Chris’ Skin care Regimen

If you haven’t read Ash’s Skin care Regimen, then make sure you click here.

Growing up, I watched my mother take very good care of her skin and always vowed that I’d follow suit. I made a mental note of things she did and when and knew that one day my regimen would be as routine as hers. She has beautiful skin, and I hope that if and when I get to her age my skin remains just as flawless.

Fast forward and here I am with a very strict regimen. I’m talking I stick to doing certain things on certain days of the week and no other. With that, it would be best if I listed by days of the week.

Sundays (or as I like to call, “Spa Day”):

  • Mornings: I wash with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily Sensitive Skin and apply moisturizer.
  • Mask: I apply the mud I got when we visited the Hot Springs in El Valle, Panama and after it dries wash it off in the shower. My skin always feels firm, renewed and softer whenever I use this and I absolutely love it. The only challenge is you’d have to book time off work and jump on a plane to get it.

Hot Springs mud, El Valle Panama

  • I follow that with application of the Oil Cleansing Method; for ingredients and procedure, click here.
  • I tone with La Roche-Posay Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer (more info below)
  • I apply Embryolisse Lait-creme moisturizer.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays:

  • Mornings: I wash with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily Sensitive Skin and apply moisturizer.
  • Nights: I scrub the same La Roche-Posay cleanser with the Olay Pro-X 2-speed facial cleansing brush to get all the day’s dirt out of my pores. Since it oscillates as opposed to pulsates, the circular motion works to remove dirt easier, especially if you have larger pores.
  • Toner: In the warmer months I use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion more often than I do in the winter. That’s only because I find my skin is dried out too much and would like to avoid that in the winter. However, in the warmer months when the oil factor is intensified, anything to mattify the skin is welcomed. I find this works well to minimize my pores and reduce overall oiliness.
  • Morning Moisturizer: In the mornings, I use La Roche-Posay Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer for it has a matte finish and works well as a primer,

La Roche-Posay Effaclar

  • Night Moisturizer: I use Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. Though a great moisturizer, to me the Embryolisse is very rich and my skin would still get oily throughout the day. It however leaves your skin feeling very smooth.

Embryolisse lait-creme

Wednesdays:

  • Morning: I wash with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily Sensitive Skin and apply Effaclar moisturizer.
  • Night: I wash with La Roche cleanser and exfoliate with Olay Pro-X Exoliating Renewal Cleanser that I’d received as part of a starter kit when I purchased the brush (on sale for $23 I believe at Shopper’s Drug Mart).This washes off any residue and dead skin while exfoliating.

Olay ProX Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser

  • I then tone and moisturize.

Fridays:

  • Morning: I wash with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily Sensitive Skin and apply Effaclar moisturizer.
  • Night: I wash with La Roche cleanser, scrub with LUSH Ocean Salt. A few months ago Ash had suggested this product when I lamented that I was looking for a  good scrub. I do like how it scrubs away all the dead skin cells thanks to the huge grains of sea salt (that you taste when washing your face!). It contains “organic lime to brighten and avocado to soften” plus there’s lime, grapefruit, coconut, vodka and other things that may tempt you to mix it in a drink. It leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh, the glow it leaves behind continues even two days later. Some have been known to dislike it because it is too harsh on their skin, but LUSH has products for all different needs anyway. Yes, it contains parabens (sigh), but I only use it once a week. It retails for $21.95 for 120g or $35.95 for 250g.

LUSH Ocean Salt

  • I then tone and moisturize and proceed to enjoy my week’s worth of smooth skin!

And there you have it – not so bad, right? I say spoil your skin; it’s the only one you’ll ever have. These items may seem to be on the pricier side, but they last for months. I purchase the cleanser ($24 at Shopper’s Drug Mart) every 6 months. I decided, though, that when I hit my 30s that I wasn’t going to spare any expense when it came to my skincare.

What steps do you take the care for your skin, if any? I’m always intrigued to hear how people upkeep their beautiful skin. Leave your comments below!

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