It may sound like a daunting task to put together a good skincare routine, but if you keep in mind cleansing, hydrating, and sun protection, you’ve pretty much covered all your bases. Personally, I have an arsenal of about 15 skincare products that I rotate between, but to list each one and explain what I use them for would take an entire book! So I’m breaking down the three essential categories and some of my favorites among the products I use.
My cleansing routine changes from night to night depending on whether I’ve had makeup on and how dry or broken out my skin has been looking. The two that I rotate between the most are my Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash (a longtime favorite) and the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. If I’ve got a lot of makeup on, I use the oil to gently slip the makeup off, especially on my lashes. I love the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil because I can get my whole face totally clean and it leaves it super soft. I'm a big fan of acids, especially glycolic acid, and the Peter Thomas Roth glycolic cleanser has been a tried and true favorite for a long time now. Anytime it looks like I’m breaking out or my skin just doesn’t look like it’s in great shape, I use this cleanser day and night and it whips it right back into shape! Remember: Clean skin is the first step to great skin!
Skin loses its ability to retain moisture as we age, so pumping hydration into your skin is a must! This is actually my favorite step because my dry skin just drinks it up. I’ve always been a big fan of Ole Henriksen’s products, and I recently started using his Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil, and I’m hooked! This rose hip seed oil contains Vitamin C and a natural derivative of retinol—known to do wonders for skin—so it’s no surprise that my skin has been loving it. I love applying this stuff right after I’ve had a hot towel on my face because it just sinks right into my open pores and gives me an instant glow! I use this day and night alongside my other serums and moisturizers.
Protecting your skin from the sun is an essential step in preventing premature aging. At this point it’s become second nature for me. I don’t set foot out of the house without applying my SPF! My preference is usually an SPF 30, and lately I’ve been hooked on the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It’s got the perfect consistency to both hydrate my skin and give me sun protection without leaving behind that white residue that sunscreens sometimes do. The formula absorbs quickly and is never greasy, so it’s really the perfect day cream. It also is packed with vitamin C, which is great for giving skin a youthful glow!
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