For the past few years, I’ve made New Years resolutions to start- and stick with!- a skincare regimen. When I initially had this on my list of new years “to-do’s”, I was still a couple of years away from turning 30. If I am being completely honest, my sense of urgency wasn’t really there. I’ve always had good skin without putting much work into it- never had acne growing up and pimples typically only happen once a month if you get my drift ;). Because my skin was usually clear which I equated with good, I would become lazy a few weeks into any normal routine.
As my 30th birthday was imminent (I’m talking weeks away), I finally ordered some skincare products and started a routine that I’ve stuck with and am super happy with. If you made any skincare resolutions this year, today’s post is for you- don’t be like me and let time go by before getting serious about your skin. When I actually started taking better care of my skin, I discovered it could actually be even better than I thought my already “good skin” was. These are the products that made all the difference for me:
Rodan + Fields Redefine Regimen: I’m sure you’ve heard of Rodan + Fields at some point- maybe from some old high school classmate messaging you about it on Facebook? Or maybe that’s just me 🙂 … When my good friend Kristen started using their products, I started to take notice. She had struggled with her skin before and was getting such great results she started selling it. For me, buying the regimen was a way to keep myself accountable to my skin. At just about $200, it’s enough of an investment that I really wanted to use it- instead of buy it and ignore it like I’ve done before. The regimen is also great because it comes with everything you need, including a daily face wash, toner, daytime moisturizer and a nighttime cream. I have to give a shout out to the toner here because before I tried it I was a serious skeptic of why one would ever use a toner. One time swiping that bad boy on my face and I was sold! I actually felt my pores tightening- it was amazing! If the whole regimen isn’t for you, you can also buy the individual products themselves to give it a try too.
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil -After using R+F for a few months, I started to get really in to taking care of my skin and purchased this oil (and the serum up next) one day when perusing Sephora. I’m absolutely obsessed with this oil! First, it has an orange-y color to it which actually makes me feel like I have a bit of a tan during these pale Boston winters. That’s not really the purpose of it- just a nice side effect. The oil is filled with Vitamin C and Vitamin A which are both awesome for making your skin appear brighter and reducing lines. Two of my main goals for sure 🙂 It’s a pretty dry oil (not sure if that makes any sense), but I think it would be okay for all skin types, but maybe test it first if you have oily skin. I apply this product after I wash my face and use my R+F toner.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Booster – This was part two of the Ole Henriksen set I bought. Collagen is super important to skincare as collagen production decreases as we get older and results in sagging skin- ick! This product tightens skin and increase collagen production. I add this product on after the oil mentioned above. PS- I bought these two Ole Henriksen products as part of a gift set- which is always a great way to try new products! Unfortunately I can’t find it online, but I did see it in my local Sephora store just this past weekend so if you are actually shopping in the flesh for it, look for the “A Lil’ Love A Lot O’ Radiance Ultimate Brightening Duo” set.
Sephora Sheet Masks– I’ve shared these masks before, but doing a sheet mask is always a fun way to pamper yourself at home. These ones from Sephora are great- I’ve used the moisturizing during dry winters and the anti-aging just because.
My skin is nowhere near perfect- years of laying in the sun and a brief tanorexia phase (gasp!) in college have made sure of that- but thanks to these products I’m loving my skin and have got it glowing 🙂 With that being said, I would be a total liar if I didn’t give a shout out to my everyday makeup products that keep me looking good- Trish McEvoy BB Cream, BareMinerals Warmth and Nars Orgasm blush.