My Self-Care Routine :: How the Pandemic Changed How I Care For My Face

skin care routine

Back in March, which seems like a lifetime ago as much as it feels like yesterday, I decided to focus on my skin care routine which, up until this time, was none. I had a lot of time on my hands, what else was I going to do? So, I went online and did a little research.

Sephora and Ulta became my online besties. But … there are SO MANY PRODUCTS. Where does one even start? I have no knowledge of how to take care of my skin. Cleanse, tone, moisturize, sunscreen, retinol, what order does it go in? Do I tone after I cleanse? Do I even know why I am using a toner? No, I didn’t; I had no idea.

I decided to adopt a routine I found on Pinterest, which is always my go to for pretty much any and all things, recipes, craft idea, etc.

AM Routine

Cleanser: Obviously, this is to clean your face. I knew this one; I did do this on occasion.

Toner: This gets rid of any trace of dirt or grime left behind after you cleanse.

Vitamin C: Like this protects you internally when you take the vitamin, this bad boy does the same thing but for your skin. Helps with wrinkles, sagginess, and dryness.

Moisturize: HYDRATION!!!!!!!!! I think if I could moisturize constantly, I would, but alas, that is not really possible nor ideal.

Sunscreen: Oh sunscreen, you precious precious tool. As an extremely fair person, sunscreen is an absolute must for me.

Makeup: I don’t know if I can even use all my fingers to count the amount of times I have worn makeup since March. It has been kind of nice not having to put my face on every day.

PM Routine:

Remove makeup: When you are in the mood to have your face on, this step is important.

Cleanser: Clean that face girl!

Mask/Exfoliate: I found a cool product here that does both. It is from The Ordinary; I will use this once a week. Do not be scared when you walk around the house and your face is pink. I think I scared my significant other to death!

Toner: Tone it honey, get rid of all the funk you have on your face from the day!

Serums: Lord, this is a lot. I use Retinol on Monday & Friday; Glycolic Acid on Wednesday; Hydraulic Acid every night.

Acne treatment: It is rare I get a pimple, but if I do, it is Differin gel ALL DAY!

Eye Cream: I have not found an eye cream I love, so, I usually don’t use one.

Moisturize: YES! Also, little secret, Vasoline is a great moisturizer.

Lip Mask: I usually will just put a lip balm on.

Do you have a skin care routine you have adopted that you love? Is my routine similar to yours or are you thinking, “who has time for this?”

Jeanne DeLasalle
Jeanne is a single mom to a wonderful son who loves nothing more than her family, friends, and her Saints. Born and raised in New Orleans, she enjoys everything this city has to offer. In her spare time you can catch her napping or binge watching movies on her couch. On Sunday's in the fall, she is in the Superdome and goes into a state of depression when football season is over.


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