SKIN CARE ROUTINE
I get SO many questions about my skincare routine, so today I am going to go over everything I do and use so that you guys can have it for reference. I have tried lots of different products over the years, and most of the products I am about to tell you about I have used for years and years and absolutely love. The two primary skincare brands that I use are Revision Skincare and SkinMedica and I mix and match their products depending on my needs.
First things first, I am a RELIGIOUS face washer. Seriously, I can count on both hands the number of times in my life I have gone to bed without washing my face. No matter how drunk or tired I've been. My momma taught me that. I wash it two times a day, once in the morning *not always* and once before bed. In the morning I wash my face with the Revisions Brightening Facial Wash. I love this product because it does not dry your face out or leaves it tight feeling. If you use it consistently over time it really does brighten your skin and help improve the overall tone of your skin. By tone, I mean the evenness of your complexion, so if you have sun spots, redness or any other discoloration of your complexion that you want to work to get rid of. This is a great choice. After I wash my face I use the Revision Vitamin C Lotion 30%. This product just helps to brighten my skin and protect it from free radicals and pollutants in the air that cause aging. Once I have added the Vitamin C Lotion I use the SkinMedica Rejuvenative Lotion. After that I put on my Revision Intellishade. That is a tinted product that really does provide pretty good coverage, so some days that is all I wear unless I have something that requires me to have heavier make-up. I use the Intellishade Matte in the summer and then the regular Intellishade in the fall and winter.
In the evening my routine is fairly similar to what I do in the morning. My first step is to always remove my make-up with my Ponds Make-Up Removing Wipes. Once I have removed the make-up I use my Brightening Facial Wash and apply the SkinMedica Retinol. I am not using this this summer because you really have to be careful about sun exposure when using this product, but I typically do year round. I only use it every other night and I worked up from a .25% and it goes all the way to 1%. Again, not a great product to use in the summer though because it really can cause you to burn if you aren't careful about the sun. I put this product on after I wash my face and before I put my lotion on. There is one other product that I have used off and on, that I absolutely love. It is the SkinMedica TNS Essentials Serum. It is VERY expensive, but I can totally tell a difference when I use it on a regular basis. I haven't used it in a while, but after all the sun exposure I have gotten this summer I am going to be bringing it back into rotation. FOR SURE. I get asked all the time about eye creams that I use. Honestly, I have tried a ton, from very expensive to drugstore brands, and I honestly don't feel like they have made that much of a difference. I am not prone to super dark circles under my eyes, so I just make sure that I really apply my moisturizer well around my eyes and call it a day. Lastly, one time per week I will use the SkinMedica Glycolic Exfoliating Skin Wash.
My last two tips are simple and really DO make a huge difference. The first is the most basic, but I feel the most important is the HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE. Drinking plenty of water is the most important step, outside of wearing sunscreen, in keeping your skin healthy. You truly are what you eat and drink and if you eat healthy and get plenty to drink, it will definitely show through your skin.
The other tip I have learned over the course of my last two facials is to ditch the Clarisonic face brush. Now mind you, I have been a HUGE devotee to my Clarisonic for many, many years and I always thought I was doing a great thing for my skin by making sure I really got it clean every night. However, the aestheticians who did my last two facials both said that I had a lot of broken blood vessels on my face. It turns out that they were caused by me washing my face with my Clarisonic. It was just to rough and aggressive for my skin. Both of the women said that really you only need the pressure your hands can apply to get your skin clean and the Clarisonic can do more harm than good. They also said that it is a breeding ground for bacteria and it can often cause break outs and clogged pores *which I was seeing* because you are continuously introducing bacteria to your skin. I have heeded their advice and honestly can tell a huge difference in my complexion. One last thing, my husband and kids gave me a gift certificate to Karee Hayes for Christmas and while I was there my aesthetician Ashley recommended a product I have been loving. They are called Kojii Pads and they are available through Karee Hayes. They are amazing and leave your skin with that beautiful glow. They come already pre-soaked with kojic acid and arbutase, to help lighten and brighten your skin and suppresses pigment. So all you have to do is rub one over your face and let the product dry. They are AWESOME!
As you guys see on my Insta-stories, I apply a mask every Sunday night, and sometimes more frequently if I feel like I need it. I try lots of different masks and masks for different purposes. My old faithful stand-by mask is the Revisions Black Mask. I am also really loving the Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask. This is a great deep cleaning mask that removes impurities from the skin and helps reduce pore size. If I have a big photoshoot or a special event, I use the Herbivore Brighten Instant Glow Mask. You use this for three days in a row and then every other day after that. It really works and you can totally tell a big difference. This would be a perfect mask if you were a bride-to-be or had a big function that you really wanted your skin to have that healthy glow.
Of course routine trips to your dermatologist are important as well. I see Dr. Lorien Sites - Nashville Skin and Cancer for it all...pretty skin, yearly mole checks, Botox and some good 'ol girl talk. Cause ladies she is ALL. THE. THINGS. She's smart *obviously* and has been so great at helping me simplify my skin care routine. Educating me on what products to invest in and what not to. Taking her advice has made a world of difference in my skin. She's about my age and a mother of two. She just gets it.
Hope this post answered most of your questions and gave you some insight to my daily skincare routine. Go ahead ladies, put your best face forward!