Between travel and the Bay Area’s unpredictable weather the past month, my sensitive skin was mounting a full-scale rebellion. I had to rethink my skincare routine to anticipate the coming warm weather and still give it the moisture it was craving. Some research, a quick trip to Sephora, and my Amazon Prime membership all came in handy.
While in the Philippines, the humidity did half the work for me. The fine lines on my forehead seemed to magically disappear without the help of my creams and serums. I knew the two-day trip back would be punishing not only mentally but physically as well. Sure enough, my skin felt dry and puffy, and those fine lines I hadn’t missed returned. I haven’t been brave enough to try retinoids yet, but resolved that I needed something more than regular moisturizers to get my skin feeling good again.
1 Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum | 2 Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream | 3 Aqua Essence Mask | 4 Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-aging Wake Up Balm | 5 Sunday Riley Good Genes
Last year, at lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen since before Caleb was born, she commented on how good my skin looked. She asked what I was doing differently and I told her I’d added Vitamin C to my morning and evening skincare routines. My skin had been dull and patchy after giving birth. The Vitamin C gave me back the glow I wanted, and at an affordable price.
To combat the dry, air-conditioned air at night and at airports and planes, I used Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Cream with manuka honey. It’s a thicker formula than I usually like but doesn’t make me feel greasy at all. Instead, I feel like my skin has a comfortable moisture barrier around it. I also put on a moisturizing face mask while on the plane (while everyone was asleep so I wouldn’t scare the pants off anyone) and let it soak in. On a flight with two restless kids, twenty minutes with a face mask on was heaven.
I bought the Estee Lauder Wake Up Balm after reading an interview with French makeup artist Violette. Instead of putting on foundation, she simply put on this balm and used concealer only on parts of her face she felt needed extra coverage. Intrigued, I wanted to see why it was such an important part of her skincare routine. The balm glides on smoothly and feels like it’s plumping up your face. I’ve been using it in the morning after putting on my moisturizer and before putting on my makeup. I’ve been using just a few dabs of tinted moisturizer and concealer rather than covering my entire face, so it almost works like a primer. The smell reminds me of being a kid looking through my grandmother’s pots of expensive creams–it’s a luxurious smell that makes me feel like I’m pampering myself every day.
I finally decided to give in and treat myself to the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, which uses lactic acid as an exfoliant. I do feel a tingle every time I put it on at night, and after a week and a half, I’ve started to see how it smooths the lines on my forehead that have been bugging me. It doesn’t smell as good as my Estee Lauder balm, but I’ll take it for the good I feel it’s doing.
My hair’s also been going through it’s own funk since I had Caleb. I bought Lush’s Fluff-Eaze after Cindy Crawford said she uses it in her hair. She puts it on right before going to the gym so it soaks in before she goes home and takes a shower. I’m not a fan of the strong smell of jasmine, but it has made my hair softer without weighing it down. In fact, it lives up to it’s name, giving me a shiny, fluffy mane for a few days between washes.