Everyday Skin Routine- It's Simply Lindsay

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Since I started blogging, I have reaped so many benefits. I feel constantly pushed to find ways to better myself, through inspirational bloggers I’ve networked with and through my desire to find honest ways to inspire my readers. In an effort to generate new blog topics, I figured I may as well search for ways to improve the things in my life I have been putting off, and at the top of my list was my skin. Instead of bouncing from one product to the next and never feeling satisfied with the results, I’m calling my new approach to my skincare routine my Hands On Hands Off approach- I know, I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but it makes perfect sense. “Hands On” means finally taking charge of my skin by having a consistent routine using products I have researched and that have been recommended by skincare professionals.

Everyday Skin Routine

My “Hands Off” approach has to do with the number one rule in skincare that, even though my mom told me and I heard it everywhere for years, I couldn’t resist- I now am keeping my hands OFF my face. I’ll give periodic updates with the results I find because these products are meant to be used long-term, with many of the benefits revealing themselves with one to three months’ time.

In case you do not want an in-depth review of the products I’m using, I’ll list them here for the Cliff’s Notes version (which, as a teacher, I must say I do not recommend, though there is value in it as a supplemental resource):

Clarisonic Mia 1 Facial Sonic Cleansing System, Pink

Clarisonic face wash (free with purchase)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, 6 oz

The BEST ORGANIC Vitamin C Serum for Face (enter code LINDSAYC at checkout through my link on Amazon for 20% off one bottle of Vitamin C Serum)

Eye Cream for Dark Circles and Puffiness 

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, 12 oz.

Rosebud Lip Balm, Minted Rose, .8 Ounce


I have been recommended the Clarisonic for years from makeup professionals, my facialist, and a dermatologist. My skin is normal-to-oily with periodic breakouts and some hyperpigmentation from old blemishes. I have the Clarisonic Mia 1 Facial Sonic Cleansing System, Pink, or you can opt for the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System, Lavender. This was a big decision for me because I struggled for years with the idea of paying so much for something I thought I could get cheaper. However, Clarisonic ‘alternatives’ do not utilize the same sonic technology and thus won’t deliver the same results. I would rather invest in a product that will actually work and end up saving me money that I would have poured into various cheaper products, looking for results. At the time I started using this, I had a noticeable breakout on my cheek.

Day 1: noticeable smoothness from the exfoliation

Day 2: softer skin, more noticeable impurities arising from exfoliating

Day 4: skin is completely smooth, breakout diminished, still visible spots

Day 7: breakout gone and hyperpigmentation starting to diminish

Now I am three weeks in, and while my skin is nowhere near perfect, I can more comfortably leave the house without any makeup (which is huge) and have changed my everyday makeup routine so it doesn’t include layers of foundation and concealer. I look forward to posting later with (hopefully) more skin-improving updates.

Clarisonic & Neutrogena face wash:

A face wash comes with your Clarisonic purchase, and it’s a little piece of heaven. It’s a clear gel base that lathers nicely and smells like a spa. As an alternative, I use the classic Neutrogena Fragrance Free Liquid, Facial Cleansing Formula.

TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum

I struggle with uneven skin tone in some areas where I previously had breakouts. Instead of spending so much time watching videos about how to cover this hyperpigmentation, I decided to take action towards treating it. I have never used serums before and always sort of thought they were an unnecessary step and waste of money. This serumcompletely changed my mind. (Enter code LINDSAYC at checkout through my link on Amazon for 20% off one bottle of Vitamin C Serum.) My skin tone has visibly evened out in only a week, and I look forward to seeing the long-term benefits as I continue this routine. I apply a thin layer of this scent-free serum to my face twice a day after the Clarisonic. It glides on smooth and makes my skin feel softer and appear brighter. I don’t always even need to moisturize after, and it absorbs quickly. I’m surprised at how quickly my stubborn dark spots have evened out and will update at a later time after longer use.

Toulon Eye Renewal Therapy:

After the serum dries, I apply my eye cream. When I was searching for an eye cream, I was looking for something specifically for dark circles. Not only does this product have the highest ratings and customer satisfaction, but after only a week of using it, this cream lives up to the raves. I use it in the morning and at night. It’s odorless and leaves your skin feel silky smooth after the first application. I am very picky about my products and was a skeptic going in but am glad this product made its way into my life. It has a rich, creamy texture that glides easily over your skin, and I love that just a small dab on my finger is enough for both eyes. I just put it on now and would describe the feeling as comfortably tightened and hydrated. While I appreciate the 60 day no questions asked guarantee, I know I would never use it.

CeraVe Lotion:

Since I ran out of my last lotion that I loved, the generic version of Aveeno, I decided to try something new. Face lotion can be so expensive, which is part of the reason I love CeraVe– I get 12 ounces for $8- a true steal. I heard this product mentioned by my favorite beauty blogger Lauren Curtis and would pretty much try anything recommended by her. I love that this is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and not greasy at all. Because of my prior steps, I don’t use as much product as I previously had, so this bottle will go a longgggg way- plus I can use it for my body. I’m not overselling it by saying it’s the perfect lotion for all skin types and is easy on your wallet.

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm:

I would join whatever cult this this cult-classic is from. You may have read in other posts about this product, because my obsession for it runs deep. I like to think of myself as a chapstick connoisseur- at any given time in any purse you’ll find at least 5 different lip products. This is my all-time favorite. From the old-timey feel of the tin packaging to the perfect, unique blend of rose and mint, this lip balm glides so smoothly over your lips, leaving the most natural pink flush. I would bathe in this if I could. Or marry it, if I wasn’t taken.

I feel so adult by finally having a consistent routine to follow- I’m weirdly proud of myself for taking charge with this Hands On Hands-Off routine. I am highly discriminatory when it comes to my skin products. I’m also very self-conscious about my skin, so the fact that I’m finding products that work for me makes me want to scream their praises from the rooftop- but I’ll settle for writing about it on my blog. If you have questions about my skin type or these products, ask away!

What’s on your skincare lineup?


  • My mom used to say: “KEEP YOU HANDS OFF YOUR FACE” all the time to me growing up! Surprisingly, the thing that helps me keep my hands off my face is wearing a full face of makeup because I never want to mess it up! It sounds weird but wearing my makeup everyday has helped my skin! It also helps me make sure I do my skin care routine every night because I hate sleeping in makeup. Right now I’m using a lot of Mary Kay’s timewise products, but I’m about to start switching them out because they are expensive and I don’t want to buy them again (even though they are great!)

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Haha, I guess moms do know best. That’s such an interesting perspective about makeup actually saving your face- what a great point! This summer I’ve been off of work because I’m a teacher, but I go back in two weeks. That will give me a reason to wear makeup everyday again- maybe that will help me, too! I have used Mary Kay products and also LOVE them, but I’m with you- too expensive.

  • Melissa Latimer

    I love the Clarisonic!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Me too! How long have you been using it? What benefits have you experienced?

  • Evi Aki

    I have hyperpigmentation on my face that just drives me nuts! I am going to look into The TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum. Do you know if its good for sensitive skin?

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes, it is great for sensitive skin. There is so much information on the link I provided about the product, and I’d be happy to share any info with you as well. After my purchase, the company also emailed me a ton of information I can share with you as well.

  • Sarah Noel

    I’ve been curious about the clarisonic. Thanks for sharing! I’m worried it might be too harsh. Thoughts?

    • Lindsay Katherine

      It’s not too harsh at all – when I used a washcloth before or other exfoliates, those were way harsher. I use the gentle brush head that came with it, but I may even go with a more abrasive level the next time around. The gentle is highly effective and highly gentle!

  • Chelsea

    I use CeraVe lotion and I LIVE BY IT!! It’s the only lotion I have found that helps with my acne and dryness without making it oily.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      YES! Sounds like we have the same skin type. I love love love this.

  • I have an embarrassingly basic skin care routine — drugstore cleanser and moisturizer — but I never skip either! Changing my diet over the past few years has really helped to clear up my problem skin. One thing I swear by is under-eye moisturizer, but I just use Curel. I’m sure I’ll be wanting a better under-eye cream for bags and dark circles once baby girl is here! Saving this for then, for sure. 🙂 Also, YES to keeping your hands off your face. I also wash my pillow cases frequently!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      There’s nothing embarrassing about that at all! I love drugstore products, but with my skin issues, I needed to try something different. What helped you in terms of diet changes? When are you due again? How are you feeling??

      • For me, dairy is my biggest trigger! If I eat even just a little bit of cheese or yogurt, my jawline will break out for a solid week. Also, adding a fruit smoothie with lots of greens and some avocado worked wonders to clear up my skin. (But I have to be careful with the protein powder I add, because so many are made with lactose! I use a whey protein isolate since there’s no lactose in it.) I’m due on November 16, so just over 3 months to go, and I’m feeling really great!! Still enjoying the second trimester bliss and hoping it lasts!

  • Rae

    My skin hates me when I don’t use my Clarisonic regularly. My skincare routine is a bit excessive and expensive. I recently began using Caudalie, Algenist and Kate Somerville products pretty exclusively and my skin is the happiest/healthiest it’s been in a while.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      What “issues” do you have with your skin and how does Clarisonic help? I’m going to check out those products you mentioned- sounds expensive and luxurious 🙂

      • Rae

        My skin is highly sensitive to the weather, it’s ridiculous. When my skin is really oily, I use my oil cleanser with my Clarisonic and the gentle brush head. When my skin is dry, I use it with a little bit of my Exfoliant and usually my milk cleanser to buff away dead skin. When I wash my face without my Clarisonic, the texture of my skin is just yucky. Algenist Genius Cream is my holy grail moisturizer (I really have yet to use any of their products that I didn’t love), Caudalie has amazing masks that I am loving right now not to mention their Beauty Elixir is something every woman needs to have in her stash!

  • Mandi

    I love that you take a more natural approach with high quality products <3 thats what im all about

    • Lindsay Katherine

      What are some of the products you love?

  • I think it is so neat to read about people’s skin care routines. I need to establish a morning and evening routine but I just feel so clueless. I have heard about the clarisonic but have never tried it. Thanks for sharing this!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      That’s what I love about this routine- it’s the same in the morning and night, so it’s easy peasey. What’s your skin like?

      • I would say it’s a combination. It goes through weird phases. Sometimes it’s just normal, other times extremely dry and lately it’s been kind of greasy/breaking out.

  • Diana

    I love taking a look at other people’s skin care routines! Its fun to see what works for other people and what I think might work for me. http://www.littlemissfangirly.blogspot.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for stopping by, Diana! I’ll be sure to check out your blog, too.

  • I’m finally following a real skin care routine too! It only took me 23 years to get there. Although I still have a bad habit of touching my face!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      What’s your skin care routine like? Glad we finally got on board with this, even if it took some time! It’s really hard to stop touching your face- last time I did, I made things so much worse and made myself write down how bad it was and how annoyed I was that I didn’t just treat it how I was supposed to. That sort of shaming myself reminder helps : )

  • Patricia Hickey Rosasco

    I want the Clarisonic now, too! I have a question. I have recently noticed puffiness under my left eye. I have been told by specialists to use eye cream. Years ago when I first used it, I ended up with a chalazion, which is a kind of stye inside the eye caused from plugging the eye duct with the cream. Needless to say, I stopped using it for 20 years. Now, I have been using some and notice no difference. Then I was told not to use cream and only use eye gel and to press and dab to get rid of the excess fluid around the eye. After a facial last month, it was very clear that whatever the facialist did to me – and I did notice the gentle pressing and dabbing around the eye – the bag(s) were gone! Then I swore to apply and dab eye gel daily. Last week I went to Ulta and spoke with another skin care specialist. She told me gel or cream is fine, showed me a short video about how to apply, which is dabbing and then pressing for 3 seconds around and underneath the eye to release fluid. Of course I boughty ANOTHER eye cream. Does anyone know if this really works and that I should keep this up?

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Have you noticed any results from your new eye cream? I would keep this up- sometimes results don’t come overnight, but no matter if you’re using gel or cream, you should dab it around the sensitive eye skin. I just have darkness, not puffiness, but from what I’ve read, this gentle pressing should help with the excess fluid like others suggested. You could also get an eye treatment at a salon targeting that area.

  • The Clarisonic has been something I have been looking up and researching for a long time. It really sounds like a great investment. I can’t wait until I purchase my first one. I am sure it will be a skin saver!
    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hi Mikayla, thanks for reading. When it comes down to it, if you’re anything like me, you’ve thrown lots of miscellaneous money into drugstore products that maybe aren’t as effective. That’s why I think the Clarisonic is a no-brainer. I love drugstore products, but for my skin, I needed something different. If you end up getting one, let me know how you like it ! And be sure to use the link in my post : )

  • Andrea McCann

    I’m going to have to try that eye cream!


    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes! It’s awesome- I should be having a coupon code for more of their products coming in the next month or so. Stay tuned!

  • I love the Clarisonic! I’ve noticed a huge difference especially when my skin is dry in the winter. Thanks for sharing, there’s a few things I want to try out now!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I look forward to seeing the results as I continue to use the Clarisonic! How has it helped your skin?

  • Sunshine Momma

    I really need to establish a routine and take better care of my skin!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I always flip flopped between random products or would try something but not stick with it- whatever products you try, start a routine!

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I really need to take better care of my skin, thank you for all your information

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Start now! Establish a routine- it feels really good to take care of yourself.

  • Becky @Disney in your Day

    I really need to look into clarisonic. I don’t break out a ton, but when I do they’re bad ones. I have one on my chin right now that hurts!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I say go for it- even if you don’t break out often, it will improve your skin’s health and appearance- at least, it has for me!

  • Shann Eva

    I really need to try that serum and eye cream. I don’t really have a skin routine, but I try to at least moisturize every night. My skin is normal to dry, so not a lot of break outs, but my skin does get sensitive sometimes too.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You totally should! I have had great results and love these products. I have links to the products, and if you use my link and the coupon code listed for the serum you’ll get 20% off! Hope they work for you- these products are all great for normal, dry, and sensitive skin as well.

  • I like your ‘hands on hands off’ approach! Your new lotion sounds great, and so does the lip balm. Putting those on my list for sure! I’m finally starting to get into a routine, but I still feel like I could step up my game.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      As much as I love scents, I love that this lotion is unscented and just everything about it is glorious. You will not regret that lip balm, I promise : )

  • I really really really need to have a better skin care routine!! I am going to look into some of the products you mentioned! Thanks!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Great! Hope they work out for you.

  • Jess Rey

    CeraVe is really good for eczema as well. I need to try the vitamin C serum. I need to have a better skin care routine. Prior to kids I used to be on top of that!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Ooh, good to know about Cerave. I love the serum because it has brightened my skin and gotten rid of stubborn hyperpigmentation leftover from breakouts that I’ve seriously had for years. I never thought they could go away!! Take the time to treat yourself with a new skin routine momma, you deserve it.

  • This is a great list! I need to try some vitamin C in my life. My blotchy skin is ssssooooo attractive.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I seriously never thought my blotches would go away- I just knew I would have to live with them forever. I kid you not within 2 weeks my hyperpigmentation was gone. My mom still can’t believe it (and neither can I) hah!