My Everyday Skincare Routine

everyday skincare essentials for my daily routine

Skin is an investment, so skincare is a must.

I thought it was about time I share my current everyday skincare routine including my favorite go-to essentials. While it’s not the Korean 10-step skincare routine, it’s certainly close. I devised my own skincare regime that works for me and although it may seem like a lot of products, my skin has never been better.

Ole Henriksen Stay Balanced Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths

My Skincare Routine

Step 1: Cleansing Cloth

The very first step in my skincare routine, especially after an extremely long day of venturing into the world, is I take a cleansing cloth and wipe the surface of my face. To me, it doesn’t matter if I have makeup on or not because even if you have a “clean” face, there is still dirt and grime that you need to clear out. My current fave is Ole Henriksen’s Stay Balanced Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths. Not only do they get off majority of the dirt, they feel amazing against my skin and I feel so rejuvenated after using it! Each cloth has an exfoliating side that leave skin smooth and hydrated (and it’s not incredibly rough where you’re left looking red and beat up).

Eve by Eve's Lavender Cleansing Oil and Brightening Creamy Cleanser

Step 2: Cleanse

I admit it, I’m a double cleansing gal. Skincare is a big deal, so I want to make sure that my face is actually clean and sorry Ole Henriksen, but those wipes alone do not do my face justice. So depending on if I wear makeup or not, I incorporate a cleansing oil because not only does it help remove the leftover bits that the cloth didn’t get, it also keeps my face nice and hydrated. Eve by Eve’s Lavender Cleansing Oil is amazing and it smells heavenly! Once I’ve washed off the cleansing oil, I slap on some cleanser to make sure I really get everything off and my face is squeaky clean. To some, this may be overkill, but I want to ensure everything is off 100% haha. Eve by Eve’s Brightening Creamy Cleanser certainly finishes up the job and ensures my face is completely clear of everything. It also helps that it smells amaaaazing!!!

Dr. Hauschka's Facial Toner and Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner

Step 3: Tone

Haha, isn’t it ironic that because I double cleanse, I also double tone? Okay now this may sound like complete overkill, but trust me it’s not! I start off with Dr. Hauschka’s Facial Toner which is actually a spray. I mist it over my face and gently pat it in with my fingertips. Because this toner is more surface than deep toning, I go in with Fresh’s Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner on a cotton pad. I absolutely love Fresh’s rose toners. Rose water or anything rose in general does wonders for the skin. Plus, the formula of these toners are refreshing, super hydrating, and have multiple skincare properties like anti-aging! I’ve never come across a toner that was this big on sustaining moisture so it’s a must have. Plus, isn’t the packaging to die for!?

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Step 4: Essence

If you haven’t already heard about SK-II, it’s this amazing company that swears on Pitera. The Facial Treatment Essence is one of its best sellers and also a huge blogger holy grail. The Pitera is full of minerals and nutrients for your skin that has multiple properties such as anti-aging, brightening, smoothening, and so forth. This really keeps my skin hydrated and at its best! It’s rather pricey, but your skin is an investment so it’s totally worth it. I do have to say that the smell isn’t too keen, but it’s so easy to use and is literally like the fountain of youth in a bottle. I wrote a post (ages ago) that goes into further detail and review of SK-II’s essence. Read more here: All About SK-II.

First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream

Step 5: Moisturizer

Hydrated skin is happy skin. A lot of the time we don’t take too much care in moisturizing our skin (I’m guilty of that with body lotion) but it’s something that’s a must. Just like we need water to keep hydrated, our skin needs hydration too (plus key fact: more water equals better skin). After searching for a long time, I finally found a moisturizer that really retained moisture especially in the winter when my face needs it most. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream is ridiculously hydrating and I’ve found that nothing else compares.

Now that I’ve shared my skincare secrets, will you share yours?

I’m always open to trying new products and (hopefully) finding new favorites 🙂

with love jenn hanft

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  • Mariann Yip
    July 6, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your skincare routine because I’m always fascinated about what others use. I’ve always wanted to try SKII products and definitely agree that skincare is a worthy investment 🙂

  • Candace
    July 6, 2017

    Your skin is flawless, so I’ll definitely trust your skincare routine and what you recommend. Do those cleansing cloths also remove waterproof makeup?

    • Jenn Hanft
      July 7, 2017

      Awww thank you! My skin has definitely improved over the past year so I’m pretty confident that my current routine works. I’ve actually only tested it on waterproof mascara and majority of it budges but I definitely think it’s not enough stand-alone.

  • Christine Kong
    July 7, 2017

    I love anything skincare related so this post is fun for me to read. I also double cleanse and double tone and even double essence lol. That SK-ii is amazing but definitely pricey. I like cleansing cloths too and haven’t found the holy grail one so I will try the Ole Hendrickson one that you recommend. I like that it is exfoliating on one side too. I actually have been using Cerave foaming wash to cleanse for ages and I love it! It really gets my skin clean and I love that it is affordable! xoxo, Christine

    • Jenn Hanft
      July 7, 2017

      Ah thanks for sharing! I sometimes use the cerave cleanser too but I really like foaming cleanser better for some reason. Maybe it’s just psychological because it actually foams 😂 but yeah I agree that SK-II can get pretty pricey. I’ve tried a dupe and it did not compare so I’m okay with taking the hit to the wallet. If you do try the cloths, let me know your thoughts!

  • Jo
    July 7, 2017

    I double cleanse my skin too. I think when using a cleansing oil it’s totally necessary to do so, especially if you have oily/combination skin, which I do. I love using cleansing oils. Currently I use the one from DHC but I wouldn’t mind trying that one out by Eve by Eves too. Lavender is one of my favorite scents. It’s so relaxing.

    xo, Jo

    • Jenn Hanft
      July 7, 2017

      I totally agree! I have combo skin as well so it does wonders! I haven’t tried many cleansing oils but the lavender was something that drew my attention because of its soothing properties 😊

      • Gracie
        July 7, 2017

        Thank you Jenn – timing is perfect. I have been switching up my routine so much because I am having breakout problems. I will try your products if you totally approve of them.


  • Thomas Falkenstedt
    July 9, 2017

    As a beauty junkie I’ll of course have to try all the products, but if there’s one product category I adore above anything else, it’s cleansing cloths! It really is a must for me and I’m sitting here typing this on a plane somewhere over the Atlantic and thinking “did I pack mine”. Whether or not I did, I’ll still need to try out the ones from Ole Henriksen as they sound perfect with two sides to them as well!
    Thomas xx

  • Sharon Wu
    July 10, 2017

    i’ve been dying to try out that rose toner! it looks so good. cleansing wipes are a must especially for a girl on the go… haven’t tried the ones you’ve shared specifically but will have to look into it! thanks for sharing your routine with us! xo, sharon

  • Samantha Mariko
    July 10, 2017

    Jenn, I’m so with you on how important skincare is! I was doing it all wrong when I first moved to Japan, and with moving to a completely different country and working in the city (the air is so gross), I broke out so much and I had no idea what was going on until I realized it was probably my (lack of) skincare routine. While using the right toner all the way to moisturizer is definitely important, I completely agree that the cleansing is the step that must be handled right. BTW, I love SKII!!! I recently started using the essence too and I LOVE IT!!

  • Bernice
    July 11, 2017

    Definitely 100% agreed! Having the perfect skincare routine that is truly right for you is essential. Our skin is our largest organ so we should take extra care of it. I too love cleansers so I gotta try this one out!

  • Deddeh Howard
    July 13, 2017

    I just started using SK-II and I’m in love. My skin feels so soft and healthy. I can’t wait to try these other products.

  • marcy
    July 25, 2017

    Absolutely agreed skin is an investment for ourselves!!!
    You have such a great skin so I have always wondered what routine and products you use.
    Hear SkII have amazing results maybe I should give it a try.


  • Azzah
    July 26, 2018

    Hi Jenn,
    I recently bought fresh deep hydration toner..i’ve been using skii essence since last year. So, no harm right after cleanse, then fresh toner and skii essence followed by moisturiser? Thankss

    • Jenn Hanft
      August 22, 2018

      Hi Azzah – no harm! I definitely go in with a toner after cleansing then do the SK-II essence to seal up hydration.

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