At night, I go back and forth between using a retinol and The Ordinary Lactic Acid and HA serum. I’m not going to lie, I don’t entirely know what it does—I think it exfoliates?—but I feel like it’s doing something positive to my skin. [Editor’s note: Lactic acid is an AHA and does, indeed, exfoliate.] Once again, it was a Hyram recommendation, so I just went with it. Whatever it does, it does it gently and leaves my dry skin softer and smoother.
I love retinol. I’ve been using it for maybe about two years now. I’ve switched around brands and lately I’m really into the Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream. I use it every other night, switching on and off with the lactic acid. I feel like now that I’m in my late twenties, I have to start doing a lot of preventative things. I don’t have wrinkles yet, but I feel like using retinol is actively helping me prevent them.
You definitely have to build up to using it, though, which I did with my facialist. She taught me how to incorporate it into my routine. I started only using it a few times a week, then slowly added it in until I got to every other night. Since I’m not using it every single night, my skin gets a little bit of a break, so I don’t have to do all the buffering. My facialist also told me to only use a dime-sized amount and start at the edge of my face, moving toward the center. That way if there’s any irritation, it’s less likely to be as bad in the center of your face.
My moisturizer is also from Youth to the People. It’s super cute. It has hyaluronic acid in it, which is good at pulling moisture into your skin. I learned that from Hyram again! It’s pretty light, though, so if I want something a little bit heavier, I’ll sub in CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream or Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream to really seal in hydration. But I also like to pair the Youth to the People cream with the brand’s Glow Oil at night to help boost it a little.
My Eye Cream
I just ran out of my Biossance Squalane and Peptide Eye Gel and need to get more. I have really big eyes, and in the morning I’ll sometimes look like I was in a wrestling match. I’ll have these huge, huge bags. Which is why I love this gel. It’s kind of cooling, especially in the morning when I’m groggy and in need of a little pick me up.
My Ice Roller
Whenever I’m extra, extra puffy in the morning—or if I have to be on camera for anything—that’s when the ice roller comes out. I feel like it helps with a little bit of contouring. And it definitely helps with cleaning those lymphatic systems to help bring down puffiness. My facialist Rochelle Rudolph recommended it to me.
I’d been switching back and forth between sunscreens because I just hadn’t found one that I loved. Sometimes they’re too sticky. Sometimes they’re too shiny. So Dr. Jart’s Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen is a new find that I’m very excited about. It’s got SPF 50, which my dermatologist told me I should be using to minimize those little dark spots. I love it. It doesn’t go on sticky. It doesn’t create that cast I hate with sunscreen, especially if I have photo shoots. It goes on and blends really easily. And I love that it’s a mineral sunscreen. I’m going to stick with it.
My Acne Stickers
I don’t worry about blemishes all that often, but literally this week I had like two pimples pop up, which is very abnormal for me. I found these little stickers from Peace Out that everybody is obsessed with. They’re fun to put on. And they really work! It’s funny because I was wearing one once and my boyfriend came over, and I was like, Oh, you can’t even tell this is on me. How cool is this? And he was like, No, I can see that… I thought I was being really sly because the color blended so with my skin. Woops.
My Red Light Device
I got the Light Stim for Christmas, and I’ve really been into it, especially since I’m not getting facials these days. I sit on my couch and plug it in, and I’ll hold it on my forehead and my face for about three minutes or so. It’s supposed promote collagen production and prevent signs of aging. I don’t exactly know how much it works—I think it’s one of those things you’ll be able to tell after a long period of time—but it’s really fun to do.
My Lip Balm
I’ve been using Aquaphor ever since I read an article that said Beyoncé uses it. Although, I think she uses it under her eyes. I figured if it’s good enough for Beyoncé, it’s good enough for me. I have a tube in every single one of my bags. I also really love Kopari’s Coconut Lip Balm. It feels super silky and not sticky at all.
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