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Skincare Routine | 2017 Update

August 24, 2017

My skincare routine has changed a lot since last year and I wanted to do an updated post with what I still use, what I’ve added, and everything I’ve learned along the way.

Full disclaimer, I do see a dermatologist on a regular basis and use two prescription acne creams to help control breakouts and minimize scarring. These two creams are not for sale over the counter, meaning you have to get a prescription to use them, so I won’t go into them in this post. I try to use gentle products for the rest of my routine and stay as consistent as possible to avoid upsetting my skin. I know my last skin care routine was using only natural products, but my skin has changed since then and that regime was no longer working. I still aim to use mostly natural products in my routine,  but I’ve realized sometimes all natural isn’t for everyone and balance is key!


Clarisonic Acne Brush Head 

I’ve only tried the acne brush head and the sensitive skin cleansing brush, but the acne brush head is my go to. It sometimes can make my skin peel if I use it too often, so I usually only use my Clarisonic to take off my makeup at night.

Clarisonic Mia 1 Facial Cleansing Brush 

Buying a Clarisonic was one of the best skin care decisions I’ve ever made. It really just helps your cleanser penetrate deeper into your pores and get EVERYTHING out. Its ended up being really durable especially since I’ve had it for almost 3 years and frequently use it in the shower.

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

This cleanser is super gentle and has never irritated my skin. It keeps breakouts at bay without drying me out. The formula has salicylic acid mixed with soothing agents like aloe and chamomile which are perfect for my sensitive skin.

Mario Badescu A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer 

So this moisturizer isn’t actually part of any acne line offered by Mario Badescu, rather it’s something I randomly tried and absolutely love. I think its helped a lot with discoloration from old acne marks and keeps my skin completely moisturized throughout the day.

Benefit it’s potent! Dark Circle Eye Cream 

I’ve been using this eye cream since middle school, so I honestly don’t think I’ve ever tried another eye cream. That being said I’ve never had a reason to see what else it out there. This eye cream helps a lot with hydration and darkness, but doesn’t help my veins that show under my eyes.

TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Masks 

Korean skin care seems to be so trendy these days and I can see why! Sheet masks are loaded with serums and other skin nutrients. The mask helps these elements really seep into your skin without letting any moisture get out. Warning: don’t leave sheet masks on longer than the packaging says to. Leaving it on longer will reverse the benefits of the mask and the mask will begin to reabsorb moisture into itself.

Neutrogena Sunscreen 

My mom was right about how important sun screen is and now that I’m in my twenties, I can’t thank her enough for forcing me to lather myself in SPF everyday. On top of helping to prevent melanoma, wearing sunscreen every day can help keep your skin looking wrinkle and sunspot free!


  • Drink lots and lots and lots of water! I aim to drink an ounce of water to every pound of body weight. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds try to drink 120 ounces of water each day.
  • Get your beauty sleep. I sleep at least 8 hours a night and that’s been monumental in my skincare journey. Sleep allows your skin time for cell turn over and regeneration, not to mention your under eyes will never have looked better.
  • Use a humidifier. Building off of getting your minimum 8 hours, I sleep with a humidifier every night. Using this helps to keep your skin moisturized along with tons of other health benefits.
  • Get an allergy panel. I’m lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive, and allergic to soy. Apart from the obvious dietary needs to stay away from these items, eating them does negatively impact my skin. Dairy is the biggest culprit (cheese addiction) followed by gluten. Don’t cut any food groups out until speaking with a doctor AND a dermatologist. Staying away from sugar and caffeine helps too.
  • Swap out your pillowcase. Wash your pillow cases at least once a week. I also recommend making an investment in silk pillowcases. They are gentler on your skin (and hair!) and cause less irritation for people with sensitive skin.
  • Know when to see a professional. I’ve sunk an absolutely horrific amount of money into skincare over the years to try and figure out what works best for me. As crazy as it may sound, visiting a dermatologist first can be cheaper than splurging on expensive facial oils and tools.

xx, Anne