In the past year skincare has become a huge deal for me. Luckily I've never dealt with major acne or breakouts, but I knew that I needed to start taking care of my skin now to ensure that it stays healthy and I did want to improve on some of the skin issues that I do have. While breakouts are rarely a concern of mine, my skin does get a lot of build up and I have hyper pigmentation, mainly on my neck and lower half of my face (near my jawline, around my ears). When I wear makeup, I tend to get a bit shiny on my nose and forehead, but otherwise I'd say that my skin leans more towards the dry side, especially with the harsh air from the heater and winter weather (which we can't seem to get rid of...).
I shower at night and keep my skincare routine very simple in the morning. Just a splash of water and some of my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 with a little bit of makeup and I'm good to go. I bought this moisturizer because of the SPF and I have no complaints so far. It's a bit of a runny/thin consistency so I will occasionally apply multiple layers of this to my face if it's feeling extra dry. I might try out the thicker cream version of this next winter unless anyone can recommend something they really like!
All of the heavy lifting in my skincare routine comes at nighttime. I shower in the evening and use the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser in the shower. It has a nice gel consistency but still creates a subtle lather. I find that this does a pretty fine job at taking off light makeup or removing whatever is left behind after using a makeup wipe. I actually ran out of this recently and decided to try out the Glossier Milky Jelly but I'm not sure which I prefer. They both get the job done and feel similar on my face.
Once I'm out of the shower, I pat some of The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% onto my skin. This product is a chemical exfoliant and at first I was hesitant that a product could get rid of dead skin without having to wipe anything away (I used their glycolic acid before and you could see the grime come off when you applied it with a cotton pad), but this really has kept my any build up at bay. I'm almost out of this and think I'll pick up the stronger formula next. Make sure to wear SPF, especially when using chemical exfoliants as they make your skin more sensitive.
After using the Lactic Acid I load up with the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% which has done wonders in terms of evening out my skin tone. It has a bit of a gritty consistency and tingles when you first use it, but it has helped my skin so much that I don't anticipate ditching this anytime soon– unless I find something that works better.
I don't do much else outside of this routine, but I got a sample of the Farmacy Honey Potion which really carried me through this extended winter. It's ultra-hydrating and fun to use but comes with a steep price tag ($38 for 1.7 oz). Luckily, I've found another honey mask that works just as well and at a price that's better for a college budget.
My skincare routine is definitely not 110% perfect, but it has made improvements to my skin that lets me feel more put together on days when I ditch makeup.