SKINCARE FAVES: My Minimal AM & PM Routines

Today I'm excited to share my super simple skincare routine featuring my skincare must-haves. Each of these have improved my skin for the better and help keep me clear, glowing and smooth. I've outlined all of my essentials here for you but you can also see them in action here. 


Before we hop into my routine, I want to share a little bit about my skin so that you know where I'm coming from with this routine. I am 30 years old and my skin is oil/combination depending on the season. My skin is also prone to redness and can be quite reactive when touched or treated to aggressively. I also get occassional break-outs that always leave behind hyperpigmentation. 



Every morning, I begin the day by double cleansing my skin with the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Dr. Bronner's. I have used tons of oil cleansers over the years that I've loved (like this one and this one to name a few) but this stand-out from DHC has quickly become a favorite for it's efficacy and affordability.

After I pat dry my face, I tone with the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 and the Shiseido Cotton Pads. The Lotion P50 is hands down the best chemical exfoliant I've ever tried. My skin is left clear, toned, balanced and my pores are minimized without any of the drying, redness or irritation that accompanies many other chemical exfoliants. Plus, with consistent use I've found that this exfoliant helps minimize acne scars incredibly quickly. When it comes to cotton pads, I love these Shiseido squares because they're incredibly soft, reasonably priced and never any cotton pieces behind. 

Once I'm toned I gently press a few drops of The Ordinary Rosehip Oil into my skin. I love this oil because it's lightweight, hydrating, gentle, effective and incredibly affordable. 


In the evening, I double cleanse again which works beautifully for removing makeup without an extra step - or product. Next, I tone like I do in the morning before I apply The Ordinary Rosehip oil again.


The only difference between my AM and PM routines is that at this stage I will also mix my rosehip oil with a few drops of Vintner's Daughter. Now, Vinter's Daughter has quickly gained cult status and I can see why.

This oil is lovely in every way and I've definitely noticed an improvement in my skin's tone, luminosity and texture since I started using it. Unfortunately, this oil is also incredibly expensive so if you have a large budget, want to splurge on a truly beautiful product or have a special birthday coming up I highly recommend it. 


In addition to my everyday routine, I also rely on a few extra products a few times each week or as-needed. First up, is my favorite clarifying mask that I love for purifying my skin when I either have an active breakout and can feel congestion under the surface of my skin. The Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant instantly tightens, smooths and clears my skin to reveal a less congested complexion and I can't recommend it enough.

Next up I love the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for when I want a glow in under 15 minutes. This is one of my all time favorite products and I love to use it before I apply my makeup because it dries quickly, washes off easily and works in no time to reveal a glowy complexion. When I want a glow but have a little more time to spare or I want some extra hydration I love the Kyrpis Beauty Glow Philtre

When I'm feeling particularly puffy or tense, I LOVE jade rolling. This ancient technique is relatively new to me but since I started doing it about 3 months ago I have fallen completely in love with the results. This is a great video all about the benefits of Jade Rolling and how to do it for the best results. Now, in addition to the products and techniques mentioned above I also rely on a well-balanced diet, tons of water and effective stress management to keep my skin looking and feeling it's best. 

For a complete overview of the products mentioned and a demonstration of my complete routine, you can watch my video here or below.