I’m a routine kind of girl. I love the feeling of taking my makeup off at night, and knowing I get to pamper myself with my favorite products before I crawl into bed. I’ve shared a few skincare posts in the past, but you guys have been asking for an update like crazy, so I thought it was about time to spill the beans on my current day and night routines.
Those of you who have been reading BYOB for awhile now know that the majority of the products I use (with a few exceptions) are by Tula, a brand I’ve totally fallen in love with over the past few years. Crazy to think that I’ve been using their products for about 2 years now but hey, if it ain’t broke! Speaking of things that are crazy to think about, I am approaching the big 3-0 this October. I started my anti-aging skincare routine in my early 20’s and can truly say that having a routine that works has made all the difference in helping my skin remain as youthful, hydrated, and healthy as possible! All I can say is, if you haven’t started a routine yet, don’t sweat it, just start now and thank me later.
Many of the products in my routine are tried-and-true favorites, and a few are new additions that I can’t wait to share! Recently, Tula reached out to tell me that they were launching a new line of products using Kefir. If you aren’t familiar with Kefir (I wasn’t), it’s a fermented milk drink, similar to yogurt that has a ton of hydrating properties and is (like their other products) probiotic. Tula knows how obsessed I am with their products and reached out to ask if I wanted launch their two newbies here first, with a discount code, for my readers only! OF COURSE, I said yes haha.
Code: COURTNEYNEW20 (it’s case sensitive btw, so make sure you use all caps)
Without further adieu, my updated day and night routines…
// MORNING ROUTINE //
I wake up around 6:30 AM for the gym during the week, and usually just splash my face with a little water before heading out. Since I typically workout first thing in the morning, I know I will just be showering when I get home, so I wait to apply then. If I don’t workout that day or on the weekend, I just go straight into my routine.
STEP 1 - FACE WASH
I start by cleansing my face with the Purifying Cleanser. I LOVE this face wash! I like to keep one in the shower for my post-gym days and just wash my face in there.
STEP 2 - SERUM
Illuminating Face Serum
I like to apply this serum after I wash my face for that extra “glow!” It really makes my skin look fresh and youthful.
STEP 3 - MOISTURIZER
Day + Night Cream
Next, I use one of my favorite products of all time. I think I’ve raved about this bad boy about a billion times, but I love it so much! I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again in case you’re new – a lot of moisturizers I’ve tried in the past seem to sit on top of my skin and not really sink in, whereas this one really sinks in and does its job. It hydrates my skin and sits beautifully under makeup! This is also typically the only moisturizer I take with me when I travel, because it can be used both day and night!
STEP 4 - EYE CREAM
Revitalizing Eye Cream
I finish off my morning routine with this eye cream. A little tip here is to use your ring finger to pat the eye cream onto your eye! It tends to be the most gentle application. I also always take a little eye cream around my mouth to prevent any ‘smile lines’.
// NIGHT ROUTINE //
Here is where I like to take a little extra time to pamper and really treat my skin and have a little relaxing ‘me time.’ Something tells me that I’ll enjoy this even more when baby girl gets here haha 🙂
STEP 1 - MAKEUP REMOVER
Ponds Cold Cream
Every woman in my family uses Pond’s Cold Cream and they all have amazing skin! I’ve been using this to take my makeup off for YEARS, literally since I started wearing makeup. I’ve gotten all of my friends hooked, and so many of you guys are using it too! Also, it’s from the drugstore and works like a dream! Lately, I’ve been using it to take off most of my makeup and then I follow up with the next product.
STEP 2 -MAKEUP REMOVER
Kefir Cleansing Oil
A new FAVORITE in my routine is this cleansing oil, and I am completely obsessed with it. I had never tried a cleansing oil before Tula sent me this one to test and let me tell you, it’s amazing! It’s basically an oil that removes all of your makeup and acts as a face wash too. It will completely remove your makeup, mascara-and-all (I’ve done it a bunch!), but since I love it so much I try to savor it and use the Cold Cream to get most of my makeup off first. I will say, this cleanses my face and removes everything better than any face wash I have tried over the years!
I also want to mention (because I think that this is a really common misconception), that oil is good to use even if you are on the oily side! Oil counteracts oil and will work to pull out the bad oils in your skin.
STEP 3 - TONER
I love using a toner to re-balance my skin because I add serums, moisturizers etc! This one is my favorite – I typically pump a little bit onto the back of my hand, massage it on my face, and then wipe it away using a cotton pad.
STEP 5 - SERUM + MOISTURIZER
KEFIR MOISTURE REPAIR PRESSED SERUM
Now that I’ve massaged my face, I LOVE applying the second of the two new Kefir products to really hydrate and lock in the moisture. This acts as a pressed serum and moisturizer in one – which I think is amazing. Anytime I can simplify, I am all about it! My favorite way to use this is by warming it up in my (clean) hands and really pressing it into my skin. A little bit of this product goes a long way. I like to call this my magic product because it’s super hydrating, but somehow doesn’t feel heavy and sinks into my skin pretty much right away!
As far as my everyday routine, that’s a step-by-step account of what I do! Since I got so many questions recently, I wanted this post to be kind of like a one-stop shop for everything that y’all would want to know! So, I’ve including a few products that aren’t necessarily in my daily routine, but that I love and use on an as-needed basis as well.
Face Oil N9
A few times a week or on an as needed basis, I apply a little bit of this oil and massage it into my skin. This is really where I take a little time to work the product in and stimulate my face! Massaging your face is great for anti-aging! It helps to bring oxygen to the skin and increases blood flow, which helps it act as a natural (and free) form of anti-aging. I like to do this with my hands and my jade roller (I’ll include it below). On days when I don’t use this oil, I make sure to massage the Kefir Moisture Repair Pressed Serum in to my skin.
// THE BEST MASKS //
SOOTHING + HYDRATION
Avocado Sheet Mask
The Sephora Brand sheet masks are my fave! They are super hydrating and fun to use on a cozy night or before a special night out etc. I like all of them and really switch it up based on my needs at the moment.
CLEANING OUT PORES
Indian Healing Clay Mask
I did a whole post on this mask a few months ago, because it's that amazing! It's really intense and totally cleans out my pores from blackheads etc. and it's crazy affordable! I like to call this a best kept beauty secret :) If you want to know more about this baby just use the search box on my blog and you will find the post. Clay masks are also great for acne scaring if that's an issue for you.
EXFOLIATION + BLEMISHES
Exfoliating Treatment Mask
This is my go-to when my skin needs some exfoliating, I try to do this at least once if not twice a week. It helps keep my skin nice and fresh! I also like to put little bit of it on a blemish overnight and it seems to help it lessen in the morning.
That’s everything for now, beauties! I hope this helps and answers all of your questions. If I missed anything, feel free to comment and I’d be happy to answer. What are your must-have products?