My Simple Face Care Routine

This is not me, obviously.  Royalty-free image from

This is not me, obviously. This is a royalty-free approximation of me from  I just noticed she is wearing one glove–why is she wearing a single glove?  What exactly is that pink stuff?  And why is it safe for her face but not for her hand?

Skincare is different for everyone, but I believe that a simple routine is better than a complicated one. For one thing, I’m more likely to stick with a simple routine than an elaborate routine when I’m tired or pinched for time. Also, I think skin generally knows how to care for itself and I don’t want to interfere too much. 🙂 So here’s my simple routine for facial skincare:

In the Evening

Remove eye makeup. If I’m wearing any kind of heavy-duty eye makeup (like budge-proof liner or mascara), I use Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent, rinse my face well, and *pat* my face completely dry with a *clean* hand towel.

Cleanse face.   Ever heard of the oil-cleansing method–or using oil to wash your face? It sounds crazy but it totally works for me. I use TATCHA’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and I could write a whole post about how I much I like it. You apply the oil with dry hands onto your dry face and massage into your skin. It dissolves most makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh, and soft.   It also easily and completely rinses away with water–totally not what you would think about an oil!

I used Dove bar soap for my entire life before I switched to the TATCHA oil. Dove soap isn’t nearly as drying as other soaps and cleansers, but even Dove is more drying than the oil-cleaning method.

Slather on lip balm and go to bed. Yep, this is where I stop my routine for the evening. The oil-cleaning method doesn’t dry out my skin, so I don’t need to apply moisturizer. I also dislike the idea of my skin being covered all day by makeup *and* all night by lotions or creams. I want to give my face a chance to “breathe” overnight and do its own thing–and I want the pores to be open and unblocked so my skin can easily push out anything icky.  (And the lip balm keeps my lips from getting chapped and flaky during a night of heat/air conditioning/fanned air and breathing (okay, snoring) through my mouth.)

In the Morning:

Rinse face with only water. I don’t need to rewash my face in the morning if I washed it before I went to bed, but it’s good to splash some water on it to remove, say, drool. 🙂 My skin is not oily, but if it was, I would try using blotting papers in the morning instead of cleansing again, too.

Apply BB cream with sunscreen. I will be forever grateful to Birchbox for introducing me to my “holy grail” of face care: Coola Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face. This natural BB cream provides very light coverage, has no smell, and has a silky texture that dries to a truly matte, powdery finish (I know I sound like a commercial but it’s totally true). It also has non-nano mineral sunscreen ingredients with a high SPF (I avoid chemical sunscreen when I can). I hate the sticky feeling of lotions on my face, but I don’t even feel this Coola stuff. In fact, I look forward to using it because my skin feels so soft and moisturized afterward. I’m hoping that regular sunscreen use will help me avoid or postpone the need for eye creams, wrinkle creams, etc.  #fingerscrossed

Apply makeup and go!

Once a Week:

I like to use a single facial treatment once a week or so (and definitely no more than twice a week)–things like masks, scrubs, and peels. I’m not really loyal to any treatment, and I like to try new things that I get as samples from Birchbox or other places. I do avoid harsh scrubs (i.e., walnut scrubs), however, and opt for “sensitive skin” formulas whenever they’re an option. I’m liking these treatments a lot lately:

  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel (this is a crazy protein peel that bonds only with dead surface skin cells on your face–you apply it and then can feel the dead skin cells gather under your fingers!)
  • TATCHA’s Rice Enzyme Powder in Sensitive (an enzyme exfoliator)
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Scrub (I only use this occasionally–I like the gentler enzyme formulas better)

And that’s it!

That’s my whole face care routine right now. Some of these products are pricey, so I subscribe to the companies’ marketing emails and keep an eye out for promo codes. I also buy travel-sized products when I can’t splurge on the full-sized versions. 🙂 Using nice products is a total pleasure and it makes me more likely to stick to my routine!

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