Usually by the time I do a skincare post (or any kind of post for that matter) it’s already outdated. While some things are still the same from the last post, other things that I was testing out have become routine. This is my core Monday-Friday routine.
After showering I apply DermaE Evenly Radiant Brightening Serum all over my face and neck. I am on my 2nd bottle of this and I travel with it as well. I'm convinced this serum rapidly healed my post-TCA peel scaring. Then I layer moisturizer on top usually CeraVe PM or a pinch of Aveeno Ezcema lotion. When I travel I take Aveeno since it does double duty for face and body. I dap Habo Labo Skin Plumping Gel Cream underneath my eyes--I don't know if this does anything. But I use it to get rid of it and it's the only area I can apply it without it giving me weird under the skin bumps. I go about my morning routine: breakfast, fajr prayer, getting dressed, etc...
Once I get back upstairs I apply my sunscreen with a drop of Smashbox BB water (Medium/Dark). My current one is Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen SPF 30 which has a nice matte finish and does not leave a cast. Previously I was using the not good SPF 55 version which flaked off and settled into fine lines. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 works as well if I want a "dewy" look. I notice my skin feels super soft at the end of the day when I wash off the Aveeno. But the Neutrogena is my never fail sunscreen so I take it to travel.
A couple times a week before bed, I'm back to using Altchek MD Glycolic Renewal Pads. I used these back when I had the best skin ever last summer.
Also the most major change: I finally discovered what triggered by mysterious eczema of the past 2 years! 2 years ago I switched from drinking (cow) milk to almond milk. Not for any reason other than dairy would make my stomach grumble during the day and I liked the taste of almond milk better. A few months ago, I stopped drinking almond milk just as an experiment---and I have not had eczema flare ups since. My ezcema was at a point where my arms and elbows would be raw and itchy and my knees and thighs would itch. It never occurred to me that it must have been some kind of allergic reaction to almond milk all along. Now I use lactose free dairy in my cereal. While I miss Trader Joe's almond milk--so delicious especially golden warm with honey and turmeric, I definitely don't miss the eczema. It's interesting because dairy gets such a bad wrap, but that is why skincare is so personal.
As you can see my core skincare products are all basically drug store. The high end skincare from Sephora (Dr. Dennis Gross, Drunken Elephant) didn't do me any favors. I buy DermaE from Whole Foods, but I see it at Ulta now as well. Altchek I buy from Kohls, especially when they have Buy One, Get the 2nd for $1. Nip + Fab and Pixie sell similar glycolic pads that I haven't tried, both drug store products as well.
What skincare products are part of your core routine?
**3.15.2017 update: this post has been updated to contain some affiliate links; however, I purchased all the following products myself and the opinions are my own**