Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – December 2019
My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routine.
I’m in the middle of an extreme Retin-A regimen this month and currently in the terrible stage where my skin feels very dry and flaky. My skincare routine aims to remedy these symptoms and protect my skin barrier as much as possible during this phase.
My morning skincare routine:
Step 1: Cleanse
GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub – This is one of the best exfoliators I’ve ever used for sloughing off dead skin. I’ve really needed it these past few weeks. It contains micro-crystals that are great at removing all the flakes without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight.
Step 2: Hydrate
Clio Microfine Collagen Mist – I’ve been enjoying this very fine K-Beauty mist with marine collagen. I bought this at a specialty skincare store and unfortunately couldn’t find it online.
Step 3: Brighten
The Inky List Vitamin C – With my retinol use at night, and morning exfoliation, my skin is prepped for a good dose of Vitamin C. This affordable Vitamin C serum from the no-frills brand The Inky List is good stuff. It’s a potent 30% L-Ascorbic Acid! For $9.99, it’s a hidden gem.
Step 4: Hydrate + Moisturize
Hylamide Hyaluronic Acid Booster – Every other morning, I alternate my Vitamin C serum with this hyaluronic acid serum for deep hydration. This serum from DECIEM is another affordable workhorse at $14.00. It contains 5 forms of hyaluronic acid at varying molecular weights so it penetrates the skin on multiple levels.
La Mer SOS Repair Cream – Continuing on with a moisturizer that I picked up in Spain, I’ve been reaching for this skin repair cream. I really am a sucker for anything containing marine collagen, algae, extracts, etc. I’ve used many skincare products of this sort that have gone on to become all-time favorites.
Step 5: Protect
DR. JART+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 – Often when I’m in the throws of a retinol regimen, I can’t bear to wear foundation and will reach for a BB cream instead. One of the best on the market is this by Dr. Jart+. It sinks beautifully into the skin. It moisturizes, gives a touch of color, and protects with its high SPF 45.
My evening skincare routine:
Step 1: Cleanse
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – Perhaps my favorite balm cleanser of all time is this cult classic. The smell is heavenly and the texture turns cleansing my face into a luxurious self-care moment.
Step 2: Treat
A313 Vitamin A Pommade – I’ve been alternating nights between this retinol balm and a prescription-strength Vitamin A. A313 (or its predecessor Avibon) has been a French pharmacy staple for years. It is equivalent to less than .025 Retin-A but it is potent. It will cause irritation if not applied properly to DRY skin. I love the results. It’s a very thick balm that feels greasy at first but it will sink into the skin. It’s to be used at night only. At around $30, it’s one of my top choices for non-prescription retinol.
.1% Retin-A – The strongest Retin-A available is .1% tretinoin by prescription, or in this case, sold over the counter in Mexico. I apply this to dry skin an hour or so before bedtime. It’s moisturizing enough where I don’t feel the need to put anything else on top of it. This formula doesn’t cause skin irritation as A313 does on me, but I’ve been using prescription Retin-A for years now and my skin is accustomed to it.
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil by Sunday Riley – A couple of nights a week, I give my face a break from retinol and provide nourishment via a facial oil. Juno oil is a longtime favorite as well. It’s chocked full of plant oils such as Blueberry Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, and Broccoli Seed Oil. It’s deeply comforting.