Your Best Skincare Routine

Okay, time to be real. Your skin is in need of some fall reformatting.

While in the summer we can usually get away with just washing our face to bat away all the sweat, fall brings tons more needs for you to baby your skin day and night. From dryness to oil to acne caused from weather changes, you need to prepare your soldiers because a skin war is about to begin! Luckily you have your local Enthusiast here, and she has tried plenty of skin products and is here to recommend ones that she knows will keep your skin fresh and plump all autumn long!

Your Best Skincare Routine ( or Your Fall Skin War Plan)

Now, before we get started, here is a really fantastic infographic that talks about how to wash your skin day and night. In the case of this infographic, follow all steps in the morning, and follow steps 1-5 at night.

The best products to use

Step 1

Washing your face has advanced from just normal soap and water. There are millions of products out now that will promise amazing skin and smaller pores. But it takes going around the block a few times to find out what works best for your individual skin. In general, dermatologists suggest using a gentle cleanser in the morning and an exfoliant a few times a week at night.

For me, I will always recommend Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($13.29) for a gentle cleanser that gets in deep. For you exfoliants, there are several I love, such as Vasanti’s Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator ($34) is great for getting a good scrub without scratching delicate skin. A newer one I just tried is Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub ($28), which has a great scent for fall and leaves my skin smooth and tingly and refreshed after a long day of sweat and oil. It is very important to wash day and night, so try not to skip.

Step 2

Toner is a very important step that too little people remember. Toner is amazing because it hydrates skin, which is a lifesaver for those of us with oily pores. While there are so many, ranging in price, you should definitely shop around and try some samples before finding the perfect one. One that I’ve had great success with is Michael Todd’s Blue-Green Algae Toner ($19). Adding it to my skin care routine really helped turn my skin around, which is saying a lot considering how oily it can get.

Step 3

When it comes to acne medications, this one really is up to you. I have been seeing a dermatologist for years now, and that has done wonders. But I’ve also tried over-the-counter acne medications that almost work better. A good way to determine what is best for you is to do some research based on your skin type and your particular acne and find out what dermatologists recommend. If nothing over-the-counter works, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to see what they recommend. In my experience, the best product my dermatologist recommended to me was Aczone (available only by prescription) and from over-the-counter was Balance Me’s Congested Skin Serum ($30) which smells amazing.

Step 4

What do you mean you don’t use eye cream? It’s not just for your grandma. I am a firm believer that skin care is something you can routinely do your entire life, and it makes you look more gorgeous when you get older. The best skin is healthy skin. Eye cream is going to make your eyes look more awake and help prevent future eye wrinkles.

I like to use Marcelle’s Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel ($24) under my eyes to keep that skin protected and bright, even though it’s not particularly for eyes. My other eye product is Balance Me’s Wonder Eye Cream ($38) which is completely fantastic and I give nothing but positive reviews. If you’re into some of the top ones that people around the world are going on about, they are La Mer The Eye Concentrate ($195) and Benefit it’s potent! eye cream ($34).

Step 5

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I love moisturizing so much that I’m obsessed with finding new ones. Anyone who’s stepped in my bathroom knows I have more than five on my counter at one time. Moisturizing is the best thing you can do for your skin except clean it. Moisturizing keeps it plump, keeps away oils, and protects from weather damage. This is, of course, if you buy the right kind. I personally use a different moisturizer for day and night.

In the morning I apply St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer ($4) and it keeps my skin plump all day and doesn’t feel greasy or clogs my pores. At night, I tend to mix it up. Sometimes I apply Viva Labs The Finest Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($11) which is very moisturizing but does tend to take a while to dry up, which is why I only use it at night. I’ve also started using Doctor D. Schwab’s  Flawless Skin Fluid ($39) at night and it’s made pimples disappear over night. Try to stick to oil-free products if you can, but definitely look at reviews before purchasing.

Step 6

Sunscreen might seem unnecessary, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s something that is smart to have in your everyday routine. Once again, try to stick to oil-free products. I’m a personal advocate for MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 ($30) because it has great coverage, fantastic matte finish, and protects your skin amazingly. If you want something a little less SPF, COOLA’s Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint Sunscreen ($36) might be a better product for you.

Step 7

Now, if you wear make-up, this is your last step. If you don’t wear make-up, go on about your day. When applying foundation, it’s important to find something that 1) matches your skin tone 2) has great coverage 3) is oil-free and 4) is going to stay on all day. Whether your foundation is actual foundation, a tinted moisturizer, or a BB cream, it needs to stick to those four criterium. Personally, I am a lover of e.l.f. Studio BB Cream SPF 20 ($6) in Fair because it follows all four (even with my splotchy fair skin) and the price is hard to beat. Just make sure to clean your makeup brushes often so that you’re not covering your face in old dirt every morning.

Some extra tips and tricks

  • Use a face mask once a week or so to give your skin a little break and brighten your skin, plus spa day is a great idea. Try Passport2Beauty Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen and Rose Oil ($35) for a very luxurious spa day.
  • Drinking lots of water will actually help your skin! Taking your body weight and dividing by two is how you find out how many ounces you should be drinking. Ex: 140/2=70 ounces of water a day.

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