Three Items to Add to Your Skincare Routine

I recently spent a weekend with some girlfriends and was asked about my “TOP MUST-HAVE” skincare products, and rather than do a lengthy email to them on this subject, I thought to do a blog post and just send them a link.  I  get asked about skincare quite often, because 1) I buy and try a LOT of products, and 2) despite being in my early 30’s, I regularly get mistaken for being 5-15 years younger than I actually am (I haven’t decided if looking 10-15 years younger is a good or bad thing yet).

So the usuals first – I have combination to oily skin that is prone to hyper-pigmentation, and I’m VERY concerned about aging.  VERY.  Whatever your current skincare routine, these are three products that I recommend that have worked on me.  Oh, and you know you should be wearing a sunscreen (ideally a physical one) everyday, right?

Top 3 Items to Add to Your Existing Skincare Routine


1. Clarisonic Mia (or Mia2) – It goes without saying that you need to wash your face with a facial cleanser at least once a day.  I do it twice, but I know some people only do it once – whatever floats your boat.  But since adding the Clarisonic to my nightly cleansing, I’ve noticed less congested pores and grime on my cotton pad when I’m following up with a toner.  I use this once a day at night with either CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser or Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (nice, but won’t repurchase).  My favorite brush head is  Deep Pore, which feels softer than the Sensitive one.

2. Retinol – Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is one of those anti-aging powerhouse ingredients you need to put on your face RIGHT NOW to diminish signs of hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, etc.  I like SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream – retinol can be harsh on your skin, and this one isn’t too bad.  I’ve used prescription retinol before, and I couldn’t endure past the very painful phase.  I’ve seen results with this gentle OTC version, but if I use it too many days in a row, I will get dry, peeling skin for the following week, but that’s how retinol is.

3. Antioxidant serum or moisturizer – Skincare experts will tell you that if you use retinol + some sort of antioxidant, you’re basically set.  I’m on my 2nd tube of the Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer in the Combo Oily to Oily formulation, and I LOVE IT.  It’s a great moisturizer that doesn’t make me feel greasy yet provides enough hydration.  I’m going to switch to the Dry Combo version when my current tube runs out since we’re going into winter soon.  If I use it when my skin is feeling raw from retinol, it’ll definitely sting, so I opt for a more nourishing moisturizer then.

What are your skincare must haves?


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