My Skincare Routine


On this episode of Sarah Says, I talk about my tried-and-true skincare routine that I’ve used for years. The products are a 50/50 mix of drugstore and department store brands, and I’ve had a lot of luck with them over the years.

The funny thing is that since I’ve radically changed my diet and lifestyle, I’ve been contemplating moving towards organic skincare brands. I’ll keep you posted on that search (any recs would be appreciated), but for now, here is my skincare routine.


Olay Daily Facial Cloths for Sensitive Skin

Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Blemish Clear Skin Cream

Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5 Night Cream

Cerave PM Facial Lotion


Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Olay Complete Daily Defense SPF 30

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

In my quest to check out other skincare products, I just bought this collection of skin and hair oils from Sephora. I will say I am loving the Maracuja Oil from Tarte, but don’t just take my word for it, check out the reviews!

  1. Andi

    January 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve recently switched completely to Artistry. It is all natural and in the top 5 prestigious brands with Clinique, Chanel, etc. but I can get you wholesale pricing if you are interested in trying it out.

  2. Tiera

    January 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    No suggestions but try this app to scan bar codes on product to get breakdown of toxicity, allergens, carcinogens. Thinkdirtyapp dot com

  3. sarah k

    January 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks! This was great. I had a sample of CE Ferulic this summer and fell in love…but oh my word the price!!! Then I discovered that Paula’s Choice has a knockoff:

    I think it works about as well as the CE Ferulic for a fraction of the cost. If I could afford the CE I would go with that…but I am so happy I found this other option! Also, from reviews I’ve read, I also got the impression that the CE Ferulic needs to be used up within a few months to avoid losing its potency…just a thought.

    Thanks for sharing your routine!

  4. whoorl

    January 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

    You all have such great recommendations, AS ALWAYS. Pumped to learn more about these brands!

  5. Kristiina

    January 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to give us the details—and for sharing your tried and true products, not just something you started using two weeks ago from your latest birchbox ;). I have been a loyal Origins fan for 12 years…their “clean energy” is an oil cleanser that I can’t live without. And the high-potency night-a-mins has been a staple for years…..but I live in a cold dry climate (and have dry skin). I went out and bought the murad cleanser and want to try the Neutrogena serum, too. :)

  6. julie

    January 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I like the Quench Organics line (can buy on Amazon) although I do use Neutrogena’s daily moisturizer for the day. Super inexpensive but really works!!

  7. Liz

    January 29, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I watched a couple of videos on YouTube by on the Hot and Flashy channel – I’m only 37 and not in menopause like she is but she does a bunch of skin care videos and product reviews on there.

    On her recommendation, I found this Vitamin C serum on Amazon that she recommended and I think is a knockoff of the Skinceuticals. I’ve used it since December and I like it – and like the price:

    Also – I’ve started using a Boots Organic facial oil at night because my skin is crazy dry and itchy in Dallas this winter. It got some great reviews on Makeup Alley – great price and it feels sooo nice on my skin. I was going to try Josie Maran but the price of this is much better and available at Target.

    I’ve just become obsessed with my skincare since November because I started seeing a few teeny lines around eyes and realized I was doing a terrible job taking care of my face. Since then, I have been reading a ton and trying to learn about what to do with my skin. Here’s another awesome article I found online that I found helpful (as far as steps I should be doing) and I’m going to give those Dr. Gross peel towelettes a try soon I think:

  8. sara

    February 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Love this! Thanks for the recommendations! You’re so pretty, please do a tutorial on the make-up you used in this video.

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  11. Hannah

    April 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Way late to the comment party, but I wanted to tell you how much I’ve loved that Olay moisturizer. I was looking for something that contained sunscreen and was safe for sensitive skin, plus I was able to find it pretty easily! I live in southwest Ohio so I don’t know if it will work well for the winter, but for spring/summer/fall it’s perfect. Thanks!

    If you are wanting to try a new cleanser I would highly recommend Purity by Philosophy. Seriously, it’s magical. It’s super simple and basic, but is very effective at removing make up(even eye make up) and keeping skin looking great.

    Love the videos!