Current Skincare Favorites + Saving Coins on Skincare

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Shoutout to Cherie! They invited me to a zoom panel with dermatologists. I learned one major thing.

Cost doesn’t necessarily equal quality when it comes to skincare. I know, we’ve been scammed! According to the dermatologists on the call, cleanser, moisturizer, and retinol should be the cheapest products in your routineSunscreen should also be inexpensive. However, people of color may need to spend more on sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast. We don’t want to look ashy! You should invest in actives and additives, like Vitamin C. I used these points as a guide when it was time to revamp my skincare routine. Here’s what I’m using.

Morning Skincare Routine

CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser

This stuff is legit! The amount of product for the price is fantastic. I love that it starts off creamy and lathers up easily. It helps remove makeup without drying out my skin. I was using the Fenty Skin cleanser before this, and I don’t think I’ll be going back to that.

Herbivore Bakuchiol

This serum was gifted to me by Cherie. It’s billed as a natural alternative to Retinol. The consistency is really nice and thick, almost slime-like. What I really like about this serum is that it can be used in the daytime and in conjunction with Vitamin C. While I haven’t noticed any changes in my skin with this product, it’s a cute little serum that I enjoy using.

LaRoche Posay Vitamin C Serum

I have a love-hate relationship with Vitamin C. Many of the serums I used in the past had a watery consistency, so I don’t feel like they performed well.

This serum is really nice and thick. It absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. My skin looks brighter and more even-toned after using this for a few weeks. It does have a bit of fragrance, so that’s something to be aware of if you’re sensitive to scent. However, y’all know I love some fragrance in my skincare!

Always, always, always apply SPF as the last step in your morning skincare routine. Yes, even if you’re staying inside! I don’t currently have a favorite sunscreen. I’ve been trying out a few but I don’t have one I absolutely love, yet.

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Evening Skincare Routine

Peach & Lily Glass Skin Serum

When Ulta put this on major sale, I grabbed it! Now, I don’t think this is changing my skin at all. However, I do like the way my skin looks after I apply it. It sort of gives your skin a smoother, slightly more blurred, appearance. This is a water-based serum, so I do like that it’s hydrating and it serves as a small barrier before I apply Retinol.

The Ordinary Retinol

I have to admit, I was a little worried about adding Retinol into my skincare routine. I’ve heard how it can really wreak havoc on your skin before you start seeing results. Fortunately, the only issue I had was dry skin for a couple of weeks. I definitely feel like this has helped with the overall texture of my skin. I also believe it’s keeping breakouts at bay. I haven’t noticed any since I started using this!

Base Butter Radiate Face Jelly

This moisturizer was also a gift from Cherie. I’m not usually impressed by moisturizers. However, when I opened this up I was really surprised by the texture.

If you’ve been here before, you know this routine probably won’t last forever. I’m always switching things up and trying new products. But, I do plan to stick with this for at least a couple more months. What are your favorite skincare products right now?

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Vanessa Herring
I am an award winning news reporter and anchor creating beauty, skincare and lifestyle content. I'm from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and my career as a news anchor and reporter took me to snowy to Erie, Pennsylvania... Rochester, New York... Baltimore, Maryland... and Washington, D.C. I currently reside in the Philadelphia area with my husband.

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