Regimen on the Radar

With a busy schedule and days that go non-stop, a regimen, for me, is never set in stone. My skin can be fickle, demanding, and needs changing from day to day. While I have a regular routine: cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize, the products I reach for can change depending on my skin's temperament. I've outlined some of my favorites, as well as the science behind each of the active ingredients that make these products work their magic on my skin. 

Winter leaves me with perpetually chapped lips, rescued only by a good scrub. The Cocovit Lip Scrub for one, tastes delicious, and two, works wonders by simultaneously exfoliating and moisturizing lips. Mint cane sugar does the exfoliating while the coconut moisturizes. Coconut oil is truly one of the most hardworking ingredients in the beauty industry. 

Feeling particularly giddy before applying the Korres Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum.

Feeling particularly giddy before applying the Korres Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum.

A while back, I paid almost zero attention to exfoliating unless I was using a scrub on my face. Upon graduating from foaming scrubs with the tiny certs in the formula, I was ready for something gentle on my skin with results. Enter the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. Lactic acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which is often found in anti-aging and exfoliating treatments. AHAs work by resurfacing the skin, minimizing fine lines, and encouraging collagen production at the surface level of the skin, as well as its deeper layers. Needless to say, within a week of using Good Genes, the texture of my skin was noticeably renewed: it was so smooth I could't stop touching my face.

One of the holy grails of an anti-aging regimen is retinol, which is a Vitamin A-derivative and available without prescription (and the accompanying irritation of prescription retinoid treatments). Because it can increase your susceptibility to sunburn, retinol and retinoid-containing products are the vampires of the skincare routine--they should be used at night. I was pretty unaware of anything in the world of retinoids until I was introduced to the Sunday Riley LUNA Night OilIt has retinol derivatives, making it gentler to use, and blue tansy, which helps calm irritated skin and soothe redness. Often times I would wake up with uneven skin tone and red patches but not anymore. Bonus: I have such a dewy look right before bed after using this. It's made me more curious to try face oils in lieu of moisturizers.

Psst: Get both the night oil and the lactic acid treatment with the Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo set.

Good Genes can be inherited or purchased.

Good Genes can be inherited or purchased.

Post-exfoliation requires some type of nourishing treatment just to pamper my skin. Also, why not? I love Korres Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum for day and night. While I do not yet *need* eye cream, this serum is gentle enough for the eye area as well. I use this usually after toning or after I've used some kind of exfoliant. The wild rose oil has an extra concentrated form of Vitamin C that helps to brighten skin and even the skin tone. The intoxicating rose scent and tiny particles of roses are an added plus. Your face will smell like a rose garden in only the best way.

I'm a sucker for masks and A+ branding. Glossier has succeeded in both: the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask is essentially two products in one. First, it's an amazingly hydrating mask. It's packed with all of the hydration your parched skin desires: hyaluronic acid, natural emollients like shea butter and squalene, and aloe, which traps moisture. As we age, we lose hyaluronic acid on our epidermis (yes, we have hyaluronic acid present on our skin already). The loss of the skin's primary moisture binder results in less hydrated skin. Sun exposure is huge. Another reason for thirsty skin? Drinking all night. You can use this as a sleep mask and leave it on overnight, rinse off in the morning, and then marvel at how plump and well-rested your skin looks the next day.

What are some of your favorite products to use in your regimen?

Photography by Alaina Latona