This is The Skincare Duo That Saved my Face — and They Both Cost Under $10

I’ve written about skincare products on here before — masks I’ve loved, moisturizers I’ve…not — but I feel like I’m just know harnessing the true power of a well organized (and well followed) skincare routine. I’m not necessarily someone who always sticks to routines. I tried doing pilates three times a week earlier this year. It worked for a time, but then slowly faded out of my life. Skincare regimens are the same: I buy a boatload of new products, my skin clears up or calms down, and then I stop using one of them until I’m back using my Cetaphil daily face wash with problem skin again. But, these two oils make it almost too easy to keep my skin in check. The best part? They both cost next to nothing.

Enter: The Ordinary Skincare. I know this brand has gotten a bad wrap in the past thanks to it’s not-so-stellar owner and his…erm….business practices, but the products are actually really good. I went into the store a few weeks ago while on a pretty stringent shopping ban, and walked out with two oils and a foundation. While not shopping didn’t exactly work, my skin certainly did.

Let me break it down: my skin is dry and dehydrated. It loves oils and creamy cleansers, but can sometimes get backlogged if I use the wrong combination. In the winter, my skin craved the heaviest of the heaviest formulas, like the Naturopathica Carrot Seed Soothing Facial Oil and the Drunk Elephant Virgin Merula Luxury Facial Oil. But, now that the weather has warmed up, I found that my skin was looking more clogged and red than ever before.

Now, my skin looks a little something like this:

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tuesday morning. 9:43 a.m

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I had used The Ordinary Skincare 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil during the winter, but I found that did it little for my skin when it came to properly hydrating it. But, with my skin now needing a little less moisture, I decided to add it back into my routine. It took some tinkering, but I finally found a lineup that didn’t leave my skin feeling tight. Enter: another hero product: The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalene. The very kind lady at the Ordinary store said that the two products were practically designed to work together, so I gave it a try at her recommendation.

I’ve only heard that topical retinol treatments are supposed to make your skin flake off, or else they’re not working. This one didn’t do that. It tingled upon first application, but once it stopped, my skin looked noticeably more even before I applied the Rose Hip Oil. After, my skin felt completely calm overnight, and I woke up with hydrated skin. The only catch? I found that my skin would actually break out more if I applied my day cream without any sort of cleanser. So now, I rub my face down with some Bioderma In the morning to wipe off any excess residue or sweat that might have accumulated overnight.

My complete skincare routine is as follows:

If I’m wearing a shedload of makeup, I remove it using my Eve Lom Cleanser and a warm, damp, wash cloth. If I feel any pesky mascara or eyeliner lingering about, I apply a layer of Bioderma. If not, I cleanse my skin with the Naturopathica Chamomile Cleansing Milk. Next, I swipe some Clean & Clear Alcohol-Free Lemon Juice Facial Toner across my chin to lighten any acne scars and dark spots. Finally, I go in with my retinol, and then the Rose Hip Oil.

In the morning, I do a quick application of Bioderma, hit my skin with a bit of hydrating spray (I’m loving the Olay Energizing Essence with Vitamin C & Bergamot and the Garnier SkinActive Facial Mist Spray with Rose Water at the moment.) My go-to day cream is the La Mer Creme De La Mer. If sunscreen is considered skincare and not makeup, I’ve been loving the Glossier Invisible Shield.

That’s it! Let me know in the comments if you would like to read about my makeup routine — I’ve finally got one down.