MY SKINCARE ROUTINE: From skincare neglect to skincare routine

Products from my skincare routine - I know, I need to relax!
This blog post is an introduction to My Skincare Routine edit.

My purpose of this edit is not to propagate that one skincare routine is better than the other. That you absolutely need five steps, or six to seven products in your routine. No, it’s really all about finding what makes sense for your skin! I’ve found a routine that works for me 🙂

A skincare noob
Taking good care of my skin only became evident to me some two years ago. Before that time I just removed my eye makeup, washed my face in the shower with my body wash and slapped some body lotion – or sometimes face cream – on my face and that was basically my “skincare routine”.

This sloppy approach is probably due to the fact, that I’ve never had a “problem skin”. In my teenage years I could celebrate one pimple a year, in other words, I had no breakouts and certainly no acne. Annoying, I know!

My skin is aging
Since I got my intrauterine device ( = a contraception placed in your uterus) my skin started to break out, mainly around my mouth (hormonal changes and skin is another blog post, that will be posted later), one little pimple replacing the other.
At the same time as I was getting closer to 30, I started to notice my pores around my nose, on my cheeks and forehead. Pores that I haven’t paid attention to before – most likely because they haven’t been as “big” as they are now (pores get more visible as we age, a subject for yet another blog post).

Stepping up the game
So I started paying more attention to the beauty vloggers on YouTube, when they were talking about skincare. That let me to the most knowledgeable woman on skincare, namely the British facialist, Caroline Hirons (you can find her blog here).

After many hours of Youtube lectures in skincare, I’ve found a skincare routine that works for me.

My current evening skincare routine:

Step 1 First cleanse: Makeup removal

Step 2 Second cleanse: Non-soap cleanser 

Step 3 Exfoliation: Mild acid toner  

Step 4 Moisture: Serum

Step 5 More moisture: Eye cream and moisturizer

Click on the the individual blog posts to read the details of each step.

I would enjoy reading about your skincare routine. Leave me a comment!!

XO Cæcilie

18 Comments

  1. elsebeth greve schak
    1. December 2015 / 15:51

    jeg er plaget af rosasea omkring næse og kinder

    • 1. December 2015 / 19:14

      Thanks for your comment, I’ll reply in English. Rosacea around the nose and on the cheeks, are very typical. Do you treat it?

  2. Pernille deppe
    1. December 2015 / 16:06

    Jeg har ingen rød Rudolf næse mere efter at jeg udelukkende bruger Murad.
    Jeg har fået konstateret rosacea ved hudlægen

    • 1. December 2015 / 19:12

      Thanks for your comment, I’ll reply in English. Yes, it’s important to find skincare products that your skin tolerates.

  3. Thura
    15. December 2015 / 7:54

    I’m a big fan of yours also a physician 42 years old but only recently started taking care of my skin and make up !
    I recently started using BHA acid from Paula’s choice ( I live in California) and all this time I was proud of myself for running into the concept of acid toners and applying them ! But apparently I’ve been using the wrong acid as I just found out from your article. My main concerns are wrinkles of course and targeting anti aging spots so I guess I should shift to lactic acid and glycolic acid ? Though I must admit I have felt some smoothness with the BHA acid.

      • Thura
        15. December 2015 / 19:12

        Thanks a ton for your prompt reply ! I’ll check out that link 🙂

  4. Liv
    15. December 2015 / 9:20

    Hej Cæcilie,
    Hvor er jeg lykkelig for at have fundet din blog. TAK!
    Jeg har i god tro overhældt min rosacea-hud med fede olier. Nu har jeg besluttet mig for at begynde helt fra ‘scratch’. Jeg er stødt på REN’s Omega-serum flere gange. Men hvis du skulle anbefale én creme, én serum, én rens mm. til tør rosacea-hud, hvad ville det så være?
    God jul og tak, venligst Liv

    • 17. December 2015 / 11:50

      Hi Liv, I made a lengthy reply yesterday that somehow disappeared.
      But here’s the summary: Oils aren’t, in my opinion, necessarily a no-go for people with rosacea, it depends on you skintype as well.
      In your (and my) case with dry skin oils can work, if you don’t experience any worsening of your rosacea?
      A quick answer to your request:
      Cream) Clinique Redness Solution Day Cream (ask for a tester in Matas)
      Serum) REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil
      Cleanser) Bioderma Micellar Water
      Acid Toner) First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (find them online on beautybay.com)

      Merry Christmas to you too! XO Cæcilie

  5. Lucia
    17. December 2015 / 11:40

    Hej Cæcilie, håber du har det dejligt.
    ok måske et sært spørgsmål: Men når man stopper på p-piller og ens hud spasser ud i bumser, ved du så hvilke cremer man bør bruge? Fed blog!
    Kram Lucia

    • 4. January 2016 / 10:02

      Hi Lucia, thanks for your comment!
      I’ll just translate your question, for everyone to understand.
      Hello Cæcilie, hope you are doing great.
      Okay, maybe a strange question: But when you stop the pill and one’s skin spaz out in pimples, do you know what creams you should use? great blog!
      Hugs Lucia

      Hi Lucia, thanks for your relevant question.

      Being on the pill you add a little extra estrogen to you body, which suppresses your production of androgens (aka male hormones). Androgens are responsible for (excess) oil production in the skin. So when you go off the pill, many women experience a “post-pill-breakout”, like you did. The increased oil production can lead to clogged pores and growth of bacteria (that normally live in the skin) which in turns leads to an inflammatory response, what we see as pimples.

      So if you sense, that your skin is extra oily (especially in your T-zone), then look for oil-free or “non-comedogenic” = non-pore-clogging skincare products. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ is a product tailored for this purpose, but there are many similar products from different brands. Ask for a tester or little sample before you buy it, to test if your skin tolerates it.
      I hope that your skin get better soon.
      OX Cæcilie

  6. Elin
    30. March 2016 / 13:38

    Hvorfor kan du ikke (også) svare på en dansk, når du runner en dansk blog?

    • 22. June 2016 / 8:55

      Jeg svarer også gerne på dansk fx på min Instagram-konto. Men ved at svare på engelsk kan alle mine læsere få gavn af svaret 🙂

  7. Karina York
    31. March 2016 / 4:33

    Hi Cæcilie,
    I just wanted to thank you!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been undiagnosed with rosacea for I guess most of my life. I’ve always had flushing, red cheeks as long as I can remember and its always worse after workouts, sun, alcohol, when Im nervous etc. and always thought of it as an extremely annoying by product of just the skin that I have. I never really had problems with acne and minimal sun damage since Im extremely pale and never tan anyways. So I’ve been at my wits end for the past almost 2 years after my son was born. My skin started what I though with small break outs and has since then gotten progressively worse. Past month it was up to a point when I became so self conscious about the fact that no make-up will ever cover enough (I had severe irritation on cheeks, round the nose, breakouts around mouth, nose, forehead). And I love make up, so having to spend so much time just on coverage made it into a hated experience. One morning I woke up with my cheeks completely red, inflamed, puffy and ballooned so much so that I had to grab hydrocortisone cream (weirdly enough had a bad reaction to Avene cream – never really had any bad reactions to their products). After a very long search I stumbled upon your youtube channel and Heureka! I finally realized what I was actually dealing with. I literally looked up your skin care routine and ordered REN face oil and La Roche Posay products (I’ve used their sunscreen for years). And within a week my skin was calming down which I was very happy about. But the biggest change has been that all of these products combined at least for me have completely within 2 weeks changed my skin. The spots have gone and I still get an extremely mild break out here and there but nothing like before. I would say my skin has not looked this good for at least 2 years. Through some kismet these products work for me so well and with the new knowledge I know what Im standing up against. So thank you so very much for putting yourself out there and giving the information plus sharing what works for you. You have literally changed my face, my outlook, my sense of self and my life.

    • 22. June 2016 / 9:14

      Dear Karina,
      thank you so much for your uplifting and kind comment. I’m very happy on your behalf, that the changes in your skincare regime was helpful. I’ve recently found some new favourite products (SPF, day cream, foundation, tools) coming up in future blog posts. Kind regards Cæcilie

  8. Bianca
    27. July 2016 / 9:55

    Tak for dine lærerige input om rosacea og gode hudplejeprodukter. Har du nogen erfaring med hvilke specifikke fødevarer der kan udløse rosacea ? Jeg har selv rosacea og har i lang tid været i gang med at forsøge at finde ud af, om der er fødevarer som udøser det og som jeg skal holde mig fra. Men det er ikke så nemt at finde ud af.
    mvh Bianca

    • 5. August 2016 / 13:19

      Det er er rigtig godt spørgsmål som man andre også har stillet mig. Der er faktisk lavet studier på kostens indvirkning på diverse hudsygdomme herunder rosacea. Men viden på området er simpelthen utilstrækkeligt. Jeg har i sinde at skrive et blogpost om emnet. Så hold øje med bloggen i den nærmeste fremtid. KH Cæcilie

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