My Current Streamlined Skincare Routine

Skincare is something that I have been passionate about for a while. I have always had extremely oily, acne-prone skin. But now that I’m twenty-three, it is more combination, dehydrated, and extremely sensitive. I’ve had hormonal acne and just acne in general since middle school. I went through spouts of being able to clear it up by exercising, drinking more water, and using a hard scrub on my face. But nevertheless that stubborn acne always seemed to come back.

Honestly y’all, I have done it all. I’ve tried the oil cleansing method, I’ve used expensive kits like Rodan+Fields, and I’ve used every single product at Target that has the words clear skin, or acne in the title. I remember trying DIY masks such as lemon, honey, and baking soda to clear acne and lighten acne scars. Which let me tell you, it burns! In high school, I tried this with my best friend and both of our faces turned red!

I have never been one to wear a lot of makeup, barely any to be precise. I mean I have a minimal makeup collection and I’m considering downsizing it and making it all-natural/organic. Still, I didn’t try foundation until I was in my senior year of college because I received a press sample. I always thought that my acne would magically disappear if I didn’t clog my pores with makeup, and boy was I wrong. My skin didn’t care if I used foundation or not!

2016 was the year that I was determined to figure out a way to clear my skin, decrease oil, and limit the amount of gunk that I was putting on my face. I was sick of reading blogs, articles, or websites that said you need to use a cleanser, toner, acne cream, face oil, serum, mask, moisturizer, night cream, etc. Basically, I wanted results. At first thought, I wanted to go to a dermatologist (probably the best thing to do). But I didn’t because I was traveling for work and there weren’t any appointments on weekends. So, instead I went to my trusty Google (LOL) and researched as much  as possible.

At first, I started creating an all-natural and organic skincare routine, but it wasn’t working. In an ideal world everything I use on my skin would be organic. But the only products that worked for me were over $50 and I was sick of spending that much for .5oz tube. So until I find products that work I’m sticking with this trusty routine. I worked on my skin night and day for five months. By trying out new products and going to stores I’ve never been to before. I’ve used a lot of samples before purchasing full-sized products. Because I’ve learned that just because something is expensive, or sounds like it will work doesn’t mean it will.

I’ve done it all. Nevertheless, I can finally say that my skin is clearer than it has ever been.

my current streamlined skincare routine:

in the morning

I start by using my Simple Kind To Micellar Water w/ Multivitamins on a cotton pad to moisturize, refresh, and rejuvenate my skin after a night of sleep. On Sunday mornings, I use a Nügg Hydrating Face Mask and it is glorious. Every other day of the week, I skip the face mask and continue with my other products. It depends on if I’m leaving the house that day, but if I am I always put on my Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. Otherwise, I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin.

Lastly, I use a little bit of the Alba Botanica Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes Cooling Eye-Revive Gel by putting a little bit on my ring fingers then I lightly dab it underneath my eyes and I’m done! Sometimes I apply a few products from my makeup collection afterward. Otherwise, I brush my eyebrows and use a little bit of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Lip Repair Therapy.

in the evening

If I wore makeup that day, I will begin by using my Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes to remove any makeup. Then I continue on dry skin, yes – you read that right. I do not wet my skin first because this works best for me. I put three pumps of the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser in my hand and I massage it into my skin in small circles for a few seconds. Then I rinse my skin with warm water using a face cloth. If it is a Wednesday evening then I will use the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Polishing Mask with Charcoal & Black Sugar as my exfoliant. On every other day of the week, I skip this step.

After that, I put two drops of the Om She Aromatherapy Argan Oil Serum into the palm of my hands and pat this into my skin. I believe my skin has cleared up drastically because of this face oil. At first, I was very apprehensive about using face oils because of my oily skin. But I’ve realized that my skin was no longer as oily as I thought it was. I also noticed that my acne scars began diminishing after one week of using this serum.

While I allow my facial oil to absorb into my skin I brush my teeth then use the Eco Lips Vanilla Bean Lip Scrub. Afterward, I use a little bit of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Lip Repair Therapy or Waxelene. I have very dry lips so this helps keep them moisturized during the night. Once my facial oil has absorbed I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin. Then I dab on a little bit of eye gel around my eyes and I’m good to go.

face masks

Other than the hydrating face mask and the exfoliating face mask. I like to use sheet masks and an eye mask. Other than Sundays and Wednesdays whenever I notice my skin needs a little extra love, I use a sheet mask. My current favorite is the Kocostar Deep Hydration Mask that I purchased at Anthropologie on a whim. Once it’s back in stock I will definitely repurchase this. A few masks that are currently in my rotation to try are the 100% Pure Ginseng Collagen Boost Mask and the Karuna Anti-Oxidant+Face Mask.

Whereas my current go-to eye mask is the Honest Hazel Eye Gels because they’re very moisturizing and include great ingredients like cactus collagen, vitamins C, E, and B3, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and aloe vera.


If you’d like to streamline your skincare routine keep three things in mind:

  • keep it simple
  • don’t overload your skin with too many products
  • use face masks!

Obviously, I’m not a dermatologist or skincare professional, but these three tips and these products work great for me!


what are your must-haves in your skincare routine?

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Alaine Handa
Alaine Handa
3 years ago

My skin has changed a lot over the years and its less hormonal than before which I’m glad about but now I’m a bit more stickler about using a nice night cream because I’m losing the hydration my skin needs during the night.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Alaine Handa

I completely understand that – try face masks! They’ve helped a lot for me.

Dakshay Bhagtani
Dakshay Bhagtani
3 years ago

Something worth reading. Really loved it 🙂

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I’m glad!

Ana Sofia Rodriguez
Ana Sofia Rodriguez
3 years ago

I’m always looking for new skin care products these sound great. And by the looks of it, really work. Your skin looks fantastic!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

Thanks so much! I’m glad!

Sarah Sweis Shoucair
Sarah Sweis Shoucair
3 years ago

I wish I had this when I was 23. My skin’s cleared up a lot since then and high school. Lips still get dry though so I might have to check out that First Aid Beauty. Thanks!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

Of course! I would have to say that First Aid Beauty isn’t my favorite for dry lips for the price. But it works well if you do a lip scrub first!

Brooke Burton
Brooke Burton
3 years ago

Great routine. Imma definitely look into some of those face masks.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Brooke Burton

Yes! They’re a life-saver!

Niki Bozionelou
Niki Bozionelou
3 years ago

If you manage to keep up with this routine, then thumbs up sister! Unfortunately I always skip some days/nights of the week and go straight to work/bed. Btw, we use the same couple of products!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I set an alarm on my phone so I don’t forget in the evening because it’s super easy to do! It’s also the first thing I do after a late night. I’m pretty adamant about it haha! And that’s great, what products are those?

Sheerin Siddique
Sheerin Siddique
3 years ago

Cool skincare products. I have to check these out. Thanks for sharing!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I’m glad! You’re welcome!

Fazril Hafeez
Fazril Hafeez
3 years ago

Pretty easy when you streamline the routine. Thanks for the tips.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Fazril Hafeez

Of course!

Anna
Anna
3 years ago

I don’t use many cosmetics. I stick to a few favourites, but you give some good ideas.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Anna

Thanks! Well I think of skincare differently then cosmetics because it’s a barrier to keep your skin healthy and prevent cancer.

Ivana Malarić
Ivana Malarić
3 years ago

Seems like you are really dedicated to it ☺

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Ivana Malarić

Haha yes I am!

Andrei Iliescu
Andrei Iliescu
3 years ago

This sounds exhausting 🙂 All the products used and how you use them. Listen, I am not against any of this, but I do think that a lady can be beautiful no matter what. Skincare and makeup just enhance that 🙂 But that’s just me 😛

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Andrei Iliescu

Haha it’s not. Only takes me about 10 minutes, if that. But thanks, my skin was really bad beforehand and I’ve never been huge on makeup. So now I just take better care of it overall.

Lisa Krisman
Lisa Krisman
3 years ago

Wow. Your complexion looks great! After reading, I feel like I should make more time for face masks. I need some extra hydration and they really do make the difference.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Krisman

Thanks! Yes, they’re perfect for hydration that’s for sure!

Dakshay Bhagtani
Dakshay Bhagtani
3 years ago

Something worth reading. Really loved it 🙂

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I’m glad!

paprika
paprika
3 years ago

I don’t think we have the same type of skin I’m gonna check the products anyway. I love reading about skincare routine and pick products here and there ! Thank you for the article !

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  paprika

Great! You can still try some face masks! There are some for every skin type.