My Current Skin Care Routine

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Lancer The Method Polish Sensitive Skin  //  TULA Kefir Replenishing Cleansing Oil  //  Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser  //  Cle de Peau Softening Cleansing Foam  // TULA Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel  //  Cosmedix Affirm  // TULA Volume Defense Deep Wrinkle Serum  // Trufora Night Serum 85  //  Elemis Pro-Definition Eye and Lip Contour Cream  // TULA Kefir Moisture Repair Pressed Serum

I thought I'd share my updated morning and evening skin care routines because I've discovered and fell in love with some great new products this year including THIS night serum by Trufora and THIS cleanser by The Honest Company. Many products below, though, are some that I've been using for years and will continue because nothing beats 'em!

i included both high-end and more affordable options for each step. All options are great and quality products. If you have any questions or have found a product that you love and want to share, please let me know in the comments. And no matter what you do, take care of that skin! - Jill xoxo

*Important– Some ingredients used in skin care products can cause sun sensitivity, so please be careful and always use sunscreen! And for any women considering pregnancy or may be pregnant, consult with a physician regarding use of any skin care treatment products before use.

MORNING ROUTINE

Cleanser - Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Toner - TULA Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel 

Eye Serum -SK-II Essence Eye Facial Treatment

Eye Moisturizer - SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream

Facial Serum - Cosmedix Affirm  or iS Clinical C-15 Serum Advance Plus

Facial Serum - TULA Volume Defense Deep Wrinkle Serum

Facial Oil - Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Oil

Facial Moisturizer - Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream  orConfidence in a Cream™ Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream

Sunscreen - Chanel Sunscreen Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Spf 50

NIGHT ROUTINE

Makeup Remover -Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution  or TULA Kefir Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Cleanser - Cle de Peau Softening Cleansing Foam or Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser

Exfoliator - Lancer The Method Polish Sensitive Skin

Toner - TULA Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel 

Eye Serum - SK-II Essence Eye Facial Treatment

Lip and Eye Serum - Elemis Pro-Definition Eye and Lip Contour Cream

Eye Moisturizer - SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

Facial Serum - Trufora Night Serum 85

Facial Serum - TULA Kefir Moisture Repair Pressed Serum

Facial Lipid Cream - SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

Day 1, 3, 5, 7 Facial Moisturizer - Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme

Day 2, 4, 6 Facial Moisturizer - Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Day 2, 4, 6 Facial Treatment - SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0

*Retinoid products should only be used at night right before bed. Light breaks them down and weakens their effectiveness.

SKIN CARE TERMS & THEIR BENEFITS

AHA – Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are water-soluble acids used in skin care to exfoliate the skin. This can repair dry, aging and sun-damaged skin.  They also help with age spots and other skin discolorations. These acids loosen and remove the top layer of dead skin to allow the new skin to emerge. Glycolic and lactic acids are AHAs. *Sun sensitivity w/ use.  *Glycolic acid recommended concentration of 5-8%.

BHA – Beta-Hydroxy Acids are oil-soluble acids also used in skin care to treat acne and blackheads because they get down into the pores and unclog them. These acids are also antibacterial and help reduce inflammation. The most common BHA is salicylic acid. *Sun sensitivity with use. *Salicylic acid recommended concentration of 2% or less.

Retinoid – A Vitamin A derivative used topically on the skin. They treat skin conditions such as acne and hyper-pigmentation. They are also used in anti-aging skin care regimens as they stimulate collagen production (collagen gives our skin bounce and production declines with aging) which helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Retinoids aid in the rate of the skin shedding the dead cells and preventing them from clogging your pores. Consistent, regular use allows the retinoid to improve your skin cell turnover/division (getting rid of old and allowing the new cells to divide and function as they should). Cell division also slows down with age, so retinoids are extremely important anti-aging products. *Sun sensitivity with use. *Retinoid recommended concentration of .04% to .1%

Collagen – A polypeptide (amino acids/protein) found in our skin, hair and nails. It gives our skin elasticity/bounce and thickness.  As we age, collagen production declines and this results in our skin thinning and losing its elasticity – which means wrinkles!

Peptide – Chains of Amino acids that when are long make up proteins in the skin and when are short, tell our skin cells how to function. Peptides applied to the skin stimulate collagen production. A common collagen-stimulating peptide is Matrixyl. 

Antioxidant – They help fight free radicals (inflammation-containing substances) that are harmful and irritate the skin. Free radicals prevent collagen production from occurring at the rate that it should. Using these on the skin helps reduce free radical damage and allow collagen production to function. Vitamin C, Vitamin A and beta-carotene are examples. *Some result in sun sensitivity with use.