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My 2018 Skincare Routine

My 2018 Skincare Routine

I’ve done a couple of skincare routine posts since creating this blog in 2014, but skincare is a form of technology…it’s always changing and advancing so I’m always switching up my regimen. Also, when I started this blog I was recovering from a bout of cystic acne, now that that’s settled, I’ve been able to be more gentle and experimental with my skin. (Not to mention, I was 25 when I started this blog and now I’m on the verge of 30, sooo eye cream is a thing I actually need to use.)

AM: If you had asked me what I did 6 months ago, I would have said I rinse my Retin-A off in the morning and apply my prescription topical clindamycin phosphate 1% and then sometimes Eau Thermale Avene sunscreen (or Benefit’s is also a favorite). Now I have a whole routine beyond icing and massaging the puff out of my face on days I’m wearing makeup. (That’s a whole other post.)

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  1. Light face rinse. Couple of splashes. No cleanser. It’s too drying for me to wash twice a day.
  2. IsClinical Pro Heal Serum – I love the feel of this stuff, but that’s not why I use it. This serum combines Vitamin C, Olive Leaf Extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin A providing a ton of antioxidants and super healing. It’s perfect for treating rosacea (which I have mildly), cystic acne (which I medicate with Ortho TriCyclen Low & 75 Mg Spirnolacotone daily), insect bites and some forms of dermatitis. Zinc Sulfate enhances wound healing and is anti-inflammatory. I even use it on this stubborn curling iron burn on my arm from 9 months ago.
  3. Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion 1% – This is a prescription. It’s a topical antibiotic. I’m not even sure if I need it anymore, but why risk it? It’s really hydrating.
  4. Kinara Eye Cream – Every eye cream I’ve tried before this, I hated. It either broke me out in tiny bumps around my eye area or it would basically leak into my eyes and make them water. This is thick and hydrating and really softens crows feet/smile lines that appear in every 20-something, 30-something skin when foundation and concealer is applied.
  5. Dr. Leif Rogers HQLA Cream– This lightens complexion and corrects uneven skin tone. I just put this on my hormonally induced melasma mustache. I’ve seen about a 50% improvement in my hyper pigmentation in a month of use. You may have to call to order this $100 product if you don’t live in LA.
  6. Eau Thermale Avene sunscreen OR COOLA Sunscreen– Both of these don’t change the color of my skin. I don’t know if I’m weird, but some sunscreen turns my skin purple. I also tend to have sensitivity and irritation from some sunscreens, I have no reaction to these. They’re light so my makeup doesn’t look cakey over it. They pill less than other sunscreens I’ve tried. Eau Thermale Avene sunscreen is a bit more shiny and COOLA Sunscreen is a little more matte.


  1. IsClincal Hydra-Cool – This refreshing, powerful, penetrating serum combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bio-nutrients. My facialist calls it a drink of water for your face. I reapply it multiple time on dehydrating flights. It’s great for skin types and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
  2. SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator – It’s supposed to immediately diminish wrinkles and fine lines, which I will say I don’t have much to diminish. But it also keeps them at bay by replenishing your skin’s own hyaluronic acid. The difference in my texture before and after the application of this product is incredible. It’s so silky and hydrating. It smoothes your skin for perfect makeup application. It’s like a makeup primer for me. It’s also super soothing. I can ‘t really describe how this feels, but it’s like something I’ve never felt before.


I’ll wash with Panoxyl 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Cream Cleanser that get from the drugstore mixed with iSClinicals’s gentle Cleansing Complex, which has all the good stuff like bio-nutrients, antioxidants and resurfacing ingredients. It cleans deep and is formulated for acne prone skin, but it doesn’t strip. Panoxyl can be harsh, so I like to mix this so it’s not over drying. I use

I alternate nights between iSClinical’s Active Serum and prescription .025% Retin-A (tretinoin gel).

iSClinical’s Active Serum does it all. It’s anti-aging, anti-acne and brightening benefits. The results are both instant and long-term. Seriously, you’ll see a difference when you wake up. iSClinical Active Serum smooths away fine lines and wrinkles while softening the skin’s texture. AND THIS is why I use it personally…It reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness and acne, leading to a clearer and healthier-looking complexion. (JoJo Fletcher uses this too).

I’ve been using Tretinoin gel for the past 6 years. It’s a Vitamin A topical and a higher grade of retinol. It’s the beauty industry’s ultimate anti-wrinkle and anti-acne tool. I’ve been prescribed to it because of acne. If you do get on this, be prepared for a crusty mess of a face for about 6 weeks before everything has shed and clean, clearer skin is revealed.

*Note: I know these products are expensive. But this is your face! It’s something I believe in investing in! Each bottle lasts 2-3 months in my personal experience.

I take my Ortho TriCyclen Low & 75 Mg Spirnolacotone at night. These are the two prescriptions that I credit THE VERY MOST for getting rid of my hormonal cystic acne. If you’re struggling with this, please inquire about these treatments with your dermatologist.

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Up Keep:

I get a facial at Olga Lorencin’s Skin Care Clinic once a month. Eva Mendes and Halle Berry are regulars there, but it’s not outrageously priced. So if you live in Southern California, I highly recommend treating yourself there. BUT if you don’t live around LA, you can get one of Halle and my at-home favorite’s the Red Carpet Facial in a Box. It’s $100 and it’ll last you months. Halle Berry said this was her aging secret on Watch What Happens Live a couple of months ago and it’s been pretty much sold out until now. It’s basically an exfoliation system that should be used twice a week that really deep cleans and dissolves impurities and leaves your skin UNREAL soft!! You look like you just walked out of the spa after using it.

1 Comment
  • Kaila Burkitt
    Posted at 14:50h, 04 August Reply

    Hi Ashley 🙂

    Is the Eau Thermale Avene sunscreen listed above the same sunscreen I have heard you talk about being in the Fab Fit Fun box? Looking for a new face sunscreen. I have terrible skin that breaks out easily!


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