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(beauty) My Skincare Routine

I got a question from this lovely lady about my skin care routine and I thought that it would be a great idea to share with y’all how I take care of my skin. Who doesn’t want to know what lotions and potions other peeps are slathering all over their face?

In a nutshell, this is how I tame my face on the daily:

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Morning Skincare:

  • Every morning, I wake up and rub a cotton ball soaked with Mario Badescu’s cucumber cleansing lotion all over my face. This removes excess oil and makes my skin feel all around clean with very minimal effort. I used to wash my face with cleanser in the morning but I quit that a few years ago because really, what dirt accumulated while I was sleeping? Not much. 
  • I follow up with a pea sized dollop of Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre and a light pat of Darphin’s Wrinkle Corrective eye cream around the eye area. I had first heard about Embryolisse from our lady of perfect skin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and then my beloved Birchbox started caring this moisturizer, so I snatched up a tube and have not been disappointed. I’ve been using the Darphin eye cream for a while, and I use it in the mornings because I think it really helps my eye makeup adhere better throughout the day.

Evening Skincare:

  • Before bed, I wash my face using my Clarisonic Mia and a pea-sized squirt of Benefit’s Foamingly Clean facewash. I am absolutely obsessed with this cleanser. It is so thick and foamy that a little bit goes a long way, and it really removes all of my makeup from the day. This cleanser was a Birchbox discovery from my October box.
  • After cleansing, I apply a smear of Burt’s Bee’s Carrot Night Creme all over my face, including the eye area, and pat Darphin’s age defying lip balm on my lips. I picked up the Burt’s Bees night creme in a random act of desperation at Whole Foods. My once normal face had turned totally dry a few weeks ago when the temperatures started to drop below 50 degrees. One day, I literally went to the bathroom at work and looked in the mirror and my whole forehead was peeling off in teeny tiny flakes of skin and makeup. It was gross. This creme seems to have solved that problem. However, it is a really thick and heavy duty moisturizer, so I can’t imagine using it year round, but it’s been perfect for winter. The lip balm is just a really great nourishing product that keeps my lips soft and smooth. I use it year round.

And that’s how I’m handling my skin these days. In the early days of my pregnancy, I was breaking out a lot, but that seems to have calmed down. Coincidentally, I also wasn’t using the Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion as diligently as I had been. Now, I make sure to use it every single morning and I really credit it for removing bad bacteria and excess oils to keep my skin pimple-free.

What tips or tricks do you have? Any ladies out there notice their skin going totally haywire while pregnant or after you turned 30?


  1. thegreatworldofmelissa said: I’m actually trying a olive oil/castor oil mix instead of face wash and moisturizer. A friend was raving about it on FB. I actually had awesome skin while pregnant. I hope to get knocked up soon just to get it back. Not really, but kind of.
  2. profashional said: Omg. 30 is the new 15 in skin terms.
  3. nancysun said: try using oils instead of moisturizer - absorbs quickly and more evenly. right now i use coconut on my body, argan on my face (will be switching to organic grapeseed soon)
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