Breaking Down My Skincare Routine [video] - QC Makeup Academy

Devyn Gregorio is a QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador and professional makeup artist. You can find her on her YouTube Channel, DevDevGregs, where she makes beauty videos. Today, Devyn shares with us her regular skincare routine, as well as her go-to products!

Watch her video below!

Let’s Recap!

With everything currently going on in the world, studies have shown that not only has the skincare market been on the rise, but that it’s also beneficial for your mental health! With that in mind, we want to show you what the skincare routine of a professional makeup artist looks like.

Devyn is not only a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course; she’s also a current student in the Skincare Course . As such, she understands that at the heart of every good makeup routine, there MUST be a solid skincare routine to back it up.

In addition to being good for the soul, healthy skin is the key to truly flawless makeup!

In this video, Devyn takes us through each step of her daily skincare routine, along with a breakdown of the products she uses, and why she likes these products specifically.

Devyn’s Skin Type

Such as with makeup, choosing the right skincare products all comes down to your skin type. Devyn discusses how, when she was younger, her skin was oilier and led to frequent breakouts. However, as she grew up, her skin type gradually changed to a more normal-to-combination skin type.

That being said, she’s found that her skin is very sensitive. While her skincare products have to be effective, they also need to be gentle. Her skin is prone to reacting easily to most skincare products, such as anything containing glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (known as ‘AHAs’).

Using such products causes Devyn’s skin to break out across her forehead with red, irritated bumps. Definitely not ideal!

For this reason, Devyn notes how her skincare routine is rather straightforward and simple. She’s found the holy grail products that work for her unique skin type and needs. As such, she tends to stick faithfully to these products, and not stray away from them.

A Walk-Through Devyn’s Skincare Routine

It’s worth noting that Devyn admits that her skincare routine may not always be 100% the same every single day. However, it is consistent, and done on a weekly basis. Which products she uses per day is dependent on her skin and what it needs at the time!

Let’s get started!

1 – Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes by Simple Skincare

This is the first skincare product that Devyn introduces us to, which she uses to remove her makeup at the end of each day. Devyn credits this product in helping her remove most (to all) of her makeup – without causing her skin to break out or experience a burning sensation.

If your skin is sensitive, or you’ve experienced any type of allergic/irritable reaction to other types of makeup wipes, Devyn highly recommends this brand as an alternative!

Usually, she only needs one wipe to get the job done. However, depending on how much makeup was applied that day, you may require more.

2 – Purity Made Simple Cleanser by philosophy

Next up in Devyn’s skincare routine is her facial cleanser! Devyn claims that Purity Made Simple is her absolutely favorite cleanser she’s ever used, namely because it’s a 3-in-1 product. It offers all of the following properties:

  1. It’s a makeup remover
  2. It’s a cleanser
  3. It’s also a toner

In terms of its ability to effectively remove makeup, Devyn confirms that this cleanser lives up to its promise. (Especially if used after the Simple Skincare makeup wipes). The fact that it’s also a toner is particularly beneficial for Devyn’s skin, due to its ability to balance the skin without throwing off its pH balance.

In general, cleansers can have the tendency to be too harsh on the skin. Although it will cleanse it, as it should, it may also strip your skin of some of its natural oils. Therefore, having a cleanser that also includes toner within the recipe helps to avoid this!

While she doesn’t necessarily use this product every single day, Devyn does state that on days where she does use it, she finds that she only needs to go in with her eye cream and moisturizer afterwards… and then be all finished!

This cleanser by philosophy is a wonderful skincare option for anyone who prefers to keep things simple, and doesn’t have the time (or interest) for a skincare routine with 1,000 steps. I, for one, can seriously relate!

Although listed as the third item in her skincare routine, Devyn admits that this exfoliating cleanser (also by philosophy) is her absolute FAVORITE skincare product! “I swear by this stuff so much!” she exclaims with a smile. “This is the best, most micro-fine, scrubbiest exfoliate I’ve ever used. I absolutely love it!”

Thanks to orange peel being one of this product’s ingredients, you can also expect a delicious, luxurious smell when cleaning your face (which is always a wonderful bonus).

Devyn always makes sure to listen to what her skin needs on a given day. As such, she’ll tend to use this product either every third day, or every other day (if her skin feels like it needs a little extra help).

In terms of when she uses it during the day, Devyn says she tends to apply it in the morning, as it gives her skin a nice, fresh feeling. It also makes for a terrific base on which to apply her makeup!

4 – Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater by Mario Badescu Skincare

Because the Purity Made Simple cleanser already has toner in it, this facial spray is not needed on days where she washes her face with that product. However, on the days where Devyn washes her face with the microdelivery exfoliating wash, she always uses Mario Badescu’s facial spray to tone her skin afterwards

As she says, it’s a great way to give your skin an extra blast of hydration after exfoliating it! Simply spray it on the same way you would a makeup setting spray. Then lightly tap it in with your fingers to help it absorb into your skin and dry faster.

5 – Purity Made Simple Eye Gel by philosophy

The next step in Devyn’s skincare product is to apply some eye cream. Devyn admits that she’s not overly picky about what sort of product she uses here, so long as it’s not jam-packed full of bad ingredients that will irritate her eyes.

That being said, she credits this eye gel as being a higher-quality product that’s super affordable for most budgets.

Another upside: a little bit goes a long way! You don’t need to use much of this product for it to do its job, so it’ll last you a long time. Devyn finds this eye gel to be light and hydrating, without feeling sticky or greasy.

Because Devyn doesn’t really experience dark circles or puffiness under or around her eyes, she’s not affected by the fact that this product doesn’t offer any sort of brightening effects. However, for those of you who do tend to have dark circles or puffiness around your eyes, you may need to see for yourself if it benefits your skin in the ways you’re looking for.

As a makeup artist, you already know that moisturizing is SO important when it comes to any skincare routine! No matter what skin type you have, never underestimate the power of moisturizing and hydrating your skin.

For those of you on a budget, Devyn does admit that this product is a little pricier than her normal spending range (it costs $52.00 USD).

However, the benefits it has on her skin are well worth the cost! For starters, since it’s both a day and night cream, you don’t have to shop around and pay for two separate products. If you think about it that way, the price is actually a pretty good deal!

In terms of Devyn’s skincare routine, she tends to apply a lighter amount in the morning, and a more thorough amount in the evening. This is to make sure that her skin gets that little extra boost of hydration, which is always a smart idea before going to sleep!

After all, it’s when you’re asleep that your body works hardest to regenerate new, healthy skin cells and collagen!

Pro tip: Don’t forget to use some of that moisturizer on your neck as well! Neck wrinkles are a real thing!

Devyn’s Favorite Mask Products

Next, Devyn takes a look at some of her all-time skincare face masks…

Laughing, Devyn describes this product as a “purifying, pore-gunk-sucking” mask. At a purchase price of $ 45.00 USD, it also falls on the slightly more expensive price range. But Devyn assures us that this is reflected in its high quality and effectiveness!

In addition to certain areas of her face having rather large pores, Devyn’s skin can also sometimes have a habit of getting blocked up, particularly around her chin. As such, she uses this mask to target those specific spots. It’s also a great weapon to use against random pimples!

Of course, if you feel your skin could benefit from applying it all over, then go for it! Either way, Devyn recommends this product as a solid, go-to clay mask.

Hands-down, this is Devyn’s #1 favorite sheet mask on the market! As someone who has a lot of redness in her skin, especially around her T-zone, Devyn swears by this product.

“I’m not kidding you, when you put it on, it just feels so nice and soothing,” she says. “But when I take it off… First of all, my skin just feels so juicy and plump. But my redness is pretty much gone! It is SO calming to my skin!”

Better yet, this amazing skincare product is incredibly cheap. At Ulta alone, you can purchase it for a mere $3.75 USD!

3 – Lip Sleeping Mask by Laneige

Even as a makeup artist, it can be easy to forget that your lips need to stay hydrated, too! Devyn loves this product so much, that even though she’s using a sample-sized jar in her video, she plans to purchase the full-sized one as soon as she runs out.

She even goes as far as to proclaim that nothing does as good of a job on her lips as this sleeping mask! Wow!

For starters, if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll quickly become obsessed with its bubble-gum candy scent. While the product itself is a bit thick, it’s not sticky. From the moment you put it on, you just know that it’s giving your lips some deep, well-needed hydration that’ll last you throughout the night.

“This is just a delicious product! I love it!” Devyn says.

Just by seeing her level of enthusiasm, we’re inclined to believe her!

What is YOUR skincare routine like? Do you have some holy grail products you feel we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

The best way to become a skincare expert is by getting professional training and earning your certification! Enroll in QC’s leading online Skincare Course today!

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