Two 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.My 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.
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!
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!