So I realized today, as I was fielding questions online about my opinion on various products, that I am feeling incredibly ride-or-die for my current skincare routine. SO much so, that I felt, for the first time in awhile, that sharing it might be a really helpful blogpost. As I plan on how to fit my life into a suitcase so I can bop around the country carry on only, these things are what I most want with me. Who needs socks?  So here I am, waiting for my precious Leo Oil ingredients to arrive in the mail, and putting on the old beauty blogger hat. 

I think today, to make this as helpful as possible, I'm going to start with a quick list, then below that go into more detail about what I picked (and suggest less expensive dupes for pricey things.) Don't forget that if you have a question about a product, odds are good I have answered it (in great detail) here - so don't forget to hit up that search bar.  I'm also always here and happy to answer questions about your specific skin and or products to the best of my dilettante, untrained abilities. 

So let's get started:

1. Bioderma Micellar water $15 lasts for 2-3 months with twice daily use. 
2. Ziip treatments 4-5 times per week
3. Nuface 4-5 times per week (with the Ziip) 
4. Blue/Red Light therapy 1-2 times per week $30 but it goes on sale, lasts 30 uses or pro model $100 
5. Melanie Simon Serum C $200 
6. Leo Oil $46 one bottle applied twice per day lasts about two months
7. Glossier Sunscreen
8. Eye Cream $90 lasts 4 months

Bioderma Micellar water $15 lasts for 2-3 months with twice daily use. 
9. Glossier Solution $24 lasts for 2 months with once daily use of 3 pumps
11. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2x per week at night, usually layered over solution. 
12. Aczone prescription topical cream 
13. The Ordinary Azaleic Acid $8 one bottle lasts about a month with twice daily application 
Eye Cream + 14. Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm $42 lasts forever

random sheet mask (see below)
15. Tatcha Violet C Radiance Mask 1-2x per week
16. Ordinary Peeling Solution 1x per week
17. COq10 eye patches 2-3 times per week 
18. Acne Patches $6 as needed
19. Renee Rouleau's Anti-cyst as needed

The Ordinary Azaleic Acid
First of all, let me start by saying I only put this stuff on my chin and around my mouth. The "acne zone." If you don't break out, just move along, this isn't for you. 

Now while this product isn't really touted as an acne fighter, it's a frequently loved ingredient for acne sufferers (shows up in custom and dermatologist routines a lot.) Maybe that's why I like it! With the exception of Renee Rouleau's Anti-cyst, I very much find most acne targeting products to do more harm than good for me. 

According to the Ordinary,  "Azelaic Acid is produced naturally by yeast that lives on normal skin. It brightens the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes. It is a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types and also acts as an effective antioxidant." 

Here's what I know. It smells and feels like baking soda paste, but when I wear it scarring from acne heals faster, on the very rare occasions when I do break out these days. It's a really great, non-irritating option for acne sufferers who are also prone to, well, everything else. Combination skin for the win. 

The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides

I'm a big fan of copper peptides. So much so that I often find it to be an ingredient in small doses in super high-end skincare products I really love (including all the best sheet masks, see below.) Another revelation from the crazy-pants skincare guru that is Brandon Truaxe, this is still the best explanation for this stuff:

As a highly-focused effort to maintain healthy-looking skin, this pro-repair, pro-collagen serum offers a novel approach to target all signs of skin aging indirectly. This indirect approach departs from the traditional thinking of addressing visible aspects of skin aging individually and instead forms a foundation to respect skin health. 

Now of course, this description is not found on this product, it comes from their $60 premier version offered through high-end partner brand Niod, but still, this stuff is blue, and it works. And people love the original Buffet (named because of it's all in one approach) so I'm willing to take the hit on the quickly fading vinaigrette smell.

Ziip & Nuface

Start your rabbit hole here

Random Sheet Mask
When it comes to these I am totally not monogamous - I look for things that include niacinamide as an ingredient and then just pick from there. I do have a lot of love for these ones that I've written about here, click that link to see all of them. 

Melanie Simon C Serum

This stuff is pure magic in a bottle. It goes on in the silkiest and most luxurious serum I've ever felt, leaving behind skin that literally looks airbrushed. Pores are gently lulled into disappearing, while lines and wrinkles seem to be kissed softly away by angels. It's $200 and it's worth it for me. But that's me. You may not need a $200 serum. Start with a starter C (I first got hooked on the feeling with this one, but used this one for a long time because at $10 the price is right.)

A quick note about makeup - I find the more my skin gets to breathe, the less I break out. My current routine involves spot treating with my beloved (20)Blemish Remedy Concealer, a little spot treatment color correction with (21) YSL touche eclat, some combo of (22-3)Cloud Paint in Haze and Beam, and loads of (24) mascara. .And (25) balmdotcom on my lips always.