This story was originally published for Insider’s Guide to Spas.
Every year on my birthday, I inch closer to understanding just how important self-care really is. I always look to add simple, fresh, and modern to my skincare repertoire. I’m a girl from the mountains, and I want to feel the wind on my cheeks and dab on products derived from nature. In my twenties, it was all about makeup. Now in my thirties, what I discovered is that my skin, not my makeup, requires extra TLC. As a pre-teen growing up in Europe, skincare rituals were minimal and proper basics were instilled early on. I yearn to go back to the basics and simplify the routine with ingredients that work.
When what worked in your twenties no longer works in your thirties, what does one do? I asked an expert for advice, reaching out to dermatologist Doctor David Colbert, who shared with me the ingredients I should be incorporating into my skincare.
“Elasticity diminishes as our body produces an increasingly lower quantity of elastin as we age,” explained Doctor Colbert. “As our cells age, we start noticing a real difference every seven to 10 years. Collagen and elastin are the main players responsible for that. Ingredients that can help reduce the appearance of lack of elasticity are hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.”
I’ve been testing a lot of products lately, and these are my personal favorites right now. I consider them the superpower skincare brands that bring out the best in my skin every day.
Face Wash: There is something about washing your face at night that feels like work to me, yet it is the most important thing you can do for your skin. You wash off the day. I like it when my face wash foams. SNOW FOX SKINCARE FACIAL MOUSSE gently removes my makeup on one try. The foam feels and smells amazing, and yes it is plant-based.
Eyes: I discovered Skyn Iceland while backstage at a fashion show where I chatted with the creator, and now I’m an addict. Everything they make is great, but I found THE HYDRO COOL FIRMING EYE GELS to be the best thing for your pre-event beauty ritual. If you’re ever feeling blah or have an important event, these eye gels will do magic. They leave your under-eye skin feeling refreshed, toned, and ready to take on the world.
Serums: Vitamin C may be doctor recommended, but my skin doesn’t love all Vitamin C serums. As soon as I tried SANITAS VITA C SERUM, I knew this one was perfect for me. There was no redness or stinging, just smoother, brighter, and moisturized skin. I cherish this bottle, the product works fast and the texture feels amazing. I typically use it in the morning and a little goes a long way.
Naturopathica BIO-ENERGY LIFT SERUM made it’s way into my hands at an ISPA Media Event. The first time I tried it, I noticed a difference in my skin: there was a powerful balance between firmness and visibly fresh, almost luminous skin. Sometimes I use it together with my Sanitas Vita C Serum, other times alone. I don’t think there is a wrong way to do this, everyone’s skin is different.
Moisturizer: Since my skin is dry and I dislike heavy creams, what I look for in a moisturizer is a light texture and hydrating ingredients. For a boost of collagen, I use ELEMIS PRO-COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM. (When you purchase the limited edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Elemis donates money to breast cancer awareness.) In addition to my serums, it transforms my skin so it feels soft and moisturized all day.
Facial Spray: Mullein & Sparrow’s HYDRATING FACE MIST TONER is my holy grail of hydrating sprays. I use it after my moisturizer and then once again after I put makeup on. It sets makeup like nobody’s business. I am a big fan of this spray because anytime of the day I feel dry or need a refresher it comes to my rescue. It softens and hydrates my dry skin. Plus, it smells like a rose and what’s more feminine than that?