What’s on my Face

whats on my face

How exactly does a 20-something-year-old battle oily, acne-prone skin that can be stubbornly dry in a few inconvenient locations? Read and learn.


I start my day with Glycolix’s Gly/Sal 5-2 cleanser. Gly/Sal combines the pore-clearing properties of salicylic acid and the skin-smoothing talents of glycolic acid. After two minutes (it takes this long for the salicylic and glycolic acids to penetrate pores and exfoliate), I rinse and pat dry.

Paula’s Choice Vitamin C serum comes next, which will keep me looking 25 forever (at least that’s the plan), then Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture around my mouth, chin, and jawline, where it tends to easily become dry.

After dabbing the ultra hydrating Somme Institute’s Eye around my you-guessed-it, I’m out the door with the help of Paula’s Choice’s Skin Balancing SPF—one of the best sunscreens for oily skin.


The oil that creeps around my face during the course of the day is a barrier to the active ingredients in my night time power cleansers. Precleansing with Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Cleanser or DHC’s Oil Cleanser (used when I’m wearing makeup) solves this problem and is followed by a Clarisonic wash with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser. For acne prone skin like mine, cleansers with salicylic acid are not a luxury, but a requirement.

I pat Dr. Jart’s Time Returning Serum all over my face after the wash (the serum is made with 77% snail juice and is amazing), and then lightly rub Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair, composed of the brand’s proprietary retinol formula, all over my face and neck. A light pat of Amarte’s Eye Cream (also composed of retinol and terrific for dark circles) around my eye and LashFood’s Lash Conditioner at the base of my lashes, and I’m ready to cruise Instagram and Twitter for another ten minutes before passing out.

But wait, there’s more

Sometimes I want to get fancy and brighten my complexion, deep clean my pores, or just shrink a blemish. I have an answer to all of that. For extra moisture I apply Dr. Jart’s Water-Max Sleeping Mask—which actually feels like a lotion/serum hybrid—that sinks in my skin in ten minutes. It’s currently my favorite moisturizing mask because it hydrates so well without the shot glass amount of gunk most other masks expect you to pile on your face.

When I want skin that glows I reach for Alchemie’s Brightening mask that quite literally reflects light. After marinating for 30 minutes, a healthy candlelit warmth remains. Once or twice a week I deep clean my pores with Pür’s Detoxifying Mudd Masque, which is two-stepping its way into my personal clay mask hall of fame. I dab blemishes with Neutrogena’s spot treatment and curse my skin to get its act right.

Finally, about four times a week I layer 3 Sisters Restorasis under moisturizer for even skin that knows no bounds.

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One comment on “What’s on my Face

  1. Great post! Do you tend to wear a lot of make-up during the day? If so, how do you keep it on? Is there a certain lotion or foundation you use? Anyway, thanks for sharing your routine!