At night, I wash my face twice. I do an oil, the One Love Organics Beauty Oil Cleanser, and I do an exfoliant. For my exfoliant, I use the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, it’s just my all-time favorite. Juice Beauty makes their exfoliant that’s comparable, and really wonderful, and isn’t as fragrant. So, I usually recommend that for people who have a hard time with fragrance, which is a lot of people. Tata’s fragrance are extreme and wonderful. But for the people who don’t do that kind of thing, the Juice Beauty would be my go-to. I also facial steam at night, but I don’t steam every day. I don’t think that’s good for your skin. I steam maybe two, three times a week
I’ve been using my Juice Beauty serums for a long time, since we started making our mask. I have perfected my favorite serums. I use a mix of all three, depending on where my skin is at.
I can’t believe that I’m in my 40s, and I still break out. So, the Clarifying Serum was really important for me, and my son who also uses it. I’m going to take it as a good sign that I still get pimples, but it’s every month. If I had a ride or die serum, it would be this. I’ve been able to see the most helpful results from that one. It’s still hydrating too, so I can still get a good dewy feeling with it, and it does clean and clarify.
I have my Age Defying Serum, which is amazing and energizing and has a cooling feeling. That one has all the good stuff to perk up your skin, make it look a little younger. And then, there’s the Hydrating Serum. I learned a lot when we made our hydrating formula, because we went back and forth to get that perfect texture. I don’t like sticky serums. It also has really fun Co-Q10 balls that burst, and the way that they penetrate the skin is amazing.
My favorite moisturizer changes all the time, and I love using different ones. My latest that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with is a Spanish company called Ayuna. They’re a very small science-based brand. I’ve been using the Cream II and I absolutely love it. It’s right between a real heavy cream and a light cream. I use that morning and night right now.
I’ve always used three Juice Beauty products on and off. One of which is the Juice Apple Moisturizer. Karen’s moisturizer’s fantastic, and it’s great under makeup. I find that I can use that cream throughout the day, because it doesn’t ever clog my skin. If I need a little extra, I’ll put that cream on. Another one I really like is Symbion, they make a great cream. These are the three that I have been using the most lately.
I formulated my mask so that I could use it at least three times a week. I love my masks so much, and I wanted one that I could customize, that I could make it heavier or something light. I find that when I’m working, I need masks more. I want to be able to apply it, without having it be a once a week thing. If I’m on a set, my skin gets so tired, it’s good to have something that can liven your skin up. So in that case, I would do a thinner version of my mask for three to five minutes.
My face oil
After my mask and my serums in the morning, I do an oil serum. I really like the Biossance Rose and Vitamin C Oil. I love the smell. I love how it feels, and it really goes well with my serums. Layering things makes me happy when they work well together
My eye masks
I’ve been using Karen’s eye masks for years. She brought those to me when she first developed them and I was like, “What are these?” They’re my favorite. If you really leave them on properly, and you get them to dry and you take them off, it really takes those puffs away.
Every other day I use my Juice Beauty Retinol Night Serum, which is my favorite one. It does exactly what I want for my skin. It doesn’t peel it. It doesn’t leave it feeling rough. It’s so good. The nights I use that are usually when I can tell my skin is going to start to break out, or it’s starting to feel a little more line-heavy than normal. Then, I’ll use Karen’s overnight cream, those two go brilliantly together. And my trick is, let the retinol soak in. I have a hand fan and I fan all my product. So, I’ll put it on, and I’ll just let it soak in, and take my fan to it, and then, I’ll put on my overnight cream.
My overnight mask
Sometimes I’ll do an overnight mask from Omorovicza, they have a great Midnight Radiance Overnight Mask that’s pretty special. I use that when I’m feeling more dry or tired, and I don’t use anything like that when I’m doing the retinol.
Part of my skin-care routine is always my SPF. I stay out of the sun. It’s hard for me. I love the sun, but I try to be good about that. Lately, I usually use my makeup for sun protection. Ilia makes a really great tinted SPF 40. I love it. It’s super dewy. Sometimes it’s a little too dewy, and you have to put a little concealer on it, and it evens it all out. But I love it.
My health and wellness
I splurge with my health products and vitamins. And my Higher Dose sauna blanket. To me, that’s a part of my skincare routine. Sweating it out, what I’m supplementing, and what kind of collagens I’m taking.
Bella Cacciatore is a beauty writer in New York. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.