Right before I turned 30 I made the decision to get my mind and body in order. Let me just say…this is a process honey! One way I am doing this is working on my skincare. I was the girl that really didn’t care in my 20s. I had clear skin and just knew that was going to last. NOT! A couple of months before turning the big 3-0 my body decided to protest. I was getting breakouts like I was in puberty again, darkening areas on my skin, and my oil production was on level 10.
Refusing to go down without a fight I knew I needed help. Into my life walks Dana. Dana, the angel that she is, is my esthetician. She is based out of Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa in Chicago and has been in the industry for almost 20 years. To me she is my skincare Gandhi. The first session I had with her, she listened to the problems I was experiencing and basically developed a skincare regimen that was tailored to my needs. She broke it down to a level I could understand and I was able to build a regimen that has been working wonders.
Not one to be greedy with good advice, I decided it was time to share the great Dana-knowledge I received. There is only one thing to keep in mind with the products I list – this is my regimen. What I mean by this is that you have your own needs and you know what you need to address. Regimens change and evolve because you skin can fluctuate day to day. Take this list below as a guide and find your own perfect skincare routine. Oh and it doesn’t hurt to have a Dana in your back pocket either. Just don’t take mine, she’s spoken for!
Ok breathe, I know it’s on the pricey side. Hear me out though. The website explains that this serum is “the maximum concentration of retinol available”. Basically this serum is made to dive deep into the skin and breakout the root causes of fine wrinkle and hyper pigmentation. I personally use this every night after I’ve cleansed and toned my skin. Dana advised me that this should be a product used during the night especially because of my dark skin tone. Usually this type of serum can be very drying but because of the plant botanicals in the formula I have been able to use it nightly with no problems.
Ok first things first, this is NOT a bleaching product. Basically, this is a serum like product that works to brighten and even out skin tone. I use this after the Retinol Rejuvenation Serum. What I have found is, this deals more with the surface appearance of my skin. After this product I feel like my skin is literally lit from within. I also use this at night because the sun actually makes this product work on overdrive. Dana advised me to use this product with a mineral sunblock, not sunscreen, to make sure the results are maintained during the day.
This is my everyday mild cleanser. I have used this for about a year and have found that my skin reacts well. After I use it my skin feels cleansed but not stripped. It doesn’t clog my pores and an added bonus is that it has menthol in it that feels like a cool breeze hits my face every time!
This is perhaps the holy grail of facial cleansing brushes. Prior to this I was using a face cloth and after the switch I will never go back. I tend to be a little heavy-handed and when I wash my face; in the past I always had that raw feeling afterward. After I switched to the Mia 2 the feeling was gone. Plus, my favorite thing about my Mia 2 is that it has a built in timer to tell you how long to spend on each area of your face. That comes in handy when I’m not fully awake on those Monday mornings.
This scrub is another heavy hitter. It works as a sponge to suck up all the week’s impurities and then transforms into a scrub to reveal a new layer of healthy and bright skin underneath. I use this 1-2 times a week and every time I fall more and more in love.
6. CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief $39 (1.7 oz)
This originally started as a lightweight moisturizer for the summer but I am still grabbing it now that fall is here. Its gel-like texture backs all the hydration you need without the pore-clogging oils. This is a perfect product for all but especially my oily girls. I promise with this you won’t be an oil slick by noon!
Mario Badescu Skin Care Seaweed Night Cream $22 – This cream is a great night cream that adds a little softness when needed.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil $72 – This oil is all purpose. I use it on my hands, face and body. My favorite is to use it with a hand cream!
CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm $29.50 – This is my go to product to clean my make up off after a long day. Its balm-to-oil formula is amazing!