A girlfriend recently emailed me and told me that she's frustrated with her skin. She inquired what I was using and if I have any advice.
I've actually never felt better about the condition of both my skin and my hair. I feel as though I've finally fallen into a routine that really works for me. I owe it all to a little patience and a few great products.
Confession: I only wash my face at night. I have dry skin and washing it twice a day just doesn't work for me. Most nights, I use Clinique Facial Soap Bar. This is a classic and I love it. If I want a slightly deeper cleanse, I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. If I want to exfoliate, I use Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream. After I wash, I apply Clarins' "Special" Eye Contour Balm. I also like to put on Laura Mercier Lip Silk before bed.
I have a very specific morning routine as well. The first thing I put on my face is Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion. This feels incredible on my skin and though intended for women in their 50s, I don't care. It's a great way to wake up. Afterward, I use Clarins Beauty Flash Balm as a makeup primer. I am a huge fan of Clarins and their mission as a company. Their products do come at a price but are worth every penny in my opinion.
As far as makeup goes, I use Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 and Clarins Bronzing Duo Compact.
In the Winter, I like to apply facial moisturizer before bed because my skin really dries out in the colder months. I use Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. On the rare days that I don't wear any makeup, I use Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15.
It took me a long time to figure out what works for me. I have always been a product junkie, but I feel as though my dollars are well-spent now; I'm no longer wasting my money or time on experiments. I've learned that the drug store is good for face basics (I like Aveeno) but that I need to shell out more dough for the specific stuff in my regimen. Exfoliater should definitely be chosen with care; I've been told that using St. Ives scrub is basically the equivalent of rubbing glass shards on your face.
Everyone is different, but this is what works for me. I'd love to hear what works for you.