My Skincare Routine

Stylishlee Skincare Routine

Can you believe it? January is a few days from being over. It seriously felt like I was writing my Happy New Years post, and now I’m here at my work desk sharing my current skincare routine with you. So yes…I’m totally giving you the inside scoop on my morning and nightly skincare regimen.

For the past 5 years (or more) I was only using high end products on my face, from brands like Dermalogica, Boscia, and Murad. Unfortunately for me, last year I realized that I could no longer keep up with an all high end skincare routine. You see, I can’t get such products here in Jamaica, and if I do find a store that carries one or two products it’s double sometimes triple the price (I Know INSANE!). For the past couple of years whenever I traveled I would stock up on all these products and take back with me to Jamaica about 6 months worth of skincare related products. Well it became extremely tiring and the back and forth traveling just to get a few pricey skincare products was not cutting it anymore. So I went back to the basics and looked for products readily available here in Jamaica.

StylishLee Bathroom DecorRecently I was shocked to discover that so many of my friends were so clueless when it comes to a basic skincare routine; two in particular were so clueless that they have been washing their face with regular bar soap (If you are doing this too please STOP!). This lead me to believe that there must be tons of other females out there who also knew little to nothing about having a skincare regimen. As a result I’m sharing with you my current skincare routine to give you an idea of what goes down in my bathroom everyday. Trust me, even maintaining a very basic skincare routine will lead to better skin.

Jamaican Beauty BloggerWhat you put in your body reflects outwards, so it is also very important to take care of your internal self by drinking lots of water, eating healthier and exercising consistently. Nonetheless, to look effortlessly radiant and youthful every day requires clear, healthy skin, and that can only come from an effective and consistent daily skincare routine. I happen to be one of those women who completely believe that skincare should always have priority over makeup, after all if you’ve got a great base, you don’t need much on top anyway. So lets get on with why you’re really here…My Regimen. ♥

Morning Routine:

1. CLEANSE- I wash my face with Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant CleanserThis is my go-to-fash-wash that I use every morning (& some nights) and I absolutely love this product because it leaves my skin looking so luminous. It’s amazing at brightening and evening out the skin tone, while still being hydrating, but not too heavy and it smells so luxurious.

2. TONE- So I stopped using store bought toners for just over six months, and instead switched to a more natural way of toning my skin. I use my DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner (will do a post soon), and either splash some onto my skin and pat onto my face or I use with a cotton pad.

3. MOISTURIZER- I apply Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer everyday to my face and neck (day and night). I honestly think this is one of the best drugstore moisturizers out there, because it contains salicylic acid to help clear up blemishes while still keeping my skin moisturized without looking too oily.

4. EYE CREAM– This is the most recent step in my daily routine, I don’t have much lines or wrinkles but the longer I can go without any wrinkles the better, right? I’ve tried a few eye creams and so far the Garnier Ultra-lift Eye Cream happens to be my favorite one.

5. SPF– This one’s a no-brainer. I Always ALWAYS Alwayysssss apply Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion every morning and I also keep a travel sized one handy in my handbag. (I apply my sunscreen as the final step over all the products).

IMG_4673Night Routine:

1. MAKEUP REMOVAL- I first remove my makeup thoroughly with Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil to get off as much makeup as possible. I absolutely love cleansing oils to remove my makeup because it breaks up the makeup on my face and somehow dissolves almost all traces of makeup. If all my makeup isn’t removed after this step then I’ll use a makeup remover wipe (currently using Biore Makeup Removing Towelettes).

2. CLEANSE- I wash my face with Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser most nights and roughly three times a week I’ll use the Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser.The Biore cleanser is pretty awesome because when you first apply it to your face it heats up as it lifts away stubborn dirt, oil and makeup.

3. TONE– Apply Apple Cider Vinegar DIY Toner (the smell gets some taking used to BTW)

4. EYE CREAM- I apply Garnier Ultra-lift Eye Cream gently around my my eyes.

5. MOISTURIZER- My nightly moisturizer right now is the Garnier Ultra-Lift Night Cream. I apply thid to my face and neck to rehydrate my skin over-night. Its a rich treatment, so it provides hydration without clogging my pores and it leaves my skin feeling super soft and supple in the mornings. Depending on how my skin is feeling, I will occasionally mix the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer with the Garnier cream for extra hydration and also as a treatment since it contains salicylic acid.

6. Exfoliation & Face Masks- This is an extra step in my routine which I do once or twice a week. I definitely think regular exfoliation helps my dark marks and scars diminish more quickly and I love how smooth my skin feels afterwards. The face mask I’m currently using is Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, and it’s by far one of my fave masks I’ve ever tried. It starts out warm when you first apply it and finishes with a cooling sensation for tingly-smooth skin in just one minute, sounds pretty amazing right? Once in a while I’ll also create my own face mask with a mix of random skin-loving ingredients from my kitchen (I can do a post on this if interested).

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Products Mentioned

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleanser HERE

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer HERE

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil HERE

Garnier Ultra-lift Eye Cream HERE

Garnier Ultra-Lift Night Cream HERE

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion HERE

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask HERE

Biore Makeup Removing Towelettes HERE

Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser HERE

Have you ever used any of these products? I would love to know about your skincare routine. & as always if you have any questions about any of the products used or my routine, leave a comment below 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend! XO Natasha ♥

 

20 Comments

  1. Moya
    February 1, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Great post as always! I definitely believe that what you put inside your body reflects on the outside and plays a big role in skincare, so eating clean/healthier is important. Can you give some tips to those who would want to start leading a healthier/vegan lifestyle (beginner vegans)

    • February 2, 2015 / 10:29 am

      hey love, yes. I plan to do a future post on this. promise. 😉

  2. February 12, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    I absolutely love this post! I’m going to try the warming anti-blackhead cleanser as well as the around the eye creams!

    Thanks for this post:)

    • February 12, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      thank you, tweet me on twitter if you like them.

  3. Lady Drea
    February 12, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    Please post on the DIY Apple Cider toner.

    • February 12, 2015 / 3:59 pm

      I definitely plan to post next week.

  4. kayon
    February 13, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Hi Natasha thanks for this post I will try and use all of them once I can find them. I too use the apple cider vinegar for my toner I mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and store in a bottle it really works. I use an oil treatment method to cleanse my skin and remove make up. Castor oil and olive oil. But I will try the Garnier oil cleanser.

    • February 14, 2015 / 9:00 am

      Hey Kayon, thanks for dropping by. I started the apple cider toner about a year ago and I love it more than any other store bought toner ive ever tried. In the past I’ve used olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil to remove makeup and then I would cleanse with my face wash to remove anything left behind. But after I tried the Boscia cleansing oil everything changed and I immediately wanted to know more about products like it. Yes regular oil works but this one literally made the makeup dissolve and melt away. Unfortunately it finished and here In Jamaica I can only get the Garnier one, but I actually really do like it too.

  5. jade
    February 13, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Love you bathroom, great post

    • February 14, 2015 / 8:48 am

      why thank you Jade. 😉

  6. Anja-schae
    February 14, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Thankssss! This has helped me to realize that I do need a skincare routine. I’ve always just been the type to remove by bath soap too, after reading this I decided that a routine was definitely necessary. Lovely post!

    • February 15, 2015 / 11:53 pm

      Oh yes love. yes. no more bath soap. to make your routine simpler, you can start by incorporating a three step system. 1. Cleanse. 2. Toner. 3. Moisturise.

  7. Miyra
    February 20, 2015 / 11:10 pm

    gosh ive been guilty of no skin routine! Will def try ur products and let u know if it works…thanks for the post!

    • February 22, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      yes please love, tell me if you like any of the products.

  8. Britni Tracey
    March 10, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Where can I get that toner ? I bought everything else today

    • March 10, 2015 / 9:04 pm

      hey Britt. I actually make my toner myself (well kinda) I’m working on the post now, so it should be out later this week.

  9. Karen J
    October 22, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    I’m interested in your homemade face mask.

    • October 23, 2015 / 11:54 am

      Okay Hun. Will try share it with you and on the blog

  10. Rhadika
    January 28, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Have you ever tried the simple skin care Line? I’ve been using it for about a year , well I actually switched from the aveeno facial cleanser to the simple moisturizing face wash and face scrub which cleared up my face significantly. I would really want a recommendation for a product for pore minimizing and illumination of spots

    • February 8, 2016 / 11:16 pm

      I have used Simple products. Specifically their lightweight moisturizer (I can’t remember the exact name lol). For more minimizing check out makeup forever’s primers, they have one formulated to minimize pores.