Skin Care Routine

After sharing my current hair routine I thought I’d come back and share the skin care products that I have been using lately.  This cold winter has been wreaking havoc on my skin! Usually I am a normal/combination skin kinda girl but once the weather gets colder my skin becomes so dry.  It’s always this time when I reevaluate my skin care products.  What works for me during the warmer climate is certainly not what’s going to work now.  My goal with my skin care right now is focusing on keeping hydrated but also working on evening my skin tone. My skin is far from perfect but I have definitely seen an improvement! Some products have remained in my routine from the last time I posted about my skin care but I have switched up a few products.

First let’s start out with my tried and true:

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleClarisonic Mia
I use my Clarisonic about once to twice a week.  Too much use can irritate my skin so I stick to using it when I know I need a good deep cleaning. 

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Neutrogena Face Wash
I’m still using my Neutrogena cleanser. I love how simple and gentle it is yet it completely cleans off all my makeup.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleSkin Ceuticals
Sometimes I will use this Skin Ceuticals cleanser when I feel like my pores need some deep cleaning. The Salicylic Acid works well to help prevent any breakouts.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleBiore Pore Strips
These stripes have always worked so well for me so whenever I feel it’s necessary, I’ll lay this right on any trouble spots.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleMario Badescu Facial Spray
This facial spray has been a life saver with my dry face! I spritz it all over right before applying my moisturizer, both day and night. I’m not the biggest fan of the rose smell but it doesn’t linger so I deal. It is so refreshing and I love that my skin isn’t so dry before putting on my moisturizer.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleNia 24 
I read a ton of reviews on this product right here and so many people said that they saw immediate results. I had to give it a try and while it was a bit pricey I’m so glad I did.  I didn’t see immediate results but I definitely have seen a change in my skin as I have been using it.  I’ve noticed that my dark spots have lightened and my overall skin tone has begun to even out. I only use this product in the morning underneath my makeup.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Cerve
For night I chose the CeraVe PM lotion.  I didn’t want anything too heavy on my skin while I sleep. I feel like I just need a lightweight product to allow my skin to really breath and this does just that. I always shower at night and once I am out I spray my facial spray all over apply this to my face and neck.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Glycolic Acid Pads
These have been new to my routine.  I’ve been using these pads for about 2 weeks now. If you’ve ever heard of a glycolic peel these pads are pretty much the at-home version of that.  My best friend got me into these and I really love them.  I use it 3x times a week. Each pad has exfoliating benefits to it so it really scrubs and gets rid of dead skin as well as minimizing pores and fine lines and works at reducing sun damaged skin.  I use this after I’ve cleaned my face, leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse off. After 3 weeks of use there is no need to rinse off and as long as you build your skins tolerance you can up the % in your next jar. It does have a little tingle when it’s on your face but that just makes me feel like it’s working!

s1121797-main-Lhero Josie Maran Argan Oil
Whenever my skin is in need of a little more moisture I will squeeze a few drop of this into my moisturizer and mix it before applying to my face.  I know what you must be thinking, oil on your face? Trust me guys, this stuff is lightweight and doesn’t clog pores or cause any breakouts. It simply adds a soft glow and your thirsty skin will absorb it right up! 

604-357571-indulgentcoconutmilk_tripplebuttersBW_300x300 St. Ives Body Wash
Let’s talk body now! I love this St. Ives body wash! It smells like the beach and doesn’t leave any type of residue on my skin. I’ve used other body washes that leave my skin itchy and crying for lotion afterward but this stuff is so moisturizing! 

beautycounter-glow-sugar_scrub-495x650Glow Sugar Scrub
I love me a good body scrub. Anything that is going to get rid of dead skin while leaving me feeling so soft I am down for! This particular scrub is from Beauty Counter. If you haven’t heard of them you need to educate yourself! Beauty Counter creates products that are toxin-free and only have the safest ingredients! It’s pretty scary to think about all the chemicals that go inside the products we use! Lucky for me one of my really good friends is a consultant so I can order straight from her and lucky for you so can you! Just click here to read more about their amazing products and to order some of your own!

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleHydrate Body Lotion
I’m loving this body lotion! It has a great citrus smell and is so lightweight! It goes on so easily, and is quickly absorbed which is key for me.  I don’t know about you but I hate when I put a body lotion on and then try to put on my clothes and everything sticks to me because the lotion is too creamy. This leaves my skin feeling soft and definitely moisturized! 

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleTan Physics
Last but not least let’s talk sunless tanning, a must have if you ask me during the winter months! I’ve been using Tan Physics for about two years now and I really love it.  It doesn’t leave me orange rather a nice bronze and it also doesn’t have a strong smell like most sunless tanners do. The other great thing about this product is that it seriously makes my skin so incredibly soft! I even apply it on my face and have had absolutely no issues with it.  It lasts roughly about a week and spreads perfectly without any blotchiness!

So there you have it! Every lotion, moisturizer, oil and what have you that I slap on this face and body! Now tell me, what are your go to skin care products? Have you ever tried any of these and had success/failure? Anyone else feel like they are constantly working toward an even skin tone? 

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Favorite Skin Care Products

Have no fear, I am alive! I know it has been awhile since my fingers have touched the keyboard but I have been in a winter funk. I’ve managed to find motivation in all aspects of my life but not so much when it comes to my space.  I feel as though I’ve hit that point where I’ve outgrown it and I want out! I’m not quite at the point of moving yet but I’m hoping it will happen soon.  One exciting thing is I am finally getting a backsplash installed in my kitchen! I should tell you this was suppose to happen almost a year ago but kept getting delayed but fingers crossed it happens this week! Now back to the topic at hand – SKIN CARE! My New Years resolution this year was to take better care of my skin.  As a makeup artist I know that if you want your makeup to look great you’ve got to have great skin and I was guilty of not doing the best I could for my skin. I changed my routine about 6 weeks ago. Some products are new and some are ones I have been using for a long time that I love.

Great Skin Care Products 2014

First let’s get to the root of our face…clean skin!

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I have always just used my bare hands to wash my face and exfoliate once or twice a week.  For Christmas I decided to add the Mia from Clarisonic to my wish list and I couldn’t be any happier. This bad boy cleans my face like no other! It gets every last bit of dirt and makeup off.  I did find that I broke out a little when I first started using it but I have read that it is normal since the product is pulling all the dirt to the surface. It only lasts for about a month and then you’re good to go! The key is to let the Mia do it’s job, don’t add any pressure and just let it glide across your face! There are different types of heads you can use , mine is sensitive. There is also a cashmere head that I have heard great things about and that also minimize the “purge” reaction.

Great Skin Care Products 2014

Cetaphil has always been a great go to face wash but I’m a sucker for new products so I thought I would try Neutrogena’s cleanser and I am not disappointed.  I use this with my Clarisonic, pumping twice on the head.  It doesn’t dry out my skin at all and paired with the Clarisonic, my skin feels so soft and smooth!

Great Skin Care Products 2014

Toners are great for oily skin! Many people think that toners are just another form of cleansing the face and getting out dirt and oil from pores.  While this is all true, toners are also made to balance out the PH levels in our skin. What does that mean? Well when you wash your face you strip it of its natural oils and this will then make your face work harder to produce oil, sometimes resulting in overworking and getting oily skin.  The toner levels out your PH so your skin doesn’t create more oil than necessary…make sense? Just pour a few drops onto a cotton swab and run all over your face after washing.  This is also great to do before moisturizing because when our skin is moist vs. dry it absorbs topical creams better. *Same thing goes for body lotions. You should always leave your skin a little damp when you come out of the shower and apply your lotion rather than completely drying it with a towel! 

Great Skin Care Products 2014

That’s right…anti-aging. Cue sad face. It’s that time of life where I need to think about things like fine lines and wrinkles.  I went on a major research hunt to find a moisturizer that I was happy with and this right here is where I ended. Not only does it work at reducing wrinkles and maintain elasticity but it’s such a natural product.  There are so silicones, parabens, alcohol, fragrance, and a million other things that we shouldn’t be applying to our face. I also love how one pump goes a long way. I use this cream every morning after washing my face.

Great Skin Care Products 2014

Due to all the effects of young dumb sun tanning I have quite a few dark spots on my face so I have been using this moisturizer at night after washing to help with this.  This claims to work after 8 weeks of use which I haven’t reached yet but I’ve already started to notice a difference in the evenness in my skin tone and I am one happy camper! It absorbs beautifully into my skin as well.

Great Skin Care Products 2014

This stuff is my winter holy grail! I have combination skin but come winter time my dry spots become crazy dry! I love adding a few drops of this to my nighttime moisturizer to give me that extra boost of hydration that my skin desperately needs! I know what you’re thinking, oil on your face? YES! If you are someone who has oily skin this stuff is fantastic! I know it sounds crazy but it’s the same as with the toner, it’s all about the oil your face produces. Think of it this way, your skin is producing oil because it thinks it needs it but by adding a few drops of this to your routine you’re almost tricking your skin into thinking that it has produced enough oil so it won’t make anymore! See the genius in that!

Great Skin Care Products 2014

This is hands down the best eye serum ever! I have tried tons of creams and nothing compares to this product.  I hate my eye lids! I have the eye lids of a 90 year old…no joke. I saw results immediately with this product.  I use it every morning and evening and I can’t say enough good things about it.  My eyelids feel tighter and firmer and I no longer have that loose skin on my lids. If you are in the market for something to help tighten your lids you must buy this product!

Great Skin Care Products 2014So this product was a impulse buy. I saw it when I was on the Dr. Perricone site and bit the bullet after reading all the reviews.  This is another 8 week before you see results product but it is suppose to do a handful of things while you sleep like correct lines and wrinkles, help firm skin and prevent dehydration, diminishes the appearance of large pores and other surface imperfections, revitalizes and brightens dull skin. I’ve only been using this for a short amount of time so hopefully I start to notice results soon but for some reason I am not that hopeful.

Great Skin Care Products 2014

If anyone watches Girls then you may have picked up on Shoshanna making a comment about how the Gramercy Hotel has Mario Badescu products in their bathrooms.  Now that’s a bathroom I’d love to be in! This drying lotion is perfect for those whiteheads or blackheads that decide to rear their ugly heads! Just dip a q-tip into the oil and down to the pink product and dab it on.  It’s a great spot treatment! It’ll zap those suckers right away!

Great Skin Care Products 2014

I have been seeing this mask in so many magazines and tons of beauty gurus have been talking about it so I had to give it a try and WOW! This mask does wonders to my skin.  I see immediate results with it.  My skin feels softer than ever, my pores look smaller, my complexion is brighter, it truly is fantastic! Glam Glow also has a hydrating mask which I want to get next since I love this one so much!

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This is another mask that I really like! I leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed every time! It’s the first product I’ve purchased from Lush so I think I may check out some more of their products. I especially want to try their lip scrub!

I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions feel free to ask away!

Do you have any favorite skin care products?