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My Skincare Routine

Eva Amurri Martino prepares to remove her makeup and proceed through her skincare routine

One of the top questions I get asked on the blog is about my skincare routine.  And while I LOVE trying new products and experimenting with anti-aging potions as much as the next thirty-something, I have found a routine with skincare that I more or less stick to for the long term.  The reason? I HAVE NOT always had good skin! In fact my skin was very red and inflamed at one point and I suffered from acne and would get pimples all the time.  When I was pregnant with Marlowe my skin was at its worst– I would cry all the time about it and barely felt ok leaving the house without a lot of makeup on.  Sometimes I even felt like I could barely look somebody in the eye when they were talking to me– I was so embarassed and felt so uncomfortable! A few months in to my pregnancy, my good friend introduced me to the facialist Shani Darden and it totally changed my skin, and my confidence! She put me on a routine while pregnant that gave me the best skin of my life– and since then, with the discovery of a few new products, my skincare routine has settled in to what it is now.  Whereas there are always some great “budget” finds with skincare (I have a few in my routine, actually!), I generally find that when it comes to skincare you get what you pay for.  The pricier products tend to have the better technology.  Clear skin is SUPER important to me since I have to be in front of the camera all the time, so skincare is the area in my personal life where I make that special investment.  I have never felt so great in my own skin as I do today, and being able to have a clear and glowing complexion without having to put on makeup every day has really make my life so much easier and happier.  Today I thought I would share all of the products I use regularly, as well as walk you through both my morning and my evening skincare routine!

1. No.7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream

I started using this eye cream about six months ago and really love it.  It’s a great consistency, is affordable, and has everything I need in an eye cream right now.  I hadn’t really used eye cream regularly until I turned 30, and I have been hearing ever since how much it really does help stave off wrinkles.

2.  iS Clinical Active Serum

I credit this serum with keeping me acne free ever since I started using it when I was pregnant with Lowie.  It’s magical, and I’m totally obsessed with it! It’s more watery than a normal serum, and you pat it on your face with your finger tips

3.  Vichy Pureté Thermale Micellar Water

This is the best makeup remover I have ever used! It’s so refreshing, and takes all my makeup off so easily– I love it! Some people I know use only this to clean their faces at night, actually.

4. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

This cleanser has been my favorite since Shani turned me on to it four years ago! I keep on coming back to it because it cleanses so well without drying out my skin.  It foams up slightly when you add a bit of water.

5.  SKII Facial Treatment Essence

This is the most indulgent facial product I own, and the best.  I can never go back! I’m absolutely in love with this stuff after it perfected my skin this past summer.

6.  iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30

This comprehensive sunscreen/facial lotion is a powerhouse.  I love that it protects me so well from harmful rays while also not clogging my pores– ever.  I use it every single day, even in the winter!

7.  Control Corrective Sulfur Calming Mask

If I ever get a random pimple, this mask knocks it out! I use it as a mask or even as a spot treatment overnight.  I used it a lot more often during my pregnancies when my skin was really hormonal and prone to more random breakouts.

8. VICHY Double Glow Facial Peel Mask

Yes, the label on my jar of this is in French.  Don’t ask. LOL.  I put the name in English above! This is an all-around awesome mask that helps me deeply exfoliate my skin to reveal that much coveted glow.  It’s also not too expensive!

9.  Agent Nateur Deodorant

I mean under arm skin is still skin, right?! LOL.  I figured I would include my favorite deodorant in this post also since it is as much a part of my routine as my facial products!

10. Shani Darden Retinol Reform

I started using this product of Shani’s after I was done breastfeeding Marlowe (you can’t use retinol while pregnant or breastfeeding) and it perfected my skin even more! It’s such an incredible anti-aging part of my routine, and I can’t go without it. It’s different from other retinols I had used in the past because of comfortable it is on the skin.  It didn’t make me red, flaky, or irritated at all!

11. Control Corrective Oil Free Healing Lotion

This is the best skin moisturizer, I’ve been using it for years! It is hydrating without clogging my skin at all, and wears great under makeup.  I keep coming back to it no matter what else I try. It’s also very affordable for how great of a product it is!

 

 

Eva Amurri Martino takes off her makeup at night with Micellar water

Eva Amurri martino cleanses her face in the bathroom of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino cleanses her face in the bathroom of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino washes her face in the bathroom of her Connecticut home

My night time routine…

  • Remove all makeup with the VICHY micellar water.  I soak cotton pads with it, and gently wipe to remove.
  • Cleanse will with iS Clinical Cleansing complex.  Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.
  • Soak a cotton pad with SKII Facial Treatment essence and pat gently all over the skin pressing on slowly.  I apply to my face and neck.

 

 

Eva Amurri Martino rinses off the face wash during her skin care routine in the bathroom of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino dries her face off after cleansing her skin

Eva Amurri Martino uses SKII facial treatment essence as a part of her daily skincare routine

Eva Amurri Martino presses SKII facial treatment essence gently in to her skin using a cotton pad

  • For the next step, I alternate between two things, using each every other night: 1. Press a pump of the Retinol Reform in to your palm and gently smooth over your entire face and neck, pressing it gently in to the skin.  Allow to dry for several seconds before moving to next step. // 2.  Apply a dropper of Active Serum in to the palm of your hand and press gently in to your face and neck.  Allow to dry for several seconds before moving on to the next step.
  • Apply a small amount (I use the size of a dime) of Oil Free Healing Lotion on to your face and press in gently. (In the warmer months I skip this step, and go without moisturizer on top of the retinol or active serum!)
  • Apply a dab of eye cream on to each pinky and press gently around your eye area.  Do not rub it in! It will weaken the skin and cause wrinkles!

Eva Amurri Martino uses shani darden's retinol reform as part of her night time skincare routine

Eva Amurri Martino presses retinol cream in to her skin in the bathroom of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino applies facial moisturizer as part of her night time skincare routine

Eva Amurri Martino applies facial moisturizer as part of her night time skincare routine

Eva Amurri Martino applies eye cream as part of her daily skincare routine

Eva Amurri Martino applies facial moisturizer as part of her night time skincare routine

My morning routine…

  • Cleanse will with iS Clinical Cleansing complex.  Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.
  • Soak a cotton pad with SKII Facial Treatment essence and pat gently all over the skin pressing on slowly.  I apply to my face and neck.
  • Apply a quarter-sized amount of iS Clinical SPF 30 all over my face and neck, pressing in gently to absorb
  • Apply a dab of eye cream on to each pinky and press gently around your eye area.  Do not rub it in! It will weaken the skin and cause wrinkles!

Eva Amurri Martino stands in her bathroom after performing her night time skincare routine

Masks & Exfoliating Wipes

Once a week, after cleansing my face and before the other steps, I apply either the Sulfur Calming Mask or the Double Glow Facial Peel Mask.  Normally I only use the sulfur mask the one week a month that my skin is super hormonal (so fun, right? UGH )  I LOVE face masks, and often try and apply other masks during the week– but I make sure to save room for these two since they’re my tried and true faves.  Once every couple of weeks, I will also use one of these deep exfoliating wipes.  They’re great for making sure you are sloughing off dead skin cells to make you glow and allow your facial products to penetrate more deeply and effectively.

Eva Amurri Martino shares her skincare routine

Eva Amurri Martino is pictured without any makeup as she shares the steps of her everyday skincare routine

Feeling great without makeup has been a HUGE step in my personal journey– if somebody had told me five or six years ago that I would have the skin I have today I wouldn’t have believed them! It’s so important to find the products that work the best for you, and I’ve finally found mine.  If you want to share some of your own best skincare products with the HEA community, please do so in the comments below! Make sure to share your skin type in the comment as well!

 

 

 

Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

 

 

 

 

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  1. Ren says:

    Have you ever tried Peter Thomas Roth
    24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches? I went into a Macy’s and the woman working suggested them for my super intense dark circles. You leave them on for 10 minutes and my jaw dropped when I took them off. My under eye bags went from a dark color to red and any puffiness was gone instantly! It blew my mind so I splurged ($75 for a 30 day supply, but I don’t use them daily) and I’ve been obsessed ever since!

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  2. Dawn McGinty says:

    OMG, I’ve been using SKII facial essence for about a month now and it is transforming my skin! I love it and will never stop using it! 💕

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    • Isn’t it crazy how well it works?! Very addictive

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  3. Vichy USA says:

    LOVE!

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  4. Robyn says:

    I love this post as I am also obsessed with clear skin! Have
    you ever tried IPLs or mirco – needling? Have you found any non evasive procedures to help keep
    your skin tight and clear? Xx

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    • I haven’t! Besides this routine, I get a facial once every few months wit a glycolic peel but it’s just with an esthetician, no downtime or anything.

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  5. Béné says:

    Love your blog and website 🙂 your beauty advice is always full of great recommendations! I fell in love with the grey robe you are wearing! I did not find it in your Style Posts.. could you please share its brand? 🙂
    Thank you!

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  6. Jennifer says:

    Thank you, thank you, for the skin care routine and products! I’m 49 and I have the skin of a 16 yr old , prone to breakouts due to hormonal changes! I can’t wait to try everything and get back to being au naturael! I’d love to not have to wear make up! I’m going to track my progress with the products before and after! I want that bare skin confidence again ! Thank you Eva!

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  7. Cooper Voisine says:

    Curious if your husband has a skincare routine. Does he?

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  8. Michaela says:

    Have you tried IRIS eye massager (FOREO) for the skin around the eyes? I’ve bought it a few weeks ago and it’s really relaxing. It’s supposed to mimic Asian tapping massage. It also helps with the absorption of creams and serums.
    https://www.foreo.com/iris

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  9. Shana Martin says:

    They have the SKII 11oz bottle at Costco for $189!

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  10. Emily says:

    Except as you’ve noted with the retinol product, would you feel comfortable using this regimen when pregnant?

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  11. Rochelle says:

    Hi! I’m currently pregnant and my skin is a mess. What products are safe to use during pregnancy? Is the SKII facial essence? Thanks!

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  12. Soraya says:

    You have beautiful skin. I took the leap and purchased the Sk11 Facial Treatment Essence. For those interested, it is discounted now on Macys.com. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your routine!

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