Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – February 2020
My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routine including some drugstore favorites as well as a few new discoveries.
Morning Skincare Routine
Step 1: Cleanse
Alba Botanica Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub – I recently reviewed this in my blog post on exfoliators. It’s a brilliant budget option to use on the face and/or body in the shower. It smells a little fruity and contains big scrubby particles. The price for this giant tube varies between $6 and $11 at Whole Foods or online.
Step 2: Soften
Santa Maria Novella Orange Blossom Water – This toning water from the 400-year-old Italian pharmacy Santa Maria Novella is simply divine. It smells of the most beautiful orange blossoms, softens the skin after exfoliating, and looks absolutely precious on the counter.
Step 3: De-Puff
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate – I’ve searched long and hard for a budget-friendly alternative that de-puffs tired morning eyes as good as this champion product from Clarins. So far, nothing I’ve found compares so I always come back to fantastic eye cream for its de-puffing capability.
Step 4: Hydrate & Brighten
Martiderm Black Diamond Skin Complex – I’m down to the last few sensational serum ampules from Spanish skincare company Martiderm. I bought them in Madrid and have been using them sparingly. Each ampule is packed with Vitamins C, E, F, A and B5. They are deeply hydrating and emollient and my dry skin drinks them up. There is enough product in each capsule to use half in the morning and half in the evening, and it comes with a tiny lid. At night, I lean toward using a whole ampule. Sadly, they aren’t available in the US as of yet. Next time I’m in Spain, I’ll stock up.
Step 5: Moisturize
e.l.f. SuperHydrate Moisturizer – Late last year, I discovered Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse jelly moisturizer and included it in my Hall of Fame. I wanted to find an affordable dupe and discovered this gem from e.lf. It contains hyper-hydrating squalane, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and mushroom. Found often in Korean skincare, mushroom plumps the skin. This plumps and hydrates, and it’s a bargain at $12.
Evening Skincare Routine
Step 1: Cleanse
CeraVe Hydrating Micellar Water – I don’t know why I ever stray from Bioderma the gold standard for removing my makeup but I wanted to test this one because I’m a big fan of the CeraVe range. It’s good. It’s affordable especially when bought on sale. It requires a little more rubbing to remove my eye makeup than Bioderma but that doesn’t bother me.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser – A fine and affordable cleanser that will do the job and last for months. It’s also fragrance-free.
Step 2: Treat
QRxLabs 5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) + Retinol Serum – I highly recommend this retinol serum if you are looking for retinol that causes less irritation than prescription strength and/or you are taking a break from stronger retinoids but still want to include a retinol product into your daily regimen. QRxLabs, like The Ordinary, Inky List, and Garden of Wisdom, offers quality active ingredients without high price tags. This serum is $14 and packed with a wide range of ingredients that do only good things for the skin.
Step 3: Moisturize
Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil – I’ve been using a lot of facial oils this winter. Every couple of nights, I take a break from my heavy retinol use and hydrate deeply with an oil, cream or mask. This face oil has argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, and a favorite of mine, sea buckthorn.
Erborian Camellia Seed Oil Cream Mask – I have this cream in rotation at night from French/Korean brand Erborian. Camellia oil helps heal acne, eczema, and scars. I use a light layer as an overnight mask. Discontinued but Yuza mask is another favorite from Erborian.
Filorga Fatigue Correcting Night Balm – Another night cream in the rotation is this by French skincare brand, Filorga. It’s a hyaluronic acid-based cream but also contains tree bark extracts that act as decongestants for the skin. My skin is smooth and plump in the mornings. I buy Filorga in Canada or online.