As soon as I mentioned the spot-free, (dare I say) perfect skin that has become pretty ritual among my face at 'Parisian To Be' headquarters, the whole of the streaming comments included two mentionable words - 'updated' and 'routine'. Alas, I got to scribbling my daily skincare slaps (and have a whole page in my journal dedicated to it) and added it to the pages of my planner. Well, the day has come, and, not only am I delivering yet another skincare routine, but it also has been the daily jams during these hot, fro-yo filled months - 'The Summer Skincare Routine'.
You know the whole morning theme - blurry eyed to bushy tailed. As for cleansing, not much has changed, but I'm sensing a replacement. I'm now onto my second bottle of the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, but a link-containing comment in my pharmacy purchases post suggesting the near detrimental effects of the super simple cleanser and I'm off doing the research. I'll keep you posted on this one. As for the rest, the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion (my Clarins replacement. Bottom line, exfoliating toners are da' bomb) on a cotton pad gets the skin ready for the Origins Dr. Weil Mega Bright Serum - something which I'm not so sold on the outcome, but I've had it hanging around in the stocks and it needed some love. Then, my usual AM moisturizer - Origins Vitazing *cue angels* and a layer of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 Dry-Touch Sunblock...because you can never be too protected.
As for my evening routine, not much has changed here either (I know - what a boring post), but I have come to a conclusion - I was using faarrr too much exfoliation on my skin. So, I've simplified my lot, rid of the dermatologist recommended exfoliator (sayonara!) and....well, I'll let you guess how my skin responds to it. So that I don't bore you with the usual introduction, I'll keep it simple - remove makeup with Bioderma Créaline H20 and cleanse with the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. For Bioderma, on a cotton pad and I call it quits, but the Clay Cleanser's application is a bit more complicated. I apply slightly less than a pump to my dry face, leave on for about a five 'er (most usually while I brush my teeth), then massage with a damp hands, then rinse with warm water. Simples. After the towel has been set down, I apply the REN Toner again (I really love this stuff), then two drops of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (one for my forehead and nose, one for my cheeks and chin. And I haven't tried the reformulated version...yet), a blob of the Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment all over, let it dry slightly, then apply a pump of the Aura Cacia Rosehip Seed Oil. I wanted to purchase the Trilogy one, but it's a pain in the a** to get over here in the US, so I just picked this one up at my local health-food store.
Now, I know what you're thinking - that's it? Well, pretty much. Twice a week, I apply a clay mask (Aesop Parsley Seed, Origins Clear Improvements, or Eve Lom Rescue). Yes, I need all of them, and yes, you can check out their differing qualities here. As for eye cream, I'm still on my Lierac Diopti Calm Anti-Fatique Eye Balm and Mask thing-y, but, chances are, I can't be bothered to apply it day and night - so I just slap it on when I want.
So, that's it - my ridiculously more simple, edited, skincare routine. Luckily, I think I've found the star at the end of the tunnel as far as skincare goes....but what will I do with my full fledged, foundation wardrobe?