Everyone’s skin care routine should be tailored to their unique needs. Some people need more moisture for their dry, thirsty skin while others may need a drying product to help with their excessive acne-causing oil. I myself am past the acne phase of my life (thank god), and now I try to focus on keeping my skin moisturized and glowy. At age 27, I am not yet using heavy anti-aging products. However, it’s best to take preventative measures no matter what age you are. My current skin care routine has taken years of trial of error to perfect. Currently, these are the products and techniques I swear by…
In the mornings I usually wash my face with only water. Then I apply an HA (hyaluronic acid) product called HA5 by Skin Medica, which holds onto moisture in your skin. After letting that soak in for a minute or so, I apply Sunday Riley C.E.O—a product that is vitamin C, antioxidant, and vitamin E all in one. This is one of my favorite products of all time! It makes my skin look amazing while working to prevent and repair damage from environmental stress, pollution, and aging. Next, I usually apply Skinceuticals sunscreen in SPF30 to my face, neck, and chest. This is the only sunscreen I have ever tried that does not make me break-out. Plus, it doubles as a moisturizer. If I want some coverage then I will use La Mer’s Reparative SkinTint instead—which makes my skin look dewy and flawless.
I use Fresh Soy Cleanser to wash my face once a day, usually in the evenings. I love this product because it’s gentle and won’t dry out your skin. It’s perfect for removing makeup since it is gentle enough to use around your eyes. If I am wearing makeup that day then I usually remove any excess with Bioderma. Once or twice a week I use Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate when I am in the shower to exfoliate my skin and keep my pores clear. The steam from the shower helps to activate the enzymes in the scrub. After I shower I spray Natura Bisse Diamond Mist on my face to hydrate, generate cell growth, and protect my skin from environmental factors. Next, I alternate between using La Mer’s Revitalizing Hydrating Serum and using the Skin Medica HA5 serum again. They’re both pricey, but you only need a pump for your entire face so you can make them last a while if you’re careful.
Right before bed, I use just a few drops of Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil. This stuff is an amazing retinoid product that boosts skin plumpness and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. It’s also completely free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates (which are potentially harmful chemicals found in most beauty products). Three times a week I use a lactic-acid treatment by Sunday Riley called Good Genes. I use one pump on top of my night oil after letting it soak in for five minutes. It burns a little when you put it on but it really works to clarify your skin and helps with dullness and uneven texture. To finish off my routine, I lightly dab a small amount of Bioderma Eye Contour Gel under my eyes, which helps to keep the eye area moisturized. There are a lot of harsh eye products on the market that can cause more harm than good. This one is no miracle product but it gets the job done without causing any irritation. I also use Kate Somerville’s Retinol Firming Eye Cream, but not every night since this is a stronger product and my eye area is very sensitive.
If you are unsure of what will work for your skin try ordering samples of any of these beauty products and more on Amazon. Sephora usually offers free samples with the purchase of any of their products. They also carry a great starter kit for Sunday Riley products at called Sunday School that gives you small amounts of some of their best products for $60—including C.E.O., Good Genes, and the Luna Night Oil.