I’ve been told that your early 20’s are the best time to develop a skincare routine- you’re young enough to stop premature aging in its tracks and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I must confess, I’m not sure how I feel about the persistent war-on-aging in America. I think that the wrinkles, laugh lines, and scars on our bodies tell stories deeply entrenched in who we are.
However, I do appreciate the notion of caring for your body. Taking the time to look at yourself, morning and night, and thoughtfully caress and nourish your skin. Up until this year, my regimen has largely consisted of splashing water on my face and slathering on moisturizer. Not the best regimen. So I recently decided to put aside some time, show my skin some love, and start caring for my face properly.
My skin is often well behaved, but when it’s bad, let me tell you, it’s BAD. I have dry skin, which gets terrible in the New England winter (like… my ‘eyebrows start shedding dandruff’ bad), but I’m also prone to breakouts in my T-zone. I don’t frequently get pimples, but when I do, they stay for weeks on end. These are a few of the products that have been keeping my skin in check this summer:
Make Up Remover:
I haven’t been wearing a lot of face makeup recently, so all I need is my trusty Garnier Miscellar Cleansing Water to remove my eye makeup. I put a little bit on a cotton pad, rest it on my eye, and gently wipe away any makeup from the day. It doesn’t sting or leave a greasy residue like most eye makeup removers, but feels light and gentle on the skin. No wonder it has a cult following.
Cleanser and Toner:
Clinique holds the key to my heart. I use Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (extra-mild) to cleanse and it is a GOD SEND. All the cleansers I have tried in the past have dried out my skin. This cleanser, on the other hand, is nothing short of magic. It’s non-drying and gentle, but still feels like it is cleansing my skin. Honestly, I couldn’t recommend it more.
Similarly, the Clinique Clarifying Lotion is just as amazing. This toner is perfect for sensitive, dry skin. Anyone out there with dry skin, do yourself a favor and check these products out.
Serum and Moisturizer:
For my moisturizer, I use Pacifica’s Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream. It absorbs wonderfully into my skin, feels light on the face, and is super nourishing. Pacifica is a pretty great brand all together – reasonably priced, paraben-free, sustainably produced, and good quality products.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate was my splurge of the year. But me-oh-my was it worth every penny. You only need a few drops and you can see the difference in your skin overnight. It leaves your skin glowing and so unbelievably soft. Not to mention, it contains evening primrose oil and lavender oil, so it smells absolutely divine.
These last few months have been HOT, so I have been adoring the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray. It’s one of those panacea products that works for everything. I use it to set my makeup, as a quick pick me up in the middle of the day, and to prep my skin for moisturizer. It’s deliciously refreshing and feels so luxurious to use. I mean, come on guys – rosewater – how classy is that?
When I have a little more time on my hands…
I love using these Dermal sheet masks. I bought mine on Amazon. They’re reasonably cheap – about 50 cents per mask, and guys they WORK. They hydrate your skin beyond belief and leave your face feeling firm and refreshed. After leaving it on my skin for 20 minutes, I’ll usually wrap the mask around my neck and décolletage for another 15 or so, to really get my money’s worth.
Facial Massage Oil
While I find this Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser to be a little too heavy to use as an everyday makeup remover, I have been using it for facial massages. If you haven’t tried giving yourself a facial massage – do it. It is the ultimate way to pamper yourself. I was first introduced to the concept by the amazing Lisa Eldridge in a Youtube video. It’s a wonderful way to care for your skin and to release all the tension you hold in your face. Check out her video and give it a try!
Have you tried any of these products? If so, let me know what you think of them! And if you have any recommendations of other products to try, I’m all ears!