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FALL SKINCARE MUST-HAVES + DAILY ROUTINE

FALL SKINCARE MUST-HAVES + DAILY ROUTINE

Everyone's skin is different. But if there's one thing I know for sure it's that when fall and winter hit, the air becomes dry and skin becomes rough and cracked.  For the longest time, I’ve been using the same products which I consider my must-have, holy-grail products.  Recently, I’ve been in dire need of a new cleanser and moisturizer, so when Clarisonic gifted me with their new Mia 2 face brush, cleanser and face mask I was beyond thrilled.  For the past week, I have been incorporating the Mia 2 cleansing system into my skincare routine, using it every morning and every night in addition to my regular products. For those of you who are looking to change up your routine or maybe you’re just want to see what I’ve been using, this is the post for you!  Below, is my daily skincare routine; what I do every morning and every night.

MORNING - 7A.M.

The first thing that I do when I wake up is wash my face using my Clarisonic Mia 2 system and face wash. I absolutely love using the system in the morning because my pores feel rejuvenated and clear. If you’re someone who doesn’t typically wash their face at night – you should, but I understand that some might not – this system is perfect for clearing out your pores from all of the grease and build-up from the previous day.

Next, I moisturize my skin using my Alba Botanica Even Advanced moisturizer.  This step is SO important to ensuring your skin stays hydrated and dry-patch free all season long.  Plus, this moisturizer has SPF 15 in it.  Even though you may think that your skin can't get burnt during the fall/winter – you're wrong.  Moisturizer is a must.  

After I apply my moisturizer, I prime my face with my Pacifica Jasmine Iris face primer.  Guys, this stuff is incredible.  I've been using it for a little under a year now and have fallen in love.  For the longest time, I had been looking for a primer that reduces the oil on my face while creating a smooth surface to apply makeup on top of – this primer is it.  As an added bonus, it's also cruelty free and vegan so not only are you helping your skin but also the planet.

NIGHT TIME - 9P.M.

I usually end up taking off my makeup and washing my face around 9 - 10 P.M., and before I wash my face I always remove my makeup.  It's so important that you remove your makeup first so that you don't end up rubbing foundation, concealer, mascara etc., into your pores.  My favorite makeup remover is an oldie but a goodie: the Ponds Cold Cream makeup remover.  This product is great and is very gentle on all skin types, especially oily skin.  

After I remove all of my makeup, I take my Clarisonic Mia 2 and the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser and wash my face.  It's such a great feeling when you wash your makeup off at the end of the day, especially when using a great face system.  After patting my skin dry, I apply my Detoxifying Clay Mask all over my face and let it sit for about 5-minutes.  I then use warm water and my Mia 2 system to gently remove the mask from my face.  At the end, my face is left incredibly soft and clear and ready for the next day!


My last two steps of my skincare routine are applying a night moisturizer and an acne gel to any blemishes on my face.  My two favorites are my Alba Even Advanced Night Cream and my Nelsons Pure & Clear Homeopathic Acne Treatment Gel.  It's so essential that you apply a night cream to your face to not only hydrate your skin from the rough conditions it may have endured the night before, but to even out your complexion and to help prevent wrinkles.


As a whole, my skincare routine is pretty simplistic but the products that I do use are ESSENTIAL to maintaining my clear, even and smooth skin.  If you're going to invest in anything at all for your skincare, my No.1 tip would be to purchase a great face cleanser, mask and face system  – Clarisonic is my favorite.  They're the O.G. of skincare systems and you can't go wrong!  

- GET YOUR SKINCARE ON! -

CLARISONIC SYSTEM | buy here
ALBA DAILY MOISTURIZER | buy here

PACIFICA JASMINE IRIS PRIMER | buy here
ALBA NIGHT CREAM | buy here
NELSONS ACNE GEL | buy here

I was sent the MIA 2 kit from Clarisonic, but all opinions are my own.

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