I hardly realized it as a goal when I decided to stop wearing foundation a month or two ago. I’ve always worn some type of all over coverage whether it was a full coverage foundation or something as sheer as a skin tint. For the record, I don’t dislike the stuff. I just found myself dependent on it every time I did my makeup (every morning) and I wanted my everyday makeup to be much more minimal. I still have my favorites tucked away in a drawer, not to mention a short list of skin tints I really want to try in the future, but I have to say it has been really nice to skip the entire step, especially in hot & humid summertime.
My routine is hardly extreme or revolutionary. There’s even a good chance you have tried at least one of the products I’ve highlighted below. I think it’s just the consistency of a well balanced routine that does the trick. That being said, I am always looking for something new to try, but I have loyal crew of products that I will never let become empty. Here are the five things that changed my skin:
Hydrating Cleansers - I honestly cannot remember what I used before I found the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I did bounce around quite a bit and the issue I found with most cleansers was not being able to remove all of my eye makeup without adding an extra step at night. Now when I wash my face, I just barely dampen it with warm water and then melt away all of the makeup with a couple of pumps of jelly. It really melts it. The best part about this cleanser is that it's formulated with the same ingredients used in contact solution, so it safely and gently takes care of makeup and bacteria.
Everyday Toners - I happened upon my favorite toner by total accident when I was exchanging an Estee Edit powder that had cracked earlier this year. (RIP Estee Edit.✞ The Flash Photo Powder was the shit.) I guess they had already decided to discontinue the line, so I chose a random Estee Lauder product as my replacement and that just happened to be the Perfectly Clean Balancing Lotion. Obviously it balances the pH of the skin, but it feels super hydrating (for a toner) and leaves me with the baby face feeling like when guys shave their face for the first time in a while and they suddenly look terrifyingly young. It’s the good version of that. I use this after I wash my face every morning and every evening.
Serums - I feel like I’m always going to be introducing new serums to my skincare routine, but there are a few that started me off right: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and the Glossier Supers. I started using the Truth Serum about a month before my wedding per my best buds recommendation. This shit is amazing. It’s the type of product that makes you glow the instant you put it on and the good news is that it just gets better from there. This teamed up with the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel put my skin in the best place I had ever seen it.* Once I was hooked on that serum I wanted to find some more to target other skin issues. Depending on what my skin is showing every morning I pick up either the Truth Serum or one of my Glossier Super Pack Serums. Glossier's are much more light weight than the Ole Henriksen and I can target other issues with them. Super Bounce is probably being used the most these days, but I have had a tender moment with each of them. As for an evening serum, I have only just started using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery, so it’s too early to give a solid review, but I will get there eventually.
Exfoliators - When I was 21, I would paint a lot of shitty makeup on my face and down 8 or 9 gin & tonics at a dive bar. Then I would wake up the next morning and wear the same shit show makeup look to devour a bagel and coffee. I know I can’t be the only one who did this. When I realized exactly how haggard my face was looking, I bought a face scrub at a drugstore and used it every single day for a week - clearly I was pretty clueless about skincare and life in general at this point. So when my face broke out into a billion tiny bumps for two weeks after that I swore off exfoliators all together for a few years. Eventually I got a damn clue and have slapped a healthy dose of these on my face once a week since: LUSH Don’t Look At Me and Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel.
Thick Moisturizers - With the exception of the 3 week period during which I drank a gallon of water a day, I’m probably 2% water 99% of the time. I’m a slacker. And all too often on my way to the water I find coffee or wine. I usually wear a lighter moisturizer during the day, but at night I prefer to slather on something rich and pretend it's making up for my habitual dehydration. Enter Priming Moisturizer Rich from Glossier. I got so excited the first time I opened a jar of this. It’s especially nice for evenings (although not restricted to them) because it has a very subtle lavender scent. Before I found the Priming Moisturizer Rich I alternated between LUSH Celestial Facial Moisturizer (this can be a little greasy under makeup, but it’s nice to sleep in) and Belif Moisturizer Bomb.
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*The specific bottles of Ole Henriksen products pictured are trial sized bottles purchased during the time that the company was revamping the packaging. When you look for these products online or in a store they will look different!