When products run out, I switch things up.
One of you asked, so here is my current skincare regimen. I am pretty happy with it right now! As there is a seasonal shift going on, from Fall to Winter, it is important to maintain the health of your moisture barrier to buffer it from the colder weather. This can be done with ingredients like Niacinamide, ceramides, and lipid-rich oils. You also want to be sure not to scrimp on hydration, particularly when indoor heaters might soon be switched on.
However, where I live in LA, there is barely a weather change happening — which means less stress for the skin. It's a tiny bit chillier but still sunny and warm most days, making my concerns protection from sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, and pollution.
Still, products are always running out or I'm changing things up to test out new ones. I can barely keep track! Here is a glimpse at my ever-evolving preventative anti-aging regimen. It's clean, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and green-ish. (Some of them are totally green!)
Votary London Super Seed Cleansing Oil ($78)
I double cleanse using an oil cleanser first because it helps thoroughly remove grime and makeup,
as well as preserving and enhancing the integrity of my skin's moisture barrier. This is my
favorite cleansing oil that I have ever used.
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser ($35)
The second step of a double-cleanse is typically a water-based cleanser. I use this because
it's a cult-favorite, I trust everything by Sunday Riley, and I wanted to see for myself. I did
notice it help my skin purify and purge a bit when I started it, which is actually a good sign.
Evolution Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser ($23)
I use this to remove the last traces of lingering makeup by applying it to an organic
cotton round and swiping it like toner. I am gentler and pay extra attention to the eye area to get every last bit of liner and mascara. I like it a lot so far; I got it in London and know that it's made in small batches — it even has the name of the person who made it on the bottle.
Puristry Flower Water Toner ($31)
I was curious about this all-natural line. It's made with hydrosol instead of a water base,
which is basically like the essence of a functional essential oil, instead of a useless water filler.
Plus, it's organic and green!
Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence ($39)
I like this essence because I know the line is non-toxic and appreciate the extra
hydration it provides. I used to think my skin was oily, but it turns out it was dehydrated!
This contains lotus root extract, niacinamide, yeast ferment, bamboo extract, and more.
My bottle is almost out!
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment ($158)
This is a holy grail product for a lot of people. It is a lactic acid-based exfoliating serum
that also contains hyaluronic acid. It is tingly and visibly plumping in under 3 minutes.
Hint: In the UK they made a glycolic acid form!
AM — Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ($85) or Grown Alchemist Antioxidant+3($49)
CEO is my personal holy grail brightening serum using the most potent,
stable, and deeply-penetrating form of vitamin C on the market. Sometimes I grab Grown Alchemist's botanically-sourced anti-pollution powerhouse, which protects against three forms of skin-aging free
radicals, for a totally green choice. For a cheaper option, you can get Paula's Choice C15 Super Boost ($42). It's on sale RN — normally it costs $49!
PM — I use Sunday Riley Luna ($105) then Good Genes
In the evening, I apply Luna oil instead of serums. Once it absorbs, I apply Good Genes —
the second step in the Power Couple duo. I have half-heartedly begun patch testing a retinol
serum by celebrity esthetician Shani Darden (which is supposed to be incredible). I need to get on that! It’s a cult favorite.
Akar Skin Nutrient Boost Eye Serum ($85)
My eyes are spoiled because I suffered from awful allergies (to horses) for most
of my life. Since I rode horses competitively, my eyes were often swollen, itchy, stressed, and miserable. To this day, I shudder to think of all the damage done rubbing my face's most delicate skin... So, now I try to make up for it by treating it to a little something extra in the form of Ipsy's top-rated, ultra-pure eye oil that is
sourced from Tibet.
Orveda Eye Unveiler 422 ($234)
This is my holy grail eye cream. It combines a blend of lipids and ceramides
in the exact proportion of the skin, bio-mimetically re-creating its barrier. I apply it over
the eye serum to help trap all the moisture in. Plus, it's vegan!
Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream ($40)
Part of why I like this moisturizer is that it contains antioxidant-rich green tea
and barrier-strengthening Niacinamide. One of the most important forms of
anti-pollution protection you can provide your skin is a healthy, functioning moisture
barrier. So, I do what I can to fortify mine.
Luna Nectar Moon Boost Enhancing Lash and Brow Serum ($75)
I love the all-natural ingredients in this vegan, ultra-clean lash and brow growth-
enhancing serum. Yup, it’s green! A girl on an airplane told me that I have "really long natural
lashes" so I know that it works :) Plus, it's free of the health-disrupting chemicals that are common in cosmetics and can harm our health.
P.S. I know its ingredients are follicle stimulating from an interview with celebrity brow specialist, Christopher Drummond, in which he shared some of his best tips, tricks, and ingredients for getting thicker brows and longer lashes.
Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen ($45)
This is my favorite green BB cream. It provides great coverage and is actually good for your skin, leaving it feeling soft, protected, and looking even-toned.
Earlier I actually found myself pleasantly surprised by my makeup-less face — before remembering I was wearing two pumps of this crazy-clean green favorite.
Sometimes I also use the green SPF by Honua Organics or a LIGHTLY tinted Paula’s Choice SPF with Reservatrol. I ran out of two other sunscreens I liked by Kerstin Florian (untinted), Elta MD, and PCA Skin (tinted), if you’re looking for other options. Lastly, the absolute best coverage from a BB cream that I have ever experienced is Purlisse. Erborian’s is a close second, but they’re not as clean as Suntegrity.
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