Skincare & Beauty

An Esthetician’s Skincare Routine

esthetician's skincare routine
– beautiful skin is not a result of miracles –

If I had a dime for every time I have been asked, “what should my skincare routine look like?” – I’d probably be a rich woman. It’s a common question that seems to riddle women everywhere. With a constant wash of new products coming into the market, it is easy to get confused. How many steps are normal? Is there such a thing as too much? What order should I apply my products? The questions can go on forever. Often people wonder what an esthetician’s skincare routine looks like – and I am sure many question if we practice what we preach…

While I can’t speak for the masses, I can say I do practice the philosophy’s that I pass along to my clients. Not because I have to do it, but because I truly believe in the power of a skincare routine.


it doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective

Life is chaotic and complex enough as it is, your skincare routine shouldn’t be adding to the laundry list of “things you must do”. It should be simple, focused, and take less than 2 minutes from start to finish. For a routine to be effective, you only need 4 steps.

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Treatment
  4. Moisturizer (one with SPF during the day)


Am I blowing your mind yet?


Estheticians everywhere might be scoffing at me right now – but I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple. Of course you can do more than this by incorporating different types of products, rotating treatments, layering serums and oils. However it is not required to achieve results.


morning or night?

The answer is simple – both.


We often think we wake up with fresh skin, because all we’ve done is sleep and we washed our face before bed. However, while you slept – your skin was hard at work. As we sleep our bodies enter a state of recovery – working hard to renew and recharge. In relation to the skin, our cell proliferation increases. This means we are rapidly shedding dead skin cells to make way for fresh, healthy skin. Additionally, our body temperature increases – allowing the ingredients in our skincare to penetrate deeper, breakdown, and really do their job.


Upon waking, the products you applied at night have been absorbed and broken down. You have skin cells that deserve to be washed away. And cleansing will remove any excess oil that accumulated overnight. All of these things lead to the simple fact that yes – you need to complete your skincare routine twice a day, morning and night.


what is a treatment?

When I speak about a treatment product, I am most commonly referring to facial serums. Serums are designed to have a smaller molecular structure and are more concentrated than other skincare products. Because of this, they often are the products that drive the most results in your skincare routine. Layering a treatment serum under your moisturizer allows it to further penetrate, while your moisturizer locks in hydration and nourishment for a balanced complexion.


Treatment products can contain dozens of different ingredients, each of which drive a specific result in the skin. Some of these ingredients can include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Salicylic Acid


If you’re not using a treatment serum and you’re asking what you can do to enhance your results, or solve a skin challenge – the answer is to incorporate a facial serum.


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does 4 steps equal 4 products?

Just because your routine only includes 4 steps does not mean you will only have 4 products in your arsenal. Customization is one of the beautiful things about skincare. Rotating products based on your skin’s need, the weather, or simply morning/night is a simple way to shift and adjust to help you reach your skin care goals.


For example – it is recommended to only use retinol products at night. So while you may apply a Retinol Serum overnight, you can use a Vitamin C Serum during the day to defend your skin against environmental aggressors.


If you’re just starting with a skincare routine, keep it simple and find a routine that requires few adjustments. Once your skin has acclimated to the routine, and you become comfortable, you can start to explore different ways to customize.



what about exfoliation and masks?

At least once a week, I highly recommend you take some extra time to give your skin a deeper treatment. Most recommended is regular exfoliation, which is crucial to support healthy cell renewal and collagen production. However, these treatments only need to be done 1-3 times a week, so it’s in addition to your daily routine.


What does an esthetician’s skincare routine look like with exfoliation and mask? For me, I incorporate a gentle Glycolic Peel once a week, and a couple of days later I apply a facial mask. I will rotate my mask depending on what my skin needs – and sometimes I will make my own mask using aloe vera and essential oils. Then, as needed, I will use an exfoliating cleanser to provide a light physical exfoliation, helping to slough away dead skin cells.



this esthetician’s skincare routine

While I do rotate products based on my skin’s needs, my tried and true products never fail me – and they are staples in my daily routine. I keep it simple, but I do have a variation in my daytime and nighttime routines.

Daytime Routine

  1. Cleanse with a Glycolic Cleanser
  2. Tone with Rose Water
  3. Treat with Niacinamide Serum
  4. Moisturize and Protect with a Vitamin C SPF 30

Nighttime Routine

  1. Cleanse with a Facial Oil Cleanser to remove makeup
  2. Tone with Rose Water
  3. Treat with a facial oil – either this one or my DIY blend
  4. Moisturize with a Retinol Moisturizer


And that is it – simple, quick, and effective – this esthetician’s skincare routine is direct and to the point because otherwise, it wouldn’t happen.

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    August 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Great info, thank you for sharing!

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      August 9, 2017 at 1:22 am

      You’re so welcome! I hope you continue to enjoy!

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    J | Beauty's Expert Amateur
    August 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    This is such a great post, very informative! x

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      August 9, 2017 at 1:24 am

      Thank you!!

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    Shanda Lamb
    August 3, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Great site!! Looks like you are doing very well, congrats!!

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      August 9, 2017 at 1:24 am

      Thanks Shanda!! I hope you’re well!

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    August 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Love the fact that you emphasize keeping it simple! As a tired, busy, working mom of 2 I adore finding excuses for why I “can’t make time” for certain routines, thanks for highlighting that simple can be so effective!

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      August 9, 2017 at 1:25 am

      Simple is SO effective. Sometimes I feel like it’s even more effective than complex routines too. No reason to make our lives more chaotic than they already are, right?

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    August 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I recently simplified my own skincare routine and my skin hasn’t been better than ever! Do you have any specific product recs?

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      August 9, 2017 at 1:29 am

      Hi Lauren! Simplifying your routine is so refreshing right? My specific product recommendations always come down to your personal skin care goals, because that is going to determine which products are right for you. My personal routine consists mostly of InstaNatural products, as well as Young Living. I have some items from Pacifica and Acure too that I rotate into my routine too. Keep an eye out because I will be doing individual posts on targeted routines for specific skin types too!

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    September 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Where can we find ingredients for the skin care products, I am trying to stay away from harsh chemicals, nano-particles, etc. I have read about some wellness advocates not recommending retinol and glycolic acid, what are your thoughts.

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      September 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

      The ingredients for all cosmetics are required to be listed on the side of the box/bottle. So check there!! You have to do some research sometimes but it’s worth it. Also! Just because an ingredient isn’t easy to read doesn’t mean it’s bad, harsh or unsafe! Additionally, finding brands you can trust is so important to alleviate the headache!

      I recommend and believe in glycolic and retinol. I focus on using their pure versions – not a palmitate or acetate derivative. Especially with retinol, these derivatives are not great nor very effective. But used correctly, with an spf and in the right concentrations, I do believe these ingredients can support a skin care routine! This is a great question – I think I’ll do a blog post on it!

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