My Skincare Routine

 

I thought it would be fun to give you guys a little rundown on my skincare routine since I’m asked about it all the time. I’ll also mention some of my self-care habits that have really made a difference in my energy, clarity of mind, and metabolism.

 

First Most-Important Thing:

SUNSCREEN! I started this later in life. but now I use it almost every day. (I grew up on the beaches of Southern California during the 80’s. Sunblock was against our religion!) Even living on the east coast where it’s cloudy half the time, I slather it on. I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 70.

 

Second Most-Important Thing:

I drink a TON of water a day (about a gallon). You’ll be in the loo a lot, but it will transform your skin.

 

Third Most-Important Thing:

I get 9 hours of sleep a night. Yes, it takes a major commitment to get that much sleep, but it is worth have bright eyes and supple skin for.

 

Here I am first thing in the morning!

Hello there! This is me at 48.

 

Here are my fave skincare products. I rotate between them:

EYE-MAKEUP REMOVER
Neutrogena // Oil-Free Makeup Remover

CLEANSER
Phytomer // Perfect Visage Cleansing Milk
Clarins // One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

TONER
Clarins // Toning Lotion with Camomile
Fresh // Rose Floral Toner
Lancome // Eau Fraiche Douceur (Micellar Cleansing Water)

FAVORITE “MAKE-MY-SKIN-PRETTY-BY-TOMORROW” TRIO
Kiehl’s // Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate
Kiehl’s // Midnight Recovery Eye
Kiehl’s // Super Multi-Corrective Cream

DAYTIME CREAMS
Kiehl’s // Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream
Kiehl’s // Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum
Clarins // Super Restorative Day Cream SPF 20
Phytomer // Hydra-Original Thirst-Relief Melting Day Cream

SUNSCREEN
Neutrogena // Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 70

MASKS
Glamglow // Youthmud Face Mask
Farmacy // Gel Masks in Purple Broccoli or Kale

TREATMENTS THAT MAKE MY SKIN GLOW
Dr. Dennis Gross // Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel
Kate Sommerville // Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads
SkinMedica // Retinol Complex .25

FAVORITE FAMILY OF SERUMS
The Ordinary // Vitamin C Suspension 23% Serum
The Ordinary // Hyaluronic Acid 2% Serum
The Ordinary // Lactic Acid 10% Serum
The Ordinary // Buffet Peptide Serum
The Ordinary // Matrixyl 10% HA Serum
(This line is super IN-expensive and they work amazingly well!)

HOLY GRAIL LIP BALMS
Smith’s // Rosebud Salve
Farmacy // Lip Bloom in Apple Rosemary

BEST BODY LOTIONS
Hempz // Herbal Body Moisturizer
Ambi // Soft + Even Creamy Oil Lotion

*I’m not an affiliate for any of these. I just linked them up so you can easily check them out and do your own research!

 

 

MY SKINCARE HABITS.

 

We can’t all be having lunch on the terrace at Cap Ferrat, flushed from our late-morning swim in the Mediterranian. But we can sure feel (and look) like it. Here’s my stab at fresh-from-vacation skin.
NIGHTIME ROUTINE.
I wash my face every night, first by removing my eye makeup with Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover and some Q-Tips. Then I wash it thoroughly with the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.

There are some days I don’t wear makeup at all – just moisturizing or clarifying masks (a huge benefit of working from home!). So in that case, I’ll wash my face in the evening with the Phytomer Perfect Visage Cleansing Milk because it’s creamy and non-abrasive. It smells like roses and cream!

Monday through Friday evenings: I put on an eye treatment (usually the Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Eye), 1-2 serums from The Ordinary Line, and a rich moisturizing night cream. I’ve been using the Keihl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream for two years and can’t break away. It’s lavender-scented and hydrating without being heavy. During the winter I wear it as a day cream too.
MORNING ROUTINE.
I splash a little water on my face, mainly to wake up. I don’t believe in over-scrubbing the face. Your skin isn’t dirty in the morning if you washed it the night before. I run a cotton pad of micellar water or toner after splashing my face because it feels nice. I wait a few minutes (this is usually coffee brewing time) and then I apply The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% Serum. Vitamin C fades dark spots and firms up your skin by stimulating collagen growth. I let it soak in all the way before applying my sunscreen and day moisturizer.
WEEKEND ROUTINE.
I change things up on the weekend, usually going fresh-faced on Saturdays. Lately, I’ve been taking an hour-long 60-minute spin class at Flywheel Sports (if you’re into it, come take the 12:30 class on the UWS with me!). I look forward to this class all week and I always ride the hardest on Saturday. Which is a great flush for the lymph nodes and adrenals. Sustained exercise moves the toxins in your body out of your system and one of the benefits of an hour of riding is a glowing, bright complexion afterward! When I get home a wash my face and slather on a few serums.

On Sunday, I start by using one of the peel pads to exfoliate my skin. Don’t be afraid of these! If you aren’t getting these from your dermatologist (I’m gonna keep it real here), they aren’t that strong. Of course, you can have a reaction so get a sample before you invest in an entire jar of something. The products we buy over the counter are wonderful and, with consistent use, will make an overall difference, but if you want to truly reverse aging, or remove your hyper-pigmentation, or take away your crows feet, you have to go the pharmaceutical-grade route which can only be dispensed from a legit aesthetician.

After I do a peel pad (which leaves my skin bright and clean) I will put on a mud mask or a moisturizing mask. Depends on what my skin is needing. At night, I keep it really simple by applying Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate which has a thin serum consistency.

 

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WARNING:
THIS WHOLE ROUTINE LOOKS
COMPLETELY OVERWHELMING!

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But don’t trip, Chocolate Chip! You really don’t have to do all of this to have gorgeous, glowing skin. My routine reads long since I’m going step-by-step, but the whole thing takes 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes at night.

If you simply use your sunscreen most of the time, drink enough water to pee every hour, get 7 hours of sleep consistently, and slather olive oil on your skin every morning, you will look like a goddess!

 

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A Few Other Questions I’m Asked.

 

Q. Do you think there’s a difference between luxury products and drug store products? Are we all just getting ripped off?

A. I think you can have a well-chosen curation of drugstore products and do just fine! That said, I don’t think we are getting ripped off by high-end skincare brands, as there is a price for the research they do to create the product. And many companies own both a high-end and low-line offering (example: L’Oreal owns Lancome and the products are comparable quality).

Some of my favorite drugstore lines are: Salma Hayek, the Olay line, Nourish Organic, Soap & Glory, No. 7, and Vichy. I slowly collected the beauty products I have by feverishly hoarding saving up the Sephora gift cards I’ve received at Christmas or birthdays.

I also make my products last a good, long time by storing them in cool, dark place; making sure the lids are on tight after every use; and only using the recommended amount. When I think about how I used to rip through my “cheaper” stuff (I guess because I didn’t prize it as highly), I’ve come to the conclusion that buying the products I really love doesn’t cost more. (I think the money-saving achievement award would come from buying an Olay product and treating it like it was a Clarins purchase).

 

Q. What else can I do to transform my skin?

A. Okay, ready to go full-tilt? Like, are you willing to sacrifice to have the most amazing skin of your life? Okay, then besides using sunblock, drinking tons of water, and getting lots of sleep, for 30 days do not consume alcohol, sugar, or processed food. Do not eat anything that comes in a can or a box or that has been freeze-dried frozen. Exercise 5 days a week to flush your system of toxins. Meditate. Make peace with something that has been causing you heartache and distress. More on that later, but take care of yourself like you would take care of somebody you totally cherished. This is not selfish >> it brings you back to life.

 

Q. Any holistic practices that will help?

A. If you mean soul-clearing and happiness-pumping by holistic, then YES! Being a happy person on the inside shows on your face and in the way you move your body. When I went to therapy umpteen years ago and started dealing with my life issues, I regenerated my body. I now rarely get sick. My emotional default setting is optimistic. My skin looks younger now than it did 15 years ago (no joke). I wore my stress, sadness, and people-pleasing obsession on my face. In my eyes. I climbed out, and so can you. Your whole disposition will change and there will be a Benjamin Button effect on your skin.

Start with the question: “What am I willing to face that I have been avoiding?” And then listen for the answer. Get support! This is why I became a coach. I experienced personal transformation from telling the truth about my life and recalibrated everything I could: my outlook, my habits, and who I allow into my life. Now I coach others to do the same.

 

Q. What about botox, lasers, fillers, etc. Are you a fan?

A. I’m a fan of anything a woman wants to do to make herself feel great! We all have different needs in this area. I had an IPL procedure 8 years ago to remove the sun damage from my face. Best decision I ever made! I now rarely wear foundation – just a little concealer. But you have to keep up with the sunblock or all your hyper-pigmentation comes back. I would open-heartedly consider any procedure in the future that made me feel like a million bucks! BTW, if you are in southern California, go see Nancy Pellegrino in Newport Beach. She has a soul of gold and will take really good care of you!

 

Q. If I could only buy three items from your list, what would you recommend?

Without hesitation, my holy grail recommendations are Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, Kate Sommerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads, and The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% Serum. You will absolutely see a magnificent difference in your skin with these three!

 

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If you’re interested, I wrote 15 Epic Changes I’m Making to Kick Up My Game, where I talk about the major lifestyle changes I made after an eye-opening business trip.

And, I’ll be writing another post soon about the ways I’ve healed myself emotionally and spiritually after a heart-wrenching decade filled with setbacks and crisis. Are you on the subscriber list? You’ll be the first one I mail it to.

Lastly, do YOU have any skincare tips? Please comment below! I’d love to hear your ideas.

 

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