Current Skincare Favorites

Today, I’m sharing a big list of my current skincare favorites. My skin leans more dry/normal (vs oily) and I don’t have a ton of acne, but definitely get hormonal acne every now and then. Basically, I’m always trying to make my skin look less dull and tired and opt for products that help with brightening! Here’s the long list of my current skincare favorites, organized by when/how I use each.

☀️ MORNING:

  • SkinPharm Clarifying PadsThese pads are made with salicylic acid and help brighten skin, tighten pores, and combat breakouts. You can use these daily, but I use them every few days after washing my face but before applying oils, serums, sunscreen, etc.
  • SkinPharm Youth SerumThis serum is a “multitasker that tackles everything from dull, dry skin to firmness, fine lines, wrinkles, redness and uneven texture.” I just finished my bottle and loved it – I’m planning to order another one!
  • Supergoop! Glow Screen – I’ve been religiously wearing this sunscreen for several years and love it. SPF 40 provides excellent sun coverage and gives my skin a glowy, dewy look. The Elf Whoa Glow (with SPF 30) is a much more affordable knockoff ($14) that is still excellent.

🌝 EVENING:

  • Lemon Laine Glow Moisture Face Oil Serum This is a fantastic face oil packed with 14 botanicals that make my skin look and feel so much brighter. It was created by a Nashville-based small business, Lemon Laine, but it is now available on Goop (!!). I like to put a few drops of this on my face and neck before bed, before putting on my moisturizer.
  • Kiehl’s Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serumthis is the current Retinol I’m using, but I’m not Retinol loyal to one brand/product right now. I try to put it on every other night before bed, and this is the one I’m using right now! I’ve also used The Ordinary’s Retinol, which is excellent, especially for the price.
  • KORRES Santorini Grape Velvet Skin DrinkThis product is SO good if you have dry skin like me. It makes your skin look and feel silky and soft. This came recommended to me by my friend Christine who always has stellar product recommendations and this one didn’t disappoint. I’m on my third bottle! You can use it this morning and night, but I use it at night or during the daytime when I’m not wearing makeup.
  • Cerave Moisturizing Cream – E and I use this every night before bed. It’s my top layer (after serums, oils, etc.).

👀 EYE AREA:

🌀 ANYTIME:

  • Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser – I’ve bought this cleanser many times and am still obsessed. It can also be left on and used as an exfoliating mask – I I’ll have to try that! I use it in the mornings and evenings.
  • LANEIGE Radian-C Brightening Treatment Essence – this is a recent addition to my routine. I wear it morning and night, after cleansing, but before other oils, serums, moisturizers, etc. Really like!
  • Stratia Lipid Gold – I’m not very committed to one moisturizer, but I’ve been using it lately and like it a lot! It’s excellent for dry, sensitive skin and is fragrance/allergen-free.
  • OLE HENRIKSEN Dewtopia 25% AHA + PHA Flash Facial Exfoliating Face Mask might be my favorite product from this list. My skin looks SO good after this mask! My skin looks SO glowy and bright afterward, like an at-home facial. I use it once or twice a week. 10/10 recommend (and read the excellent Sephora reviews – I’m not the only one who loves this!)
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel Padsthese two-set pads are excellent for acne and uneven skin texture. They have cleared up my skin! I use these sporadically, and I like to use them when I have hormonal acne (usually around my period).
  • TULA So Poreless Deep Exfoliating Blackhead Scrubthis is an exfoliating scrub that I use about 2x/a week. I love exfoliating my face – I feel like a layer of gross skin/gunk comes off, and my face feels so lovely after this!

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