A little over a week ago, I decided to study my face up close in front of a mirror. Probably not my best idea, but I’m glad I did it. I could finally see what years of neglect had done. Yes I’m 27 and my skin is in pretty good shape, but it could be better.
My cheeks and nose are covered in sunspots, no thanks to years of baking without sunscreen. My eyes are tired, dark and somewhat wrinkly. And my upper lip/mouth looks like that of a 40 year old, thanks to years of “drunk smoking” (Gross, I know, but try telling drunk Brittany that. She just didn’t care 🙄).
After seeing all of this up close and personal, I decided it was time to start taking care of my skin. I know damage has already been done, but I’m confident I can correct some of it and prevent any further damage. So I began to research “skin care for 20 something year olds.” Most of what I read said the same thing: wash your face, wear sunscreen, don’t drink in excess, DON’T SMOKE, use a good moisturizer, wear sunscreen, start using anti-aging creams, wash your face again, and did I mention to wear sunscreen?
From here, I researched the best face soaps, moisturizers, anti-wrinkle creams and face masks. This is where I started noticing that I couldn’t find any legitimate articles or blog posts that weren’t sponsored by or affiliated with a specific brand. Everything was basically an advertisement and I didn’t know what to believe. So I decided to turn to customer reviews! I went on Amazon, Nordstrom, and Sephora, and sorted each category by ratings. From there, I wrote down what I noticed to be similar from each site and this is what I came up with for each category.
Neutrogena- Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($4.99, Target)
Philosophy- Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash ($8-$48, Nordstrom)
**Great Deal $60- microdelivery exfoliating facial wash (32 oz. and 8 oz.) & purity made simple one-step facial cleanser (3 oz.) (Nordstrom)
*This product I’ve had for about a year and love, so I highly recommend it. It’s also a top rated product, so I’m not the only one.
Kiehl’s- Super Multi-Corrective Cream ($62-$82, Nordstrom)
Estēe Lauder- Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($60, Nordstrom)
All of these products were on sale when I purchased them. Luckily Nordstrom was having a beauty sale during all of this research so it worked out in my favor. I’ll keep y’all updated as to if I see them on sale again, as no one should ever pay full price for such things!
It’s been a little over a week of me doing this routine every night, and I can already tell a difference! My skin seems more even, brighter, and definitely tighter under the eyes. Next week I’ll be sharing my new daily makeup routine which I worked VERY hard to figure out, so you don’t want to miss it. It includes being followed at Ulta like I was a shoplifter, and ordering over $800 worth of make up from Nordstrom…you don’t wanna miss it!
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to ask any questions and I’ll answer to the best of my knowledge. And if I don’t know, I’ll figure it out for you!