Hello my lovely peeps! My blogging schedule has been all over the place (and sometimes non-existent) over the past couple of months. You know when you’re not really “busy”, but have a lot going on? That’s been my life. My sweet hubby is a respiratory therapist in a Level IV NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) here at our local children’s hospital. If you don’t know what NICU is, it is basically a “nursery” unit for premature and/or sick infants. Level IV means they take in the sickest babies from our entire region. I usually blog on evenings when he is at work. Unfortunately, they have had a lot of sick babies these past several weeks, and he has been putting in a lot of hours. So our day to day life has been all over the place, as has my blogging. So, here I am on Saturday night happily posting my current morning skincare routine. I am hoping to get back to some sense of normalcy after the holidays.
I am a stickler when it comes to skincare. While I am happy to experiment with makeup, I tend to not deviate from things that come into direct contact with my face, whether it be skincare or foundation!
I remember reading a magazine article years ago that stated all you needed for your AM routine was cleanser, SPF, and an antioxidant to fight free radicals/cellular damage (moisturizer if needed). I’ve kept to that, but have added a few things that work for me.
Another point in that article was that cleansers aren’t on your face long enough to make a significant impact on your skin, so don’t pay huge amounts of money on something you wash your face with.
That being said, here is my morning ritual.
Cleanser. I have used Cetaphil for years. Super gentle and inexpensive. I massage a couple of pumps onto my dry face, and rinse with warm water. My skin feels great, with no super “tight” feeling.
Eyes. After cleansing, I apply an eye serum. My current favorite is the Obagi ELASTIderm roller ball. This really soothes under eye bags. Whatever your age, definitely use an eye cream!! The younger you start, the better.
Antioxidant. I have used these Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel Pads for years, and I swear by them. It comes in a kit with the antioxidant formula in a glass bottle that you dump into this frosty glass jar of pads. I really has improved the look of my skin.
These pads exfoliate and smooth, and deliver potent antioxidant protection with 10% citric acid. You swipe a pad across your face, tap the remaining excess into your skin, and wait for it to dry. From here on out, the products are all about applying and letting them dry before you move onto the next. I swear, my skincare takes longer than my makeup. And takes up more space in my luggage when I travel.
Treatment/Moisturizer. Products I use after the antioxidant pads are from the Shiseido White Lucent line – my serum and moisturizer, which I have been using for a very long time also.
Being half-Japanese, Shiseido has been a part of my life forever. My Mom used nothing but Shiseido, and every time I use it, I think of her.
One confusing thing about Japanese skincare “whitening” lines; do they “whiten” you, like fade dark spots, or do they “brighten” your complexion??? I am not really sure. I don’t think anyone really knows.
The Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum has done wonders for my skin. It is a super light serum that is instantly absorbed, making your face feel soft and super toned.
It comes with a pump that dispenses the right amount of product. Again, it’s all about applying the serum to your face, and allowing it to sink in before going on with the next product. Dry, dry, dry.
I typically have backups for things I love, and when trying to find links to share for this post, it appears my beloved serum has been replaced by Shiseido for an “improved” product. Hmmm…..
Oh, this moisturizer! It is super light, almost gel-like, and your skin will just soak it up. Almost drink it up. It has a tinge of fragrance (that is so Shiseido to me!) but not overwhelming. The most perfect daytime moisturizer, as your face will look fab, and not feel greasy/heavy.
I spent my youth baking my face in the sun. I am paying for it now with melasma, brown spots, hyperpigmentation, etc. I wish I could tell you that the Shiseido White Lucent line will get rid of brown spots, hyperpigmentation, and the like. But it won’t. It hasn’t for me at least. However, all that being said, I LOVE this line, as it makes my skin look great. Maybe for me it isn’t so much whitening, as it is brightening? I have some Japanese bloggers that I need to get clarity from (you know who you are).
The fun police, Mr. Sunscreen. I know it’s a buzz-kill, but sunscreen is the best skincare ever. It is the final step of my skincare after everything I’ve applied (dry, dry, dry!). Although SPF is in my moisturizer, foundation, etc, it is the last thing I put on my face before makeup.
I have been testing out a couple of new products. I am still not sure if I will make any change ups. Stay tuned! I plan to cover my evening routine and weekly treatment stuff in a separate post.
Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo