How can I elevate this routine with more hydration and anti-aging tips?
From what I've read, you don't need to wash your face twice a day. Maybe add vitamin c in the morning too. The routine builder on here seems helpful.
Thank you for your response and the great tips! I do need to incorporate a Vit C again. I used to use Skinceuticals, and LOVED HER, but she’s pretty $$$.
Do you think I could drop the Cera Ve cleanser in the AM and only use the cleansing oil? I ask because I have tried only cleansing in the PM, but skin does get somewhat oily at night + I’m a mouth breather, so I just feel nasty. What do you think?
I'd say that if you are using Tretinoin, you don't need to use a product with Retinol (Dr. Dennis Gross) in addition - just add one more application of Tretinoin per week instead.
Please be careful not to over-cleanse - as @Paras mentioned, you can consider cleansing with a product only once a day at night (this can help you tolerate Tretinoin better and also improve the skin hydration), and you definitely don't need multi-step cleansing in the morning (in the evening, it is also gentler to cleanse in one step - but it might be not enough if you are using waterproof makeup).
In terms of things to add, also agree with @Paras - Ascorbic acid 10-20% could be a good addition if your skin can tolerate it.
Thank you for the amazing info and advice. I responses to Paras because she’s right. I do need to incorporate an vit C it into my regimen again. Thank you for the supportive reminder.
I am going to cut back on face washing, but was curious if you think I could only use the cleansing oil for AM? I mentioned to @Paras, that my skin often feels dirty/oily when I wake up. I was also eyeing the low pH COSRX face wash for AM/PM after the DHC Cleansing oil. What do you think?
If you feel you need to cleanse in the morning, I'd choose the Cerave cleanser then (not the oil one). You could also add a product with 4-6% niacinamide in the evening as well (your Rhode one contains it, but you might want to go for a simpler niacinamide serum (the Rhode product contains Dilauryl Thiodipropionate as a preservative, and it also has an anti-pigment action, but, unfortunately, side-effects from it are common, so going for a niacinamide product without it might be a safer option). Niacinamide helps reduce sebum production so, with consistent use, you might be able to reduce the morning oiliness without compromising your skin barrier.
Piggy backing of the vitamin c comment, I’ve been faithful to mine for years now I’ll attach the link to the profile on here. It’s oil based so it doesn’t dry you out, some people like oil based some don’t so just know preference :)