Sydney Gore, digital editorial assistant
I have been working on my skin-care routine since middle school, and I finally think I have it all figured out. I have oily skin that stays clear until that special time of the month. Prior to securing this job, I used to swear by a bunch of chemical-based products that were prescribed by my dermatologist, but they constantly irritated my skin.
Every morning, I start by washing my face with a French Rose Clay Soap by Folie (it’s currently sold out), followed by Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. This reduces the amount of oil that naturally forms on my face overnight. A few times a week, I alter my routine by adding Fresh’s Sugar Face Polish to exfoliate my skin. Next, I dab on a few drops of my favorite toner, Pixi By Petra Glow Tonic and spritz on Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. Keeping your skin moisturized is super-important, so I put on Priming Moisturizer by Glossier and then finish with Rose Deep Hydration Cream by Fresh. Sometimes, I’ll also use a pump of Pestle & Mortar’s Lightweight Moisturizer. My lips are sealed with tasty balms by Glossier or Fresh
For my eyes, I alternate between Ecco Bella’s Eye Nutrients Cream, Tatcha’s Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum, and Grown Alchemist’s Hydra Repair Eye Balm. If I plan on wearing makeup, I break out the Onomie Complexion Trio which consists of the Powerful Priming Serum, Bright Concealing Elixir in Émilie, and A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment in Curie, and rub on RMS Beauty’s Eye Polish in ’Lucky.′ Even though I can hide behind my glasses frames, all of this keeps me from looking like a raccoon with scary, pitch black bags under my eyes.
At night, I remove everything from my face with Boscia’s Sake Cleansing Water. I typically use the Milky Jelly Cleanser again, but if I am experiencing a breakout, then I switch to a charcoal cleanser, like Boscia’s Detoxifying Black Cleanser or Shamanuti’s Activated Charcoal Cleanser. From there, I always spread on May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud which I basically leave on as a mask. (On the weekend, I strictly use Fresh’s Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask or Rose Face Mask.) If my skin is in bad shape, I follow this step with The Problem Solver or Boscia’s Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment.
After wiping all of that off and applying toner, I use one and a half pumps of Pestle & Mortar’s Retinol Night Oil, and then the Moisture Rich Silk Cream and Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate by Tatcha. Before I hit the sheets, I dab on Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask, Retrouve’s Eye Concentrate, and rub some vaseline on my lips.