The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from "Eh" to Confident Without Makeup

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The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A Mead
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I'm very lucky to be able to say I never had acne or bad skin, even during puberty. But of course, like everyone, I get the occasional breakout or dry patches, though never anything major.

Because of this, I'll admit, I never really bothered much to really care for my skin. "My skin's fine, I'll wash it and it'll look the same in the morning, right?" WRONG.

As I said, my skin was fine but that's all it was. It had the potential to be so much better with a little extra TLC and I didn't realize it.

Simply washing my face was no longer an option. I could hear my grandma saying "Always, always, always moisturize your face," so I got a face cream and used it every night despite "not needing it."

Eventually, I decided enough was enough. I needed to do more than just wash and put on lotion, so I started learning more about skin care and the importance of cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, moisturizing, et cetera to not only help my skin now, but also to use a preventative against future skin woes.

Here's the routine I came up with that changed my skin almost instantly and brought it from "eh, it looks fine" to "I feel fabulous without makeup":

1. SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier (PM)

The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A Mead
This Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is the first step in my nightly skincare routine, only when I am wearing makeup. I particularly love it because it allows me to gently remove eyeshadow, mascara, and any eyeliner without scrubbing my eyes too roughly. It also removes excess makeup before going in and using my favorite cleansing scrub (step 2).

How to Use: Apply a generous amount of the cleansing water to a cotton pad and wipe away excess makeup from entire face. For eyes, press the wet cotton pad and hold over eye for several seconds, then gently wipe away the remaining makeup. You will likely need 2-3 cotton pads. (PM after wearing makeup).

2. Reflekt 1 Hydrating Facial Cleansing Scrub by Reflekt Skincare (AM & PM)

The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A MeadOver the last 5-6 months I have been using Reflekt 1, a hydrating facial cleansing scrub by Reflekt Skincare, to cleanse and exfoliate my face not once, but twice a day (as directed). I'm sure I know what you're thinking: "You exfoliate twice a day?!" and the answer is yes! Reflekt 1's natural and biodegradable beads gently exfoliate and leave my skin feeling clean and hydrated even before applying the rest of my skincare products.

How to Use: Wet face and put a quarter-size amount of Reflekt 1 on your fingertips, then massage face & neck gently in circular motions and rinse well with warm water (AM & PM).

3. Rosewater by Heritage Store (AM & PM)

The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A Mead
The Heritage Store Rosewater is one product I have quickly grown to love. I can't live without it! It has many different benefits, including helping to maintain pH balance, toning, hydrating, reducing puffiness, and refreshing skin. I swear by spritzing it on right after cleansing my face both morning and night.

How to Use: After using Reflekt 1 and patting my face and neck dry with a towel, I spritz the rosewater all over my cleane face and neck and wait for it to absorb into my skin (AM & PM).

4. Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Serum by Rosen Apothecary (AM & PM)

The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A MeadSerums are where skincare really sounded daunting to me. How do I know which ones to use? Though all skin is different, I decided to go with a vitamin C serum and I have not regretted it. I
quickly noticed that using the serum under my moisturizer has visibly transformed my skin.

How to Use: Following my rosewater spritz, I then apply the serum and wait for it to absorb before moving to the eye serum (AM & PM).

5. Luminous Eye Serum by Andalou Naturals (AM & PM)

The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A Mead
I've always had under eye bags and dark circles, so when I decided to up my skin care game, I knew I had to go for eye serums and creams. This eye serum (in combination with the eye cream below) has done wonders by lightening the darkness. Though, of course, it has not completely gone away, I definitely won't ever be living without these eye products.

How to Use: After the full-face serum absorbs, gently pat (don't rub!) the eye serum from inner under eye toward outer corner and across the brow bone (AM & PM).


6. Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream by IT Cosmetics (AM & PM)

The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A MeadOne of my personal favorite products, which I've recently had to order more of, is by far this eye cream by IT Cosmetics. Though I can't directly link the brighter under eyes to the eye serum or the
eye cream, my dark circles have seen quite a bit of improvement with the use of both.

How to Use: Just as you did with the eye serum, gently pat (don't rub!) some of the eye cream under each eye (near cheek bones) and across the eyebrow bones.

7. Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer by Aveeno (AM) OR Hydrating Night Cream with Dead Sea Minerals (PM)

The Skincare Routine that Took My Skin from Eh to No Foundation - Taylor A Mead

The Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 has been a go-to of mine for quite some time. Because it has sunscreen in it, I use it in the morning. In the evening, I apply a hydrating night cream with dead sea minerals.

How to Use: Apply generously and evenly over face and neck (AM & PM).



BONUS: Face Masks

My current favorites right now are this clearing treatment mask by GLAMGLOW and this mud mask by Fango Essenziali.

How to Use: For the GLAMGLOW mask, I use it as a spot treatment for blackheads and to help dry out any breakouts as needed. When I use the Fango Essenziali mask, however, I apply to my entire face and neck (directed use: twice/week for best results).


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