Let me start by saying that I’m a huge believer that the basis of good skin comes from what you put into your body. Drink A LOT of water. I also believe that a lot of it comes from genetics. Thankfully my parents blessed me with good skin. I would label my skin as combination – a little oily on the T-Zone, specifically my chin, but it gets dry in the winter and is happy in the summer. I have never had to address consistent acne, dry spots, redness or blotchiness but for the most part I like to use products that combat all of these things, just in case.
I think that a night time skin routine is more important than day. At night, I like to load my face up with products that can work their magic while I sleep. During the day I don’t like to layer a bunch of makeup over my skin products so I keep it light. Here is my typical routine (in order) and below I’ll highlight why I like each product…
Day: Cleanser and Moisturizer
Night: Cleanser, Exfoliating Wipe (or scrub), Retinol, Face Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturizer.
My favorite cleanser is Tate Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser. It is not photographed because I left it in the shower, but it is super light, smells fresh and leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean. It also easily removes makeup and helps your skin wake up in the morning.
My favorite face lotion for day is good old Clinique ‘Dramatically Different’ Moisturizing Lotion. I like it because it is lightweight and absorbs quickly. I don’t want a heavy moisturizer under my makeup (I save that for night!) and love that it layers well. The only down fall is that it does not contain SPF. It isn’t a concern to me because my foundation does have SPF so I get it there.
I use Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser to take off the day.
To exfoliate I use M-61 Power Glow Peel Facial Wipe (I’m addicted to these) or if I think my skin needs a little more scrubbing I’ll use M-61 SuperSoothe Microdermabrasion Scrub. Both products are amazing! They help even out skin tones, remove dead skin and really allow the products you use to sink into your skin. I personally think this step is really important. One of my favorite beauty stores in Blue Mercury (this isn’t sponsored) and M-61 is their personal brand. I love this store because they carry a ton of amazing beauty brands but they aren’t trained to favor one over the other. They have tried every single brand and give you suggestions based on what you’re skin needs and what they thin is best. The M-61 brand is amazing. As you can tell from above I use a lot of their products and have for the past three years (I left my eye cream at my parents but I use that, too!). You can see the full line here.
I’m new to retinol but I’ve recently added into my routine to fight signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles). I’ve been rotating between Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM and Arcona Vitamin A Complex. I really like both products! I’ve read that retinol can be super drying but the PTR Retinol Fusion PM is super moisturizing, which I like.
I am slightly obsessed with face serums. If you opened my medicine cabinet you would easily find 5-6 different kinds. Everyday is different depending on what I feel my skin needs that day. If my skin needs a detox or a boost of goodness, I like to use Aesop’s Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum. It is gentle but packs a punch and feels like an injection of good stuff for your skin. If my skin feels dull I use Caudalie Radiance Serum. It is the only one I have tried where I see an immediate difference in my skin tone. It appears brighter and more even. If I had one too many drinks the night before or a bad night sleep I’ll use this in the morning, too! The serum I use the most at night is M-61 JetGlow Serum. It is a little more powerful and does everything I want it to do. I can feel it working and I like that!
My favorite eye cream is M-61 Hydraboost Eye Cream (not photographed because I left it at my parents). It is SO moisturizing, firming, reduces dark circles and plumps the skin. That’s it! But isn’t that everything you want in an eye cream?
I rotate between two moisturizers at night. La Mer’s Perfecting Treatment makes your skin feel like velvet and cools the skin. I notice my skin looks brighter and more buoyant when I use this product! If my skin needs the extra moisture (day or night) I use Natura Bissé The Cure. It is thick and luxurious and makes me skin so smooth and soft. Both of these products are a splurge but I promise they are worth it! I’d probably recommend The Cure over the La Mer.