Say hello to my current anti-aging skincare routine. My goal is to update this post quarterly so it continues to reflect what I am currently using and loving—so be sure to check back! Here’s what’s giving my skin its glow in spring 2021.
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.
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.
MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE
1. Cleanser: Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil | $49
First, I cleanse with Pai Skincare’s Light Work Cleansing Oil. I love this viscous oil because it has a great grip and really loosens up any dirt, debris, sweat, excess oiliness…fill in the blank. I also love that it rinses clean with water so you don’t necessarily have to drag a washcloth across your face if you don’t want to. It’s also great for sensitive skin. I use this day and night as my first cleansing step (see more about that below).
2. Mist: Laurel’s California Rose Single Farm Hydrosol | $56
Roses are incredible for hydration, barrier repair, and antioxidant activity, as well as plumping and firming the skin but besides that, they just smell SO GOOD. Love knowing that this rose hydrosol is sourced from California, which (compared to sourcing from Bulgaria) supports ethical labor standards.
In addition, the essential oil from this single-farm hydrosol has not been removed ensuring potency and efficacy. Laurel illustrates, “One drop of rose essential oil contains 60 roses, and is valued close to $40 per ml. You will feel the superior hydration from this rare type of distillation.”
Getting your hands on this limited-edition mist is a real treat.
3. Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Drops | $55
I got hooked on the consistency and viscosity of this water-based serum. I was set to try it for a couple days but then I just never stopped. Good for all skin types including dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone and combination skin, this serum is thicker in consistency and retains moisture like a boss.
You will be able to tell a difference straight out of the bottle. This serum sets up thicker and does not run loose in your hand. A fantastic mid-layer to any skincare routine delivering mad hydration.
It’s also formulated with 28 Dutch plant and botanical extracts and charged with protecting skin against free radicals and environmental pollution.
4. Leahlani’s Siren Serum | $48
I recently got a refill of Leahlani’s Siren Serum and gosh, I forgot how happy this face serum makes me. First of all, Leahlani Skincare products are made fresh in small batches from organic, wildcrafted, and local Hawaiian ingredients. Second, this moisturizer is formulated to deliver UV protection via sea buckthorn and vitamins A + C to brighten and even skin tone.
But the kicker is it smells like you are sticking your face in a bowl of fresh-squeezed orange juice. And not like those flavorless, dry oranges. I’m talking big, thick, juicy, Valencias or Mandarin oranges that make your heart sing and your jowls fill with one whiff.
Even my husband’s like, “Wow, your face smells good.” Lol.
5. Sunscreen (occasionally): Honua Skincare MALU Protecting Day Cream + SPF 30 | $42
In the elusive hunt for the best face SPF, MALU Protecting Day Cream + SPF 30 comes out on top again and again and again. This formula is so good it’s always tops my sunscreen picks list. It soaks in beautifully without feeling too heavy for everyday wear—and it’s even (dare I say) moisturizing.
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NIGHT SKINCARE ROUTINE
1, 2 and 3. Same as the morning routine!
When it’s working for you, why change a good thing?
4. MUKTI’S Age Defiance Eye Serum | $96
I don’t always use an eye cream but when I find one I like, I’m all in. And thanks to my Beauty Heroes subscription, my latest find? MUKTI’S Age Defiance Eye Serum. This is less of what I would classify as a serum and more of a weightless light cream. Love that it soaks right in. Love that it hydrates my eye area.
Easily worn both day and night, this serum is formulated with a blend of bioactive native Australian extracts including Davidson Plum, Quandong, and Emu Apple combined with active peptides that have proven scientific results for their anti-wrinkle, anti-eye bag and firming effects. And with my wine tendencies, salt cravings and late-night-scrolling habits…you know I am all about the “anti-eye bag” effects.
5. Fifty7Kind TANU | $61
Okay there are two night-time moisturizers this time around because the Fifty7Kind TANU was a travel size I got in one of my Boxwallas. The first time I tried it, I fainted from the entire experience. The color? 💯 The smell? 💯 The texture? 💯
Once I regained consciousness, I looked at their website and was blown away by the sourcing and ingredient intel this company shares. They only have two products so far but it is obvious how much pride these formulators take in their work.
TANU’s superpower is Crithmum Maritmum. It’s a botanical extract that offers retinoid-like action, enhances cell turnover, aids in the reduction of sebum secretion and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and UV photo-damage—all without skin irritation or photosensitivity (with clinical trials and in vitro tests on their site to back it up).
I would love to try a full bottle of this because this could be a level 1 status product. Needless to say, I’ll be watching this brand like a hawk.
5. People of Your Kind Revitalising Serum | $96
So the day I finished my travel size Fifty7Kind TANU was a sad one, BUT the skincare gods have definitely been working in my favor because then I discovered People of Your Kind’s Revitalising Serum.
This is a viscous, tacky face oil with a silky finish. And I’ve literally never used a face oil that retains hydration like this one does. It almost feels like I am wearing a breathable face oil mask….or like I can feel it drawing in moisture throughout the day. (Can you tell “hydration retention” is high up on my priority list?!)
This serum is specifically designed to help maintain healthy collagen production and reduce the loss of elasticity, while protecting your skin from toxins that break down collagen.
Leaves my skin glowing, HYDRATED, plump and radiant. #LOVEIT
PSA: This serum is heavily scented with geranium oil so if you are not a fan of geranium OR you are not someone who enjoys scented products, this one is not for you.
AS NEEDED (1-2x per week)
100% Pure Bright Eye Masks | $30 (5-pack)
These are highly caffeinated eye masks to brighten and de-puff (more on my need for that above 😳). They’re extremely hydrating and quench thirsty under-eye skin with a blast of water—super-charged ALOE WATER. The “hydrogel” is composed of 95% organic aloe water and 5% plant cellulose to intensely moisturize—remember how I said I love hydration?!
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Mask with Manuka Honey
Anyone can “make” this mask with minimal to no effort AND if you happen to feel your inner Martha knocking, it’s easy and fun to customize by adding spirulina, clay, maca, vitamin c, oatmeal, wild mushrooms (!?). Read more about this homemade skincare experience here (which was featured in Better Homes and Gardens too!). But basically, I apply honey on my face, let it work its magic and rinse it off in a few minutes. Everybody’s got time for that.
LILFOX’s Chill Wands | $110
Not only do these help reduce puffiness, they just FEEL SO GOOD. I mean, think cool cucumber on the eyes but X 1,000 good. Why does coldness on eyeballs provide so much pleasure?! IDK, but what I do know is I’ve been hooked on these Chill Wands for the better part of 2021 with no plans of stopping.
SAVE: Get 10% off at LILFOX on Chill Wands with code TOGCHILL!
What are you loving for your skin this spring?
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