is proven to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration while minimizing breakouts and the appearance of pores. (Note: You need to start with a lower dose of Retinol before moving up to the 1.0. Skinceuticals has a 0.5 version for starters). After letting the Retinol set in, I apply Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Oily cream. As you can tell, I'm a big fan of Skinceuticals products. Not only do they make high quality, science-backed products, they are also made in the US. 

I like to indulge myself (shocker) at least once a week with a face mask. Flora-py makes an assortment with different ingredients/scents for certain results. I love the Detox & Stress Relief masks. If you follow me on Snapchat, you've probably seen me wearing these masks before. Leave them on for 15-20 minutes for a glowing effect. Lastly, I like to use M-61 PowerGlow Peel pads 1-2 times a week. I think you're actually supposed to be able to use them daily if you want. The treatment pads are full of glycolic and salicylic acid to exfoliate, Vitamin K to help with discoloration and chamomile to calm the skin. 

What are some of you favorite skin care products that you swear by? Everything is linked below - or if you prefer to shop in person, I know the majority of these products can be purchased at Blue Mercury on Broughton St. (You can get Neutrogena wipes at Target and Obagi Vitamin-C Serum from Gaughf Dermatology). 

xoxo, Meredith