Fifth and Adams was created by Holly to showcase her love of all things beauty, food and fashion with a sprinkle of lifestyle elements thrown in.

Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

My skincare routine is an ever-changing system. The more I learn about my skin and its weird quirks the better I am able to treat it, plus I am the guinea pig that loves always trying new things (this may not be the best for your skin...or mine).

My skin is sensative, combonation / oily and acne prone. After years of using harsh skincare I have learned (for my skin) that less is more. Less harsh and less products seem to keep my skin calm, with less redness and less breakouts.

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In the morning my skincare is very basic, I don't even wash my face most mornings, many of you may be disgusted by this, but I find I don't need to cleanse after doing a deep cleanse at night. Instead of washing my face I have been using the L'oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (sadly I picked this up in the UK and I don't know if it is coming out here. For something similar try Bioderma or Sephora's Version), which is like a very mild mild mild toner. It helps remove any excess makeup as well as gently remove any excess oil and impurities.

I simply follow up with my new favorite moisturizer, Mary Kay Timewise Moisturizer and with a hydrating eye cream, like the Bobbi Brown one.

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In the evening my routine is a little more complex, some times I will pair it down if I am feeling lazy or too tired (let's admit that some nights you just can't be bothered).

Starting on a dry face (full of makeup), I apply Lush Ultrabland balm cleanser (I love balm cleansers) which helps gently breakdown your makeup as well as cleanse your face. Typically I remove the cleanser with a warm damp wash cloth or, occasionally, I will use a makeup wipe (if I am feeling particularly lazy). Some nights I just stop here, cleansing wise, especially if my skin is feeling particularly sensative, then move onto serum and moisturizers.

If I am feeling the need for a deep cleanse, I will follow up with the Mary Kay Timewise 3 in 1 Cleanser (I have been loving the Mary Kay line, because it is both fragrance and oil free (the bad kind) and is very mild). It has a few (empasis on few) little exfoliating beads to help keep you smooth in between exfoliating (more on that in another post).  

While you sleep your skin does a lot of it's repairing, I like to use this time to use a serum that will help my skin look better and more radiant during the day. My go to serum of late has been the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, it is a lightweight oil (the good kind) serum. Since using it I have noticed my skin is less red and more glowy in the morning. I know the price tag is expensive at $46 for 1 fl oz, but you only need about 4-5 drops for your entire face, I am pretty sure this bottle is going to last me for an entire year.

Even with oily skin, I find that my skin looks better and produces less oil when using both an oil based serum and a heavier moisturizer in the evening (no necessarily together, but together is how I have been doing it. especially in the winter). The moisturizer I have been reaching for is Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, it sinks in the skin quickly leaving it moisturized and soft. 

Of course I also use my Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream again, because nobody wants wrinkles.

Then I finish up my skincare routine with not really a skincare item, but I decided to throw it in the mix. For the last 2 years, I have been using Rapid Lash on and off, when I am consistent I definitely notice a difference. My lashes are a little bit longer, but mostly they are thicker and more lush. It is worth every penny of its $30 something price tag. I have never tried any of the high end, doctor required, eyelash serums, I took a chance on this one and it has definitely paid off. So far I have finished 3 tubes of this, and I will forever buy it and use it. 

There are more things to my skincare routine that I did not discuss, such as face masks and exfoliators, because I do not use them on a daily basis. In the next few days I will have another post including all my skin care extras that I like to use to pamper myself.

What are some of your favorite skin care products?