This is my #PMskincare from the other night. If I had to name this routine, I think I’d just call it: 😱.
I want to start investing in serums. Not a lot of serums, but a core regimen of effective, multipurpose, regular-use serums (and some boosters). I’m not concerned with professed categorizations—day/night, aging, wrinkles, lifting, firming, etc.—so much as formulation and covering the bases: antioxidants, hydration, multi-angle brightening, exfoliation and cell turnover, molecular repair, amino acid/peptide/collagen and elastin preservation and stimulation. (I know there’s a lot of overlap in where ingredients fit/what they do.) Antioxidants and hydrators are generally universal in serums, so I see it largely coming down to an advanced retinoid, brightener (no HQ), a comprehensive AOX with a focus on vitamin C (L/AA not required), and maybe something else for day I haven’t thought of yet, plus as-neededs (this is where Deciem and LMHA, argirilene, alpha lipoic, etc. seem especially useful). Or day might just come down to bio-help (i.e. oils), though INCI lists have told me I’m not sold on 100% bio products—give me a cosmeceutical! 🙏—but it is nice when the list isn’t 748263 items long and 748262 are water, solvents, emulsifiers, and thickeners/thinners.
My top challenges: money, putting money into one thing when I’m distracted by novelty/lots of little things 🤷🏻♀️