My Updated Skincare Routine Using New Products

My Updated Skincare Routine Using New Products

Now that it’s spring, I decided to switch up my skincare routine a little bit to account for warmer (and eventually stickier) weather. In the winter, I tend to focus on keeping my skin feeling hydrated, and I still do in the warmer months, but I also feel like I can focus on some more of the fun parts of skincare too. So today, I’m sharing with you my updated skincare routine! Everything will be linked for you if you want to check it out on your own. Keep on reading to see what product’s I’ve been using and LOVING!

Morning & Night

I want to start by sharing the products that I use morning and & night with you first and then I’ll get into what I use during the day and what I use at night. I start off every morning and before bed by cleansing my face with the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. I do still struggle with acne at 25 years old, but as of recently, not to the same extent as I did in high school or college or even 6 months ago to be honest. Once a week at night, I’ll also use a brush that I got at Ulta to exfoliate a little bit more in the shower while my pore are open and this is the only time during the week that I do a rough exfoliation. After cleansing, I’ll use my First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads all over my face and neck. I’ve been using these for about 5 weeks now, and I have seen an amazing difference. I barely get any breakouts and if I do, they are tiny and go away overnight after use of this product and a spot treatment. It is the only product in the last 6+ years that has effectively cleared my acne.

The last two products that I use morning and night are a dark spot correcting serum and a eye cream. The serum I have been using is the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution which is designed to help reduce dark spots (duh). I got it because I have a ton of acne scars on my cheeks, so I was hoping it might help lighten them. Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s this or some of the other products I’ve been using or maybe a combination of both, but my dark spots have gotten increasingly lighter over the last month or so! I also like to use an eye cream to help with puffiness and dark circles. The one I’ve been using is the Peter Thomas Roth Vital-E Microbiome Age Defense Eye Cream. It has such great reviews on Sephora, so I decided to try it out. I don’t see a noticeable difference to be honest, but I’ve only been using this for about 2 weeks at this point, so it’s hard to say.

Morning

In addition to the routine above, I also use a Vitamin C serum in the morning before the spot corrector and after the acne pads. The one I’ve been using is the Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum, however, I did just switch to the new OleHenriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum to try out instead. I did like the Summer Fridays one, but I felt like it was too expensive for the amount of product. Luckily, I switched to a product that is the exact same size and costs $1 more! With that being said, I do trust the OleHenriksen brand because I loved using their Truth Serum and had used it for about a year before switching to the Summer Friday’s serum, so I don’t mind paying the price.

The very last step of my morning skincare routine is moisturizer! I am not partial to any particular brand and am still trying to find one that I love and can swear by. Before this, I was using the OleHenriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, which was fine but I didn’t love it. Though, I thought it worked really well in the summer for my skin. I switched to using this Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream in the fall to prepare for the colder weather and I have actually really liked it. I kept my skin moisturized, but I do think it made me feel a bit greasy by the end of the day.

Night

My night time routine is a little bit more complex. To start, 6 days a week, I will alternate between using a retinol and an AHA serum. I use each product 3 times a week (alternating) and on the 7th day (usually Sunday) I’ll do an exfoliation with a cleansing brush as well as using a glycolic acid solution and a lactic acid solution. The glycolic acid I like to use is The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution with a round cotton pad in lieu of the acne clearing pads. I will also add a few drops of The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA on my finger tips and rub onto my face after for some extra overnight exfoliation.The retinol I’ve been using is the First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate immediately after using the acne clearing pads and before the dark spot correcting serum. The AHA Serum I’ve been using is the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum with Hydrating Honey + Gentle Flower Acids in the same order as the retinol. I think this serum has also played a role in reducing my acne scarring! After all my serums and before moisturizer, I will go in with my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate as well to help my skin feel renewed in the morning.

For moisturizer, I’ve been using the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask which is incredibly moisturizing and probably the best night time moisturizer for the price point. I love the way my skin feels in the morning since using this! Last but not least, I’ll finish off my routine by adding a few drops of Kate Blanc Rosehip Seed Oil to seal everything in.

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How I Style My Curly Hair with Flexi-Rods (Heatless Curls)

How I Style My Curly Hair with Flexi-Rods (Heatless Curls)

Recently, I started styling my hair with flexi-rods that I got from Amazon for a few reasons. The main reason is that I miss having curly hair. I have been getting keratin treatments twice a year for almost 10 years now and only recently is my hair finally loosing it’s curl. It dries almost completely straight now without having to blowdry or use any heat on it. Now 10 years ago, this would have been a dream for me because I wanted straight hair so badly because curls were just too much work. These days, I’ve grown to appreciate and admire curly hair and wish I had just stuck it out and learned to love it. The second reason is related to the first in that, I don’t want to use excessive heat to actually curl my hair, so I found that this is a great heatless curl option. Sure, it’s not at all similar to my natural curl pattern, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. I also saw another blogger on Instagram (@stylishlylivinglife) share how she styles her hair with flexi-rods and loved how it turned out for her and knew I should give it a try. Keep on reading to see how I’m styling my curly hair with flexi-rods!

To start things off, the rods that I use are linked here for you and I use the 3 largest sizes (blue, pink, and yellow). I make sure to start with freshly washed hair and I put all my products in before using the flexi-rods. For shampoo, I’ve been using the Suave Rosemary Mint shampoo and the Suave Keratin Conditioner. For my products, I’ve been using the JAS Deep Repair Treatment Spray (that I have recently run out of and need to buy a new one) and the Miss Jessie’s Leave In Conditioner. After applying all of these, I part my hair the way I would like and make sure it is completely detangled.

Then, I start by sectioning off the front part of my damp hair. For the front, I usually wrap the hair around the flexi-rod away from my face. For the rest of my hair, I usually alternate the direction of the curl so that they look a little more natural and don’t clump together when I take the flexi-rods out. I take a medium size flexi-rod and get the top of the rod as close to my roots as possible. Then I wrap it away from my face all the way through to the end, leaving a little bit of space between the spirals as I wrap it around the rod. Once all the hair is wrapped up, I twist the top end of the rod down to secure the hair and I twist the bottom part of the rod up, making sure the end of my hair is tucked securely in the crease of the rod. It feels a little insecure at first, but I’ve never really had any issues with them falling out! I repeat these steps on each side of my head, until all of my hair is wrapped up in the flexi-rods. See photo examples below!

I usually go to sleep with them like this because I don’t usually have 5-6 hours to sit and let them dry during the day. However, if you do have some time during the day, I find that the curls usually look better when they haven’t been slept on. For this blog post, I ended up sleeping on them. It can be uncomfortable, but it’s not the worst!

In the morning, when I was ready to take them out, I started by selecting one of the rods and untwisting the ends so it was mostly straight again. After that, trying not to pull too much, I simply just unravel my hair from around the rod. I repeat this step all the way around my head until all the rods are out. Then I flip my head back and forth and side to side to loosen the curls up. I’ll also go through with my Gisou Honey Hair Oil to smooth out my ends and help separate the curls. On this particular day, the curls were not cooperating with me so I ended up combing them out with a wide tooth comb and it helped a ton! I also don’t feel like I need to wrap them up when I sleep because I like how they look on the 2nd day the best because they fall out really nicely.

And that’s pretty much it! Here’s some photos of the last few steps and the final product! I hope this was helpful and I would love to see if you try it out! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @karenmauritzenn and tag me when you try these heatless curls out!

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