I thought I had it all figured out - for a little over a year I was really happy with my skin. My routine was simple and effective. I washed my face twice a day, toned with Estee Lauder, slathered myself in Truth Serum, and resurfaced regularly with a few night gels. I was perfecting my routine one step at a time, and my next step was to rid my shelf of all cruel and toxic products. Funny enough - that's when shit hit the fan, and my skin decided to turn on me. What once glowed like a marvelous globe of Sephora synthetics, was now a giant sad dry patch.
Now, to be fair, it's possible that some other factors were affecting my skin. It could have been stress. Or maybe it had something to do with the fact that I had traveled between three climates in one month. Did I black out and pet a street dog named Mateo? Was it a gluten thing? Should I have not done the Ess-a-Bagel eating contest on First Avenue? Who knows! My dermatologist told me I had a dirty cellphone. She sent me home with a prescription for a (very pricey) topical antibiotic that after a week was delivering lack luster results. I did some research on my doctor's recommendation, and wouldn't ya know it? After all this work trying to clean up my act, this stuff was the most toxic of them all! So I tossed it to the back of the cabinet and decided have a shot at this myself.
Once again, I broke down my entire routine and came to a few conclusions: I cleanse too much, exfoliate too much, and moisturize too little. Now in the morning, rather than washing my face with water, I wake sleepy skin with a Rose Infused Witch Hazel. A few pumps of Glossier's Soothing Face Mist softens the skin and preps it for moisturizer - and by the way, it's true what they say about lotion and damp skin: it really does help to lock the moisture in. So seal it up with Priming Moisturizer and you're on your fucking way!
Now the day is done, your lunch was cold, your boss was a bitch, and it's time to take your makeup off. Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser, a holy grail product for many, is perfect for dissolving makeup and general filth. Baptize yourself with a rich evening serum like Kiehls Midnight Recovery and massage a generous amount of Priming Moisturizer Rich all over your mug. You'll thank me in the morning.