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 late summer 2021.
By: Lisa Fennessy
IN THIS POST:
- How I rate my favorite skincare products.
- My current morning skincare routine.
- My current nighttime skincare routine.
- My current favorite skincare treatments.
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
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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MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE
1. Lovinah’s Power Vitamin C Multi-Purpose Cleansing Balm | $45
OBSESSED. (Another Boxwalla discovery for the books—this beauty subscription continues to delight, more here). Now, I love a good cleansing balm as much as the next girl but DAYUM, this cleansing balm is next level. The texture (decadent, silky, rich), color (a complex deep red), scent (florals and citrus), efficacy (takes off all impurities AND rinses clean with water) and ingredient innovation (enriched with enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) = can’t-put-it-down status. It almost feels too indulgent to be a cleanser and I have to tell you…I’m loving every minute of it.
2. KHUS+KHUS ESPECIAL K Toning Mist | $45
One of KHUS+KHUS’s latest releases…This mist is essentially a conduit for delivering vitamin K liposomes. Vitamin K is charged with reducing the appearance of dark circles and redness associated with premature aging. It also brings along its sidekicks; saffron stem cells to slow aging, reishi mushroom stem cells for maximum hydration and Bulgarian rose water to balance. And like anything KHUS+KHUS creates, this mist smells sensational.
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3. Maya Chia’s The Super Lift Vitamin C-More | $110
Ever wish you had a skin treatment that instantly lifted and tightened skin? Well, say hello to Maya Chia’s latest. This aloe-based creamy serum is stacked with three types of shelf-stable vitamin C, tranexamic acid, ferulic acid esters, niacinamide, peptides and stem cells and works to soothe the appearance of fine lines, brighten and (girl)…LIFT.
Yup. Believe it or not, this formula has a temporary tightening/ smoothing effect that you can actually FEEL taking place after you apply it. It’s subtle—I mean, you are not going to instantly look like you just got a Thread Lift, but you will feel the tightening effects for sure. This is temporary, but what’s not temporary are the effects of prolonged use delivering more radiant, even-textured and toned skin.
4. BLÜH ALCHEMY’s Antioxidant Oil | $95
Why am I all of a sudden obsessed with BLÜH ALCHEMY’s Antioxidant Oil?! IDK. I’ve tried it before but this time around I literally could not stop using it and in fact, I even finished the bottle. (THIS IS HUGE FOR ME!) Thanks to Beauty Heroes for bringing this discovery back around…because in summer 2021; it’s just what I needed.
I love a viscous, hardy oil and the texture of this one is spot on. Leaves my skin plump, firm and luminous—not to mention it’s busy fighting off all the free radicals like a good daytime antioxidant moisturizer should.
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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 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 and 2. Same as the morning routine!
When it’s working for you, why change a good thing?
3. Maya Chia’s The Straight A | $125
This is a moisturizer/treatment/oil/serum with (real) retinol and it will blow your ever-loving mind. There is so much to say about this formula but let me just say this: If you want a brighter complexion, more even skintone, are looking to fade hyperpigmentation and reduce fine lines…THIS IS IT.
You can use this as a moisturizer OR a treatment under your moisturizer which is what I’m doing currently with just 1-2 drops applied under my PM moisturizer. Read more about my experience with The Straight A, shocking before and after pics and what TOG readers are saying about The Straight A here!
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5. BLÜH ALCHEMY’s Nocturnal Repair Active Emulsion | $85
I was obsessed with Nocturnal Repair from the first time I used it. (And I wasn’t surprised, because this is par for the course when it comes to me + anything BLÜH ALCHEMY!)
Nocturnal Repair is meant to be worn at night time because it’s formulated to support skin while it goes into repair mode (at night). It’s super plush and leaves my skin feeling plump, hydrated and supple. I actually really love pairing this with an oil for maximum moisturization.
On nights that I don’t use The Straight A👆, I love pairing it with BA’s Antioxidant Oil👆👆. And I actually can’t figure out if I like it better under my face oil or over my face oil, which is fine with me because while the jury is out, I just keep using it and my skin just keeps getting better and better in the meantime.
Skincare treatments (as needed)
True Botanicals Resurrection Radiance Eye Cream | $78
Sooo creamy and thick! This eye cream utilizes Resurrection Plant to address the root cause of tired eyes that show dark circles, puffiness and fine lines, while a unique tree bark extract directly targets dark circles to reveal smoother, brighter looking eyes.
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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.
Jenny Patinkin’s Rose on Rose Petite Face Roller | $32
I’m currently totally obsessed with this mini face roller. I find myself mindlessly rolling it on my skin on repeat during the day. I mean, LOOK HOW CUTE AND SMALL. It packs the punch of a rose quartz face roller in a mini carrying case that is excellent for travel (both me and Nicolle have stashed it in our carry-ons for relaxing on flights).
What are you loving for your skin right now?
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