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My Morning/Nighttime Skincare Routines

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I'm a busy working mama and I've struggled to keep clear skin as an adult. Here are my perfect morning & evening skincare routines #AfterDifferinJourney #ad

This week, Scarlet had her 8th birthday, her first week of camp, and having the first week of July under our belts has us celebrating! There are fireworks, ice cream trips, runs through the sprinkler, plenty of time in the garden, and sunshine.

I am also celebrating clear skin after eight weeks of using Differin® Gel!

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In my last post, I said I would detail my progress, and it’s been ongoing. The thing is, it’s not about having clear skin for me so much as that safe feeling of having a product I know works for me. I never had breakouts in my teen years, but in my mid-20s, I had the worst acne of my life. It was during and after my move to San Francisco, and I’ll never know if it was stress-related or an adjustment to different air, water, and foods. Maybe it was all of the above. I had been a Northeast girl in terms of mind, body and spirit for as long as I could remember. Sometimes our bodies adjust with us. No matter the reason, I struggled.


Also in my last post, I told you about my “Acne Toolkit.” It’s cool that eight weeks in with a new product, I still agree with everything I said. I wish I had chosen better options back in San Francisco. I think it would have saved me a lot of anxiety. After all, I’m a photographer, so I know it best – your face is your big communicator to the world. What do you want it to say?


What makes Differin® Gel different from other acne products? It’s the first and only prescription-strength retinoid now available over-the-counter for clearing and preventing acne. Differin® Gel is the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years. What does it do? It clears breakouts where they start deep in the pores, prevents breakouts before they begin, and restores skin’s texture and tone as a result. Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.

I get Differin® Gel in the OTC acne section in the skincare aisle of Target. It contains the only multi-benefit, dermatologist-recommended retinoid, Adapalene, now available without a prescription to clear and prevent acne! Anyone who is suffering from mild to moderate acne can benefit from this product.

For more information about using it, I put together my current morning and evening skincare routines. After eight weeks of using Differin® Gel, as well as Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser (LOOONG time favorite), I’m truly confident in my new routines. They help me through the changing seasons too! That always tends to make my skin have breakouts.

So here we go!

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My morning skincare routine:

1 – I start my day cleansing with Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser.

2 – Then I use an exfoliator in the shower and another round of Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser.

3 – I use a gentle eye cream.

4 – I put on a gentle moisturizer with sunscreen built in, like Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15.

5 – I drink a LOT of water and add fruits and vegetables to my breakfast. Honestly, this helps a LOT. It’s cleaning your skin from the inside out. I have loved the glow I get from drinking enough water. It’s crucial to everything for me.

My evening skincare routine:

1 – I use Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser to wash off the day’s wear and tear.

2 – Then I pat my skin dry with a clean towel.

3 – I use Differin® Gel, which is not a spot treatment. Rather, I apply a thin layer all over my face, once a day, every day, in order to get the best results.

*It’s important to continue to use it as part of your skincare routine, even after your skin looks clear, to help prevent future breakouts.

What’s in your morning and evening skincare routines? Have you tried Differin® Gel? Go to Differin.com to get $2 off Differin® Gel and use it on your next shopping trip to Target!

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

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  1. Didn’t realize that Differin now has the same ingredients as those that are prescription only for acne and may need to try as I still get breakouts here from time-to-time, too. So thanks for sharing this here today 😉

  2. I have heard of Differin but thought that it was by prescription only. I still get breakouts and this will be perfect for me. That facial cleanser is also something that I could use. I used to use Cetaphil as a lotion but had no idea they had this.

  3. Like you, this would have been a lifesaver in my 20s and 30s. I use Burt’s Bees salicylic acid spot treatment when stray zits show up. I’m now using Biossance squalane oil day and night and have seen a great improvement in the quality of my facial skin.

  4. Environment, stress–both of these things could have definitely played a role during that acne period of your 20s… Heck, I’ve definitely had bouts of pimply skin irritations throughout my years too! for me, it’s 100% stress related (and the fact that I can’t.Stop.Touching.My.Face. I KNOW. it’s a terrible habit!). I’ll have to look for this next time I’m in Target!

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