Now that I’m in my 40s, my skin care routine is a top-priority. I steadfastly follow the big rules – avoid the sun, wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep.
But that only goes so far! Unfortunately, I fight an uphill battle because I was reckless with my skin in my teens and early twenties. Because of that early neglect, I work hard to correct sun spots, uneven skin tone and fine lines. I also struggle with dry skin in the cold-weather months.
Thankfully, skin care has come a long way in the past twenty years. From acids – glycolic, alhpha hydroxy, citric, hyaluronic, lactic – to retenoids, peptides, CBD and more, we have made huge strides in defying age.
I am grateful that I have the opportunity to sample skincare products as a part of my job! In testing products, I’ve learned to cut through the hype. High-end doesn’t impress me, and drug-store bargain prices don’t deter me. How effective the product is matters the most, as well as the ingredient label. In fact, my favorite make-your-skin-glow mask is an inexpensive and easy DIY green tea and honey mask!
Here’s what’s in my daily skin care routine
These are products that I use regularly and will buy again and again.
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1. Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner (NIGHT)
This a potent toner, supercharged with high-potency AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids), to reduce tdark spots and fine lines. Additionally, this super toner brightens skin and smooths texture. I use it at night prior to serum and moisturizer.
Why I love it: This toner has worked wonders on my sun spots and evening out my skin tone!
2. Lavender + CBD Face Oil (NIGHT)
This Lavender CBD face oil from Populum provides moisturizing antioxidants that help reduce signs of aging and leaves your skin glowing. I apply this face oil nightly, after using my Glow toner and prior to moisturizing.
Why I love it: I struggle with dry skin, especially in the winter. This face oil works wonders restoring much-needed moisture to my face! And helps restore the youthful glow. It’s a staple in my nighttime skin care routine.
3.Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum and C-Firma™ Day Serum (DAY)
These two serums give your skin a daily dose of vitamins B and C for an all-day quenched and glowing complexion. The formulas, which include the C-Firma Day Serum and the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, deliver antioxidants to firm and brighten skin and replenish hydration. I use these two together after cleansing my face in the morning.
Why I love it: I’m a huge fan of Drunk Elephant products and I love these two serums. They work together beautifully to firm, hydrate and brighten my skin.
4. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate (Night)
Powered by red algae from Okinawa, it works overnight to hydrate and visibly plump away fine lines for glowing, dewy skin by morning. Seven botanical extracts—squalane from olive fruit, green tea, wild thyme, ginseng root, licorice root, sweet marjoram and jujube fruit—work to improve skin tone, clarity and texture. I apply this as moisturizer at night, after applying my serums and CBD face oil.
Why I love it: This is a miracle product! I have been using this night concentrate for almost two years and it has transformed my skin. I will never stop using this product in my skin care routine, I love it that much! When applied, my skin instantly feels hydrated and soft. In the morning my skin tone is more even and has a beautiful luminous glow. I know it’s pricey but a tiny bit goes a really long way. If your budget allows it, I highly recommend it!
5. It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream Hydrating Moisturizer (DAY)
Developed with plastic surgeons, Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer plumps the look of lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of pores and discoloration. This and Tatcha’s Silk Cream are my go-to daytime moisturizers. I alternate using them. I apply after serum and prior to sunscreen.
Anti-Aging & Skin-Loving Ingredients: Ceramides, Glycerin, Niacin, Antioxidants, Peptides, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter, Squalane and Vitamin E
Why I love it: This is one of my favorite daytime moisturizers (tied with Tatcha Silk Cream)! It completely hydrates my skin without being heavy or oily. When applied, my skin feels AMAZING immediately. The fast-acting hyaluronic acid goes to work plumping my skin and smoothing fines lines. It really is confidence in a cream!
6. Tatcha The Silk Cream (DAY)
This formula is chock-full of plant oils and extracts that are packed with skin repairing and protecting compounds, such as Green Tea extract, Red Algae extract, Silk extract, Rice Germ oil and Royal Jelly extract.
Why I love it: The formula feels incredibly rich and moisturizing and creamy even though the texture is that of a milky gel. It is dense and rich when applying to my skin, but it doesn’t feel heavy and absorbs quickly leaving my skin supple and nourished. It’s hard to go wrong with Tatcha but it is pricey. Like their fabulous Night Concentrate, a little goes a long way!