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to make: my skin care routine

I really appreciated Anna putting up the list of stuff she uses for her skin care routine so I decided to do the same here. These are the things I use and love. At least until they come out will newer, shinier stuff, of course. I have annoyingly oily skin. [FYI, this came from an earlier post to the blog on the front page.]

  • Wash each morning, evening and sometimes mid day with Cetaphil for oily skin, it is super gentle.
  • Put Paula’s Choice 2% beta hydroxy liquid solution (aka salicylic acid) all over my face before bed, and dab on blemish-y areas during the day. The stuff from Paula’s Choice is fragrance free and has never irritated my skin.
  • Use a facial scrub of baking soda mixed with a little cleanser every 3 or 4 days.
  • Wear DDF Moisturizing Photo-Age Sunscreen SPF 30 on my face every day, and DDF Matte Finish Photo-Age Protection SPF 30 on my neck. These are fragrance free and soak in quick.

  • If I’m feeling oily I use Clean and Clear Shine Control Powder, which seems to help shine a bit. The powder itself is light blue, which makes me wonder what Clean and Clear was thinking. It is fragrance free.
  • Dab during the day with Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, they have no powder to leave behind. If I hold them in place too long they can actually dry out my skin a bit.

    Also, I remember reading in Jane (early Jane before it lost all hint that it came from the people who made Sassy) that Courtney Cox mentioned the toilet seat covers make perfect blotting sheets. It may seem a little gross, but she’s right.

  • Use a nice moisturizer under my eyes at night. I have yet to find the perfect one.
  • Occasionally use Mint Julep Mask, it’s incredible, and inexpensive.

I find that the advice given by Paula Begoun is straightforward, and her books are great. You can read about skincare on her site, this page on fighting blemishes is very helpful.


13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alexis // Dec 13, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    People who have rosacia or are otherwise perpetually red-faced will often wear a powder that’s greenish because the colors cancel each other out, or it will anyway reduce the redness. Maybe your blue powder operates on a similar principle.

  • 2 Christine // Apr 10, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    I use Paula’s Choice 2% beta hydroxy skin solution & backing soda with my face wash every week or so – thanks for these suggestions. They have really helped to clear up my skin.

  • 3 Kiriko // May 24, 2007 at 10:18 am

    I love the Jason Natural Cosmetics moisturizers. I’ve been using the Vitamin E one on my combination skin overnight and when I wash my face in the morning it’s smooth and I don’t need to moisturize again all day.

  • 4 Courtney // Nov 18, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Have you ever tried Arbonne products? They have a green powder called “personalizer” that works like the blue Clean and Clear. I like it a lot, but it’s not cheap.

  • 5 Tracy // Feb 1, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I have a friend who had very oily skin and tried everything to control it until she found Dr.Hauschka’s skincare line. They have a skincare line especially for oily skin and my friend love it and hasn’t used anything else since, which was over 4 years ago. has all the info. Their line is natural and grown in Germany and I have been using it for many years too for my dry skin which is now normal. I use a toner,cleanser, and moisturizer and that is it. Your regime sounds like a lot of work. Dr.Hauschka is kinda pricey but it lasts a while and its well worth it.

  • 6 Bridgett // Feb 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    If you are looking for a good eye cream, I like the brand “Roc” and also use their Day lotion. A little bit goes a long way. I have oily-ish skin and live in a dry climate, but find that the weight of these products is just right.

    I also use a mineral foundation and swear by it! It could adopt the ole’ “set it and forget it” motto, because you literally put it on and go about your day.

    I’m in my mid-twenties, but have never received complements on my skin until I started using this moisturizer and foundation combination. Now, people have a hard time believing that I’m old enough to have a child.

  • 7 Lorna // Mar 1, 2008 at 9:54 am

    The best eye cream Ive ever tried is burt’s bees royal jelly. I’m nearly thirty and I haven’t a single wrinkle. I’ve very dry and sensitive skin so I use almond oil as a body moisturizer, its relatively cheap, quick and easy to apply and it smells great too. Also if you use crushed almonds with the oil it makes a cheap and beautiful facial and body scrub. L’occitane is a gorgeous range, they’re honey face cream and shea butter make my skin baby soft. I never use toner as it makes me get pimples, but when I need a pick me up for my skin, you can’t beat tea tree oil. The best thing about these products is there are no chemicals in them, aren’t tested on animals and contain sustainable ingredients. So you can look beautiful and be kinder to the environment and yourself at the same time.

  • 8 deb // Jul 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Alpha Hydrox is better than Paulas and you can buy it at Krogers

  • 9 Feela // Aug 3, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Origins Eyes of the World Eye cream is the best stuff ever, especially if you’re over 25. It firms and your skin feels like silk. Make sure you get the eye cream because the regular lotion looks almost identical. Enjoy!

  • 10 Cristal // Dec 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I love that everything in your regimen its almost homemade, and I love that you decided to spend the extra $$ on a good sunscreen, it is so important to protect your skin from the sun, I like to use a combination of products as well, I like to call it my skincare cocktail. I cleanse with either a Dior foaming cleanser or Cosmedicines foaming cleanser, ah and it removes all traces of make-up, I will alternate these two cleansers depending on whether I feel oily or dry . Dior for dry, Cosmedicine for oily. Then I treat my under eye area with Kinerase Intense eye cream, active ingredient being Kinetin , this helps lighten, brighten, and tighten, I use this am and pm. I then if I’m breaking out will apply a blemish clearing serum, I love Boscia Willow bark serum, the active ingredient willow bark, works as an anti-inflammatory bacteria reducing fighter. Then I hydrate with Dr. Murads energizing pomegranate oil free moisturizer with SPF 15, I love this one, it soaks right in without feeling greasy and it leaves your skin just glowing and smells fabulous!! So this is my day moisturizer at night I like to use Boscia and the vital night moister cream works great again non greasy feeling and smells good. So I have to treat my lips they need loving too so at night I use Lip fusion night plumping treatment a combination of antioxidants and 2xs micro injected collagen crystals for a next day full pout of plumpness, in the am I use fresh lip sugar treatment, this goes on like butter and this also has SPF 15!! Last but not least step is a fresh spray of Caudalies beauty elixir, aah sheer heaven in a bottle, made in France an all natural cocktail of grape seed extract , eucalyptus, essential oils and so much more, this gives the skin a natural glow, tones and hydrates and also sets make-up!! So there it is I’m happy to of been able to share some of my little beauty secrets and let you guys in on my routine;) Tootles…

  • 11 Nila // Feb 4, 2009 at 8:28 am

    A good moisturizer for under the eye area is castor oil, it is purely natural and no chemicals in it. i used organic castor oil and find a great difference. castor oil has lots of good properties and is very good for skin and hair. i also use it for my brows and once in a while for hair before shampooing. works great!
    it is thick oil so just little goes a long way.

  • 12 Kate // Mar 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I too remember that issue of Jane with Courtney Cox. She was on the cover hugging Kurt and was wearing his striped cardigan. She looked fabulous-her hair was baby pink. I promptly went out and bought strawberry kool-aid and dyed my hair to the same effect! Ahhh, Courtney….ahhh, youth….

  • 13 Caycee // Jul 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    just thought i add this..
    i’ve always had oiley skin till i started with this routine and best of all my skin looks better, no chemicals and super cheap!
    Toner: 1/2 distilled water, 1/2 apple cidar vinegar, few drops of teatree oil all mixed together *i make 250ml at time
    *helps shrink and clean the pores
    Then i rinse with witchhazel (helps with the pimples)
    then i rub on grapeseed oil (not too much!)
    my skin is soft.. and not oily at all!
    and grapeseed oil is found in the oil section of the grocery store and makes a fantastic all over moisterizer because it’s really close to our own natural oils

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