I’ve been on the quest to find the perfect (read: low maintenance) routine that can work with hectic life for a while now. I’m always trying and reading to find the secret to perfect skin. Don’t get wrong, I love a good red lipstick and a fully done face when the time is right, but my everyday routine is pretty much wash (properly) and go.
I discovered a while ago that my skin hates me less if I don’t cake on foundation, so I had to find the courage to start going in public with a naked face. Let’s just say that it takes a while to get used to that feeling. All I apply these days is a bit of blush and if I’m feeling really fancy, then some mascara. BB/CC creams are reserved for high low occasions like when the queen invites me over for tea, or date nights!
What I focus on these days is the steps before I apply my makeup, and have found something as close to perfection as I can get without going in for a facial every 2 weeks.
I should note that I sensitive skin.
My routine starts like everyone’s should- with cleaning my face thoroughly. This is where my Clarisonic Mia 2 ( $175.00Availability: Sephora, the Bay and Holt Renfrew) comes in. I worship that gadget. It gives me the ability to clean my face in a set amount of time. It also lifts EVERYTHING that may have settled on my face during the day. I’m not claiming that this is the only way, but it’s my secret to perfect skin!
The great thing about the Clarisonic Mia 2 is that it has a built-in timer. I remember getting carried away when I first got it, but the little beeps kept me in check.
Here’s how it works:
- I wet your face and apply my favourite cleanser to my face directly. I tend to switch between my Shu Uemura Cleansing oil, Perricone MD nutritive cleanser, and the Consonant face wash. Both do a great job. If you have Shu Uemura cleansing oil at home, make sure you only use 3 pumps.
- Turn on the Mia 2. I normally wet the brush http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/antibiotics/ really quickly first. The built-in timer lets know when it’s time to switch to a different part of your face. Your entire face takes 1 min ( 20 seconds on your forehead, 20 seconds on your T-Zone, and 10 on each cheek)
- Rinse. And that’s all.
I normally wash my face twice a day, but I also pay attention to how my skin is reacting. If it starts feeling sensitive then I cut it back to once a day.
The rest of my beauty routine relies heavily on having a clean palette.
I use Clinique for my toner and moisturizer. I’ve had the same moisturizer for years, and it works wonders after I use my Clarisonic Mia 2. The moisturizer just soaks in!
The only thing I add is the Dermalogica – AGE Smart Antioxidant Hydramist to give me that dewy look all day.
How to find your perfect beauty routine:
- Start with a clean palette. That means clean it everyday.
- Try one new product out a time. This allows you to see if your skin reacts to it or not.
- Give it time! Normally it can take anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks for your skin to adjust to a new routine or product.
- Know your skin type, and look for products that specifically designed for your skin type.
- Don’t cover it up! Skin reactions are a skin of something wrong under the surface. Putting makeup on it clogs your pores even more, and doesn’t allow your skin to heal properly.
Some of the perks of being the Editor of a beauty and fashion magazine is getting to try all sorts of new products that hit that market, but my Clinique moisturizer and Mia 2 has been favorites from the minute I got my hands on them. If you have any other tips on how to get perfect skin, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment.
Since we’re a site that loves to share the things we love, we have something VERY exciting for you!
We’re giving away a CLARISONIC MIA 2 to 1 lucky winner.
Enter below and be sure to answer what your secrets to perfect skin is!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I moisturize every day to help delay aging
Anne Taylor says
I drink lots of water, I exfoliate and I use coconut oil on my skin!
Donna Martin says
Most importantly keep hydrated. Drink lots of water. My everyday skincare routine is just that before bed, I’ll wash my face with cold water and rub rose water over my face right before sleeping
Always wash your face! Best secret to nice skin
Moisturize daily (and nightly) and I always take my makeup off!
Kelly Lynn says
Lots of water, cleanse and moisturize daily! And don’t forget SPF !
Irene Cypher says
I drink a ton of water but my skin is far from perfect ~ that’s why I need to win this!
Christine P says
I know a lot of people will say this, but honestly, drinking LOTS of water helps me! I have acne-prone and bumpy skin that does get sensitive and red. Drinking water helps a ton with this. I also use a cream called Silver Sol (ASAP 365 is the brand I use) and this helps with cystic bumps. I’m still perfecting my routine though!
Brenda Penton says
Drinking plenty of water and following a skin care routine which consists of washing morning and night, moisturizing, exoliating twice a week and I use a mint julep mask on the weekend.
My secret to good skin is always washing my face before going to sleep, drinking lots of water and just keeping it simple! But oh would I love a MIA 2!
Amanda Sakovitz says
I exfoliate weekly
Drink lots of H2O
Drink lots of water, wear sun screen, and never ever go to bed without washing your face with a mile cleanser,
Thomas Murphy says
I moisturize every day.
Wash my face twice a day to remove makeup and oil and moisturize.
Christina D says
I like to use a touch of face treatment oil just before I head to bed. Makes my skin look and feel radiant in the morning.
Gentle exfoliation and daily cleansing.
Callie B. says
I have recently started drinking a ton more water! It is crazy how much that has helped. I also, have stopped laying out as much and moisturize like crazy!
Tina L. says
moisturize every day
Ei Leen says
Exfoliate, moisturize & sunscreen!
Sunshine G says
Sunscreen every day, rain or shine.
getting regular facials is really important to my skin
Kim D. says
drink lots of water and always use sunscreen
I wash my face every night (no exceptions!) and moisturize each night & morning. Also, I drink LOTS of water!
Jayden H. says
I moisturize daily and remove my makeup at night!
Always wash your face before bed and drink lots of water 🙂
Sonya Morris says
Drink lots of water, take vitamins & moisturize.
Yvonne T. says
My secret to perfect skin is staying hydrated, eating lots of antioxidant fruits and veggies and doing a scrub + mask at least once every 2 weeks.
I never used to mosturize and as soon as I started I noticed a huge difference.
Lots of water, teas and green smoothies for antioxidants. I also clean with salisilyc acid and moisturize after every shower and cleanse for the day 🙂
Michelle jadaa says
I use a a facial spf 50 on clean skin and under makeup.
Jess W. says
Moisturizing and always using sunscreen!
drink lots of water!
Christina D says
Ughhhh what are my skin tips – 1. No picking. 2. Remove makeup daily. Those 2 are soo important!
Washing face every day and using great moisturizer.
Nataly Carbonell says
Eat right, lots of vitamin c and antioxidant rich foods, and moisturize DAILY.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
amy pugmire says
wash morning and night and apply a small amount of sunscreen every night
Neshii S says
Drinking lots and lots of water, exfoliating, being extremely gentle with your skin, having a great moisturizer, and not touching your face with unclean hands throughout the day(hardest part for me)..! :))
Thank you SO much for the giveaway.! ^_^
kelly rae says
I always wash my hands first then splash water on my face. Twice a day-once when I wake up and once before bedtime. I moisturize my face and neck everyday
ps: is the giveaway open to canadians only? I couldn’t find the rules anywhere.
Crystal Star Haire says
I’ve always wanted one! My birthday is coming up too! #fingerscrossed!!
Drink plenty of water and moisturize
Um, I have no secrets to perfect skin. My skin sucks. lol
Julie bolduc says
Drink lots of H2O
Happy Chinadoll says
drink plenty of water, sleep at least 7 hours, exercise, wear sunscren
HEIDI C. says
I cleanse my face and moisturize twice a day, use sunscreen and drink lots of fluids!
Libby W says
Cleanse my face twice a day!
Alaina Bales says
I exfoliate and always use moisturizer. I also drink a lot of water!
Colleen C says
I keep the stress down, drinking plenty of fluids, and moisturize!
Never go to bed with makeup on, and I do a weekly scrub and black mask.
janelle jones says
I use a clarisonic at my Dr’s office because my skin is very reactive. It would be great to have one at home.
Suzanne G says
I use sunscreen every day
Amanda Q says
8 hours of sleep, water, eating healthy and facials 🙂
Cathy C says
Sunscreen and moisturizer!
I wish I knew the secret! I try to drink a lot of water through the day, get outside for fresh air, keep stress levels low, eat mostly healthy, moisturize, cleanse lightly and get sleep. I am expecting my first little bambino this late Fall, so my skin has been changing week to week! Thanks for the chance to win great products, twitter fan@plumerea
Christina T says
Drinking lots of water and cleansing the face twice a day.
I try to always clean, tone and moisturize my skin every morning and evening
Andrea Henry says
I just turned 31 and now more than ever, I’m looking for the best products for my skin. I found a lot of things stated changing with my skin at 30. I also have sensitive skin and get nervous when trying new products. I am excited to try some of the products that work for you. I make sure I ALWAYS wash my face at night and exfoliate with Clinique (7 day scrub cream) every morning in the shower. I try to eat well and drink water as much as possible and include an SPF in my regime. I have heard great things about the Clarisonic mia and would love to try it to see how that would improve my skin. Good luck to all!
Melissa Avey says
Never sleep in your makeup!
I actually only wash my face with water.. I know they tell you not to do that but I think it’s better than some of the cleansers out there.
btw I NEED TO WIN THIS. You know that. We’ve talked about it. Look at how poor I am washing my face with only water like a poor person!!!
Sandi Tymchuk says
I don’t have perfect skin, but I find SPF 15 hypoallergenic Aveeno moisturizing cream helpful.
Wanda Bergman says
Put on moisturizer every night before going to bed.
Moisturize and clean twice a day
Great looking makeup always starts with a good base! Properly caring for your skin by regularly cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating it will always ensure whatever you put on top of it will look its absolute best 🙂
Ashley L says
I only wash my face with warm water
Sara Sullivan says
Sunscreen and drinking lots of water!
Andrea Darst says
Always wash your face before bed!
temperature water in the morning, cucumber and moisturizer! xo finger crossed
Stephanie Larocque says
I drink lots of water, clean my skin every morning and night 🙂
My secret to perfect skin? Hydratation!
Madison Blake says
For daily skin are I wash with Spectro Jel per my dermatologist’s recommendation. I use Peter Thomas Roth for moisturizer, exfoliation, and acne spot treatment, and Clinique for anti-aging night cream. I had a facial in Vegas at Canyon Ranch Spa – the racialist used a Clarisonic Mia and my skin literally glowed for days. I NEED my own!
Water, SPF, and cutting down on caffeine!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Bailey Dexter says
I never use soap on my face or neck!
Joey M says
Wearing lots of sunscreen and water
I keep it simple with moisturizer (sunscreen of course!), mascara and lipgloss:)
Moisture! Both for your face, and your body. Great skin starts from within, so don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
Shannon W says
I never go to bed with makeup on, even when I’m super lazy!!
Bianca Rogoveanu says
I try to keep my skin clean and moisturized every time! And use less harmfull beauty products.
Moisturizing and sun protection!
Exfoliate and moisturize! Doing those two things every day makes the world of difference to my sensitive skin,
Beth Rosell says
Keeping my skin well hydrated
I always use sunscreen and take all my makeup off before bed.
Alysha Johnson says
My secret is taking Fish oil. I cleanse my face diligently, moisturize well, sleep on my back and drink adequate amount of water. But ever since I start taking fish oil regularly, I could see obvious glow to my skin that I never seen before. Fish oil is my secret
Renee Lacasse says
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
Jessica Pang says
Drink lots of water, and scrubs and masks twice a week!
Angela Ethier says
I found the thing that has made the most difference for me is moisturizing. I never used to and my skin is so much nicer that I make a point to do it everyday.
L P says
hydration is key – lots of good old H2O. thanks
Vanessa G says
Drink lots of water and use tea tree oil to treat acne!
Debbie F says
I only wash my face with cool water.
use sunscreen and moisturizer
Lisette Hernandez says
My secret to perfect skin would be cleansing my face morning and night, applying a sunscreen everyday even during the winter, and using a mask every week. I like to use the Aztec Healing Clay Mask just to treat my skin after a week of wearing makeup and treating it.
stacey h says
i wash my face twice a day and use apply a mineral mask usually every 2 weeks
Jen Nudd says
Cleansing with a quality cleanser and moisturizing everyday.
Angela Mitchell says
Lots of water and when out in the sun I always wear a hat. I also moisturize daily and use a gentle cleanser.
Katrina A. says
My secret is to always wash off your makeup and use sunscreen everyday.
Lynn Andersen says
I cleanse my face morning and night with Yves Rocher Pure Camille 2-in-1 Cleanser & Toner. During the day I wear YR Omega 3 6 9 Concentrate and after cleansing at night use YR Anti Wrinkle Night Care.
Lots of water and antioxidants are great for my skin like green smoothies,pressed juices, and tea. Rest and of course spf a great moisturizer and a perfect cleansing routine!!! Eeek good luck!
Moisturize, wear sunscreen, exfoliate and drink lots of water! (Soph Y)
Elaine R says
Lots of water and sunscreen year round.
Sudocrem is my life saver!! If I feel a breakout coming on I just dab a little on before bed and make sure I moisturise well the next day. You might find you still breakout, but it’s less red and sore, and it goes away so much quicker!
Kim Tanti says
I moisturize daily and make my own mask out of yogurt, sesame oil and lemon juice. Also wear a hat if out in the sun.
water, rest, antioxidants and a great cleaning system 🙂 also giving your skin a break from harsh chemicals and make up ! oh & SPF!
Cheri Gallant says
I always go to bed with a clean face!
Water , rest, antioxidants, a great cleansing routine, and spf!
ALWAYS wash my face once I wake up & before bed. Something I should’ve stuck to as a teen.
Jenny B Erin says
I definitely don’t have perfect skin but I strongly believe that drinking a lot of water and getting a good night sleep helps a lot!
For perfect skin a good intake of water,rest, antioxidants, a great cleansing routine! and never forget spf!
lori butler says
moisturizing is important for me
I put cream around my eyes every night and have very few wrinkles.
jessica edwards says
Wash before bed
Amanda Quah says
lots of water and sleep and healthy food!
SueSueper Sue says
My secret is to try to stay in the shade. Keep away from the sun, wear a hat and sunscreen.
I literally have so many tips for good skin! The main ones would be to always wear a sunscrean, always moisturize, and do not use harsh products on your skin too often. I would be SO excited to win a mia 2! 🙂
Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥
My secret to perfect skin is exfoliating. I get clogged pores incredibly easy so I always make sure to exfoliate with Asian peeling gel. I also love to include oil in my moisturizer for that special glow.
Lots of water to keep skin hydrated!! Antioxidants like a serum or through teas and food like fruit. A great cleansing system I like to use a good cleanser with salicylic acid for acne then moisturize, and never forget a good SPF!!! Protect your skin!! Oh and a goodnights sleep at least 8-9 hours!
I’ve wanted a MIA for months now – thanks for offering this great contest!
stacey dempsey says
I think it is good to rest your face sometimes lol to just give it a break so whenever I can I go without makeup and for sure don’t go to bed without scrubbing it all off. I think hydration is really important too
Lots of rest, water, antioxidants, a good cleansing routine and SPF!!
Melanie Montgomery says
I don’t smoke and I get plenty of sleep
buy kollagen intensiv reivew says
hi!,I love your writing very so much! share we be in contact extra approximately your post on AOL?
I need a specialist in this space to resolve my problem.
May be that’s you! Looking ahead to see you.