Ok guys, let’s get real. You’re not getting any younger, and neither am I. Telling myself I am like a fine wine helps me sleep at night, but what can I do besides lying about my age?
Enter a skincare routine.
From my years at Nordstrom, I have picked the brains of every Beauty Stylist on the West Coast and am providing you with the top products to see real results #skinsquad
1. CLEANSE: Philosophy Purity
WHAT: 3-in-1 cleanser for the lazy-ass in all of us: cleanses, removes face/eye makeup, and lightly hydrates. I know this brand sounds basic, but I’ve been using it for 2 years and have seen such a difference in my skin in terms of breakouts. But, if you are feeling swanky, I recommend Fresh Soy Face Cleanser or Eve Lom Cleanser.
HOW: Use morning and night with a Clarisonic
WHAT: Honestly, I just use the cheapest one: the MIA 1. The other options just seem like a gimmick to me. But, choose the brush head that works for you. I use a brush for sensitive skin.
HOW: Use once per day. I like to use it at night after removing my makeup.
PRO TIP: Cleanse the brush head with an anti-bacteria soap after each use. Use a foam soap for easy rinsing.
3. EXFOLIATION: Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel
WHAT: Combats three common signs of aging: uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and enlarged pores.
HOW: It acts like a professional grade chemical peel if you use it everyday for 30 days. BUT, I am a cheap ass, so I use it every other day. It can be used morning or night. The pros say use it in the morning and your face will look radiant all day. I use it at night because I think that it has more time to steep into my pores (looking for that bang for my buck, girls).
4. SERUM: Odacité Pa + G Papaya-Geranium Hyperpigmentation Facial Serum Concentrate
WHAT: A serum that fades brown spots, prevents further pigmentation, and combats wrinkles. Bonus? It is 100% all natural.
HOW: Use as a targeted skin booster by mixing 2-3 drops into your daily dose of crème (if you’re lazy like me and want to avoid another step). Or, you can also use it as an intensive treatment by massaging a few drops into clean, dry skin.
5. MOISTURE: Dr. Gross Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer
WHAT: Moisturizer with triple benefits of hydration, reduced wrinkles, and firmer skin. Retiniol is what’s up in skin care, and this dosage is safe to use morning and night. Just make sure you use SPF everyday.
HOW: Massage into skin, paying special attention to target areas. Yes, massage. It helps stimulate regeneration.
6. EYE: Kat Burki Complete B Eye Crème Complex
WHAT: Kat Burki has a cult following and if you use it, you’ll see why. This eye cream has a powerful complex of B vitamins to regenerate the skin, diminish wrinkles, and reduce dark circles.
HOW: Use AM & PM. Massage in tiny upward circles around eye area and lid. My beauty stylist swears by the massage. Just think of it as a daily spa day, except that you’re the laborer…
7. PROTECTION: Dr. Efron Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50 Spray
WHAT: This sunscreen will change your life. The texture is silky smooth (Billy Madison, anyone?), but dries to perfection so it layers wonderfully under your foundation. It is also water resistant for up to 8 hours.
HOW: Apply everyday before you leave the house. I don’t care if it is raining, slating, or snowing.
8. PEEL: Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel
WHAT: Literally what NYC dermatologist, Dr. Gross, uses for his patients at his practice. Easy and safe to use at home, without recovery time. Contains a combination of 15 exfoliating acids and antioxidants. Expect to feel instantly softer, smoother skin with a reduced appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven tone and texture overtime. I’m a believer!
HOW: Use once a week at night. Be sure not to use the daily peel (above) 24 hours before or after the use of this product. Follow with your serums and moisturizers. Sunscreen is a must with use of this product!
Now go forth and beautify. Let me know what worked for you, what didn’t, and if you have any other beauty hacks!