Updated Drugstore Skincare Routine-What I’ve Learned + New Research

Happy Saturday, and welcome to or back to Hope Springs Journal. Today, I have a topic that I’ve already covered a few months back, but even just since then, the knowledge I have on this topic has completely changed multiple times. I have found many different resources that I’d like to share with you as well, hopefully making your skincare journey a lot easier than mine has been.

My way of thinking has changed so much since my last skincare post, Inexpensive Drugstore Skincare Routine, that I was seriously considering deleting my old post. However, I decided not to because this is a great example of how people learn more and change their ways of thinking in these such ways. So, what I am doing instead is making an updated version, and letting you know that my old post really doesn’t have enough knowledge to really help you.


Over the last few months, I have been able to learn so much more about skincare through various resources. These are the sources I have found to be most reliable and helpful for all my skincare needs, and I think they can do the same for you.

The first resource I ever found helpful was a YouTube channel called Beauty Within. Beauty Within talks all about skincare and so much more. If you’re looking for a good facial cleanser for any skin type, they will give you a range of products with a range of prices and go the extra mile of giving scientific facts about why you even need a cleanser and what ingredients are even about.

It was through them that I found a great resource for learning about skincare ingredients. Have you ever been out shopping for a skincare product or even makeup, looked at the back, and see a word like phenoxyethanol? It sounds like a disease, and you think to yourself There is NO WAY I am putting THAT anywhere near my face! But, then you realize that almost every other product has that ingredient. So how do we figure out whether an ingredient is harmful or not? Or even what it means?!

Well, Beauty Within has a video, How to READ Skincare LABELS ? What’s Really Inside Your Skincare (Part 1), that explains skincare labels and provides resources to help people like me read skincare labels. The resource I find myself constantly going back to is the Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary. I even have this bookmarked on Safari so when I’m in the store I can look up ingredients. Basically what this is, is a dictionary of ingredients. Each ingredient is either rated best, good, average, or poor, and there is a brief summary of the product consisting of what the ingredient is most commonly used in, what it’s made of, and even citations for research where they got the information.

If you are going to only use one resource (which I don’t recommend), this next one would be the one to use. On YouTube there is this guy named Hyram and he dedicates his channel to teaching people how to perfect their skincare routine. He has a video from how you can find your skin type to product reviews and recommendations. He has a TikTok account that can be super helpful as well as an Instagram. He also has a skincare course on an online community called Skincare Junkies that take only like ten minutes, and provide so much quality information. I would highly, highly recommend you check him out.


Consumer’s Advocate has recently reached out to me and shown me another amazing resource that I think you guys will find very helpful. Just this year, they put together research regarding eye creams. Their research includes everything you could ever want to know about eye creams: if they work, what prices are reasonable, product recommendations, and so much more. Their research is very detailed, and I would highly recommend taking a look at this research before looking into purchasing an eye cream. https://www.consumersadvocate.org/eye-cream#toc-factors-overview. I am so, so glad they’ve shared their research with me because of all the skincare products, the right eye creams are very difficult to find.

My Updated Routine

I’m just going to be honest with you. My skincare routine is far from perfect. Since my last post, I have gone through product after product to try to find the right ones. The only product that I am still using from my last post in the Pond’s Dry Skin Cream, and even that I am planning to change in the near future because it has fragrance and has irritated my skin in the past. I also use the Aloe Vera Gel on my sunburns from time to time.

I have also recently started a few topical acne medications recommended by my doctor. So, I have to be very cautious of what products I use as to not further damage my skin. I use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, which I am planning to change as well, not because it’s a bad product because it’s not, but because it’s just not right for my skin right now. I am not using any exfoliants right now because I am actually in the process of finding a very gentle one that won’t dry out my skin. I am using the CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 in the morning. This I may change just because for the price you’re paying (about $19), it doesn’t have very much product. However, this is a newer product, so hopefully they might change that because I think that it is a really good product nonetheless.

As you can clearly see, my skincare routine is kind of crazy right now. And the reason I shared it with you, is so that you can see that skincare is not an easy journey. It’s a lot more difficult and complicated than slapping some soap on your face everyday. Skincare research takes time and patients, so don’t be all that upset when a product isn’t right for you. Every person’s skin is different, and after the time and effort is put into research, it’s just trial and error from there, as I have made a perfect example of. So, take the time your skin deserves.

Thank you all so much for reading through all this! I really hope that you find it useful in your own skincare journey. Feel free to comment below or contact me with any questions you might have. And thank you to Consumer’s Advocate for reaching out to me with your incredible research as I have found it very helpful. Follow me on social media @hope.springs.journal and have an amazing rest of your day! Good luck and happy skincare! 🙂

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