The Glam Series: Skincare Routine

So far this blog has been mostly about running and fitness, which is totally cool because I love that stuff, but I realized it might come as a shock that I actually love a lot of other things too! I was always the tomboy growing up, but as I've gotten older I've embraced my feminine side more and more. I like being tough and athletic, but I could spend just as much time and money in a Sephora as I do training. I have been thinking about how to incorporate other things I love (like beauty products, for example), and today I stumbled across The Glam Series link-up and wanted to join in!

This week the series focuses on skincare. I have struggled with my skin for as long as I remember. During middle school and high school I went to the dermatologist every few months and was always trying new medications, face washes, creams, you name it. In college it started getting a little better on its own, but still every 6 months or so my skin would go haywire all of a sudden. Since I graduated college (almost 5 years ago, yikes!) my acne has mostly subsided, but I still have a lot of hyper-pigmentation left over. It's not a good look. I've tried expensive creams and treatments to fade the spots, but the only thing that really works is time, and preventing the acne in the first place.

That's where my skincare routine comes in. After years of feeling like I was on a merry-go-round of trying products, this past summer I finally found a routine that has been working for me for 6+ months, unheard of in my world! I used to think that the more chemicals I used and the harder I scrubbed, the more the acne and the spots would go away. Um, wrong. My routine now is fairly gentle and my sensitive skin thanks me for it!

skincare routine

1. Remove makeup with either vitamin E oil or Lush Ultrabland and cotton pad. I used some Christmas money to try the Ultrabland, but I don't think it's any better (and may even be worse) than the vitamin E oil I was using before. I will probably go back to the oil once the Ultrabland is gone. The oil has actually helped some of my scars fade!

2. Cleanse with CeraVe foaming cleanser (I have the hydrating right now because I bought it on accident, but prefer the foaming) using Clarisonic Mia. I have had my Clarisonic for almost 2 years now and have gone back and forth on using it with other cleansers. The combo of the Clarisonic with the CeraVe cleanser seems to work the best for me.

3. Stridex maximum strength pads. Not the most glamorous product, but it works for treating and preventing acne! I ran out recently and thought I could go without for a little while, and I was totally wrong!

4. Spritz with Lush Eau Roma Spray. Honestly, this is not a necessity in my routine. My face gets dry in the winter so I picked some up for some extra hydration, but I'm not sure that it does a whole lot. It mostly just smells nice. I will probably not re-purchase when the bottle is gone.

5. Moisturize with Lush Imperialis or CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. Imperialis was another Christmas money buy, and I don't totally love it. It makes my face feel soft but I'm not sure how hydrating it really is. The CeraVe comes in a HUGE tub - I've been using it since June and am maybe almost halfway through it - so I'll continue using that once the Imperialis is gone. I was hoping the Lush products would work out, but so far it seems they just smell pretty and don't do a whole lot for my skin. They are fun and don't irritate my skin though, so at least there's that!

The Glam Series


  1. Ive been wanting to try like every Lush products in the books! But I just haven't broken down and gotten any yet. Soon though :)

  2. I haven't tried any Cerave products before but you seem to like them! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am pretty sure I only survived high school because of my stridex pads! They are the best!

    Thank you for linking up! Hope to see you back next week!


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