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My Skincare Routine for my dry, aging skin

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With Beautycounter closing right as I was about to restock a lot of things in my skincare routine, I’ve had to overhaul quite a bit! I’ve been blown away by how much I love the Oliveda products I bought, and have added even more Oliveda to my skincare routine in the last few weeks. So, today I’m sharing what my skincare routine for dry skin looks like lately.

While this seems like a lot of steps, it takes less than 5 minutes and I’ve seen a big difference in my skin’s appearance and texture since I started doing a full skincare routine with all the basics steps (cleanse, tone, treat, hydrate, protect) and doing it consistently. And I NEVER EVER sleep with makeup on!

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Additionally, I have promo codes for a few of the brands listed below but I know it’s a long post so I wanted to call them out here as well.

For all the products listed below, a little goes a long way, so less is more.  You’ll find that just 1-2 pumps (or a black bean size amount of product) is enough for most of these (and for some, even less). If you’re used to using drugstore brands, you may feel like it’s not enough but they’re very concentrated and you won’t get more benefit by layering on thick amounts.

I have normal to dry skin, so if you have normal, oily/acne-prone skin or combination skin, this may not be the right routine for you but if you, but if you fill out this Skincare Survey, I will send you personalized recommendations for your skin type! Oliveda is a clean, waterless skincare brand that has such good products for all skin types, I tend to recommend that brand most but there will be a few others included from time to time too. Read more about Oliveda here!

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My Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

If I list multiple products, it’s either because I alternate days or because I have two products that I like and I just use whatever I have on hand. I’m a skincare junkie so I’m always buying and trying more than I need.

My morning skincare routine

1. Cleanse

Oliveda F71 Corrective Cleansing Gel – This is a smooth cleanser that foams just slightly with water. It’s very gentle and smells amazing.

2. Tone

Next I use the Oliveda F67 Corrective Facial Tonic as my toner step. It has hydroxytyrosol (a powerful antioxidant) and and camu camu (which is a vitamin C booster). I feel like my skin has been retaining moisture better since switching to this.

3. Serum

I layer a few serums in the morning, that I use in this order.

Vitamin C Serum – This is for skin’s overall brightness and evenness. I’ve been using Oliveda F83 HT + Vitamin C Serum. I love the bright red color.

Oliveda F59 Corrective Face Serum – This is my anti-aging serum. It’s nicknamed “botox in a bottle”, and I don’t think I’d go that far (I love the real deal), but since I can’t get botox right now (I’m breastfeeding), I’ll take all the all-natural botox I can get. I do think it’s helped my smile lines after just a few weeks. It’s made with hydroxytyrosol and paracress which give a lifting effect while reducing the appearance of pores.

4. Hydrate

For my day cream, I use the Oliveda F42 Corrective Face Cream. It’s made with extra hydroxytyrosol in it (a super powerful antioxidant) and it’s ideal for mature, aging skin. It’s smoothing, super hydrating, improves elasticity and reduces fine lines. It contains a sun protection factor!

5. Eye cream

Before eye cream, I use the Oliveda F64 Corrective Eye Elixir. This like “botox in a bottle” for your eyes. It has a triple hyaluronic acid structure and a ton of antioxidants, so it hydrates and plumps while also giving your eyes a more lifted, radiant look. I massage a drop around my eyes, and then follow with my eye cream. I use Colleen Rothschild Illuminating Tinted Eye Cream in the morning. Since this is tinted, I often think of it like concealer, but it has all of the eye cream properties you know and love (including caffeine which helps with puffiness).

6. Protect with SPF

I LOVE this Supergoop Glowscreen (also not the cleanest, but not horrible in terms of ingredients). It’s ultra lightweight and leave a radiant finish, but it’s not too shiny or glowy (just enough). It looks perfect under makeup.

My evening skincare routine

Best case scenario, I do my evening skincare regimen about 30-60 minutes before heading to bed. This gives my skin enough time to absorb everything before I put on my sleeping eye mask and put my face on my pillow (stomach sleeper here!). Most nights I change into PJs about an hour before I go to bed and do my skincare routine. Then, Tommy and I watch a show together before I go to bed.

1. Cleanse

Colleen Rothschild Cleansing Balm – This is super hydrating and smells amazing and removes every bit of makeup and grime from the day and my skin still feels amazing. I apply this to dry skin, then remove with a wet muslin towel or washcloth.

I also like the Oliveda F71 Corrective Cleansing Gel at night for a double cleanse.

2. Tone

Oliveda F67 Corrective Facial Tonic as my toner step.

4. Serum

At night, I start by mixing a few drops of Oliveda F82 Green Retinol Face Elixir into my serum. The Oliveda F82 Green Retinol Face Elixir is a natural alternative to retinol made with bakuchiol. It reduces fine lines and pore size, improves complexion, contracts pigmentation, AND protects against free radicals. Like I said, I mix it with my serum, which is the Oliveda F59 Corrective Face Serum (botox in a bottle).

Then I apply both to my skin.

5. Hydrate

For my night cream I use the Oliveda F74 Regeneration Intense Face Cream. The texture is really weird (like body butter), but its SUPER hydrating.

6. Eye Cream

I use the Oliveda F60 Corrective Eye Cream & Oliveda F64 Corrective Eye Elixir together for my eyes. Layer the Elixir under the eye cream.

7. Lip Mask

I love love love the The Oliveda F75 Olive Tree Therapy Lip Balm. It’s the best lip mask I’ve ever tried and I’ve tried a lot. Not only does it hydrate and my lips have completely stopped peeling since I use it, but they also look plumper and they have a more defined edge when I use it. It’s almost like it instantly improves the fine lines around my lips and decreases redness there. Once you try it, you’ll understand. It’s the best. 

As Needed

Colleen Rothschild Hyaluronic Serum – When my skin needs an extra boost of hydration.

Oliveda F81 AHA + HT Serum Face – An overnight resurfacing peel. I use this 2-3X a week instead of my serums to improve skin texture, fine lines and skin spots.

Oliveda F76 Honey Enzyme Face Mask – Exfoliates the skin but has a warming sensation. I love using this (which says a lot since I usually hate doing masks).

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section!

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    5 responses to “My Skincare Routine for my dry, aging skin”

    1. Great topic! I love to read content about skincare because I still try to maintain my fair smooth skin despite being busy at work and as a mom of three kids. Thank you for posting this. Your post is highly appreciated! Love it!

    2. HIiiiiiiiieeee Terilyn!
      I came across your post/blog while doing a deep dive into skincare. . .I am almost 40 and feel like things are changing and like you, I have dry skin and VERY sensitive skin. I also live in West Texas so the weather here contributes to the dryness as well. ALL that said. . .I have been searching for the right NEW, regimen with CLEAN ingredients. May I please ask you ….if you could put me on a path for just a few things to start off with and try, what would you suggest? I found your site while researching ilia. I received a sample for their cleanser in my Sakara order the other day and I have been researching ever since. I have fair skin, hyperpigmentation and a few dark spots from spending lots of time on the golf course. I KNOW, maybe WAY too much info, and I know too you aren’t a derm. HA. One of my best friends acutally is at Westlake Derm and every product she gives me is FULL of toxins and my skin eventually freaks out and breaks out.
      Sorry, longest comment ever. Would appreciate any advice you could share.
      Thank you!!

    3. Hey! Would you say that Colleen Rothschild is a clean brand or just one that you like?

      • It’s definitely cleaner than most but definitely not squeaky clean like Beautycounter. The founder had breast cancer so I know she cares about ingredient safety!

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