Well guys, it’s time for an updated night time skin care routine via my less than amateur video skills LOL. Unfortunately, I’m not actually all excited about this post since the main reason I’m posting it is because of stupid stubborn acne outbreaks! Butttt with that being said, I do always look forward to trying new things to improve my skin. I’m also returning to some old favourites that I love, with a couple of new additions I’m excited to share!

So for the last little while I’ve been getting acne outbreaks (especially on my forehead) and haven’t been able to get it under control. I was really happy using TULA - the products were gentle and I was happy with the research I had done on the benefits of probiotics for the skin (which is what TULA bases it’s products on). However, (and I find this happens often) products seem to become less effective for me overtime; my skin becomes troubled again and I need to switch things up. I went back to one of my favourite brands this time around, that I used when I was pregnant with my daughter Bree, as it really seemed to help some pretty serious hormonal acne. I originally used the Ole Henriksen oil control cleanser, toner and moisturizer - and the reason I stopped using it is because the pendulum sort of started to swing the other way and my skin got dry. I naturally have combination skin -oily t-zone (especially my forehead) and dry everywhere else. This routine was drying everything out though, so I switched - but after the latest round of breakouts, I’m going back to some of the same products and tweaking a few things.

I went back to the Ole Henriksen line because I was really happy with it in regards to fighting acne. This time around, after a few recommendations from a skincare rep at Sephora, instead of using all three oil control products (cleanser, toner & moisturizer), I only got the oil control cleanser and toner and then a high quality moisturizer from a different brand (Laneige). The moisturizer is nice and light, and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy or oily after use (which is key to fighting acne) but the dry areas of my skin were also hydrated. This was to try and avoid that overall dryness I experienced the first time I used this line, because the oil control product overload was stripping my skin of everything. This is a more balanced routine.

Basically what you can take away from this is that it is a constant battle with my skin. Switching products, fighting different concerns at different times - oh how I wish I had my pre-pregnancy skin back! I still had acne but it seemed MUCH easier to control back then. Anyway- it is what it is. Watch the vid for a full demo of my updated routine, and all of the product info is below as well!

Here is everything that I use in the video (I’ve linked some of it before but I’ll link everything again!) and a little explanation as to why it’s in my routine this time around!

Step 1 : Makeup Removal

Neutrogena All-in-One Makeup Removal Wipes

Best. Makeup. Wipes. Ever. Okay fine, maybe there are better ones out there, but honestly I love these ones - they remove SO much makeup and the best part is that they are extremely cost-effective! Which is great, especially if you use one once a day! Side note: I didn’t in this video but in the event I have a lot of eye makeup on, I always use Bioderma Eye Makeup Remover. Second to none!


Step 2 : Cleanse

Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser

The cleanser I just KEEP going back to! What I absolutely love most about this cleanser is that my skin feels tingly and clean after I use it. I know I’m getting a good clean, especially now paired with the product I’m going to link next!


Foreo Luna Mini 2

Say hello to your new best friend! I finally decided to pull the trigger on this when my skin started to break out again. I looked at a Clarisonic for awhile but price-wise this was better and I also loved the reviews it was given. I’ve been using it for about a week and love how soft my skin feels after. It’s completely waterproof and gives a gentle yet deep clean. It has up to eight different pulsation settings, depending on how gentle or rigorous you want your cleanse to be, and brushes away dirt, makeup and dead skin as it goes! Brilliant!


Step 3 : Serums

The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

The Ordinary serums are some of my absolute favourites, because they’re so effective and because the price point is amazing. I use this one before toner to assist with anti-aging.


The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2%

I’ve read that Hyaluronic acid is great in helping with acne and blemishes, so I’ve made a point to add this back into my routine consistently to try and help with some of my breakouts. I started to slack off a little bit on my serums so I’ve reintroduced them!


Step 4 : Tone

Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Toner

Paired with the cleanser, this toner was always good to me. It always left my skin feeling clean, albeit a little bit tight after drying - but nothing a little moisturizer didn’t take care of right away. All part of the acne-fighting dream team I need right now!

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Step 5 : Moisturize

Laneige Water Bank Hydrating Gel

Like I mentioned before, I went back to the Ole Henriksen routine but have tweaked it a little - mostly with the moisturizer I’m using this time around! It was recommended to me that because I have combination skin (dry in some spots), that I shouldn’t use an oil control moisturizer on top of an oil control cleanser and toner - because (like what happened before) my skin would just get TOO dry and I’d strip it of ALL the oil, which I didn’t want either. So this time around, I’m trying a really light water-based moisturizer to balance it out! I wouldn’t recommend this moisturizer if your concern is dry skin - definitely go with something a little heavier. However for oily, normal and combination skin- this would be a great option!

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Step 6 : Eye Cream

Rodan & Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream

I received a sample size of this eye cream as a gift and I absolutely love it! I know Rodan & Fields has some great products, and this is no exception! It targets fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness under the eyes (lucky for me, I have all of the above!!!) I apply AM & PM, it’s smooth and leaves my eye area feeling moisturized (and also helps with a seamless under eye makeup application!).