I like to think of my bathroom shelf as a pharmacy... or an apothecary. A place filled with tinctures and concoctions I layer and reach for when my skin is thirsting for something specific. I don't believe in necessarily doing the same thing every single day. Or using the same products forever. Your skin is evolving and changing. It's adapting to new stressors, the weather each day, what you ate last night. It's an expression of what's going on inside of you and beyond you. You can't expect to slather on all of the same things in July and December. Maybe I'm justifying my (very healthy) obsession with trying new things. Or maybe I'm very in tune with what my skin is asking for. I'd like to think it's the latter so let's go with that.
Everything being said, I don't expect all of these products to work for you. All I can say is that this is what has been working for me lately. There are a few more items not pictured that I reach for when my skin is acting unusually dry or I'm having period breakouts, but generally, this is more or less what I've been using through this harsh and windy New York winter.
As far as my own skin type goes, I have somewhat sensitive, combination skin. So, an oily t-zone and normal/sometimes dry everywhere else. This is fairly common. I'm also very pale, and easily get burnt on my face, so I've started investing in a high quality sunscreen and generally brightening products. You'll see that I have a million things here and some of it is very expensive. I spend probably too big a percent of my money on this stuff, but I'm really into it for work. You don't necessarily need a product for every part of your face like me. If anything, a good cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen will do. This is just my ideal right now.
In addition to the products themselves, I am really into lymphatic facial massage. This you can do at home for free! There is a video by Isabelle Bellis at the bottom with some helpful how-tos.
Pictured above is my NIGHT skincare regimen. If I put an asterisk (*) next to a product, that means it's something I've been using for a long time and consider it a staple in my bathroom.
Cleanser: Colbert MD Balance Purifying Cleanser (Gentle, removes makeup, foams slightly, feels really luxurious and balances the PH of your skin)
Peel: * Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel (I use only 4-5 days a week when I'm feeling like my skin needs a detox. May not be suitable for very sensitive skin. Resurfaces and makes skin radiant. Make sure you use sunscreen after this, as your skin will be prone to sunburn)
Moisturizer: Chantecaille Retinol Intense (Brightening, anti-aging, anti-blemish. Not super hydrating, though. I don't use this if my skin is feeling too irritated, as it has really active chemical ingredients. If I'm too sensitive one day or need a rich dose of moisture, I'll skip, use Kiehl's Moisture Balm instead and be done)
Lips: Ven Effect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment (This is the best thing for my insanely chapped lips I've ever found. I go to bed with it on, kiss no one as it is liquid gold!, and wake up with baby soft lips)
Eyes: 111Skin Bright Eye Lift Gel (Tightening, actually brightening, and packed with active ingredients. This is a new brand I've discovered and really love it. Will keep you posted on long term benefits. Sometimes I swap out for other eye creams when I need more comfortable hydration. The Celle Cle one I just tried is also very nice.)
Oil: * Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil (Really light oil that I've personally found helps with little bumps I get on my forehead and helps control oil production in my t-zone. I'll layer it over serum or the Chantecaille Retinol, but not over a rich moisturizer)
Below is my MORNING routine. Now this is an ideal morning. I am not a morning person so to be honest, half the time I splash water on my face and put sunscreen on, but when I have time I use some of these other things.
Cleanser: Celle Cle Detoxy Smooth Gel Cleanser (Gentle, balancing, softening. Doesn't strip too much away from your skin's moisture but definitely removes the oily buildup from sleep). *Thank you @honeyanddewskin on IG for showing me such an awesome line !
Moisture: Eve Lom Brightening Cream (I am halfway through my sample size and am obsessed. It smells like white tea and makes your skin feel so weightlessly quenched and soft)
SPF: Clarins UV Plus Anti Polution SPF 50 (My first big-girl sunscreen. Where have you been all my life. [Sorry Walgreen's Baby Sunscreen I did love you but I've found someone else...] This keeps me protected from the city smog and the sun all without making me greasy)
Lips: H' SPF 15 Lip Balm (It's harder than I thought to find a good lip balm with sun protection. This one is very natural, hydrating, and smells like peppermint. So far I'm really loving it and it's not too pricey)
If you want to find any of these, I bought them at Birchbox, SpaceNK, Amazon, or Sephora.