Everyday Skin Care Arsenal

I love makeup to death, but at the end of the day, I want every speck of it off my face.  It creeps me out thinking it’s lingering in my pores, so I go hard on my skin care regimen.  Here’s what’s working for me:

First I pre-wash the majority of my makeup off with my hands and Noxzema deep cleansing cream ($4.39) – the kind in a big blue pot.  (I pre-wash because I don’t like to get my Clarisonic brush too clogged up with makeup… it feels like I’m rubbing foamy old foundation around on my face.)  I’m not especially attached to this cleanser, I mostly use it because I get to scoop handfuls out like ice cream.

Next I deep clean with my Clarisonic Mia 2 and a cleanser: Purity Made Simple facial cleanser ($20), old school Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($11.49) or Biore Complexion Clearing Ice Cleanser ($7.49).  Whichever I blindly grab.

Usually, my eye makeup sticks around even after the brush, so I rub in some Clinique Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover lotion ($18) and wipe it off gently with tissue (cotton balls leave awful little fuzz strings in my lashes.)

After that, I swipe my face and neck with Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1 ($13) and CVS’s hugest cotton balls ever ($1.49).  (I know, I’m sharing my favorite brand of cotton balls.  But they’re seriously huge and luscious.  I love them.)  It removes the last traces of makeup or dirt and leaves my face feeling fresh.

Then I apply Clinique Repairwear Eye Cream around my tired old eyes, and Alba Even Night Cream on my face and neck.  And it’s relaxing and wonderful, and my skin is grateful.

What skin care product or routine do you swear by?



Good Face, Step 1

If you haven’t heard about the Clarisonic brush, let’s talk about it.

Clarisonic Mia 2

I was completely unaware of it until last year, when it exploded into my magazines, my Sephora account, and even onto spa service menus (total esthetician cop-out, I say).  After reading the reviews on Sephora, I snatched up a light pink Mia 2.  It’s a little handheld thing with a soft brush (replacement heads vary in softness) that kind of vibrates when you turn it on.  It’s waterproof, so you can use it in the shower, and it’s rechargeable – so no scrounging for batteries in your emergency flashlights.  You can use it with any cleanser, and even gentle exfoliants.

My skin was completely decent before I used it, but afterwards – wow.  It’s corny, but I actually felt the difference after the first use.  Softer, smoother-looking skin with much smaller pores… amazing.  I tried to use it on my husband for weeks, to no avail.  (His loss.)  At a wedding, a friend wiped a lipstick kiss off my cheek and shrieked, “Your skin is SO SOFT!”  Clarisonic, homie.

The point is: if you want people to grab at your face with excitement, the Mia 2 should be in your skincare regimen.  It’s not the cheapest tool on the market ($149 with replacement brush heads $20 each) but totally worth it, in my opinion.