From the makeup remover wipes I use daily to the tool I uses to eliminate peach fuzz.

Jill Powell
Feb 01, 2021 @ 6:24 pm
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Cleanse, moisturize, sleep, repeat—or not. From the 18-product maximalists to the one-and-done movers and shakers, everybody's skin care routine differs. In A.M. to P.M., we explore the morning and evening routines of people with different skin care concerns, from targeting acne to embracing vegan beauty.

Age: 39

Skin type: Dry skin

Skin concerns: Hyperpigmentation, dryness, loss of elasticity, and fine lines/wrinkles

My skin has always been dry, and I easily get freckles when I spend time in the sun due to my Irish descent. As I am so freckle-prone, I've always worn sunscreen daily which I believe is a huge factor in slowing down the physical aging process. Even though I didn't start a multi-step skincare routine until I was in college, I've been fairly regimented ever since—I love serums and now there are certain skincare ingredients I can't live without. Here's what my daily skincare routine looks like and some beauty tools that I constantly incorporate for added self-care. 

A.M.

I always wash my face in the morning as it helps me wake up and, in case my cleansing was sub-par the night before, it helps ensure I start my day with fresh, clean skin. I use an AHA/BHA cleanser daily to help keep my skin clear of blemishes—I love Renée Rouleau AHA/BHA Blemish Control Cleanser. It's gentle on my skin, doesn't dry it out, and keeps breakouts and clogged pores away.

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After cleansing, I apply the Herbal FaceFood Serum 1 all over my face. It's a multi-functional and natural serum that helps with everything from anti-aging to battling hyperpigmentation. I've noticed a huge difference in my skin texture and tone since using it, and I love how lightweight the formula is.

The next serum I use is the Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen—it's helped my face so much with firming and lifting my jawline and cheeks. It gives bounce back to my skin and I definitely notice a difference when I don't use it.

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The last serum I use is the Sunday Riley Good Genes lactic acid treatment. Along with the Liquid Collagen, this has been another staple in my skincare routine for years. The lactic acid gives my skin a lovely glow, and since it's an exfoliating acid, it gently removes dead skin cells which makes my skin smooth and bright. Plus, it's packed with licorice which helps brighten hyperpigmentation and gives me an all-over radiant glow.

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Once all my serums are on, I always treat my eye area with Algenist Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm. This eye cream targets dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines, and I love that it can also be used on my eyelids so that that area also gets treated. (FYI: Not all eye creams are safe for the eyelid area).

I then follow up with a moisturizer, and lately, I've been loving Allies of Skin Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment. It goes on so smooth and my skin feels firm and youthful. Plus, the antioxidants help protect my skin against free radical damage.

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Lastly, if I'm going to be outside, I finish with Algenist Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF. It's lightweight, doesn't break me out, and since it has broad-spectrum SPF 50, I feel protected against further hyperpigmentation and signs of aging from the sun. 

P.M.

Since I'm more of a morning person, my nighttime routine sometimes gets pared down. However, I always take off my makeup and at least wash and moisturize my skin. My go-to are the Neutrogena Makeup Wipes. I like to remove my makeup before adding water and a cleanser—to me, it's like sweeping the floor before you mop it.

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Once I've removed my makeup, I cleanse my skin with the AHA/BHA cleanser and will use a Muslin cloth to help remove any residual makeup. I've been using the Go-To Skincare Posh Cloth and really love it. I incorporated it into my routine only a few months ago but have noticed a huge difference in my skin already. Then, if I'm not too tired, I'll use the same serums I do in the morning, but if it's a late night, I skip the extra treatments and go straight to my retinol.

I use Algenist Elevate Advanced Retinol Serum as it's very effective and gentle enough on my skin. Retinol has been one of my favorite ingredients in my late 30s as it's helped to eliminate signs of aging like wrinkles and large pores.

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I have a few night creams that I love and cycle through, but lately, I've been using Allies of Skin 1A Retinal & Peptides Overnight Mask and love it—I wake up with soft, smooth skin. I also love the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads. They've been a staple in my beauty bag for years as they're packed with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which gently exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving my skin brighter, smoother, and full of glow. In addition to chemical exfoliation, I also believe in adding manual exfoliation at least two times a week. I like to use Skinn Cosmetics Dermappeal in the shower a few times a week to keep my dry skin smooth and soft. 

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I'm a sucker for self-care and enjoy using a variety of beauty tools to boost my routine. I don't use these daily, but I try to make time at least once a week to pamper my skin with these at-home treatments. Some of my favorite beauty tools are the DMH Aesthetics LED Light Shield mask, NuFace Microcurrent device, and Dermaflash. With them, I can give myself spa-like treatments at home. 

The LED light shield has three light color settings for different skin concerns: Red light is said to help boost circulation and speed up the healing process, blue light therapy is shown to kill bacteria that cause acne, and amber light therapy is the only LED wavelength that can reduce the appearance of pigmentation caused by sun exposure. Then, the NuFace Microcurrent Device improves facial tone, facial contour, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I use this to specifically target my jawline and cheek area to make it look lifted and toned. Lastly, the Dermaflash removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz for more radiant and glowing skin. My makeup goes on so smooth and I feel my skincare absorbs better into my skin after using it.