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.
One of the questions I get often is, “I have everything you talk about but I don’t know how to use it.” So I thought it would be nice to share my current routine here and then update it quarterly as I try and discover new products.
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. What you see in this post is my current FAVES and most likely what I will use to the end and classify as “repurchase status”. I hope that sharing my current skincare routine will help demystify what a clean beauty skincare routine can look like.
Second, you can see how much product I am actually using and in what order. Feel free to follow along and do the same OR make swaps for things you like better OR just gain clean beauty inspiration in general.
Here’s my current lineup and what I use in order at night. During the day, I use the same products minus a few. My full morning routine is; cleanse, mist, serum, moisturizer with what’s listed below.
First, I cleanse.
Right now I am loving OLIO E OSSO’s Oil Cleanse. First, the formula is super simple and made up of only three oils: apricot, sweet almond and olive oil. It’s free of essential oils with top notes of olive oil. Like, if I didn’t look at the ingredients, from the smell alone, I would think this was plain olive oil.
I also love that this is a glass bottle with a glass dropper. No plastic touches the product which is next level thoughtful. And at 4 fl oz, the size is also incredibly generous.
I use this as a first step in my routine as a cleanser to take off my makeup. I use a full dropper and rub that into my skin and eyes to loosen makeup, sunscreen, environmental pollution, daily grime and more. This formula does not wash clean with just water so I use a warm cloth to wipe away product. Then, after removing my makeup, I repeat to actually cleanse the skin. This is called double cleansing and it’s my favorite thing in the world to do. More about how to double cleanse here.
This product does a great job at taking off makeup including mascara and sunscreen. And, speaking from experience, it doubles as a body oil in a pinch.
Those are all the pros. Here are some notes. First, these oils are “responsibly harvested and sustainable” but I wish they were also organic. And second, $80 is pretty steep for a three ingredient, non-organic cleansing oil. If you are looking for something about half the price, all organic oils and the same size, I recommend this.
Next, I exfoliate.
Kinda obsessed is an understatement when it comes to Mukti’s 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant. I use this as needed; sometimes once a week, sometimes 5 days a week. On a day that I want to exfoliate, I will remove my makeup with an oil (like the one above) and then go in for my second cleanse with this.
Mukti’s 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant is a brilliant green cleanser peppered with finely ground bamboo particles and melting jojoba esters that gently works to exfoliate the skin. But this is not just an exfoliator, it’s also a cleanser too (wet fingertips and watch it foam up like a beast).
The first thing you will notice, besides the color, is the scent. A bouquet of Caviar Lime, Desert Lime and cucumber lead this olfactory titillation rounded out by a sensory explosion of a foaming base with exfoliating granulars. This product hits every sense, I can’t get enough.
This is actually an acid + manual exfoliator (my favorite kind) meaning it exfoliates in two ways; fruit acids dissolve intercellular bonds while particles gently eliminate dead cells.
And let me just say, my skin feels AH MAZING after using this. Fresh, renewed, radiant, healthy and glowing. Very similar finish to my all-time favorite exfoliator; Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator.
Made in Australia, vegan, crulty-free, nut and gluten-free and packaged in Biophotonic glass.
The size and pricing is super generous too. Choose from two options: 200 ml for $66 or 100 ml for $33. You can check out the buying options state-side here.
My only note is this is an open-top and it’s easy to over pour. Once the product is out of the bottle, it’s out. Try to refrain from putting it back into the bottle to avoid contamination and maintain preservation.
Then I mist (or tone).
My world pretty much stopped when I met Maya Chia’s The Optimist. This is so much more than a mist…consider it a serum/mist in one.
It obviously delivers hydration but it also works to improve brightness and radiance too with a proprietary blend of antioxidants, amino acids, polysaccharides, phytonutrients, and fatty acids, such as sake, white tea, chia seed, astaxanthin, and licorice extracts.
Not only that, it’s smells SO GOOD. But let’s be honest, anything Maya Chia founder Susanne Norwitz touches smells incredible. This mist leaves my skin nourished, glowing, supple and hydrated.
Great for morning, night and intermittently throughout the day.
No notes here. Even the misting pump is perfect. It’s the best in the biz and sourced overseas just for that reason. Super light and fine delivery.
Next, I apply a serum.
When it comes to serums, right now I only have eyes for LILFOX COUTURE’s HAUTE C. This water-based, super light-weight, pale-yellow serum soaks right in. It smells delightfully reminiscent of Lemon Drops (yeah, the old school candy), it’s super easy to layer and it’s locked and loaded with actives.
Haute C is powered by a blend of Kakadu plum, camu camu and an extravagant 15% of tetra-C, the only form of Vitamin C that has been proven to penetrate the epidermis and dermis to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and increases collagen in clinical trials.
Like I always say, every woman needs a good vitamin c in their skincare routine and you can consider this one of the good ones! Vitamin c works to firm, brighten and even skin tone.
This specific formula also has bamboo extract, niacinamide and two forms of hyaluronic acid support vitamin C’s efforts to increase collagen synthesis and fill in fine lines from the inside out.
Great for day or night although I personally prefer this for the day and then Maya Chia’s The Straight A at night (I just ran out otherwise I would have included that here too).
My only note here is if you are sensitive to scents, this serum may not be for you. I wouldn’t classify this scent as strong but let’s call it present.
5. NIGHT MASK
Most nights you will currently find me applying LILFOX COUTURE’s DEWY BEAN DREAM. This is a gel “mask” that you can apply and leave on overnight.
It’s formulated with moth bean, vitamin A legume, niacinamide, lactic and glycolic acids to gently exfoliate, resurface and smooth. It’s gentle enough to wear every night IMO. I don’t feel any stinging, burning, tightness, irritation or anything at all really. What I do feel (and the first impressions reason I felt a draw to this formula) is its ability to retain moisture is off the charts thanks to organic aloe, bamboo extract and mini + micro molecules of sodium hyaluronate.
On nights that I wear this mask, I will cleanse, mist, apply serum and then two pumps of this mask and let that all dry down. Depending on how hydrated my skin is that day, and if I do two pumps or three…this mask can remain tacky and never dry down fully. But if it does dry down and I feel like I need more moisture, I will mist again and add a half a dropper of the Le Prunier to top it all off – which is what I prefer rather than leaving the mask on solo.
This is fantastic for all skin types; especially dry, mature, dull, sensitive, uneven, congested, sagging, oily, acne-prone.
No notes here. I love this mask.
It’s no secret, I’m majorly obsessed with Le Prunier’s Plum Beauty Oil. Where do I even start?!
This is a single-ingredient, moisturizing, antioxidant packed, organic (certified twice over), uber sustainable moisturizer. GREAT for normal, mature and dry skin. I use this both day and night as my moisturizer and it’s the first bottle of face oil I’ve finished in a while.
The first thing that stood out to me about this oil is the user experience. It just does it’s job. My skin feels so moisturized and remains moisturized throughout the day. But then the more I looked into this oil, the more I fell in love with it.
Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil is actually the byproduct of an organic plum farm that dates back to the early 1900s (turned organic in the 1980s). This family farm was originally paying someone to dispose of the plum seeds after harvest when the daughters were inspired to create a face oil from their multi-varietals. Plum Beauty Oil debuted in 2018 with major clout scoring self-space at Neman Marcus.
But the story doesn’t stop there. This is truly one of the only face oils that can claim “seed to bottle” with full control of its sourcing, processing and manufacturing.
On top of that, #canttouchthis when it comes to Le Prunier’s sustainability practices. Founder Allison explains, “We have a revolutionary waste water filtration system called Biofiltro which allows worms to recycle our waste water from the processing plant. Our facilities are entirely operated by solar power. We are an herbicide-free farm and use cover crops to add nitrogen to our soil keeping it healthy while bees naturally pollinate. We use 2,000 goats at the end of harvest to eat down the cover crops rather than relying on heavy machinery.”
And we haven’t even talked about the oil yet! This oils is a great fit for all skin types but especially for dry, mature, acne-prone, sensitive and redness-prone skin. It works to balance, restore and moisturize. Light enough to use during the day yet potent enough to use at night.
Le Prunier’s Plum Beauty Oil is locked and loaded with:
- Shown to lighten and brighten skin tone in clinical studies
- 8x more powerful than Argan oil at protecting skin from free radicals
- 6x more powerful than Marula oil at protecting skin from free radicals
- Rich in omega fatty acids 6 & 9
- Rich in powerful polyphenols
And, off the record, it’s even been shown to provide 10% SPF coverage.
Absolutely zero notes here. Love the packaging, love the light, sweet smell, love the user experience and effectiveness. And at $72, it’s a beautiful mid-range option.
What are you loving right now?