Are you committed to your skincare products or always trying new ones?

There are a few I’m pretty committed to where I’ve repurchased multiple times over the course of years, like Biologique Recherge PIGM 400, Shiseido Eye + Lip Makeup Remover, Farmacy Green Clean to name a few. I’ll try other makeup removers, but they’re not something I feel requires a long-term commitment to test, so I can try and then return to my preferred versions.

— Christine


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Lisrisch Avatar

For the most part, I’m a stickler to my routine. In the morning, I use CeraVe Psoriasis cleanser to get a dose of 2% salicylic acid into my pores (I apply it to dry skin and let it sit for a minute or 2, then wash it off). I follow up with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Extra Dry (because it’s fragrance free) and seal that in with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream or Lotion (depending on how dry I’m feeling). Then it’s SPF 30 and any makeup for the day.

At night, I tend to alternate between CeraVe Foaming (or the new Hydrating-to-Foaming) cleanser or either of the Drunk Elephant bars (which I’ve just had forever). Any of these tend to do a good job removing my makeup. I follow up with the Hydro Boost Gel Cream and then CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream. Lastly, I apply 1% tretinoin to my face, chest, and backs of hands (I’ve been using it for 1 year).

BrandiD Avatar

I have allergies and rosacea, so when I find stuff that works I get pretty committed to it. That said, things have stopped working for my skin before so I do go through periodic changes. For now, my routine is: at night, I wash with Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser and remove any stubborn makeup with a microfiber cloth. That is followed by either L’oreal glycolic acid serum or Vichy hyaluronic acid serum (alternate days) and then Cerave daily moisturizing lotion on top. I can’t use the creams because my skin dislikes the formula but the lotion is fine. In the morning, I simply rinse with water and if it’s dry, I add another layer of the Cerave. Otherwise, I go straight to primer and foundation.

I’m not opposed to more expensive skin care, but pretty much all of them irritate my skin so luckily what works isn’t too pricey.

Lesley Avatar

My routine is set for the foreseeable future. I am committed to certain ingredients but I am willing to try different brands if I think the formulation will be nicer or there is a significant cost savings. My basic morning routine is cleanse with the Bliss Bar from Ethique, Vitamin C serum, Timeless CoQ-10 serum, PC 1% BHA serum on my nose, sunscreen and eye cream with an SPF 30. Of these, I am open to different Vitamin C formulas because the low pH of l-ascorbic acid serums is getting hard to tolerate. My night routine is Iunik Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser, Cosrx centella water spray, niacinamide serum, prescription tretinoin, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, and Bite Agave Lip Masque (old formula). Of these, I have no loyalty to the second cleanser, the niacinamide and moisturizer and tend to change these up when I run out. In fact I rarely buy moisturizer and rely heavily on samples and promos because my skin is oily and it’s not an essential product for me.

Arena Avatar

This is a weird one to answer

I am totally committed to Beauty Pie skin care (as some are to Paulas Choice). That being said, I am not terribly picky about what I try and I’m always up to try something new within the brand. Marcia knows her skincare and most of it works for me.

Other than that, I am partial to very particular things: Lancome eye remover; CereVe hydrating cleanser; Baifine moisturizer; Nuxe Gold Dry oil; Obagi eye cream

Nancy T Avatar

Roughly 90% committed, I suppose? Every now and then I try a deluxe sample of something for a week or more and it blows my mind enough to cause me to replace what had been an HG item for me. This recently happened with my nighttime eye cream. I’m now firmly sold on Youth To The People Dream Eye Cream. I also really love the larger sample of their Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask, too! Used it every night for just over a week, and if I didn’t have a full jar of Drunk Elephant Protini Peptide…just may be a changeup in the future. It seriously firms up my skin!

Deb Avatar

Definitely committed. I don’t want to risk trying anything new and risking a breakout or other reaction. I have been using Paula’s Choice since she first created her brand, and before that I used what she recommended. I’m pretty happy with my almost 50 year old skin, so why mess with what is working?

I do not like her cleansers, though. I use Shu Umera cleansing oil followed by It Cosmetics face wash.

Dana Avatar

I spent a long time trying to get to a routine that worked for my many different issues – dry, flaky, sensitive skin with irritation bumps and red blotches. I tackled one issue at a time, and I have pretty much gotten things under control with my routines. So I am pretty much settled in. It is hard, though, because I am a product junkie who wants all the new shiny, but I manage to control myself. Most of the time.

Francesca Avatar

In this period mostly new ones, because my skin has changed a lot, from a normal type without any particular issues, to acneic one caused by long hours wearing mask. Thus I had to dratically change my routine, since not adequate anymore to my new skin condition, and explore new product I’ve found unecessary before. I’ve still not reached satisfactory results yet, thus I’m expecting continuos changes of products and formulas (when I’ll finish the current ones) until I’ll find which is the best combo

Logan Avatar

It depends. The only products that I’m 100% committed to are Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Clarifying Lotion 3. I have bought multiple of my current cleanser, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Gel, but I’d be willing to try something new… I’ve also been tempted by Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash since the minis I’ve used have been very nice to my skin. Pretty sure I’ve never repurchased an eye cream, most have been samples/minis anyway!

Ana Maria Avatar

There were times in my life I would try all the new things… But nowadays I am pretty committed; if something works well, I keep repurchasing.

Generally I am pretty committed to Paula’s Choice as a whole, most of their products are the best I could find. And purchasing from just one brand means I can get all my needs in one shopping trip and one delivery.

I am committed to the point of obsession to the Clinical 1% Retinol serum, since the first time I got it 6-7 years ago. With cleansers and toners I go with anything that’s on sale, I’m not picky about them. Recently I have also become committed to the Azelaic acid booster and the peptide booster.

From other brands, I am totally committed to the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm.

Maggie Avatar

Things I have repurchased for years and plan on repurchasing again include Paula’s Choice BHA9, Paula’s Choice Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5 and Paula’s Choice Benzoyl Peroxide 5. I have allergies and easily irritated skin so I often try new products once something that has been working starts not to work. Sometimes, it’s merely a product that DOES work but I want to find something that feels better. If I develop an irritation to a product, then I’ll end up using another one. For example, I’m using Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and even have another waiting as back-up but my eyelids are starting to be more sensitive so it’s back to Cerave Hydrating Cleanser for my eyelids.

Genevieve Avatar

I am reasonably committed to some cleansers (CereVa Hydrating cleanser, Swisse Sweet Almond cleanser) and some skincare products – like The Ordinary’s Moroccan Argon Oil, but I am also willing to try other products too. When skincare products are on sale at our local Priceline or Chemist Warehouse, I will give them a go. Some of them I will keep buying and others I will let go.
I quite like Neutragena’s Hydro Boost gel cleansers and moisturisers in summer – they are pretty good and Skin Chemists’ Night time moisturiser and would repurchase.

Debbie Avatar

I am as committed to skincare choices as my skin is. If i see a change in my skin due to age, climate, budget or what sounds like it might work better. I have even had to change some products out since I am on a cruelty free journey and the brand that I was frequenting was not cruelty free and forced me to look for alternatives.

brendacr1 Avatar

My skin is changing so I’m having to purchase different products, I used to have combination skin but this winter my skin is drying out. I’ve had to stop using my Drunk Elephant Retinol Cream it’s making my skin flake too badly. I like to try new products and trying samples is one way that I do it, reading reviews is another. I have favorite brands that I like to stick to because they work for my skin, my face can take anything but my neck and chest are very sensitive so | have to be very careful what I use on that area. Amorepacific Powder Cleanser is heaven in a bottle, Dr. Brandt Dark Spots No More has remarkedly reduced the color of my hyperpigmentation in the six months that I have been using it, Murad Intensive Radiance Peel works amazing, Caudalie Beauty Elixir is addicting, I change up my eye creams, face creams and face oils, just haven’t found anything that has wowed me yet. Plume eyebrow/eyelash serum is filling out my brows so I will be ordering another bottle of that. I do quite a bit of research before I purchase because I haven’t been in a store for 10 months so I don’t want to have to return anything.

Sarah Avatar

I like what I’m using, but I’d be open to trying new things in the future if they’re in the same price range and have similar ingredients.

Valerie Avatar

Being a skin care professional, I get a ton of skin care PR, so my routine varies a bit due to experimentation with new products as they come out.

I love the following:
– Farmacy Green Clean for removing makeup – though currently making a slow switch to the Clinique equivalent which I think removes makeup marginally better
– MUFE Sens’eyes for removing eye makeup – I’ve gone through dozens of these
– tretinoin 0.025% cream once a week – this is the single best cream you can put on your face but unfortunately it is a prescription
– Bobby Brown Vitamin Face Base – it’s got a lovely faint smell which my guy loves and I’m not sensitive to smells

The BB moisturizer is the first in a long line of moisturizers that I’ve used consistently and only because my boyfriend loves it so much. I’ve gone through 4 large-sized jars. That’s almost unheard of for me.

Everything else varies wildly – toner, cleanser, exfoliator, sunscreen – just too many things to try. But these are my tried and trues.

Jen Avatar

Mostly committed but not completely. I’m not continually looking for the next best thing but I do keep an eye on how things are going with what I use and what might perform better. When I test things out it’s one at a time so I know who the culprit is if it doesn’t work, then make changes accordingly.

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