I wish I could say that my obsession with skincare predates the year 2015. Instead of neurotically washing off my mascara each night, I spent many mornings in my mid-twenties perfecting what can only be called an apathetic routine. I entered that decade naive, unaffected, and loyal to St. Ives Apricot Scrub.
Today, so much has changed: I have developed a deep and unwavering love for skincare. As a newly minted skincare enthusiast, my collection grew exponentially, practically overnight. My vice? Anything that promises to keep my skin hydrated and clear—that’s it, game over, I’m in. Even so, I hold out hope that I’ll find that one perfect product, the one made for me.
“I hold out hope that I’ll find that one perfect product.”
You can imagine all of the products I’ve tested that have been part of my journey; they’re all windows into the transformational power of a multi-step skincare routine. I didn’t want to go into 2020 on bad terms with anyone, or in this case, anything, which is why I’m revisiting every skincare product I’ve loved and lost. Below is an ode to some of the most memorable products that I can now thank for helping pave the way for a new class of problem solvers.
This is the first important skincare product I ever loved. Back in 2017, I confessed that I never wanted to be without it because it was unlike anything I had used before. I remember looking forward to washing my face at night. As I’m writing this, I’m not sure how I ever let it go.
Way back when, I proclaimed this as my desert island must-have. It was my gateway product into an entire world of lotions and potions, first because of its H2O-like texture and then for the simple fact that it was where a semblance of a routine started for me.
I’ll never forget the time in 2018 when Thayer’s Coconut Witch Hazel was a trusted favorite. It was like a mini island escape, and I felt the most “me” when using it. It was the only thing that got me through that humid summer. Sadly, I never made it all the way through the bottle before moving on.
This was just a really, really great moisturizing mask. It probably didn’t deserve to be only half-loved and then banished to the inside of my beauty cabinet.
I went through a pretty big blue tansy oil phase. I used Herbivore’s oil every morning and night. However, once I finished the bottle, I decided instead to try Leo Oil and never repurchased.
Which honorable mention products got you to where you are today?