My Make-Up Free Skincare Routine

Sorry for all the selfies, but I wanted you to get a good look at my face without make-up. It’s no secret that I hate wearing make-up. I really don’t think that I need it, to be completely honest. “So you think you’re really pretty?” Yeah, yeah I do. I don’t know if me not wearing make-up borders on laziness, self-acceptance or the fact that I truly don’t need it, but the only thing it does for me is makes me look older (so I won’t get carded, duh). I’m high-maintance when it comes to life (eating, running, etc.) but pretty low maintenance when it comes to actually getting ready for the day.

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Like Beyonce, I woke up like dis.

90-95% of the photos you see on my Instagram and blog are sans-make-up. I wear it maybe once or twice a month – if that. I can say that since the middle of June, I have worn make-up once, and that was the Friday before last because I had Louis Vuitton bags under my eyes (designer bags, get it?) and had a blowout and figured I would try to look attractive since my outfit was cute.

A few people (aka Davida) have asked me to do a post on my skincare routine. So here it is.

My Make-Up Free Skin Routine
First, a few caveats: I see a dermatologist every few months. I used to have terrible skin and was on prescription antibiotics (Doxcycline, which is super intense – think photo-sensitivity for one – and is used to treat malaria) for it twice. The first was when I moved back from Hong Kong in 2009. The second was last year. Both times were due to hormonal reasons. I haven’t taken the Doxcycline since March when I left for Nicaragua.

I currently use three prescription products: a face wash morning and night (Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulfur), Aczone in the morning (for adult onset acne, how cute) and Retin-A Micro at night (which I have been on since I was 16 because my mother asked my dermatologist for a prescription for me since it allegedly prevents wrinkles).

When I do wear make-up, I use a few mineral based products by Napoleon Perdis, an Australian make-up artist who started his own line as well as mascara from Dior and under-eye concealer from Benefit.

If you want to try to stop wearing make-up every day, I suggest going make-up free for ten days. By that time, your skin has started to repair itself from wearing make-up and you’ll naturally have more color and more of a glow in your face. It’s summer – don’t wear make-up on vacation, none of those people will ever see you again, and a tan always helps the no make-up look!

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Make-up free skin care routine.

  • Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil – Yes, I’m on the Argan Oil train. I was completely terrified when I started using it last year at the height of my acne. I use this before I wash my face with actual cleanser. You just put a light layer on dry skin then add water to make it milky and rinse it off.
  • Josie Maran Argan Oil – When I get out of the shower, I use Aczone or Retin-A, depending on the time of day. If it’s morning, I follow-up with a few drops of Argan Oil.
  • Dermalogica Medibac Clearing Skin Wash – I use this with my Clarisonic. Before I had a prescription face wash, this was the only face wash I used.
  • Clarisonic Mia 2  – I use my Clarisonic 3-4 times a week, depending on how dry my skin is/how gross it feels. I like to get all the gunk out after a long run and when I’ve been traveling, or every two or three days, whichever comes first. Seriously, the best skin care investment you can make.
  • StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment – I’m paranoid of wrinkles and aging, so I use this morning and night before anything else hits my face.

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Chat with me:
What is your skin care routine like? Do you wear make-up every day? Do you like posts like this (aka should I do more beauty-ish posts)? Am I totally obnoxious?


45 comments on “My Make-Up Free Skincare Routine

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on August 5, 2014 8:17 am

YES!!!!! Best. post. ever. You are seriously so beautiful. No make-up necessary! I tried the oil cleansing method for a month last year and it was disasterous (still recovering) but there’s a descent chance I wasn’t doing it right. I am attempting to go make-up free (not that I wear it a lot-mostly weekends) but with my lack of effort in my hair I kind of look like a hobo. I need to get the hair thing under control! Now I’m looking into all of these cleansers and how I am going to support myself in my attempts to look just like you!
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Susie @ Suzlyfe on August 5, 2014 8:30 am

You are awesome. “Do you think you are pretty? Yes, Yes I do” LOVE IT. And no, you don’t need make up. AT ALL. It’s sickening really. I don’t wear much make up–I brush powder over lightly, concealer on my spots, powder to set, curl my eyelashes (they point down), mascara, some brow stuff (oh blonde) and a little light reflecting stuff under my eyes. Takes about 3 minutes, and I can do the whole thing without a mirror.
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GiGi Eats on August 5, 2014 8:56 am

Screw make up! I put on eyeliner and blush. Sometimes if it looks like someone punched me in the face several times I will put under eye concealer on but… When I do, it just brings out wrinkles and it’s not all that sexy! Ha. I love your make up free tips :) I don’t really need much make up thanks to my routine too….. However, when I get my make up done for work, I always think to myself… MAYBE I should do this more often!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:31 pm

I THINK THE SAME THING! And when I walk into Sephora because I wish I wanted to buy things other than a new clairsonic head or face wash…

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paige on August 5, 2014 9:23 am

I just love the Beyonce’ reference ..

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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:33 pm

xoxo (another beyonce reference)

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on August 5, 2014 9:46 am

I really really hate all things getting ready, i.e. showering, lotioning, face-washing, shampooing, etc. you get the picture. Honestly if I could never shower again and just automatically be clean I’d be happy. So my skincare routine is soooo simple is almost ridiculous. I will say you probably have the best skin out of anyone I know! I always wear bb cream usually when I go out of the house 1) for sun protection and 2) because I like how it evens out my skin tone.
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:33 pm

I hate shampooing as well. Which is why I love a good blowout. Also I shower like twice a day which is such. a. pain. especially after yoga or a run when all I want to do is eat (wait, how is that different than any other time of the day?)

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on August 5, 2014 10:02 am

i never wear makeup either…but i also don’t use products…so my skin is not quite as nice as yours :) ironically, pregnancy has actually helped me….i’d heard it would make it worse, but so far i’m appreciating it!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:31 pm

That’s interesting! You’re having a boy, right? I’ve heard that your skin will clear up with a boy (but hasn’t everyone heard everything about pregnancy??)

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Caitlin on August 5, 2014 10:04 am

Haha no you are not obnoxious. I like reading stuff like this since it gives me ideas for stuff to try., and you’re absolutely right…you’re gorgeous and don’t need a stick of it. I usually only wear makeup if we’re going out at night. I’ll wear a little concealer to cover up pimples with a dash of powder, but that’s it usually. Keeps it simple which is nice :)
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:30 pm

I will do make-up if I’m going out at night… and I’m going to see someone I maybe know. You’re right, keeping it simple is so much easier and nice (and leaves time for things like blogging and running lol)

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Farrah on August 5, 2014 10:09 am

Yay! You’re awesome! I love your response to “so you really think you’re that pretty?” :P I am the same way (it’s a combination of laziness and self-acceptance, har har :), so I wear makeup once in a blue moon. If it takes me more than 10-15 minutes to get ready in the morning, something is definitely wrong. :P I do need to start SPF-ing my face though.
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:25 pm

YES! Use a moisturizer with SPF. Isn’t all that extra morning time great?

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on August 5, 2014 10:14 am

Ummm, if I had a face like yours I wouldn’t wear makeup either – you’re gorgeous! I definitely do wear makeup…I’m kind of turning into one of those people who wears makeup to the gym, which probably isn’t a good thing. But I’m just way too used to how I look with black eyeliner.
Also: I really need to invest in a clarisonic one of these days.
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:24 pm

Thank you pretty girl!! You should totally get a clarisonic… best investment I’ve made!! And you can go make-up free… 10 days is all it takes :)

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Lisa on August 5, 2014 12:00 pm

I love the tip about not wearing makeup when traveling. So true! I’ve purchased facial buffers before, but I never used them routinely. I should think about using them again!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:24 pm

Use them routinely!! Your skin will look amazing :)

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Kelli @Hungry Hobby on August 5, 2014 12:16 pm

I’ve been wearing less and less make up recently. Partly because I’m feeling to lazy/busy/whtever to put it on and partly because I’m loving the natural look. Also, this is totally off topic but I just saw in your Bio you are Sigma Kappa …. me too!!!! (University of Arizona) :)
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:23 pm


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Anne on August 5, 2014 12:24 pm

Great post, I very seldom wear make up on vacation; especially in the summer.
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:22 pm

Thank you! Love to hear someone else goes make-up free on vacay! :)

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Diana @sosmallsostrong on August 5, 2014 12:34 pm

You look so lovely without makeup! I wish I had more of a skincare routine so this is super interesting. I wear make up daily but much less than I used to, especially when I started working out.
My biggest change was when I stopped wearing eyeliner about 2 years ago. Changed my life, so much cleaner. I like these posts, keep ’em up lady! :)
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:21 pm

Thanks girl! Seriously – the habit of washing your face every morning/night is where it all starts… it seems daunting but now it’s second nature :)

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Joanna @ LivingMintGreen on August 5, 2014 12:53 pm

I wear makeup during the week, but I hate how it feels on my face. I’ve always wanted one of those clarisonic brushes! AH!! Now that I’m getting old, I should probably get one.

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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:20 pm

Totally get a clarisonic… I should be a spokesperson for them. I think it definitely helps my skin looking young (and the ripe age of 25… I still get carded). AND YOU AREN’T OLD!!!

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ganeeban on August 5, 2014 2:20 pm

You go girl! I have come to admit and accept my vanity, I wear it daily. There are times that I go without, but it’s not that often. I love, love, love Dermalogica. It’s pricey, but face products are worth the investment! I was actually thinking about this yesterday for my upcoming vacation. I’m going to try to not wear it most day in in Hawaii! Thanks for the inspiring post! xoxo, ganeeban
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:20 pm

Definitely don’t wear it in Hawaii… the air is so moist you don’t need it! My skin looked so great whenever I came back!

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Angela @ Health's Angel on August 5, 2014 6:10 pm

Hey Cassie! I’ve been creeping on your blog for a few months now. I’m also 25 and live in Pittsburgh. :)
I love this post. I’m obsessed with skincare. I’ve dealt with dreaded acne for a good ten years now. Thankfully my skin is a lot better these days thanks to prescriptions- I swear by Retin A! Over the past year I’ve become more comfortable going make-up free. I don’t wear any unless I’m at work or have “real” plans like dinner or going out. I wish I was comfortable enough to go without it completely (so sick of wearing foundation/concealer/powder) but my skin is still too marked up/uneven for my liking. Hopefully acne just means nice, wrinkle-free skin later on.
Love your blog!

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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:19 pm

Hi Angela! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m glad you love the blog :) You made my day!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on August 5, 2014 8:08 pm

You ARE freaking gorgeous sans makeup. I hate the way makeup feels on my skin, so I try to go without it as much as I can. Eyes I can do, but I like to let my skin breathe. I remember my skin freaking the eff out when I first started using my Clarisonic, but apparently there’s a purge phase you have to get through. And I honestly don’t know how I’d get by without my oils. Argan is amazing, and I just recently started using rosehip as well. Oh! And tea tree oil for breakouts — lifesaver.
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:18 pm

Thank you lovely!! I should definitely try tea tree oil for breakouts… I still get a pimple here and there and I’m trying to get better about not picking them (ew). What is rose hip??

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Erin @ The Almon Eater on August 5, 2014 9:28 pm

OH MY GOD I just got put on Aczone last week. No joke. I don’t wear a ton of actual make up other than cover up because I legit need it. But eye make up? Maybe once a month, maybe. I also am not sure if it’s laziness or the fact that I don’t really think I need it?

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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:17 pm

It’s the fact that you don’t need it because you’re gorgeous, duh!

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Amber on August 6, 2014 9:08 am

I LOVE this post – I actually don’t really wear makeup a lot either, but you win in the frequency department with only once a month!
“I’m high-maintance when it comes to life (eating, running, etc.) but pretty low maintenance when it comes to actually getting ready for the day.”
My favorite quote on the post, because I am the SAME way. I don’t care about my clothes/hair/accessories but I will make sure I prep/prepare and bring my food with me. priorities >>>>>>
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:15 pm

It doesn’t help me that I literally don’t care how anyone in Pittsburgh sees me looking… only when I travel.

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laura @ scribbles and sass on August 6, 2014 1:26 pm

i’m a fan of the no-makeup selfies! i don’t often wear any either. i’ve heard great things about the clarsonic devices. totally worth looking into!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:11 pm

Definitely get it… I love mine!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien on August 6, 2014 11:00 pm

Your skin is GORG. As are you, my deary. I do wear makeup, but I try to use natural products. I use Neutrogena’s natural facewash and then an unscented face lotion from Whole Foods. If only I could get my bronzer to be more natural…..eeek!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:07 pm

Thank you my dear!! I have the same problem with bronzer (at least the Napoleon Perdis one I have). I always used to love Benefit’s Coralista – it was pretty natural!

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Shashi @ runninsrilankan on August 8, 2014 10:26 am

I love this post – you are GORGEOUS without makeup!
Other than for some plays in high school, I never wear make up – in fact I don’t own any makeup other than lip balm. I used to use retin -A for acne but don’t anymore – I do use Olay but most other creams don’t agree with me.
I have been curious about Strivectin – so glad to know you like it!

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Cassie on August 13, 2014 12:33 pm

Thank you!!! Yes, try the strivectin… love it!

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