Skincare: Products & Tips.

Literally one of the best compliments I’ve ever received in my life, from THIS BABE nonetheless (the first time we met in person): “Wow, it’s not the Paris filter, your skin actually looks like that!” HAHA. Granted, she is one of my besties, and is always way too nice to me, but I do get lots of comments on my skin…

So I wanted to share some of my “secrets” with you! I think it’s because I am a skincare fanatic and I have a morning & nighttime routine that I religiously stick to. I had acne as a teen and still get hormonal breakouts about once a month, but other than that, I’ve been really happy with my skin.

Disclaimer: Everyone has different skin types, so what works for me may not work for you, meaning if your skin type is similar to mine, these products will likely work just as well for you, but if your skin type is nothing like mine, they may not. To give you a better idea beyond photos, I’d define my skin type nowadays as combination – meaning I get oily in my T-zone, but I’m pretty dry otherwise (living in a desert doesn’t help).

Here are the products I use, in the order that I use them~


MORNING ROUTINE:

1. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

This is hands down the best face wash I’ve ever used in my life. It is the highest quality – from its beautiful glass packaging with a pump down to all of its clean ingredients. I use this first thing in the morning and at night. It removes ALL my makeup AND leaves my skin feeling plump and moisturized. It’s one of my holy grail skincare products. (Even my husband is obsessed and uses this day & night!)

2. MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray

After washing my face and lightly patting the water away (I don’t dry my face completely), I use either the Rosewater or Green Tea spray in the morning (whichever scent I’m feeling that day), for hydration and glow.

3. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist with Reishi + Ashwagandha

This mist was gifted to me by Youth to the People (thank you!) and I have NEVER felt (or not felt) a finer mist in my life. It is so fine, you can barely feel it, and it works wonders. I use this for hydration and it calms & evens my skin tone! My husband is a big fan of this one too and uses it all throughout the day.

4. DRUNK ELEPHANT Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer

Love everything about this cream (and everything about Drunk Elephant). This is the perfect moisturizer to take you through the day. It helps hydrate AND firm.

5. CLINIQUE Pep Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50

I never leave the house without SPF on my face, even when I’m wearing a full face of makeup, with SPF in my foundation already. This SPF is amazing, especially under makeup. It doesn’t leave any white cast, there is no harsh smell or flash bounce-back, it’s super lightweight, and doesn’t affect my makeup application at all. I’ve been using it for years and would give it a 10/10.

6. DR. BRANDT Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel

My undereye bags have been my biggest concern for a few years now, so I use this every single morning. It works wonders & instantly de-puffs, BUT occasionally flakes up when I apply my foundation. To avoid this, the best method I’ve found is to squeeze some onto my ring finger, rub it with my other ring finger, then pat it very lightly under my eyes until it’s fully absorbed.

7. GLOSSIER Balm Dotcom

I will eventually collect every flavor of these, but the one I’ve been using for years is Mint. I’ve never ever used a lip balm that feels like this one. The texture is almost like a moussey, but dense chapstick, and the Mint flavor has that awesome, but light tingle. It is 0% sticky and moisturizes like a dream. I always have to have something on my lips (see lip sleeping mask section below), so this is perfect for after I finish my morning skincare routine, while I eat breakfast and/or get some work done, and before I do my makeup.


NIGHTTIME ROUTINE:

1. NEUTROGENA Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

I am way too lazy to use any kind of liquid makeup remover, so I’ve always used wipes. I think I’ve tried pretty much every drugstore brand there is, and these have been my favorite by far. They are gentle enough not to sting my skin or eyes, but strong enough to remove… I’d say… about 90% of my makeup.

2. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

Same cleanser that I use in the morning. This takes off any and all of the makeup the Neutrogena wipes miss.

3. MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray

I use the Lavender spray at night to balance and calm my skin before I go to bed. It smells and feels great!

4. DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum

*ALL TIME HOLY GRAIL SKINCARE PRODUCT RIGHT HERE* If you decide to take my recommendation on ONE product EVER in your ENTIRE LIFETIME, this is the one. I have recommended this baby to at least 40 people in person, and all 40 of those people have become as die hard of a fan as I am. This night serum will change your life. I use it every single night. The AHA/BHA blend literally resurfaces your skin, leaving it smoother, brighter, more even, and just better every single morning. It’s insane. It is a bit pricey up front, but the 1.69 oz. bottle lasts me 6–7 months and it is worth every single dollar. I will continue to repurchase this for the rest of my life.

5. LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

Okayyy~ say hello to your newest best friend. First of all, Laneige is one of my favorite skincare brands of all time. Every single product I’ve ever used of theirs is pure magic in a cute container. I use this twice a week after I apply face cream, and when I wake up, my skin feels like a baby’s bum, no joke. It’s a must!

6. IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Brightening Eye Cream

Dark circles are not as big of a concern for me as undereye puffiness, but this cream does a great job at tackling both. It also has hyaluronic acid in it, which is magical, so I love using it at night before I go to bed, to hydrate and smooth the delicate undereye area allll~niiiiight~longggg.

7. LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

I use this every single night and sometimes multiple times throughout the day. I’m one of those people who has 35 lip products in every single bag and room in my house. I have to have something on my lips at all times & this lip mask has changed my life. It’s like a lip balm on crack, smells amazing, isn’t too sticky, and stays on forever.


THROUGHOUT THE DAY:

* SEPHORA Blotting Papers: Herbal Rose

Best. Blotting. Sheets. Ever. I have three packs of these at all times – one at home, one at my office, and one in my purse. I’m in love with them. They’re so easy to dab oil away throughout the day & they leave my makeup underneath untouched. Highly recommend!


& A BONUS:

* NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask

My favorite mask in the world. I use these at least once a week.

XO NINA
@xoninackim

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