Hello hello! We all want great skin but not everyone can afford monthly hauls from Sephora, right? Today I’m sharing my everyday skincare routine that helps my face and my wallet and will hopefully help you, too. Let me tell you, I love Sephora and buying from the big brands but lately I’ve been trying to cut down on my spending and I think these products are just good as the ones you have to shell out $50 for. I researched the best drugstore products and created this skincare routine from that, and all of the items are under $20 so they’re all super affordable. I tend to focus more on skincare than I do on makeup products because if my skin is clear and smooth then I don’t even need as much makeup, and if it’s dry or breaking out then it’s probably not going to look good regardless of how much foundation and concealer I put on. I wouldn’t say that my skin is perfect but this routine has helped it to stay hydrated and glowing without breaking the bank, so give it a try and let me know which products you like the most!
First, I wash my face every single night and almost always use the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser that I mentioned in my post 7 Best Products for Sensitive Skin. Lately I’ve also been switching it up and using Trader Joe’s Facial Cleansing Oil with Argan and Coconut Oils. Pretty much any cleanser will do the trick but you always need to make sure you remove all of your makeup before going to sleep. Also, not technically skincare but so good I need to share, I use Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil to remove my eye makeup and seriously nothing is a better eye makeup remover than coconut oil. Since using it for the past 2 years I haven’t woken up with mascara still under my eyes, it makes my eyelashes grow longer, and the same $6 jar has lasted me for over a year. It really doesn’t get better than that.
After cleansing, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic on a cotton pad. I had heard a lot about this toner in various magazines so I decided to give it a try. Pixi says it “deeply cleans pores by sweeping away excess oil and impurities” and I wouldn’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference but I do think it makes my pores look better. I haven’t been using it for very long so time will tell…
Next up I treat any blemishes by putting a drop of tea tree oil on them. This helps to lighten red spots and they usually dry up in a day or two. It’s a good alternative to the popular Mario Badescu Drying Lotion that everyone seems to have, and it can be found basically anywhere (I got mine in the makeup aisle at Target). And full disclaimer, I only started using tea tree oil after seeing that Olivia Culpo does.
Now for my favorite step. I use the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum and for some reason it just smells so good to me. I know I’m only 20 so I don’t even have wrinkles yet but I still like to use some anti-aging products to firm up my skin and reduce any wrinkles that will inevitably happen. I noticed a difference in my skin after using this serum for just one night and it really smooths it out. You can use this as a primer before putting on makeup, too.
5. Night and Eye Cream
Last but not least, I apply the Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream all over and the Garnier SkinActive Miracle Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel Cream to the contour of my eyes. I’m obsessed with Aveeno and use soo many of their products. I think this night cream is a great dupe for theHigh Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream, which I also love but can’t afford to keep buying every other month. My face is typically pretty dry so applying a night cream is important for me so that I can wake up with well-hydrated skin.
And there you have it, my daily skincare routine. I love doing this every night because it really feels like I’m treating my skin well, but using products is only one step to having great skin. While we’re on the topic of affordable skincare, here are 5 more tips on how I take care of my skin for little or no cost:
1. Always wear sunscreen
Everyday I wear at least SPF 15 on my face, regardless of the weather or what I’m doing. Like I mentioned before, I love Aveeno, so I apply Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 every morning, rain or shine.
2. Put on sunglasses
At age 20 I’m not too worried about wrinkles just yet, but I do wear sunglasses whenever I drive and usually when I’m outside so that I don’t squint and end up with crow’s feet later on.
3. Drink lots of water
Water is obviously essential for your body and it can do wonders for your skin, too. I notice a huge difference between when I barely drink any water during the day versus when I drink a ton. I usually have a gallon of water every day and it makes my body and skin feel so much better. It’s not super easy to do but it’s worth it.
4. Eat fruits and vegetables
Your diet is a major contributor to your skin so its important to make sure you’re eating right. Everyone has different food sensitivities so it just depends on what works well for you, but for me I really try to eat enough fruits and vegetables so I can get all of my vitamins in. Check out my favorite easy green smoothie recipe, which has tons of fruits and veggies.
Lastly, if you break a sweat your skin will thank you. Exercise is a great way to get your blood pumping and release any toxins in your body, which will help your skin stay healthy and vibrant.
Do you have any great skincare tips? Comment down below!