Because I have what I will generously descrobe as problem skin, I try a lot of new beauty and skincare products. Some become medicine chest staples, some go under the counter for occasional use and others go directly in the trash. So it should come as no surprise that, over the past few months, several readers have asked what my daily skincare routine entails. Here, is my morning skincare routine:
Step One. Get out of bed. Walk to refrigerator. Pretend that you don’t want to still be in bed. Pretend harder. Procure a lemon from the bowl on the counter. Slice lemon in half.
Step Two. Grab a coffee mug from the cabinet. Fill with water from your ZeroWater pitcher ($40, I’m in love with this thing.). Heat water in microwave. Stare at reflection in microwave wondering how young is too young for Botox. Banish that thought, immediately, you don’t want to look like a Real Housewife.
Step Three. Juice the lemon and squeeze the citrusy liquid into the coffee mug full of hot water. Drink this. (Lemon water first thing in the morning helps purge toxins from the body and rev up the metabolism. At least according to my Derm who has me drinking this instead of coffee.)
Step Four. Proceed to the shower in the hopes you will emerge transformed into a person who wants to be awake at this hour. Hope harder. After washing your hair and body, lather up your bar of African Black Soap ($11) and apply to face, neck and decollatage. Then, using your Clarisonic ($119 + 20% off) exfoliate your face, neck and chest. Rinse well with tepid water. (Not hot, tepid. So turn the temp down in the shower.)
Step Five. Apply Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector ($50). Allow this to absorb for five to ten minutes.
Step Six. Apply Ole Henriksen Truth Serum ($48). Allow to absorb for five to ten minutes.
Step Seven. Apply Ole Henriksen Vitamin Plus Moisturizer ($35). Allow to absorb for a few minutes before applying makeup.
Step Eight. While waiting, apply Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Lotion ($29). Because the skin on your body needs just as much love as the skin on your face.
Step Nine. Wash hands before applying makeup. You don’t want any of your heavy body lotion clogging your pores.
Step Ten. Drink a bottle of water on the way to work. Blk Water ($55 for a case of 24) if you can get it. It has antioxidants and other minerals that are good for skin, my dermatologist has been doling it out like it’s Xanax.