So remember about a year ago when I had a makeup person teach me how to do things like put on makeup? 14 months later I'm still using the exact products my makeup artist recommended and while it was a little pricey buying everything initially, I have not bought one single other makeup item in a year because everything I bought on my birthday is perfect and I don't need to buy random stuff in hopes that this ONE new eyeliner is going to be the eyeliner that tells my brain how to put on eyeliner. I have one thing in each category that works for me and I just restock as needed.
Now I need the same thing for skincare- someone to just tell me what the best thing is so I can buy it and use it everyday and stop wondering if there's something else I should be using. Because I took a selfie with Cora on Monday and nearly had a heart attack when I looked at it all blown up on my computer later.
You guys, I just turned 33, what the FCK is happening around my eyes? are those wrinkles in my dimples? why are my eyes puffy? why do I look so tired?? I wasn't! That was Monday night, the evening before the new JR Ward book downloaded on my phone at midnight and I accidentally read it until 3 a.m., giving me 3.5 hours of sleep before my alarm went off. THEN I can look tired. This was after a better than normal 7.5 hours of sleep yet I literally yelped when I looked at myself.
So. Skincare. Also probably hydration because I go whole days without drinking water and technically know that's bad but just genuinely never feel thirsty, so I'm working on force hydrating myself. (It's going okay. I have a 40 oz. hydro flask water bottle that usually takes me 2 full days to drink dry. Sadly, this is an improvement.) But let's focus on things that involve even less effort- what can I buy to slather on my skin that will make everything happening around my eyes go away? Can we make my face less puffy? Can we just brighten and tighten and freshen it all up a bit? I need a daily regimen. If I invest in it, I'll do it. What do you do? Love? Tried but didn't love?
What are serums and do I need some? Where do they fit in the skincare routine? Do you use a different night and day cream? What ingredients should I make sure are included? Retinol? Vitamins? I am not anti-chemical. Do you use an eye cream? While I have googled the crap out of these questions, the end result is inconclusive and I've decided to turn to real people instead.
A bit of background- I have slightly dry, never oily, generally very clear skin. Because I was terribly spoiled with skin that never broke out, I didn't start washing my face regularly until... oh maybe a year ago. I've slept in makeup way more often than not. I put on lotion on nights I wash my face, but never use an eye cream even though Sephora has given me samples of three expensive ones. I'm never sure if I'm supposed to wash my face in the morning if I washed it the night before, or whether I'm supposed to put on lotion first in the morning or just start with my makeup. I have never used a mask and have no idea where that fits in.
I currently have philosophy's Purity Made Simple and philosophy's Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash as face cleansers and like them both. I also have the Algenist Rejuvenating Cleanser in sample size and LOVE it and may switch to that as a cleanser when my philosophy's are gone. I use the Oil of Olay Regenerist Serum in the mornings and the Oil of Olay total effects anti-aging night cream when I remember. My favorite makeup remover to date is the Dermalogica precleanse.
I mostly need (detailed!) moisturizer recommendations (and serum explanations) though I welcome any and all input. What's your regimen? What do you love? Please help me take selfies with my toddler that don't make me sad. The frowning just adds more lines.