My Morning Anti-aging Skincare Routine - August 2018


It's been about eight months since I've updated my anti-aging skincare routine, and since I've made a few changes, I thought I should do an update here.

There will be two posts - this one, which covers my morning anti-aging routine, and a second one which will cover my evening anti-aging routine. Subscribers/members will have access to a printable version of both routines (including suggestions for alternate products) in the members-only section of the blog. If you're not a member and would like to be, you can sign up here.

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Let's start with a brief update on my skin. In March 2018, I was diagnosed with rosacea, subtype 2. (If you want to read more about that, check out my post: Five Important Things I've Learned About Rosacea or All About My Skin.) That brought my skincare routine to a screeching halt as I was told to stop everything except the prescription cleanser, the First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum, and the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion - at least until the rosacea calmed down. I'm going to be honest. I had a mini freak-out when I realized I wasn't going to be able to use my anti-aging products for an undetermined length of time! I think I was most upset about losing all of the progress I had made with tretinoin.

Fast forward to now, and I've finally been able to get my anti-aging skincare routine back on track over the past couple of months. This is my current routine for mornings:

A bottle of La Roche Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser sitting on a counter with a konjac sponge and washcloth nearby.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

1) The first thing I do in the morning is cleanse my face, neck, and décolleté with La Roche Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser. I splash my face with warm water, then use my hands to apply the cleanser. I leave it on for a couple of minutes, then gently remove it with a soft washcloth and warm water. I like this cleanser a lot. It's gentle and leaves my face feeling soft and hydrated.

2) While my skin is still slightly damp, I spritz Lexli Tone & Balance Aloe Vera Face Toner over my face, neck, and décolleté. This is a new product for me (replacing the Thayer's Witch Hazel), and I feel like it has helped in keeping the rosacea calm. A review will be coming soon.

Blue glass bottle of Timeless Vitamin C serum sitting on a wooden table with another bottle in the background
Timeless Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid Serum

3) When the toner is almost absorbed (but my face is still slightly damp) I apply Timeless Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid Serum. I place about 10 drops in the palm of my dampened hand, lightly rub my hands together to distribute the serum, then gently apply to my face, neck, and décolleté. Then I rub the remainder on the backs of my hands.

4) I move directly into the next product - the Argireline 10% Solution from The Ordinary. I don't really measure this, I just drop some on my fingertip and apply to my forehead, the lines between my eyes (near the bridge of my nose), crow's feet, and nasolabial folds - any place where there are lines caused by repetitive movement.

 A bottle of The Ordinary's "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% sitting on a wooden table with the product box in the background
The Ordinary's "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%

5) Once the Argireline is mostly absorbed, I start with the slightly heavier serums. The Ordinary's Buffet Serum + Copper Peptides 1% is my newest serum and I will do a review soon. I use about 5-6 drops, applied with damp hands to my face, neck, and décolleté. I have also used their original Buffet Serum as well as their Matrixyl 10% + HA and I like both products. Another option is Lexli A-Firm-Ative Anti-Aging Peptide Serum.

6) Next up - Timeless CoEnzyme Q10 Serum. I stopped this serum for awhile, but I missed it. It definitely makes my skin feel and look better. I feel like it provides a lot of moisture/hydration. I use about 5-6 drops, applied with damp hands to my face, neck, and décolleté. When I was using the original Buffet Serum or the Matrixyl 10% + HA, I would just mix the CoQ10 serum with the other serum before applying. I don't do that with the Buffet Serum that contains copper peptides because I'm not sure if the copper should be mixed with the CoQ10.

Two different sized pump bottles of I Feel Pretty Products' Pretty Pearlfection Cream sitting on a wooden table with some purple flowers in the background
I Feel Pretty Products' Pretty Pearlfection Cream

7) After the CoQ10 has absorbed, I apply the Pretty Pearlfection Cream moisturizer - which is one of the products I sell at I Feel Pretty Products. I have used it for many years, and it works so well at keeping breakouts at a minimum, sometimes healing them overnight. I use a pea-sized amount applied with damp hands to my face, neck, and décolleté.

8) Now I spot treat any red (rosacea) areas with First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum. It contains colloidal sulfur, which is great for rosacea. If I have any other breakouts, I will also apply to them. Obviously, if you don't have rosacea or other redness, you can skip this step.

clear jar of white cream sitting on a wooden table with a silver lid nearby
Lexli Revital-Eyes Rejuvenating Cream

9) Even though I don't really believe that an "eye" product is necessary, I do like to apply something to my undereye area, even if it's just an oil. I avoid putting tretinoin near my undereye area, but it still seems to creep up there and cause some extra dryness. Right now, I'm using Lexli Revital-Eyes Rejuvenating Cream (review soon). If I don't use that, I will use  few drops of watermelon or rosehip seed oil.

10) And let's not forget the lips! I apply GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper (in clear) to plump and hydrate my lips. I leave it on until I'm finished applying makeup, then if there is any that hasn't completely absorbed, I will wipe it off before applying lipstick.

11) And you know what the last step is going to be, right? Sunscreen. For my face, I like Paula's Choice RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30. Not only is it lightweight and doesn't get greasy, it also contains several antioxidants like resveratrol. I also like Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50 and Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 70, 85+, or 100+.

Whew! That seems like a lot, I know. But you know how it it - once it's a habit, it doesn't take long to apply everything. If you ever have any questions about my routine, please feel free to email me or contact me on social media!

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Kim A.
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