My skin used to drive me up a wall. It was dry, flaky, ruddy and extremely reactive. I can barely laugh without turning bright red, and the same is true if I eat spicy food, get hot, get cold, etc. I finally went to a dermatologist a few years ago and found out I have mild facial eczema and a bit of rosacea. It took a few tries to get a routine that controlled the texture and temperament of my face, but I have now reached one that is close to perfect. I occasionally look for new primers, but everything else? I won’t budge for NOTHING buddy.
I wanted to go over the whole routine in case there’s someone else out there who can benefit from my trial and error.
Nighttime Routine Go!
I take off my eye makeup with Sephora’s Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and my foundation with Clinique’s Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser. Clinique is a lifesaver when it comes to make-up suited for sensitive skin. This stuff just melts off leftover make-up. I finish up by rinsing my face with water.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
I slather my face in always-fancy Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Lotion (I’ll admit I usually buy the Walgreens knock-off cause it’s identical), and a couple nights a week I exfoliate with my Clairisonic Mia.
Here’s my side rant about the Mia, and then we’ll get back to business- Usually people with rosacea are semi-barred from exfoliation because it tears up and irritates our skin so bad, and this was a huge issue for me because in addition to having very reactive skin, I have very dry, flakey skin, so there was no effective way to get rid of the dead cells.
I’ve seen rave reviews for the Mia everywhere, so all you need to know is that it improves the texture of my skin, loosens dirt and make-up in my pores, and promotes circulation without irritating my rosacea. My face takes moisturizer and eye creams much better after using the Mia, and I basically love it.
I’ll admit that the Mia is a little expensive, so it might be something you have to save up for, but I can’t recommend it enough. I got mine almost half off by saving up Birchbox points, so for anyone who is signed up with them, they do sell the Mia on their website!
I follow up by rinsing off my cleanser with water, drying my face, and sweeping a cottonball’s worth of Clinique’s Mild Clarifying Lotion to catch any remaining flakey bits.
Moisturize with Wild Abandon
I’ve started thinking and worrying about fine lines and the like around my eyes, so I dab vitamin E oil around my eyes and forehead. I let it absorb and then I cover my face with a generous glob of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. I know there are fancier, more beautifully packaged moisturizers out there, but nothing keeps my skin as hydrated as this kind of boring, unscented lotion. This is another Cetaphil product where I buy the cheaper Walgreens version instead. A lot of lotions have water as a major ingredient, so they dry me out, but this stuff is almost like a body butter. I also use it on my legs, the second driest part of my body. I swear I’m part mummy.
Then I go to bed.
It feels really good to have a routine before bed. My brain starts to think about how I’m going to sleep soon and then bam, I’m watching Dr. Katz on my laptop and zzzz.
Wake Up and Get Purdy
I try to look good like it’s my job, and getting’ purdy starts with some more of that magical Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion. I swipe it all over to get leftover flakes that manage to get through the moisturizer. Then I hop to it with more Cetaphil moisturizer. Most people can use a lighter day time moisturizer. Not me. I need my thick, suffocating butter lotion all day every day.
I let that soak in, and then if I’m putting on foundation and all that jazz for the day, I’ll put on Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer. It’s the only primer that doesn’t make my foundation pill (besides Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer in Green– which I also love!) Follow up with Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in Pink Porcelain and then Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener to put my hideous eye bags to bed.
And voila! The make-up routine that I scrapped and tried and finally figured out after combinations that made me bumpy, flake, and break out. I hope this big long thing doesn’t come across self-serving, cause I really hope that someone out there who knows my weird skin pain will benefit from my trial and error!