I’ve managed to tweak my rosacea skin care routine and I’m loving it. As long as I stick to it, I can even navigate the changes of the seasons, stress, and a not-so-great diet. It’s been a rough several weeks and I haven’t used the products as regularly as I should have, so a flare-up has been kind of threatening me lately. But that’s only after sometimes not bothering to wash my face at night (sometimes I have a little makeup on, sometimes I’ve skipped it completely), drinking a lot less water and more coffee than I should, not sleeping enough, and consuming too much sugar. It’s been nothing like it has been in the past under similar circumstances. Here’s how I’ve been able to keep the flare-up at bay:
My Updated Rosacea Skin Care Routine
I have two versions of my updated rosacea skin care routine that I do. One, I’d ideally follow every day (twice a day). The other one is my backup plan for when I really want to flake out on skin care (it’s late, I’m sick, etc). This post contains affiliate links.
My “Ideal” Rosacea Skin Care Routine
When I’m feeling great and can take care of my skin the way I really want to every day, this is my routine (not all are musts for every day):
- TULA Purifying Cleanser: I try to use this at least at the end of the day, but I could technically use it in the mornings, too. Right now, I usually just rinse my face with warm water when I wake up, then apply serum and moisturizer. This cleanser doesn’t strip my skin. I do still need moisturizer, of course, even in the summer. Still, it’s one of the few traditional style cleansers (so not the oil-based kind you massage in and then remove with a warm, wet washcloth) I’ve been able to use consistently in several years.
- TULA Illuminating Serum: I tried to go without this because it’s kind of expensive and I like to use it twice a day (as little as possible, and a little goes a long way). When I was just down to the cleanser and moisturizer, it seemed like my skin was missing its glow. It just looked a little duller and drier. I put it back into my routine and felt like my skin looked better again after a couple of days.
- TULA Hydrating Day & Night Cream: This is my go-to for day and night. When I did my first review of it, I think I said I wished it could be a little more moisturizing. I still feel that way and I’m sure that feeling will be amplified as it gets really cold outside and I start running the heater 24/7. For now, though, it’s the best I’ve found. It’s soothing without being greasy. It soaks in well and I think it does a good job of keeping my skin calm.
- TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask: This is another one I swear by (every three to seven days) and never want to be without. Just a few minutes with this delightfully Smurf-blue mask on my face and my skin looks clear, refreshed, and glowy. It feels smoother and my makeup applies well (if I even need it, which I often don’t when I’m sporting a freshly exfoliated face). I feel like it does such a good job at gentle exfoliation, my skin doesn’t need much else for the rest of the day. It doesn’t irritate it and make it red like some exfoliating products do.
- RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream: I traded in my TULA eye cream for this one. The TULA one wasn’t doing that much for me (a little extra moisture, but I didn’t feel like it was all that special after using it for a while). This one costs less and it’s supposed to be good for all those fine lines and dark circles I’m always dealing with. It’s not, however, as moisturizing as the TULA one. I usually end up putting my regular moisturizer over it. For the price and performance (it’s as effective as any other one I’ve tried; I think I can see a difference), I’m happy with it for now. I use it twice a day when I’m following my ideal routine. Some days, it’s once.
If you’re familiar with TULA skin care, you know these products contain probiotics. I’ve had a lot of good luck with probiotics–internally and externally, in makeup as well as skin care. Read more about how probiotics work with rosacea at AAD.org.
Extras in the Ideal Routine
- TULA Advanced Neck Cream: I may not buy this again and it’s not a necessary part of my rosacea skin care routine since it’s for my neck, but I’m enjoying it off and on right now. The “off” is usually because I’m too lazy to get yet another product out. It’s emollient and feels nice on my skin. It doesn’t feel too heavy on my neck the way a heavier moisturizer would on my face. The thing that turns me off (other than needing to buy a separate product just for my neck) is the smell. It’s not terrible, but it doesn’t have the light, fresh scent the other products do.
- Coola Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30: Here’s another one I don’t always use as part of my rosacea skin care routine, but I felt like I should include it because it still has a spot in my routine. If I’m skipping all other face makeup but going outside, I’ll use the Sun Silk Drops for the SPF without the flare-up I can sometimes get from sunscreen. If I’ll be spending a ton of time in front of screens, I’ll sometimes use it even if I’m not going out. I’m still not the biggest fan of the packaging, but I can’t do much about that.
My Lazy Rosacea Skin Care Routine
This one is “okay” to use sometimes when I’m too lazy to do the whole multiple-step routine (and really wash my face with cleanser that requires water). I do this one when I’m thisclose to just going to bed without washing my face at all. It’s not nourishing enough for my skin, personally, to use every night. I used to use micellar water nightly (with a different night cream) but I found that it made my skin look less refreshed than it could when used long-term.
- Garnier Micellar Water: I love how easy this is to use and how gentle it is on my skin. As long as the cotton pad I use with it isn’t too rough, I can use this for weeks and have no redness. It takes my makeup off and my skin still feels moisturized when I’m done. I still add moisturizer on top, but I don’t have that dried out feeling like my skin is craving moisture after I use it. It does a pretty good job of removing makeup, but it does seem to have a hard time getting the eye makeup off.
- Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream: I think this one would be great for normal or oily skin, but mine’s a little too dry to use this as my primary moisturizer. It’s fine for now, but I won’t buy it again and I’d consider this my least favorite part of my updated rosacea skin care routine. If your skin isn’t dry, you may love it. I use it because it feels nice on my skin–it really glides on and feels almost like non-sticky, cooling, refreshing aloe vera gel–and doesn’t cause my rosacea to flare up unless I go the lazy routine route too many days in a row.
If I bother with eye cream in this version of the routine, it’s either the RoC one I mentioned above or the leftover TULA stuff I have from a Discovery Kit they no longer have.
So there’s my updated rosacea skin care routine. Do you have ideal and lazy versions of your skin care routine, or are you all or nothing?