You already understand how important it is to take care of your skin. When your skin looks great, it's easy to look someone in the eye and flash a confident smile.
But when you're dealing with dry or oily skin – or even a bad acne breakout – it kills your confidence and makes you want to stay inside and hide from the world.
Ever since I was a teenager, I've struggled with mild to moderate acne – even into my adult years.
And I've tried many different skin care products and routines, including the most popular acne fighting ingredients.
Until about four months ago, I thought I had found the best skin care routine for someone in my situation (an adult male with mild acne).
I even wrote a post and made a video about it:
Skin Care Routine for Men With Adult Acne ← My OLD routine
But honestly, that routine left a lot to be desired. I was really disciplined with it, but I still experienced these annoying symptoms:
- Dry/itchy skin
- Oily/shiny skin
- Pimples and blemishes
And the worst part is, some breakouts would last for weeks!
About six months ago, I decided to change my entire skin care routine, including all of the products and active ingredients.
I did for a couple of reasons…
First, I wasn't that happy with my current routine, so I felt that I didn't have very much to lose.
Second, two companies sent me their products to try out. I had heard great things about both brands and wanted to put them to the test.
Honestly, I didn't expect great results, but I was pleasantly surprised.
So today I want to show you my new skincare routine that I've been using for the past 4 months (at the time of writing).
I'm not exaggerating when I say:
My skin hasn't looked or felt this good in years.
So I want to share this new routine with you. But first, you need to understand two things (don't skip…these are important):
Important Point #1: Skincare is subjective
The way your skin looks is largely genetically determined, which is why you shouldn't compare your skin to other people's skin.
For example, my skin will never look like Joe from Blumann, who's probably never had a pimple in his life!
So it doesn't make sense to compare my skin to his. Instead, I'll compare my skin now to how it used to look.
And you should do the same. Only compare yourself to your prior self. Has your skin improved over the past few months? Has it stayed the same or gotten worse?
You just have to watch my older videos to see the difference in my skin.
Important Point #2: This is not sponsored
Yes, I'm using two specific brands, but they haven't paid me to make this video or to say anything good about their products.
I actually turned down the Tiege Hanley sponsorship because I didn't want to give anyone a reason not to trust my advice in this post and video.
I take skincare very seriously, and I've tried a LOT of different products. This is best routine I've found so far – plain and simple.
Got it? Good. Let's get into the routine!
My Skin Care Products
Here are all of the products that I use on a daily or weekly basis:
- Face wash
- Day moisturizer
- Night moisturizer
- Exfoliating scrub
- Eye cream
- Anti-aging serum
- Adapalene gel (for acne)
It's a lot, I know. But you really only need three things: face wash, moisturizer and an acne fighting ingredient (if you struggle with acne).
My Skin Care Routine
First, I use the Tiege Hanley face wash once a day. I usually do this in the shower, but you can also just splash your face under the sink.
Massage your face gently, and make sure to rinse thoroughly.
Next up, I apply the anti-aging serum. This should go on before your moisturizer.
It helps with wrinkles and tone. In the morning, I'll also use the eye cream around my eyes.
Also before using moisturizer, I apply the adapalene gel. Unlike spot treatment product like Benzol Peroxide, you apply adapalene to your whole face.
You only need a thin layer, so it helps if your face is still a little damp.
Finally, rub in some moisturizer. I'll use the AM moisturizer in the morning because it contains SPF, which protects your skin against the sun.
This is especially important if you use adapalene, which increases your skin's sensitivity to sunlight.
In the evening or at night, I use the PM moisturizer (which is basically the same, but without the SPF).
…and that's it!
Like I said, you can get away with just using the wash, acne gel and moisturizer. If you're only going to use one moisturizer, I recommend using one with SPF.
To reiterate – my skin is far from perfect. But it looks and feels better than it has in a long time, and it seems to be getting better each week.
If you're not happy with your skin, I highly recommend giving this routine (including Tiege) a shot. If you have acne and aren't satisfied with your current acne fighting products, try adapalene. It might work better for you.
Questions/thoughts? Leave a comment below!