Maegan Griffin’s Daily Skin Care Routine

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Maegan Griffin’s Daily Skin Care Routine

I recently shared my thoughts on balance and how I try to adhere to an “80/20” lifestyle. Today I’d like to share my daily routine, including the essential skin care products I can’t live without. As a business owner and a mom of two (almost three) young children, balance is something I’m always striving for, but I’ve got my daily routine down!

Morning Routine

On mornings that I exercise, I wash my face with Gentle Soothing Cleanser and apply Youth Serum before my favorite Yoga Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga. After class, I start my usual morning skin care routine.

First, I cleanse with Papaya Enzyme Cleanser or Gentle Soothing Cleanser. I switch between these because I have combination skin — the Papaya is great for all skin types (including oily) and the Gentle is best for dry, sensitive to normal skin — so I alternate between both depending on my skin’s mood.

After patting my face dry, I swipe a Clarifying Pad over my face, making sure to give an extra swipe in the T-zone, where my skin tends to be more oily. Next, I gently pat our Youth Eye Complex around the eye area. Like our Youth Serum, the Youth Eye Complex absorbs quickly (which is ideal if you’re about to apply makeup).

Once I’ve allowed the combination of salicylic acid, glycolic acid and botanical extracts from the Clarifying Pad to fully absorb into my skin, I dispense one dropper of Youth Serum into hands and then massage onto my face, neck and décolletage with upward strokes to hydrate and plump skin. You’ll notice that I always use Youth Serum in the AM and PM immediately after cleansing and toning — this is why we call Youth Serum one of Skin Pharm’s hero products!

Skin Pharm Youth Serum

 

As soon as my Youth Serum has absorbed, I put one dropper of Glow Factor into my hand and smooth onto my face with upward strokes to brighten skin tone and replenish skin. On days when I feel like I need more hydration (especially during dry winter months when my skin feels parched from running the heat), I apply Face Whip, our luxurious yet lightweight moisturizer, after serums to nourish my skin with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. We get a lot of questions about what order to apply products, so remember that moisturizers like Face Whip always come after serums.

If you know me, you know that the last — and, arguably, most important — step is SPF. In warmer, humid summer months I prefer Sheer Defense SPF. In colder, drier winter months, I swap for 100% Mineral Tinted SPF. Both offer a light tint that enhances my natural skin tone and protects from sun exposure.

Evening Routine

If I exercise in the evening, I gently cleanse before class with Gentle Soothing Cleanser and hydrate with Youth Serum. When prepping for bed, I cleanse with the Papaya Cleanser or Gentle Soothing Cleanser to remove any skin care and debris from the day before my face hits the pillow.

Next, I apply Youth Eye Complex — I love the double dose of AM and PM for this eye treatment! Following this, I apply either my retinoid or azelaic acid acid product. For retinoid products, I use either Night Watch Retinol Drops our in-house prescription retinoid. For azelaic acid, I apply our in-house azelaic acid prescription (check out Epionce Lytic Tx if you’re not local to our clinics and cannot receive our prescription products). I only apply my retinoid two to three times a week and alternate it with azelaic acid. There’s no need to over exfoliate with these products.

Following with a moisturizer helps calm any anticipated reaction — redness, sensitivity or peeling — that is very common with retinoid or azelaic acid use. I love our Face Whip for a ceramide rich, fluffy moisturizer. Be sure it bring it down to your neck!

SkinPharm Night Watch

 

Weekly, I use our Clarifying Brightening Polish to exfoliate (be sure to be gentle when using this powerful exfoliator). I leave it in the shower and will often use as a head-to-toe body scrub!

Weekly, I use our Clarifying Brightening Polish to exfoliate (be sure to be gentle when using this powerful exfoliator). I leave it in the shower and will often use as a head-to-toe body scrub!

You’ll notice that the general rule is to let each product fully absorb into your skin before you apply the next one — it’s really that simple!

If you have questions about which products are best for you, give us a call at (615) 582-6726 (Nashville office) or (404) 314-4545 (Atlanta office) or book an appointment here.

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