FULL Gentle Hydrating Skincare Routine
This has kind of been the theme of my entire Cherie page since its creation, but I’ve been needing to really hydrate my skin more since the weather’s become colder. Having rosacea means I always need to do extra research on the products I try. So after some experimenting, trying a LOT of new products, and deciding to stick to some old favorites, this is the routine I’ve come up with for myself: AM Routine Cleanser - Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm: A recent switch for the winter. Leaves my skin feeling nourished and hydrated, but doesn’t tackle my acne very effectively. Might switch back to my old cleanser (Cosrx Good Morning Gel) and just use this when my skin is feeling tight/for double cleansing. Toner - FAB Wild Oat Ultra Hydrating Toner: Another recent switch. This toner is so hydrating that I don’t need to use hydrating masks or overnight creams as frequently as I used to and it’s very calming. Serum - Peach & Lily’s Glass Skin Refining Serum: This is definitely worth the hype. My skin has been noticeably smooth since using it. Spot Treatment - TULA Go Away Acne: Uses benzoyl peroxide to work on acne which can interfere with rosacea, so I don’t use this on my cheeks but it works well in other areas. Not a repurchase for me. Eye Cream - Cetaphil Deep Hydration Refreshing Eye Serum: I said recently that eye cream doesn’t work for me, but I’m starting to get wrinkles under my eyes and thought it was important to kick up the hydration and attention. This one is quite gentle and pretty affordable. Moisturizer - CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion: Undefeated! If I need some extra hydration I’ll add a couple drops of Leo Oil and mix on my hand using my ring finger. Sunscreen - EltaMD SPF 46 on days with no makeup or ILIA Serum Skin Tint: Both are mineral sunscreens and unscented with protection in the 40s. PM Routine Cleanser - The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm: ...and I’ll double cleanse with my old Cosrx Good Morning Gel if I wore makeup that day. Toner - FAB Wild Oat Ultra Hydrating Toner Serum - Paula’s Choice CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant or 10% Azelaic Acid Booster: I like to alternate between these two serums. The BHA (salicylic acid) targets pores and redness. The Azelaic Acid Boost contains salicylic acid too, but is more effective at targeting rosacea specifically. Eye Cream - Veriphy 20/20 Eye Cream: Received this as a gift and I actually really like it! Contains ingredients like peptides, niacinamide, and cucumber extract. But it’s wildly expensive and I won’t be able to repurchase. Moisturizer - CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion + Astrologiens Leo Oil: At night I always combine these two if I’m not using my Naturium Sleeping Cream (2 pumps + 2 drops). I have individual reviews on a number of these products, so if you’re interested in learning more about something feel free to check those posts out or just ask a question here :) Most of these products are generally rosacea and sensitive skin safe. I have type 1 rosacea for reference.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Rosacea: Basic Necessities
Cleanser: COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser My favorite cleanser I’ve ever used! It’s super affordable, and the low pH and gentle ingredients are great for sensitive skin—it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dried out after using. The tea tree in it also helps minimize my pores. And I love the gel consistency! It works well with my oily skin. Basically a home run for me. Toner: COSRX - Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner Alcohol-free toners are KEY for those with rosacea. I found this toner at a local beauty supply shop and was drawn to it because it’s a little harder to find alcohol-free toners and the price was right. Additionally, centella is an amazing ingredient for soothing the skin and is found in a lot of skincare products that target rosacea. Betaine and allantoin are also great for sensitive skin. Exfoliant: PAULA'S CHOICE - Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Salicylic Acid Exfoliant I’m out of this product right now, so it’s not pictured above. This BHA exfoliant is gentle enough for my skin and noticeably improves it. I only use this at night. If you use an exfoliant during the day, you MUST wear sunscreen, too! Moisturizer: CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion This is the perfect weight for me to use everyday. I use about 1.5-2 pumps every time I use it. The ingredients are great for all skin types, it’s affordable, and the weight ensures that my pores never get clogged. Face Oil: LEO OIL - LEO OIL 30 Label This was a recent purchase that I actually found on Instagram. Because it’s getting colder, I wanted a face oil I could apply at night to keep it super hydrated. I liked this product because I wanted to support a small business, and its ingredients are all great for sensitive skin: meadowfoam oil, rosehip seed oil, and blue tansy. When I use it, my skin looks radiant afterwards. I haven’t used it long enough to say for certain I’ll buy it again, but it’s definitely looking that way. Sunscreen: elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 One of my biggest but arguably most necessary splurges. This has been my favorite SPF for years, because there’s nothing like it. There’s no better high SPF mineral sunscreen on the market, both of which are necessary for folks with rosacea. It’s also unscented, a little goes a long way, and it absorbs into the skin pretty well. This is the only sunscreen I would recommend from what’s currently out there.
PAULA'S CHOICE-Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Salicylic Acid Exfoliant
My Go-To Winter Moisturizing Duo
CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion I’ve been using CeraVe PM moisturizer for about a year now. It’s safe for sensitive skin and lightweight, so it’s been perfect for my rosacea and oily skin. But in the winter I always need to kick it up a notch. LEO OIL - LEO OIL 30 Label A couple months ago I discovered Leo Oil from @astrologiens (check their Instagram account)! I wanted to support a small business and loved their short list of ingredients: meadowfoam, rosehip seed oil, and blue tansy. All great ingredients for hydrated, balanced skin. Honestly, my skin looks radiant every time I use it. It’s expensive, but there are frequent sales, it lasts a reeeally long time, and the ingredients are excellent quality. Plus, astrologiens includes cute lil stickers with your purchase :) The past month I’ve been combining two pumps of CeraVe with 2 drops of Leo Oil at night for extra hydration, and it’s proven to be the PERFECT combination for my skin. Never clogs my pores, but keeps my skin super hydrated and absorbs beautifully. I’ve literally loved how my skin has looked and felt since combining these two together. What are you guys adding to your skincare routine to stay extra hydrated this winter?
LEO OIL-LEO OIL 30 Label
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