Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – April 2020
My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routines include a few new discoveries and old favorites packed with active ingredients.
Morning Skincare Routine
Step 1: Cleanse
Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask – My morning begins with exfoliation. If I’m headed out the door first thing, I may reach for a physical scrub but during quarantine, I’ve been starting my day with an exfoliating mask. This is a favorite that brightens dull skin. Available online.
Lactic Acid, the mildest of the two most common AHA’s (glycolic acid and lactic acid) this milk derivative exfoliates and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
Azelaic Acid, great for pores, acne, and rosacea.
Step 2: Soften
Hwang Kum Hee Aesthetic House 3 in 1 Solution – A toner so moisturizing on its own, I hardly need a moisturizer over the top. I purchased this at a K-Beauty store in Las Vegas and cannot find an online retailer. I’ll keep a lookout for one because I’d like to buy another bottle.
Argan Oil, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that deeply nourishes the skin.
Niacinamide to brighten dull skin.
Step 3: Treat
Cos de Baha Galactomyces 94% Treatment Serum + Niacinamide 2% – I’ve been alternating treatment serums this past month between these two. This affordable K-Beauty serum is packed with great ingredients. The star ingredient is Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, a yeast, and Saki by-product that improves pores, wrinkles, and acne. Available online.
Galactomyces to help reduce blackheads and comedones.
Niacinamide for brightness and fine lines.
Hyaluronic Acid for hydration and plumpness.
Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Serum – A fantastic serum from Dr. Jart. I love the Tiger Grass Correcting Cream as a daytime tinted moisturizer and SPF. This is a lightweight serum that is soothing, deeply hydrating, and great for people with dry skin. Available at Sephora.
Centella, a plant that calms inflammation, speeds wound healing and improves elasticity.
Cicabond, Dr. Jart’s formula of an ivy derivative that helps to rebuild and heal damaged skin.
Glycerin, a humectant that traps moisturize that it draws to the skin like a sponge.
Niacinamide, great for pores and blemishes.
Step 4: De-Puff
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate – I’ve been using Clarins eye concentrate since 2006 to de-puff morning puffy eyes. I prefer the old formulation which was a gel over this cream but it still gets the job done. It’s worth the $85 price tag only if puffy eyes are the bane of your existence otherwise go for a more affordable eye cream.
Albizia Bark Extract to reduce signs of fatigue.
Caffeine for puffiness.
Step 5: Moisturize
Dr. Jart Water Drop – Similar to Water Fuse, this super hydrating gel moisturizer feels like a big drink of water on the skin. I like it. I love Water Fuse however both seem to be discontinued. Disappointing!
Step 6: Protect
Crystal Whitening CC Cream SPF 45 – I’ve been testing this tinted CC cream. Although I rarely leave the house under quarantine, I’ve been using this K-Beauty SPF. It’s slightly too dark for my skin tone at the moment but I love the texture. It’s thin, hydrating, and doesn’t cake or crease. Available on YesStyle.
SPF 45 to protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays.
Evening Skincare Routine
Step 1: Cleanse
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel – This cleanser melts into the skin and removes every stitch of makeup. It’s chocked full of oils, vitamins and exfoliating fruit extracts that makes a night time cleanse a truly luxurious cleansing experience. Available at SpaceNK.
Glycerin to moisturize.
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Ferment Extract to remove dead skin cells.
Jojoba Esters, an emollient.
Step 2: Treat
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Face – I’ve been alternating two serums at night. One copper peptide-based and the other retinol-based. This serum contains copper, peptides, Vitamin C, and a lot of antioxidants. It’s expensive but it’s packed with quality active ingredients that my skin loves. Available at Ulta.
Copper Peptide to promote the production of collagen and elastin.
Peptides to rebuild and repair damaged cells and signal the skin to produce collagen.
Vitamin C to brighten the skin.
Retinyl Palmitate, a gentle derivative of Vitamin A/Retin-A, helps improve skin tone.
Kate Somerville RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream – The gimmick of this retinol night cream is that its time-released while you sleep. That may or may not be true but for a retinol cream, I like this quite a lot. I’m taking a break from prescription-strength Retin A at the moment and this is much less irritating. Available online.
Glycerin, deeply moisturizing.
Retinol, an over the counter derivative of Retin-A, not as strong or irritating as Tretinoin/Retin-A yet still promotes cell turnover.
Apricot, Carrot, Mango, and Wild Yam Extracts to nourish the skin.
Step 3: Moisturize
Erborian Sleeping BB Mask – To sandwich all of the great ingredients in these serums and act as a barrier while I sleep, I’ve been reaching for an old favorite. I’ve used this sleeping mask from the French-Korean skincare brand, Erborian, for years and wake up with bouncy skin. Available online.
Glycerin to lock in all the moisture.
Sweet Almond Oil to moisturize the skin.
Wheat Germ Oil, a Vitamin E, helps rejuvenate the skin.
Licorice Root Extract, a skin-soothing anti-oxidant, great for sensitive skin and redness.
Let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite night time serum.
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