My AM & PM beauty skincare routine!

And, p.s. ladies, all of these are safe during pregnancy.

Finding clean and results-driven beauty products that keep my face glowing and free from breakouts is something I have always been super passionate about.

FACT: Some of you may already know that I teach Pilates and Barre classes for a living. So, I personally don’t wear makeup when I work out or while I teach my classes because I sweat–A LOT! 

Why is wearing makeup while working out a bad habit?!

Like me, if you frequent your dermatologist, they have probably told you that makeup and sweat do not mix well. Even if you don’t see a dermatologist, I’m sure you’ve heard it from your Mother. This is especially true if the makeup combines with dirt and sweat and then it sits on your face after a workout. Not washing your face immediately after a workout is worse than wearing makeup during a workout. Why?

This is because letting this gross cocktail remain on your face after a workout will prevent your pores from breathing and cause bacteria which leads to acne.

I love packing these wipes in my gym bag to remove my makeup before a workout. If you don’t have time to remove your makeup before your workout, use them after to cleanse and hydrate skin!

Fun Shay Fact: I have always been passionate about skincare and even wanted to be an esthetician before I found my love for teaching fitness.

Shaylene Benson

My A.M. Regimen

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Serums
  • Moisturize
  • Eye Cream
  • Sunscreen
  1. I start my day with alternating between two of my favorite gentle products: If I am in a hurry, I put a few drops of Bioderma Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad to cleanse my face. If I need an extra pick me up in the morning by jumping in the shower, I use La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser. A gentle cleanser will protect your natural skin barrier and get the job done!
  2. After I cleanse my face, I use a toner to minimize pores, remove excess oil, and soften my skin. I moisten a cotton pad with Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner, 100% Natural.
  3. To protect my skin against environmental damage, brighten my complexion, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, I use my FAVORITE vitamin C serum Skinceuticals C E Ferulic.
  4. After my vitamin C serum, I use hyaluronic acid serum to hydrate and plump my skin. You won’t need botox when you try this serum!
  5. I moisturize with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Hyaluronic Acid which is lightweight and very hydrating for the skin.
  6. My second to the last step is to help any undereye puffiness with 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream.
  7. My last step and most important is my essential oil-free, fragrance-free and pore-clearing sunscreen EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 46.

My P.M. Regimen

  • Double Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Retinol/Treatment Serums
  • Moisturize
  • Eye Cream
  1. I double cleanse at night! I start with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad. My nighttime go-to cleanser is the Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser from Drunk Elephant. This cleanser removes all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution, and grime.
  2. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I love using Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturizing Pads to clear, brighten, and smooth the texture of my skin. It’s like an at-home spa treatment! On the other days, I use Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner, 100% Natural.
  3. Note: not a natural beauty product but I do have an alternative suggested! I do use a topical treatment cream called Tretinoin cream 0.05% prescribed by my dermatologist to treat acne and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. ***For those that are looking for a natural retinol alternative, I highly recommend Herbivore bakuchiol natural retinol alternative serum. I have used it before instead of my Tretinoin cream when my skin was feeling a little dried out. I also plan to use it when my Tretinoin cream is off the table during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  4. I put on my go-to moisturizer Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Hyaluronic Acid.
  5. I finish with my trusty eye cream 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream!

EXTRAS: Use a jade roller after you wash your face to decrease puffiness, under-eye circles, and minimize the appearance of fine lines. I keep mine in the refrigerator to boost the power of de-puffing!

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All products listed except Tretinoin cream are safe during pregnancy and while you breastfeed. Remember, everyone’s skin is different and what I use might not work for you.

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If you are battling cystic acne you may want to consider a few of the following suggestions that aren’t natural or organic but do fight against hormonal breakouts:

  • Try washing your face with salicylic acid to dive deep into congested skin to relieve clogged pores, blackheads, and bacteria.
  • Ask your dermatologist about spironolactone. A water pill that prevents hormonal breakouts.
  • Use a clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide gel to apply to the skin to treat pimples.
  • Schedule a monthly microdermabrasion facial to renew overall skin tone and texture. Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure to improve skin from acne and acne scars.

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I do a lot of research on good skincare and always test the product before sharing it on my blog. I truly believe in all the products listed and encourage you to research the products I shared if you’re interested in trying them out. I hope enjoyed this blog post and try these amazing beauty products and tips out for yourself!

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