anti-aging skincare routineTwo years ago I made a resolution to take better care of my skin. For the first two months of the year I stuck to my anti-aging skincare routine. I’d seen results after the first two weeks and it encouraged me to keep going. The problem was that I pretty much stopped after two months. Yep – failed. Sure, I still did the occasional scrub and moisturized every few days, but my daily routine fell by the wayside as life got busier. I kept saying to myself that I had to get back on track, and for a few weeks here and there I’d discover a new product and take better care of my skin again. Before long, though, I’d inevitably fall out of the routine again.

2018 had flashes of hope. My oily skin over the summer led me to a great Lab Series product (this one) that was so good I used it all season long. Alas, summer ended, my oily skin went away, and with it, my skincare routine did too.

So here we are in the first week of 2019 and I’m a six weeks into a new anti-aging skincare routine (yay, I’m celebrating each small win!). 2018 was an incredible year but the long days (and nights!), and countless flights definitely took their toll on my skin. By November I decided enough was enough: only I had the power to look after my skin so I pulled together a new anti-aging skincare routine, and I’ve been following my anti-aging skin routine since. I’ve been so impressed by the results that I felt inspired to share my current routine with you guys. Sure, I’ll switch out some products throughout the year (my skin goes from combination-dry in winter to combination-oily in summer) but this is what is working for me right now.anti-aging skincare routineMy Twice Daily Routine

Step 1 | Cleanse | Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm & Verso Foaming Cleanser
I like to alternate my cleanser every other day so that my skin gets a varied clean. I apply the Bee Venom cleansing balm to dry skin, rubbing a thumb sized amount all over my face for 30 seconds or so. Then, I use a spray bottle to spritz my face with water to turn the balm into a milky texture. Then I clean all over my face with a Luna by Foreo. When I use Verso’s cleanser I start with wet skin and go straight to using the Luna. I like them both because they don’t dry out my skin at all.

Step 2 | Tone | Men Science Advanced Face Tonic
I apply his toner from a cotton pad and gently rub it all over my face and it definitely helps to clear our the build up on my skin, especially around the t-zone.

Step 3 | Serum | Dr. Sebagh Serum Repair & Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age Firming Concentrated Serum
OK so the Dr. Sebagh serum is a product I was using two years ago and I loved it, so when I started up my daily anti-aging skincare routine a month ago I immediately started using it again. Every time I use it I can feel the hyaluronic acid firming and lifting my skin – it’s so, so good! A friend of mine works in the beauty space and very generously gifted me the Sisleÿa serum so I’ve been using it since Christmas. It’s a wonderful product but I saw the same effect with the Dr. Sebagh product, which is significantly lower in price, so I think once it’s finished I’ll stick with my original fav. We’ll see!

Step 4 | Daily SPF | Kiehls Daily SPF
To be honest I wish I had included an SPF as part of my year-round daily skincare routine sooner. Any readers in their twenties – start using it now, trust me; the sun is so aging to your skin. I love this Kiehls product because it’s not greasy and doesn’t sit heavy on the skin like ‘traditional’ sunscreen.

Step 5 | Moisturize | Sisleÿum For Men Anti-Age Global Revitalizer
This moisturizer is super light, smells great and leaves my skin looking radiant and smooth. Love! I apply it via small dots across my face and neck and massage it in by making small upward circles with my hands.

Step 6 | Eye cream | Kiehls Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum
Hands down this is my favorite eye cream. Honestly, it’s just soooo good. I love how it reduces puffiness in the mornings and works on dark circles overnight.

Non-Daily Favorites

Scrub | Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub
I use this twice a week while showering to help clean out my pores and clean up my face. It’s quite coarse so my tip is to rub it across your face gently for about minute. Your skin will feel so smooth after!

Face mask | Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask
I do this mask once a week or so. It stays on your face for fifteen minutes so I usually put it on while I sit in the bath, which is perfect because it’s as calming for my face as sitting in the bath is for my body!

Breakouts | Malin & Gotez Acne Treatment
Anytime I see or feel a zit forming on my face or have an ingrowing hair in my stubble, I put a dab of this product on it overnight; it really helps to dry it out and reduce the redness.

Eye mask | Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask
Seriously, you have to try these eye masks. I’ve only used them three times but I’m so hooked I went back to Sephora and bought a bunch more! They leave your eyes feeling so much brighter and fresher.

Post-shave | Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm
I apply this balm to my neck after shaving my stubble; it’s soothing and affordable – win, win!

anti-aging skincare routineI wanted to round out the post with three things I always do as part of my skincare routine:

1. Once I’ve applied water to my skin while cleansing, I use a Luna by Foreo all over my face and neck.

2. I always apply serums and moisturizer to my face and neck in small dabs and never by rubbing it between my two hands first.

3. I rub cream into my face in a circular upwards movement because it’s like a mini-massage for the face, encourages circulation and lifting. I really noticed a positive difference in my complexion after I started doing this!

And that’s it! Let me know if you have any questions – and I’d love to hear about your favorites, too!


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Michael Reed Reply

    Love this, thanks for the recommendations! Definitely checking some of them out now 🙂

  2. So happy you shared this Will! One of my 2019 goals is to be better with my skin so I’m gonna use this to help me get started! You’re the best. 🙂

  3. I’ve heard amazing things about that repair serum, now I know you love it too I’m definitely going to give it a try! Awesome post as always man!

  4. This is amazing…thks for sharing + linking everything cuz I have no idea what do LOL

  5. Been needing a new eye cream so I’ll cbeck that one out. TBH I need a whole new routine like this. 😏🤷‍♂️

  6. This is epic Will. I love that you shared your tips and tricks as well as everything you use, it’s why I love to read your blog! 🙂 Keep it up and can’t wait for more posts this year.

    – Dustin

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  8. Thank you! I am determined to to better look after my skin this year, and this is a great help

  9. Kishen Godhia Reply

    I LOVE the Aesop face mask it’s so hydrating 😍😍😍!!

    – @kishengodhia

  10. Thank you for taking the time to introduce these products to us, at the time we are living is a must to take care of our skin, and having the quality of the product is important, I’ve heard a couple of times about the product and I am looking to use them soon, I’m sure my skin will be pleased as I am with your recommendation!! Thank you so much will

    – Conrad!

  11. Currently I’m just going with the Cleanse, tone, SPF and eye cream. And that already makes a good difference! Thanks for the tips!

  12. Will definitely give this a try. Really need to look into my skincare routine a bit more.

    IG: funny_h0w

  13. Thanks for sharing this Will! I was just looking for a new moisturiser 🙂
    Also looking forward your Instagram competition

  14. I’ve been looking for a good skin care regimen. I’ll have to try some of these products out. Thanks dear!
    IG handle: @itscameronhinkle

  15. It’s amazing to see how much time and interest you put into your skin care routine, and also, I will try your face mask for sure! Thanks for your recommendations 😊

  16. Kevin Hamor Reply

    So that’s how you always have glowing skin?!

  17. Love this! Are there any razors you’re a particular fan of right now? I’m constantly on the search for something that’s gonna get an easy smooth shave.
    – @johntupy

  18. Is this where I comment for the giveaway 🙂 @conorharrington – I just have my email, looking forward to reading your updates!!

  19. Now that is an honest routine. Love that you worked in many brands and wasn’t just an ad for one brand. Great work. Go Kiehls!!!
    IG: saintlycvd

  20. Great product list, definitely trying Lab Series as a starter. Thanks for sharing your list, also I love how reaponsive you are with your audience 👏🏼

  21. Thanks for sharing, love this! I definitely trying out the face mask. @ty.smith

  22. Thank you for the post Will! After reading so many skincare tips and recommendations this one is definitely for me. Good way to start the new year. Happy 2019

  23. Baylor Orlando Reply

    This is fantastic! Thanks for all the tips and brand suggestions. I personally am a fan of Kiehl’s Products but have never tried their eye cream… would you say this routine applies to all kind of skin types? Thanks so much! 🙏🏼
    IG: Baylor_o

    • @Baylor – This routine is mainly for anti-aging but a lot of the products are suitable for all skin types. I use this routine more in the winter, as I switch some of the products (mainly my moisturiser and cleanser) out in the summer for more anti-shine and oil products.

  24. For someone who doesn’t typically have a skincare routine, I truly appreciated your tips Will and I could see myself following all the steps. 😊

    Thank you for sharing amazing content and it sure shows that having a routine makes a difference, only if we could get our skin to look as perfect as yours. 😉


  25. Great tips! How long does you routine typically take?

  26. Sticking to a routine has been the best thing for my skin!


  27. Hi Will. Great post!! This is highly motivating!!! Been pulling some late nights to launch my new blog site (dont look yet as were still working out kinks today), so I need to find something to combat the dark blue circles under my eyes. Youre SO smart to start a skin care regimen young in life and you must do sunscreen on your face EVERY day you step outside. Now that Im an empty nester Im going to re-start a routine. I used to religiously use Estee Lauder but theres so many healthy ones out there now. Will check these out. 2019 is about taking care of my health….of course, after I finish the new blog launch deadline and Dallas Mkt….lol. But Im commiting starting next week thanks to your inspiration!! Cheers to 2019! @thepillowgoddess Xo 💛

  28. Fernando Cerda Reply

    I have a question say you have to stick to a budget and purchasing all products is just near impossible what three would you most recomend?


  29. Oh, I’ve bever tried Lab Series. I use mostly Kiehl’s now. I’m looking for a dark spot corrrctor, maybe I’ll try Lab Series. IG @JayPeterPics

  30. One of my goals for 2019 is to use night moisturiser and I can already see the difference.

    IG debrobertson_sews

  31. Yassss!!! This is actually so helpful! I haven’t been able to find a good skincare routine (mainly because I don’t know what to use). Thanks for a such a sweet and simple approach to this, so much help!!! 💃🏽

  32. Hi Will . Your skin routine is very comprehensive. I will try to follow your skin routine . You have been the biggest motivation to me . @weijian_cwj

  33. Oily skin is the fountain of youth! A blessing in disguise. Ever try Ole Henriksen ultimate Lift eye gel roll-on? This stuff works wonders for bags and puffiness.


  34. Oily skin is the fountain of youth! A blessing in disguise. Ever try Ole Henriksen ultimate Lift eye gel roll-on? This stuff works wonders for bags and puffiness.


  35. Archit George Reply

    I think I have to change my skin care routine !!!- @iam._.archie

  36. Luis Sanchez Reply

    Loved this! Your blog is my 2019 coolest discovery so far.
    IG: @luiseduardos

  37. Amazingly presented and wonderfully written as usual Will! Thanks for sharing ☺️.

  38. My face is old and I’m always late, I need help my dear @bourbonbookclub

  39. Kevin Almeida Reply

    Awesome I’ll check some of these things items out.
    Thanks @kevi1980

  40. Some good suggestions for skin care.

    We’re the same age and we have to take of our skin if we both want to keep looking cute as we progress further into our thirties haha!


  41. Andres Barrios Reply

    WOW! I need to put more attention to my skin!!!
    – @huampoyotl

  42. Great job! Your skin is an investment in your future!! Pick meeee please!! 😍😍

  43. This is great, thanks Will! I work shift work which is quite rough on the body, and worry about premature aging & looking haggard as a result. Definitely hoping to incorporate some of these into a new daily routine to take better care of myself and my skin!

  44. Christopher Chávez Reply

    it’s amazing, I’ll test all those treatments, I hope it works 😊 my Instagram is @pher15

  45. Rorie O’Leary Reply

    One of my New Year’s resolutions is to look after my skin better so thanks for this!


  46. Camilo Sierra Reply

    The routine we all aspire to follow 🙂

  47. Josef Perez Reply

    It’s really important to take good care of our skin! This is a really helpful guide! 🙂

  48. Matthew Yu Reply

    Got into a proper skincare routine about 3 months ago and already noticed the difference! Thank you for the suggestions and I might try out a few up there too! (lab series were helping a lot surprisingly)


  49. Uğur Ünal Reply

    Just once is it possible to send a give-away to far away; like Turkey for ex. Would be a present, which will be remembered for ever! :/

  50. Thank you for sharing this to us Will. I’ll put more attention to my skin. And congratulation for your first Tv show 🎉🎉
    IG : @aarizal28

  51. Can we sidebar to how stunning your shower tiling is. I will never get over it. Also sign me up for whatever’s responsible for that glow of yours ☺️☺️


  52. Amazing tips as always Will! I’ll have to give some of these products a try and switch up my routine! IG: @tcraww

  53. @dan_moli

    Really appreciated the three tips at the end. Also love kiehls products. Check out there eye depuffer roll stick. It works great especially after a long night.

  54. @hilldy_25 Reply

    Nice post! Will have to give this a try as need help with the dark circles under the eyes 😂Like how all you’re post are easy to read and use 😊

  55. I’m already following my own skincare routine bit this definitely convinces me I need to do more!

    Cheers Will!

    IG: 8drie1 ❤️

  56. Ben Chelliah Reply

    For someone who has sensitive skin, this has been really helpful. I especially have to check out the serum as I have not done so before. Thank you for the detailed insight to your skin care regime and the tips & tricks, Will. This is amazing! Cheers! – @BenChelliah

  57. Jon D'Agostino Reply

    I use some of these, but there’s others oveve never heard of… thanks for these tips!

  58. Rob Cannone Reply

    Awesome post. Thank you for sharing this routine with us. I too struggle with sticking to a consistent skin care regimen. You’ve inspired me to get my act together …and round up some of these products to do just that. I will definitely be buying the Dr. Sebagh serum as I’ve seen my skin benefit immenesely from the use of other products containing hyaluronic acid. Thank you for these suggestions. @robanthny – From Toronto, Canada

  59. I think this makes me contamplate again regarding to skin care. My face already shown any lines on the forehead and I’m only 27.


  60. Hopefully these skin regimmen/routine would be fixing my skin problems such as uneven skin tone and acne marks!!!

  61. Hey Will,

    Is the moisturiser good for oily skin? My current one leaves my face looking to shiny. Also do they ship to the UK 🇬🇧??


  62. Sergio Mendez Reply

    Great information and tips. I will definitely try to check these products out! Thanks, you’re amazing.
    IG catrachito60 (big fan of your legs, ha ha ha ha!)

  63. Stephen Yong Luo Sheng Reply

    Never thought eye cream would be so important for guy too. Thank you for the amazing post as usual! Finally there is tips for me to refer. Time to pamper my face 😊😆

  64. Andrew dempster Reply

    Yew just found your account on insta! Saw the give away – @dempsy1

  65. Thank you for sharing this with us, Will! We all know taking care of our skin can sometimes be very time consuming, but as we all also know that effort never betrays result, right?!

    On my way checking all the products you recommend us, especially the Lab Series ones because I have oily skin (I hope they ship it to the South East Asia)

    Once again, thanks, Will!

    Much love from Indonesia,

  66. Top tips Will! Thanks for sharing. I do need a better skincare routine; one that I will stick to!
    IG: michael_toa

  67. Hunter Miller Reply

    Have just started working on a routine for skincare for the first time this past year! Thanks for the great tips! -@hmkid

  68. Hi will! I always wanted to know more about your skincare routine because your face looks amazing. Thank you for sharing! @mr.teco

  69. Jose Alfredo Encinas Reply

    Thanks for the tips, Will. Now we know how you stay looking so young and fresh. Keep up the good work on your blog and IG. Consider me for your give away. 😁
    IG: hohohojose

  70. Will,

    Thanks for this awesome guide to great skin! I myself have been toying with a new skincare regimen after recently visiting my dermatologist and it is time to plan for future me! All the best!


  71. Vinh-Thuy Nguyen Reply

    I love that eye-cream, Will! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your routine. It’s so helpful. I love following your content on IG too. I can’t tell you how many outfits I’ve “stolen” from your posts, haha.
    IG: @vinhthuy_ng

  72. Best skin care routine steps. Thank you for all your recommendations.

  73. Been following u for a while. Agree that UV is super toxic!

  74. Obsessed!.. Bright Barzzar definatley makes me smile!….Home decor , style and grooming.

  75. Obsessed!.. Bright Bazzar dose make you smile. I mean Homedecore, style, travel and know skincare. Will your the best!

  76. Awesome post! Great tips and tells me I have some work to be done. Thanks for the post! IG: dareklambert

  77. Lucas Brown Reply

    Great tips, looking forward to trying some of these! I’m always unsure about when/how to apply toner (cotton pad or spritz for freshness). Also, since everyone’s skin is so different how do you go about trying products in a cost-effective way?

    Thanks! Love your posts! 🤗
    IG: lucasbrown32

    • @Lucas – Most stores will offer you samples of products, especially if you purchase something. Sephora lets you try almost anything in-store before you buy it, too.

  78. Swiped up just to enter a contest. But then proceeded to read and actually learn something. Bonus! Haha. || @jared_rodgers

  79. I know this post was about skincare, but I wanted to tell you how much I loved your segment on GMA…especially because you included Nola’s picture!! she’s one of my favorite IG doggos and that was so sweet!!

    IG: @viciousvixen

  80. I am deserving of the prize for this contest for 3 reasons:
    1. So that I will never be late for work anymore because I’ll be looking at that gorgeou watch all the time.
    2. So I can come home on time after long hours at work to take care of my skin that needs attention
    3. So I can just jump in that pyjamas and get ready for bed because beauty rest is a necessity

    Thanks a lot!

    Instagram: @aldrinpaolo

  81. Thanks for all your great tips. I learn something all the time. You should come to Australia and pick up some of our design style.

  82. Hi Will! Glad to see I’m not the only one struggling to hold on to my skin care routine when times are busy 😀 Will definitely try out one of your tips! Just one little question, how can you determine which skin type you have? Sometimes I have really dry skin, sometimes it’s really oily… It’s like it changes daily/weekly :/

  83. Great article Will! I need to up my skin care game. Going to use your routin and build mine up! I have such a hard time making a routine.

  84. I’m trying to go all herbal and home made for my skin care products this year! Back to how it used to be some decades ago.
    But never hurts to have recommendations on all these amazing products available in the market. Thanks Will!

  85. Ashish Tanwar Reply

    Thank you for sharing your skin routine. Definitely going to follow it. Love your blog and your vibrant Instagram feed as well.
    Your follower,

  86. Fotoreporter Reply

    Hi man, i am @fotoreporter following you on ig!!! Thanks for your precious advices, every man should care more about himself

  87. Brilliantly laid out. I love my routine, but as I age it is adapted. These tips reassure and inspire me. Thanks, Will.
    – Evin @freckledpast

  88. Christian Steinborn Reply

    Now, I usually don’t use A lot of products at all, but Aesop & Malin + Goetz are just too good to not use! Their scents are incredible really! Thanks for sharing your routine. we had a lot to learn. – @plentyofgroom

  89. Love Kiehls Daily SPF and have been wanting to try a new eye cream from them I think I found it now, thanks for sharing!!

    IG: @jessecolec

  90. Gerald Adams Reply

    When are you getting your own daytime show?! More Will on GMA or at least a weekly segment on Ellen. 🙏🏻
    IG: geradams

  91. jumping to the conclusion i just want to say great post as lots of men don’t know how to maintain skin and your post helps them…Thanks for sharing…appreciate it.

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.