Lisa’s Spring Skincare Routine 2022

April 30, 2021 (updated June 17, 2022)

Say hello to my current anti-aging skincare routine. I update this post quarterly so it continues to reflect what I am currently using and loving—be sure to check back! Here’s what’s giving my skin its glow in spring 2022.

a woman in a sweatshirt applies a cosmetic mask to her face

By: Lisa Fennessy


This post is beneficial in a couple of ways. First, let’s be honest—I get to try A LOT of product. Some things I try once or twice and others take up residency in my skincare routine. Some products I enjoy, but I wouldn’t purchase again; others I rave about and would purchase a million times over.

To help paint a picture of what you are seeing here, let’s create a TOG skincare-usage taxonomy, or hierarchy, if you will.

TOG hierarchy of skincare

1 | Rave-worthy, scream it from the rooftops, saw a difference in my skin, will repurchase again and again. (Think Maya Chia’s The Straight A, ILIA’s Limitless Mascara or 100% Pure Eye Gels).

2 | Loved it while it lasted and would repurchase. Gorgeous products that offer skincare benefits, work and have a beautiful sensory experience. This category is robust!

3 | Enjoyed it while it lasted but won’t repurchase. There is definitely a category of products that are “fine” but just don’t stand out in any special way for me. This category is also robust.

4 | Liked it, but probably wouldn’t recommend it. This category is reserved for items I enjoyed but I would not recommend because maybe the scent profile is too specific, the packaging is off in some way or it didn’t deliver consistent enough results.

5 | Didn’t like it, wouldn’t recommend it. This category is reserved for items I personally didn’t enjoy or that just didn’t work for me.

What you see in this post is what I would classify as a level 2 (unless otherwise noted). Loved it and would repurchase. It’s items that are currently taking up residency and most likely what I will use to the end. I hope that sharing my current skincare routine will help demystify what an effective skincare routine can look like and hopefully inspire yours.

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What’s up with my skin right now

Recently I’ve been getting whiteheads / bumps / breakouts on my forehead, which is SO ABNORMAL for me…and wicked frustrating too. I’ve rotated through several different products over the past month or so to try and find something to treat this dermatitis flareup.

I haven’t changed anything in my diet, so I’m confused because I know most of my skin issues are diet / gut related. But then I went to get a facial at a new place in Atlanta I was trying and the facialist said she is seeing a lot of dermatitis issues like this right now, which she said could be related to the after effects of COVID—and she then sent me into an instant spiral. GAH. 

I tried not to freak out and thankfully, a couple weeks ago, I received the May Beauty Heroes featuring Sahajan and my skin took an instant turn for the better. I’ve been using this line almost exclusively for 2 weeks now and the inflammation on my forehead has gone way down.

Sahajan isn’t new to me. I’ve tried their Radiance Face Serum and Nourish Crème Riche at different times in the past, but this was the first time trying their Essential Cleansing Oil AND ALSO trying them synergistically. 

According to Beauty Heroes, Sahajan founder Lisa Mattam called on her Indian roots and foundation in Ayurveda passed on to her by her parents to create luxurious formulas that intuitively understand our skin.

And she nailed it: I’m so impressed with this collection and what it’s done for my skin personally.

But first, if you are new to Beauty Heroes, this is a beauty subscription service like none other. 

Every month, members delight in crème de la crème clean beauty sent to their door. These discoveries often showcase new releases, international brands, custom products and highly coveted luxury beauty for as low as $39.95/month. 

I love Beauty Heroes because their ingredient standards are a cut above the rest. You won’t find some of the “on the fence” ingredients in clean beauty (like phenoxyethanol, GSE, Japanese Honeysuckle or dimethicone) in any of the products they stock or send out. But not only that, Beauty Heroes takes it one step further and considers not only what’s good for our bodies but what’s good for the planet ie. responsible packaging, biodegradable ingredients, reusability, etc.

And May 2022 is notable for a couple reasons. 

  1. With a cleanser, serum and moisturizer, this is pretty much a full skincare routine.
  2. At full retail, this would sell for $186 but you can get it as a one-time purchase for $58.95—no strings attached.
  3. Sahajan is effective skincare that has really made an impact on my skin in the best way. 

ALSO! We hooked it up even more! TOG readers ​​can save 15% off any Beauty Heroes subscription with code TOG15 when you buy through this link. (Offer is valid for first-time subscribers only and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.) 

Okay let’s get into it…

a woman applies a face mask to her face

Morning Routine 

  1. Sahajan Essential Cleaning Oil, 4 oz | $48
  2. Yina Essential Mist, 3.3 oz | $65
  3. Sahajan Radiance Face Serum, 1 oz | $74
  4. Sahajan Nourish Crème Riche, 1.7 oz | $64
  5. TESTING: Every sunscreen under the sun as we prep for our 2022 Face SPF recs coming soon!

Evening Routine 

  1. Sahajan Essential Cleaning Oil, 4 oz (2X…more on double cleansing here) | $48
  2. Yina Essential Mist, 3.3 oz | $65
  3. Sahajan Radiance Face Serum, 1 oz | $74
  4. Sahajan Nourish Crème Riche, 1.7 oz | $64
  5. Alpyn Beauty Willow & Sweet Agave Lip Mask, 10 ml | $28

Treatments (as needed)

RELATED: The 4 best clean beauty products for double cleansing.

What’s working for your skin this spring?

Xo, lisa

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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


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    Tracy DeFreitas

    Le Prunier is the best, and their packaging, it should cost more just for that alone and the smell, no words.

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      Tracy knows!!! I’m so glad you are loving it. I sometimes use it on my boy’s face’s too and they always say, “MMMMM, is this the plum one??” It really smells amazing.

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    Great post! I love reading about other women’s skincare routines!

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      Thanks Valerie! I’m loving this current routine! Have you tried anything here! xo, Lisa

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    Love the blog! I basically am going to copy and paste this to my vanity!!

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      Ha ha! Hi La’Tasha! Awesome! So glad this was helpful! xo, Lisa

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    Huge fan of yours and I am constantly buying your recommendations!!! Do you like Le Prunier better than True Botanicals Radiance Oil? I am torn😬

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      Hi Naomi! I get this question quite a bit actually! I like them both for different reasons. Le Prunier is ONE INGREDIENT skincare where True Botanicals is several ingredients. It’s like eating an apple vs. eating a salad. Which one is better? Depends, right? I have seen beautiful results with both oils. Le Prunier is a bit more moisturizing for my skin and I really like that. Pure Radiance delivers a totally different set of skin fortifying vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Honestly, I would say pick one, try it and in three months, try the other! See what you think. Maybe save the Le Prunier for the winter. You really can’t go wrong! xo, Lisa

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    I know you said that you ran out of your Straight A Serum, but where in this lineup would you use it? Before the Moth Bean Mask, in lieu of it?


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      Hi Megan! TSA is an oil so you can use it in two ways. You can sub it for your serum and then apply a cream over it. OR you can use your fave serum and sub it for your face oil as I find it to be moisturizing enough on its own. Very versatile! Hope this helps! xo, Lisa

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    Yoanna Gerwel Federici

    Hi Lisa, thank you for this great post!! What do you think of Marie Veronique Gentle Night retinol serum? Thx, Yoanna

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      Hi Yoanna! I’ve tried that formula too. Fantastic ingredients and I love recommending that line because it is essential oil free which a lot of people value. As far as the retinol goes, it’s just not as strong as say The Straight A or the retinol in African Botanics for example. In The Straight A you will see retinol listed as the second ingredient where as MV lists it as the very last. We know that proper labeling means ingredients are listed from highest percentage to lowest. And this correlates with my experience too. I didn’t see results with MV like I did with The Straight A. More here!

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    Thank you, Lisa. Very, very helpful! Take care, Yoanna

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    Last month, I finally threw away my Curology and started looking for a replacement. I purchased Maya Chia’s The Straight A for Christmas based on your recommendation, and now I’m obsessed. I’m still searching for a good exfoliant, so maybe I’ll try the one you suggested.

    Also, I’m not sure if I can make a manuka honey mask. I’d eat it! I supplement with a tsp a day for gastro issues. Works great.

    If you haven’t tried it yet, Mad Hippie is an amazing budget-friendly brand. The most expensive product is $34.99. And most importantly, products last a long time. I’m still using the face cleanser and toner I bought on October 1 at Whole Foods. And I just ran out of the moisturizer a week ago.

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      Hi Lisa! So glad your are loving The Straight A. I am a LIFER! lol. Thanks for the recs! xo, Lisa

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    Hi there…I always want to but everything on your lists! Such amazing recommendations and most of the ones I have tried are staples.
    Question about the Odacite’s Blue Aura Cleansing Water…you said “It’s a natural version of micellar water”. Is micellar water not natural? Thanks, nlford

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      Hi NLFord! Some micellars can contain fragrance or questionable preservatives…it’s always worth a look at the ingredient label before buying ; ) xo, Lisa

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    Good Lord that’s a lot of stuff! And money.

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    Hi Lisa,
    What is the strongest Vit C that you have tried and felt has worked? Thanks!!!!

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    Brooke Ellison

    This list is so helpful, although long and a little on the pricey side for all 10 products, I’m excited to incorporate

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Brooke! Make sure to download our Big Book of Swaps which lists options for both luxe and budget picks in all’s so good! xo, Lisa

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    Thank you so much for this! Have you ever tried Pratima’s products from NYC?

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Amie! I haven’t…are they worth a try? xo, Lisa

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    Leianne Burge

    Hi Lisa! I’m new here, just found you and love all your info. At 60 and slightly oily, I still tend to breakout. I’m very diligent to clean and hydrate, and various other steps morning and evening, but oils are scary for me because of my breakout issues. A little history, I tried the Clinique balm and loved the texture but I broke out. I even took a break and gave it a second try but it doesn’t work for me. Any suggestions for the older, but oily and still acne prone?

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Leianne! So glad you are here! Okay first I would ask what you are cleansing your skin with. I would recommend shying away from anything foaming or stripping and replacing that with a cleansing oil (these are my faves). This will help regulate oil production as stripping the oils during cleansing can cause skin to overproduce. After cleansing, make sure to mist your face so you are applying your moisturizer over damp skin – this helps to actually hydrate the skin. For a moisturizer I would recommend Prima’s Afterglow (ORGANIC20 will save you 20%) – it’s a cream so I think you will love it more than an oil. If this routine works for you, be sure to come back when you are ready for a refill and I can recommend a beautiful oil to will be ready by next time! xoxo, Lisa

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    Which Face oil do you like more- maya chia super couple or true botanicals pure radiance?

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi RJ! This is like choosing which child I like better – lol. I say if you have tried one of these, go ahead and try the other. You really can’t go wrong with either but your skin might like one better than the other and they are truly both worth a try. If you haven’t tried either then I would say try The Super Couple first ; ) xo, Lisa

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    Wow! I’ve been researching organic skin care for mature skin for weeks. It’s very stressful, so I appreciate all your suggestions! I don’t see a Vit C serums? Are there any you’d recommend….. or do you feel it’s not necessary?
    Thank you so much!

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Lora! I love a good Vit C serum and I rotate them in and out—mostly because there is so much I want to try but I only have one face, lol. I would recommend this one and this one. xo! Lisa

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    Leianne Burge

    Hi Lisa! We last corresponded on November 11-12 but I wasn’t able to link into that thread so I’m starting a new one. You ask about my cleansing. I was using Clinique mild foaming cleanser until reading your reply and researching from there. I switched to maya chia oil cleanser which I LOVE! I never imagined I could use an oil being sensitive to breaking out but it is amazing! Then I also switched to osea cleanser that I also love. I actually started with this one and saw immediate results. Very impressive. Then purchased the maya chai. Both are lovely! I’m now ready to move to a moisturizer day/night/eye etc. I think you mentioned Prima Afterglow which I haven’t yet purchased. I currently use dermalogica day which I’m not dissatisfied with but I feel there could be something better, and exuviance night which has really been a blessing in settling my skin down at the end of each day. Again I feel there could be a better choice. I love hearing your suggestions and they have been perfect so I’d love to hear more. Thanks again!

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    Kelly Liddell

    Hi Lisa! I currently use true botanicals chebula serum and then add vitamin c powder to my renew oil. If I used maya chia’s ARC would i still need to use true botanicals chebula oil? Where would the arc fit into my daily face care routine? Thanks!

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    Hey Lisa,

    To say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. I love your blog and everything I’ve read so far. I’m 55, never was a big fan of wearing a lot of make up nor have I ever had an extensive skin care routine. I find myself getting lost in what’s best for MY skin vs what everybody else does. Currently I rinse my face with just water, apply a serum, then moisturizer. If I happen to wear makeup, I do use a make up remover towelette, rinse and so on. I find that you don’t get a straight answer from the dermatologist either. I have been looking for more clean based products, which is what brought me to your page. I am very intimidated by all the steps that’s been listed in your skin care routine. And confused with what should be applied and when…. I live in central Illinois climate, so dry in the winter and humid in summer. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated!

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Patti! Yes! A basic skincare routine for day or night would be: cleanse, tone or mist, serum, moisturizer. That’s it! This order will prioritize small molecule before larger molecule, add hydration and help to lock in moisture. xo, L

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    Thank you for all the work you’ve put in! I find this post very helpful. By the way, I read in one article ( that retinoids can be very effective in resisting skin aging. But I also heard that they are quite harsh. What do you think about this?

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Totally! There are several different kinds of retinol at varying strengths and compositions. I break it all down in this post with a recommendation and before + after pics for my top rec. Hope this helps! xo, L

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