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AM: Before tennis, Shiseido SPF 55 Lotion for Face. After, Kiehl’s Facial Cleanser (was using Eve Lom’s AM, but it wasn’t cutting through the sunscreen very well–it was the like the two were working against each other into sludge), then bareMinerals SPF 20 Lotion. PM: Heavier makeup – shu uemural cleansing oil, lighter makeup – Eve Lom Cleansing Balm; Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, Boscia Hydration Gel. Everything is business as usual, which is good!

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Regular Cerave in the AM, with Hope PiaJ 25spf moisturizer, then primer, then Bobbi Brown’s Extra Repair foundation which I just discovered – it’s making a big difference in my chronic dry skin! Evening, I usually wash off makeup with Cerave cleanser (on dermatologist’s instructions) – if you keep washing for 60 seconds, it will get off nearly everything, even with really heavy foundations. Since I’m not acne prone, I use a cold cream once a week for a sort of deep clean (same main ingredient as Shu Uemura cleansing oil). Then I put on Aquaphor, because yep, my skin is that seriously dry.

I did’nt know you were a tennis player! How long have you been playing?
I used to play a few yrs ago, was pretty awful but I tried hard I guess thats all that counts! Were you in my home town in March for the BNP Paribas Open?

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I don’t think we could call me a “tennis player.” Shaun and I just started playing when we moved (there is a park about 5 minutes away). I’m pretty awful!

I was pretty bad too….haha. No worries! It’s pretty difficult actually. Volleyball is my favorite, seemed to be lot easier for me.
Also love Badminton! That is fun!

Morning: Lancôme Tonique Douceur Toner, Lancôme sunscreen lotion thingy, then Garnier’s Moisture Surge Lotion woth SPF 15 cus I like the dewiness it gives me and I like the smell 😛
Night: Burt’s Bees Natural Faciel Cleanser with Royal Jelly, Lancôme Tonique Douceur, and Garnier’s Moisture Surge Gel Cream.

Mostly all Dermalogica!! I use… All by Dermalogica- MORNING- Special Cleansing gel, Antioxidant Hydramist, Total Eye Care SPF 15, Skin Smoothing Cream, Solar Defense Booster SPF 50

PM- Precleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant or MultiVitamin Thermafoliant (2-3x weekly), MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque (1x week), Antioxidant Hydramist, Overnight Repair Serum, Intensive Eye Repair

I just started using the Skin Smoothing Cream. I like the texture, but the smell seems “off” to me. Does your cream have a weird smell too?

AM: 1.Cleanser, Korres Foaming Milk Cleanser or Mariod Badescu Glycolic Cleanser. 2.Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control SPF 30 for Eyes…for those of you who are unfamilar this is an AWESOME product made to specifically protect the delicate eye area from sun damage. It is NOT an eye cream, just a special sunscreen for your eyes that causes zero irritation!And your makeup goes on fine afterward!
3.Josie Maran SPF 30 Argan moisturizer or Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
SPF 15
PM: Cleanser for heavy makeup/eye makeup: MAC Cleanse Off Oil. Light makeup: Korres Milk Foaming Cleanser. Alternate with Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask & Laura Mercier Foaming Scrub.
PM Moisturizer: SUPER By Perricone Red Algae Serum + Omega Moisturizer or Coconut Moisturizer. SUPER by Perricone Melon Eye Cream
or Josie Maran Argan oil lightly applied to eye area.

I finally have my skincare routine down to an exact science, and it’s working great!

AM – Wash with just water in the shower, and then toner, sunblock (I let it sink in for ten minutes) and then LUSH Gorgeous moisturizer with an eye cream as my last step.

PM – I use LUSH Ultrabland and a makeup wipe on my eyes, and then I cleanse with Ultrabland all over. Every other night, I use LUSH 9 to 5 cleanser with Angels on Bare Skin on top and then rinse all that off. Then I apply my toner, a serum that I let sink in for ten minutes while I wash my makeup brushes and brush my teeth, and then I apply my Gorgeous moisturizer on top with eye cream as my last step.

AN EXACT SCIENCE, I tell you.

Out of curiosity – does anyone have any recommendations for makeup wipes? I’ve tried every one out there and they all sting my eyes except for MAC Wipes (which are damned expensive) and the Shoppers Drug Mart brand (which are a great deal and work awesome, but they only come in these gigantic pack sizes that dry out in no time).

Try yes to blueberries! They are the only wipes I have ever found that dont sting, they take everything off, they smell yummy and they are inexpensive! I buy mine at shoppers and wait for them to go on sale, which they do often. They are $8 or $9

I tried a sample of the blue Ponds ones (they came with my qtips haha) and they’re actually pretty good! They take off even my UD 24/7 liner over UDPP! Also, have you tried J&J baby wipes? I can’t really comment on eye-stinging-ness of either since I don’t have that problem, but maybe they’ll work for you? *crosses fingers* 🙂

I use baby wipes, as well. Just be sure that you pick up the unscented/sensitive kind, if you decide to try them. Brand isn’t important, Io find they all work the same.

Have you tried making your own using a micellar solution (Bioderma)? Cut up an old white t-shirt into 5″ square pieces, soak in the solution and place in a tightly zipped baggie. When you’ve gone through them, chuck them in the wash and start again.

Get your self some tupperware & stick your Shopper’s wipes in it. Personally, I’m a fan of the kind that has a rubber seal, like the Lock & Lock containers. I got mine at Target, but I’ve seen similar ones on Amazon & at Walmart.

If a product works for you & is cost effective, don’t let something like cheap packaging stop you from using it!

Comodynes Sensitive and Dry skin wipes! You can find them at Trader Joe’s and Bed Bath and Beyond ‘s that have the drugstore in them. So soothing but take off makeup awesomely

I just use an eye make-up remover (I like Sonia Kashuk’s, a BiFacil dupe) and a cotton square I can toss. Doesn’t sting and works out to be way cheaper than wipes.

My skin is very sensitive, esp eyes. PAMPERS Sensitive baby wipes takes off all makeup, cleanses, is hydrating, causes NO irritation, & doesn’t dry out. Can always find coupons for it too.

for light makeup days, Target generic (their Up and Up brand) unscented baby wipes. I take them with me when I travel in case I need to freshen up. Then at night I use them in place of a makeup remover if I wore heavy makeup.

morning : gamlia’s secret cream bar Soothing Geranium, loofah water(toner), lancome genifique, lancome blanc expert derm crystal, Mentholatum Skinaqua UV mild milk SPF25PA++.

night: gamlia’s secret cream bar Soothing Geranium + Clarisonic Mia, loofah water(toner), lancome genifique, Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Eye Creme, lancome blanc expert derm crystal,Creme de la mer.

AM: Paula’s Choice CLEAN Cleanser, CLEAN Toner, Skin Balancing Moisture Gel

PM: Same as AM with moisture gel skipped. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

AM:
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum all over, including under the eyes, then O/H Truth is in the Eyes “Eye Peel”, followed by O/H Truth eye cream and Truth Revealed face cream with SPF 15. Summer, I use Shiseido’s Tinted Moisturizer in SPF 20 in lieu of the face cream, but if we have another 115+ degree summer in Houston, I’m going to need tips on something much stronger! (Maybe the Shiseido you use, Christine, if it matches my skin tone.)

PM:
Dr. Brandt foaming cleanser to take off the makeup, then Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (including under the eyes), O/H African Red Tea “See the Difference” serum, then “Truth is in the Eyes Peel” followed by Visual Truth Eye Cream. It all sounds a lot but the serums are so light (and a little goes so far) that I sometimes add a few light touches of Express the Truth face cream on top of all that. And yet, with my combo skin, I don’t break out.

Once a week: Ren Gycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.
2-3 times a week: O/H Walnut Scrub or Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion.

When going out or to special events: I dab on my faux Botox, Dr. Brandt Crease Release with GABA, to the 11 lines between my eyebrows and other lines I worry about.

The first time in my life, my skin looks so good, I get compliments *and* I don’t bother with foundation or concealers a lot of the time.

Pretty much the same morning and night. If I have makeup on, I’ll remove it with target’s up&up remover wipes. Best I’ve found, gets everything off without irritating my skin. Then I use Fortune Cookie Soap’s Clearly Complexion bar soap (my miracle product), a generic version of Sea Breeze toner, and a generic version of Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer. For breakouts, I use a clean and clear salicylic acid gel for day and AcneFree terminator for night. My favorite eye cream is Benefit It’s Potent, I use it day and night because it absorbs so quickly. Once or twice a week I exfoliate with St Ives, and once a week I use my Fortune Cookie Soap Complexion Complexion mask.

All pretty simple and inexpensive, but it’s worked wonders in clearing up my previously awful (and apparently sensitive) skin. Not going to change it without a really good reason lol.

I got a sample of Simple Skin Care wipes for sensitive skin and so far I like them enough that I will likely buy them when I run out! No stinging at all.

Morning: cetaphil cleanser, and then estee lauder daywear face cream. Dont really like it that much, but just using it for now until I can afford my creme de la mer gel. Night: cetaphil cleanser, followed usually by either nothing (because I hate the feeling of having something on my face) or if I have had a tough day, it will be my la prairie night recharge complex. Sometimes I use neutrogena oil free moisturiser when I have run out of my good creams, just because it doesnt break me out. Also I occasionally do a mud mask and scrub my face with a gentle clinique scrub, would like to try creme de la mere scrub. I scrub tea bags on my face and coffee beans on my legs, before going out to wake up my skin (wierd, but works)! 🙂

I think keeping it simple has been key for me!

Morning – Vichy Normaderm gel cleaner (this has serious potential but I am giving it a longer go before it will be inducted into HG glory), Kiss my Face Apricot moisturiser (which I also use around my eyes

Evening – for lazy nights Yes to Blueberries wipes! For not-lazy nights – MAC cleanse off oil, Vichy Normaderm, Kiss my Face Apricot moisturiser, Elizabeth Arden ceramide eye capsules and Clinique spot treatment on any blemishes.

I think my routine works well for me. KMF is amazing and I tell anyone about it who will listen. I have been experimenting with cleaners lately and am really liking the normaderm, although I still get the occasional pimple. I just know the perfect routine is out there somewhere! The Cleanse off oil is another HG…I did just get a sample of the new biotherm cleansing oil and am really liking it too. I might compare the price and pick it up if it continues to be so amazing!

AM: Wash my face during shower with La Roche-Posay Lipikar Syndet (without soap) then a spray of La Roche – Posay Thermal water and finish with LRP Toleriane (for combination skin).
PM: I use Ponds cold cream (love it during the winter) to remove all the makeup, LRP Thermal water and Trilogy Rosehip oil. Once a week I exfoliate with trilogy gentle face exfoliant.

Am: eucerin white solution foam for combination skin, eucerin Dermopurifyer lotion, moisturize with eucerin white solution treatment serum and follow with rojukiss stim white cell natural spf 40++.

Pm: remove make up with larocheposay miscellar lotion, wash face with eucerin white solution foam, eucerin dermopurifyer lotion, put on eucerin white solution night oil control gel and finish with eucerin white solution night cream. I also use suwalsoo eye firming cream.

AM Light cleanse with Emma Hardie Moringa Balm and a cotton face cloth, I use La Roche Posay thermal spring water spray as a toner and either Alpha H spf 50 daily essentials or La Roche Posay Efficlar M moisturiser.

PM I double cleanse with Emma Hardie balm. I use a facial massage technique on the 2nd cleanse and remove with a cotton face cloth. Twice a week Clarisonic with the deep pore brush and Cetaphil face wash. I tone with Biologique Recherche 1970 P50 lotion and alternate between Alpha H liquid gold, Alpha H Balancing moisturiser, Clarins Blue Orchid oil, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. Eye cream is Alpha H absolute eye complex.

My oily, large open pore skin is looking the best it has in years. I’m blackhead and breakout free.

AM: Fitocose Aloe and Azulene cleansing milk, sometimes Liz Earle eyebright eye lotion on the eyes, then eye cream (I’m testing Fitocose Jalus Eyes but I use also Sans Soucis One Apple a day) and Estée Lauder Day Wear moisturizer.
It may change a bit since I’m about to buy an organic serum with hyaluronic acid.
NIGHT: I remove eye-makeup with Fitocose Aloe and Azulene eye lotion and the rest of face makeup with the cleasing milk. Then I proceed as in AM. When I need more moisture I put an oil, as jojoba or rosa mosqueta, or Liz Earle Nourishing mask.

In the shower: Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Cleanser, sometimes followed by Reviva Labs Pomegranate Scrub. To take off makeup: Reviva Labs Sensitive Skin Gel. Moisturizers: Pangea Organics Nigerian Ginger & Nivea Creme (German formula) as an eye cream.

AM: just water in the shower in my face! My dermatologist told me that people with oily skin just make it worse if they use too many face cleansers. Then it’s Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 55 all over my face and Yes to Carrots SPF 30 Body lotion all over my arms and legs. I finish off with Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich eye cream.

PM: I use wipes to take off my makeup (washcloths gross me out!) and then splash my face with water. I use Vaseline on a q-tip to get off any remain eye makeup and then it’s more eye cream plus Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer all over my face.

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