As an esthetician, I have a strict policy of never recommending a product to a client or friend without using it myself. I am a firm believer in “do as I do” not “do as I say.” When I recommend increasing your water intake, you can bet that I am right there with you increasing my own.
My skincare routine changes seasonally, but if you have ever wondered what products an esthetician uses for herself, here’s a peek into my medicine cabinet for the winter months. Keep in mind that I have dry skin, I am 37 years old, I am working on lightening some minor pigmentation caused by sun damage and I am constantly battling those fine lines around my eyes. Let’s go!
My Morning Skincare Routine
Cleanse & Tone. Whatever I applied the night before will determine how I cleanse my skin in the morning. If I need a deep cleanse to remove a sleeping mask, I will reach for Bioelements Flash Foam Cleanser. Other times I will only cleanse Son & Park Beauty Water, applied with unbleached cotton squares, to gently clean and exfoliate my skin. Whether I use a foaming cleanser or not, I always use the beauty water with the cotton squares before the next step.
Treat. Vitamin C comes next, and right now I am using one by a beautiful brand called Odacite—C For Colette. They have a wonderful program where you can order 3 samples and just pay for the shipping. In the past I have also loved SkinCeuticals and their vitamin C products.
Eyes. Eye cream is one item I never skip, day or night. I am currently using Arcona’s Eye Dew in the morning.
Protect. Tinted sunscreen during the winter months has to be hydrating since I am on the dry side, so I am a huge fan of Drunk Elephant’s Umbra Tinte. Generally I do not use an additional moisturizer since this sunscreen is very hydrating and leaves my skin looking radiant and dewy.
My Nighttime Skincare Routine
Cleanse. I begin with an oil cleansing by using Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil, I am sensitive to fragrances and love how plain this one smells. I apply it to dry skin and it removes all of my makeup. Once I massage the cleanser all over my face and eyes, I will add a little water and keep massaging. To remove, I use these amazing washcloths which I soak with water, squeezing out the excess so they are damp. Next I will cleanse a second time using either my Flash Foam Cleanser from the morning or Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel which is soap-free.
Tone. When it comes to toner I have several in my arsenal that I reach for:
- Bioelements Equalizer is one I pick when my skin is feeling a little unbalanced—dry in some areas, congested in others
- Eau Thermale Avene is my go when I want to drench my skin in hydration
- Odacite Aloe + Immortelle Mist is great for soothing my skin if it feels irritated
- Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a staple in my medicine cabinet—I choose this when I want to feel refreshed
Treat. Several times I week I use a glycolic serum to treat unevenness in complexion and help exfoliate dead skin. I find my products penetrate much better when I am regularly exfoliating. Several times a week, usually on the off nights of my glycolic serum, I will use a micro-needler. Just recently I began using the GloPRO to test and report back to clients my findings and so far I’m a fan. I will add that I am also constantly trying new serums with retinol, peptides, or other targeted ingredients, and it is during this step that I will use these.
Hydrate. I have quite a few oils that I regularly reach for, and some nights those will be the only form of hydration I use. I have been known to mix and match a few drops of them together as well. Seabuckthorn Oil, Marula Oil, and Odacite Clair de Lune are some of my current favorites.
Moisturize. On evenings when I need an extra dose of hydration I will use Embryolisse Crème Riche hydrating cream.
Eyes. The two eye creams I reach for most are Bioelements Sleepwear for Eyes, which has topical calcium and hyaluronic acid, and Eminence Organics Bearberry Eye Repair. I am a fan of rich, thick eye creams because that area cannot never be too moisturized in my opinion.
Now that you’ve had a peek into my typical daily skincare routine, I would love to know your one must-have product you can’t live without—leave a comment below so I can check it out!22