I’ve been asked a few times what my skincare routine is. This is shocking for me because from 11 to about 29 my skin was bad. If I’ve done anything right, it’s probably just that I’ve gotten older. But over the years I’ve picked up random little pieces of advice from various magazines like Men’s Health and GQ. Maybe more importantly, I listened to my wife who’s actually got great skin and knows what’s up. And I’ve come to something where my skin looks better to me and feels better.
So anyway, I’m not a doctor. I don’t know shit. But this is what I use.
Cleans – Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser – so this is the first thing you have to do. Cleans. Easy. This removes oils, dirt, and whatever other junk has ended up on your face. Do this first step and you’ve made Rachel Hollis happy. You use should lukewarm water to rinse – hot water (as I understand it) dries your skin.
Also Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub – as an alt I use this when I want to scrub my skin a little more.
Tone – Jack Black Clean Boost Soothing Antioxidant Toner – ok so toners, I guess, clean more. And they help tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of pores. This is the part of the process where your skin feels really good. Enjoy. It also preps you for the next step.
Serum with Antioxidant Vitamin C/E – Jack Black Brightening Booster Vitamin C Serum – apparently it’s good to do both. I’m mostly just using C at the moment. Vitamin C can help to protect the skin from pollution and UV rays, and it can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Also Vitamin C boosts collagen production which can help firm the skin. It is also important to note that vitamin C can be unstable and can degrade when exposed to light and air, so it is best to choose products that are packaged in airtight containers or that come in single-use packets to ensure maximum potency.
A little more on Vitamin E can help to protect cells from free radicals, which are molecules that can damage cells and contribute to the signs of aging. Vitamin E is also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to soothe and calm the skin.
Sunscreen – Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 – Sunscreen moisturizer is a skincare product that combines the benefits of a moisturizer with SPF protection. It is designed to hydrate and nourish the skin while also protecting it from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. You must moisturize! You must use sunscreen! If you don’t do any of the previous steps, get a combo sunscreen moisturizer and you’re doing ok.
It is important to choose a sunscreen moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type and that offers broad-spectrum protection (protection against both UVA and UVB rays). It is also a good idea to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and to apply it to your face (and other exposed skin) every day, even on cloudy days. By using a sunscreen moisturizer, you can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and keep it looking healthy and youthful.
Personally, I’m in the process of looking for a better Sunscreen and Moisturizer with a higher SPF protection, but I’m taking my sweet time.
After Shave – Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel – this is a bonus, I hate shaving. It irritates my skin. (also exfoliates, woo!). But, this post shave cooling gel is super helpful for me.
This blew my fucking mind. You can wash your face twice a day. For my teenage years, I just didn’t understand why I had bad skin; Blamed the gods. Never thought to wash my face a second time every day. A second wash does wonders. Didn’t figure that out until my 30s. Pretty cool.
I basically do all the same stuff from the day, but I add a few extras:
Glycolic Acid & Vitamin E – Line Smoother 8% Glycolic Acid Treatment – Glycolic acid is known for its ability to exfoliate the skin and improve its texture. When applied to the skin, glycolic acid works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, which helps to loosen and remove them from the surface of the skin. This process, known as chemical exfoliation, can help to improve the appearance of a number of skin concerns, including reducing fine lines, evening skin tone and texture, and helping with acne and clogged pores. Benefits of Vitamin E above!
Oils – MP 10® Nourishing Oil – I put this on last just to add oils to my face. I use this sparingly. Once or twice a week. If I use it too much I think I start to break out a little.
What am I missing?
Seriously, I don’t fully understand skin and I want to learn more. Teach me what you use, share recommendations. What is skin cycling, and is it like what Buffalo Bill does in Silence of the Lambs?