My SKINCARE ROUTINE + 6 healthy skin habits | daytime ⛅ + nighttime 🌙
Hi. Oh- Hi, and welcome to my “get ready with me video” with Vogue. I’ve gotten a lot of comments on videos that are like “your skin is glowing!” “what’s your skincare routine?” and honestly, on most of those videos, my “skincare routine” was makeup and a mid-range point-and-shoot camera that just can’t capture all of the details of my face, so it was all an ~illusion~.
But at the moment I would say this is actually the best my skin has been in a while, and I have this other camera to show you more details cause this is that untrustworthy one that kinda blurs my face.
And when I did a podcast episode, by the way, you should listen to my podcast The Bliss Bean Show, with Minji Cho of the skincare brand Soffli, she said that 80% of skincare is sleep. And so I’ve noticed, at different times in my life, that even when all the other ingredients were there – drinking water, exercising, eating healthy, skincare.
.. if I was falling asleep in my afternoon classes or just generally stressed out, so I’m describing high school… my skin would still be struggling, especially along the sides of my face here.
And I know that like different regions of your face are tied to different health concerns but I don’t know what this region means, I just know that this was a problem area for me. So at the moment, my skin is pretty clear yay, I’m just trying to get rid of some discoloration from having acne there for a long time, and then this stupid nose ring that just wants to make my life difficult by not healing properly.
So it appears that what I’m doing right now is working, so I just wanna share exactly what that is. And I’m actually gonna start with what I think made the most difference, which is the non-skincare habits.
So this video is sponsored by the RISE app for better sleep and daily energy. This app is based on science that says the key to sleep that makes you feel good and perform better during the day is not how many hours you spent in deep sleep, or a fancy weighted blanket, or a new mattress.
I’ve been sleeping on the same bed for 10 years and we are in a very committed relationship, thank you. It’s actually just sleep debt and how you adapt to your circadian rhythm. So this app tells you how much sleep you should be getting and when, what your daily energy peaks and dips will be, and it helps you establish 16 in-app habits to reduce your sleep debt.
So with this graph that I’m going to illustrate when I’m editing, I know how to best work with my energy, so for example I do my morning routine and have breakfast during the groggy period, I start working when I’m entering my productive peak, I try to go on a walk or just take some sort of a break during my afternoon dip, and then I get back to work editing videos or answering emails during the evening peak.
It does work better with a wearable like an Apple Watch, but if you don’t have one it can pull data from your phone as well, so if you wanna work on your sleep debt and subsequently probably improve your skin as well, you can get a 40% discount on the annual RISE membership, and all annual memberships come with a 7-day free trial.
Another very important habit is hydration. So I try to drink 5 of these per day, and one full one before breakfast. I change my pillowcase more or less every other day. You have your face on it all night long, especially if you’re like me and you can’t imagine sleeping on your back, so your cheek is just mushed into the pillow all night long, so you wanna make sure that’s clean.
I’ve heard that cold showers can be helpful for your skin. I take cold showers in the morning just for energy, but if there’s that added side benefit, then all the better. I sweat pretty regularly, whether that’s through using the sauna or exercising.
I also think my stress is relatively low right now, but that’s difficult to control, however, things like mindfulness and meditation can help. But me telling you to meditate is probably not what you came here for, so let’s move on to my actual skincare routines.
In the morning the first thing I do is double cleansing. Double cleansing means first using an oil cleanser, which is really good at removing makeup and impurities, and then following that with a water-based cleanser.
So if you’ve never used an oil cleanser, it is kinda weird because you apply it to your dry face. But it feels pretty nice 🙂 Ugh, I’m gonna get my hair all oily. Oh, I think I need to refill this.
I actually just read, as I was writing this video script, that you’re supposed to upwards and outwards because of the way that your pores are oriented. But I don’t know if I’m willing to put in that extra effort, so I’m just gonna do this, which is what I usually do.
So these are 2 products that I’ve been using for a long time cause they just work well for me. I’ll have all the links to everything in the description in case you’re interested in trying the same ones, but of course you have to find the skincare products that work best for you! So after my cold shower I get out of the shower, I dry my face, and then I do toner, so I’ve been using this witch hazel toner for a while, I got these reusable cotton pads from a zero waste store in Madison, so once you’ve used up all the ones that you have there’s like a little mesh bag that you put them all in and then you just throw them in the laundry.
So next I use a vitamin C serum, this was gifted to me from Soffli but I keep using it because I read that it has antioxidant and anti-aging properties. So I just do one pump of that and then I put it on my face but then I pat it into my face.
Pat, pat, pat, pat, pat. Maybe if I had a better microphone this would be a good ASMR. After that, I usually actually go back to my room so that I can listen to the news while I moisturize in the morning.
So I just recently bought this moisturizer because I’m pretty picky about moisturizers. I really don’t like thick ones and this one goes on very easily, very smoothly, and it also smells really nice.
Should I be using 2 hands? That’s what she said. OK. This sunscreen, I just picked it cause it had good reviews, I was not super choosy in my selection, but I have actually not been good about sunscreen for a long time, so I’m trying to be more on top of it now.
It just smells like a summer vacation, in the dead of coronavirus winter in Wisconsin. Okay, now I have to go take a photo for the thumbnail, so I’ll be right back. Alright, I’m back, so in the evening the steps are pretty much the same, start with double cleansing, although I think in the evening oil cleansing is more important because it is so good at removing makeup and oil and dirt from the day, so it’s good to do in the morning but I feel like it’s more important in the evening.
So now that I’ve put all those morning products onto my face, I am going to immediately wash them all off. Then the same toner, and then this new product that I’ve been trying for exfoliation.
So this is the Skinceuticals Glycolic 10 renew overnight. Oh wait, I’m supposed to shake it first. Pea-sized amount, as per directions. So I pat that into my skin as well. If you lick your lips, which I don’t recommend doing, I just did it on accident, you can actually taste how sour it is, so you know that it’s working, that it’s dissolving your skin cells or whatever a chemical exfoliator (exfoliant?) actually does.
And then once I’m back in my room, listening to my sleepy lofi bedtime playlist, I just put on moisturizer again. I’m gonna put on a lot cause I want my face in the second photo to be very shiny.
Just one more thing to mention, one thing I do like to use throughout the day is this Mario Badescu facial spray. It also smells really nice and I usually apply it after makeup for a “dewy finish” as the bottle says, or just throughout the day if my skin is feeling dry, or before I go somewhere, even if I’m not wearing makeup.
So let’s do that. Ah, refresh. And that is it, so I just wanna finish by saying that skin can be super annoying, so please don’t feel like you’re doing something wrong if your skin is not clear.
There are so many factors that influence it, a lot of which are very difficult to control. I think especially these days Instagram filters and low quality cameras can really distort our perception of what other people’s skin looks like, and thus what our skin “should” look like.
At the end of the day, the most important part of this video is that first part where I talked about habits. Because habits like sleep, exercise, nutrition, which I didn’t really talk about, hydration, those are things that are gonna really improve your physical and your mental health, but how they affect your skin is just merely an indicator of that, it’s not the most important benefit.
So thank you so much for watching this, let me know what habits you find helpful, what products you like using, what moisturizers you like that are not too thick and that smell nice, check out the RISE app to reduce your sleep debt and maybe hopefully not be tired this year, and I’ll see you next week, bye!