Skincare 101: for the non-skincare experts!

Okay ladies, SKINCARE...what a beast of a topic! To be honest this topic has always overwhelmed me, there is just too much conflicting information and too many brands out there to choose from. I’ve only ever used a basic moisturizer and SPF but lately I’ve been hearing more people talk about serums, toners, face rollers, all things I knew NOTHING about! So last week I finally decided to educate myself on skincare...that and the fact that I’m not 25 anymore and these dark circles aren’t fading!

Realistically I don’t have time for a 10 step process, nor do I want to expose my skin to too much but I finally ordered a few products and I’m quickly realizing this is such a slippery slope!

I put this post together with the intention of helping anyone else who might be in my shoes. Enjoy the read!

Morning routine “should” be:

Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Moisturizer, Oil, Eye Cream, SPF

Evening routine "should" be:

Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Moisturizer, Eye Cream, Retinol (if you can use it)

I personally won’t be doing the entire routine morning and night, nor did I get any oils or retinols for now. I think I’ll probably do the evening routine and then in the morning just apply a moisturizer and SPF if I'm going to be outside.

If you're going to do the bare minimum a good moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is important, as well as a vitamin c serum and they say.

Here is a breakdown of the brands I was recommended by some skin care enthusiasts and I highlighted the one I went with:





Peter Thomas Roth Cleanser

I didn’t buy a cleanser because I am currently using a Cetaphil foam one. Apparently I shouldn’t use foam cleansers because they tend to strip your face of its natural oils so I'll be switching when I finish this one.


Fresh rose water (with real petals)

Heritage Store (purchased)


Serum with Vit C

Drunk Elephant

The Ordinary

Clinique Pure Vit C


Summer Friday

Tru Skin (purchased)


Drunk Elephant Protini polypeptide cream

Peter Thomas Roth Hydrating moisturizer

Hydro Boost Neutrogena with Hyaluronic Acid - (purchased) and a tip if you're a Costco member, they have a large size there if you wanna save some $$


Elta MD

Supergoop Matte Sunscreen- (purchased)

Tarte Powder - (purchased)

This powder is more of a touch up after make up if you need to re-apply...I live in SoCal and I'm out a lot so I hope this works!

Eye cream

Drunk Elephant C tango multivitamin

Ole Henrikson Vit C Banana Bright - (purchased)

Some extra options for evening routine I was recommended:

Farmacy Sleep Tight

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow

The Ordinary - Buffet (purchased)

Laneige water sleeping mask - (purchased - for a deeper night time moisture)

I also grabbed a Jade roller - Herbivore. The only thing I can tell you about these is apparently not all facial rollers are "real", some are just made out of glass vs real jade or rose quartz so look out for those cheaper ones you might find.

It was tough deciding what to go with, but I am learning that people switch up brands a lot, they try some thing and change things up. I personally made most of my choices based on price point. I didn’t want to pay over $60 for one single item so I went with the most recommended option in each price range I was comfortable with.

Also its easy to get swayed by bloggers and influencers but just a reminder that they often get paid to use or talk about certain products so keep that in mind.

Brands that I would have loved to try but are just outside my price range are Skinceuticals, Drunk Elephant & Sunday Riley.

Oh and the last tip I learned is to use the Think Dirty app, it is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in each product.

I hope this blog was helpful, if you wanna chat skincare or found this helpful drop me an email or DM me! Would love to hear from you!

Enjoy some self care!