I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
A while back, Mad Men star January Jones revealed something all of us wanted to know: her skincare routine. It came after she posted a photo of her face sans makeup, and it made me wonder if these products could give me such enviable skin.
While the regimen decked out with mad pricey products, thanks to xoVain, I had the opportunity test out a few of them. Here’s what happened!
Avène Cleanance Gel, $20
I never thought to try this cleanser before, but I had seen it around. It’s relatively affordable, doesn’t have a heavy scent and has helped my skin calm down a serious amount since I picked it up.
January has mentioned using this cleanser since she was a teen, and if it’s been a staple for her all these years, it’s gotta be doing something right, right?! The only qualms I have are with the twist top because I always forget to close the damn thing. I’m so used to slamming the top shut on standard caps, that remembering to twist it shut after cleansing my face and toweling off is virtually impossible. I might have to pick up a pump for this one.
PS: It might be slightly drying for anyone who doesn’t have oily/combo skin, so keep that in mind if you plan on picking it up!
January's Instagram post featured Sisley’s Black Rose mask, but the new Precious Face Oil is also in her arsenal.
Along with black rose extract, this oil includes active botanical ingredients like brown algae, which firms the skin, avocado, which has anti-inflammatory and healing effects, and natural tocopherols (vitamin E). You can apply this day and night like a serum to cleansed skin, before moisturizer.
I know this is going to be a life saver in the winter because it makes your skin dewy-soft immediately. It’s a bit heavy for my oily summer skin, but easing up on how much I use has seemed to quell that.
I definitely recommend this if you’ve got more mature or drier skin and are super-into face oils.
At over $200, this product better work, right? And it does! My skin feels SO good after this peel; I can’t think of a single product that has ever worked so well and so fast. I can’t imagine having access to all La Prairie has to offer, but I bet it’s a huge factor in why rich people have such nice-looking skin.
With AHAs, BHAs, and salicylic acid, this peel is quick to show results. If you’re looking for something fancy to splurge on, I’d definitely recommend it. You use it once a week at most, and it’s a big jar, so it’s not like you’re going to run out of it in a month. You probably need about a dime size amount of the product to cover your entire face and neck. The cute little brush makes application a breeze and keeps my germ related fears at bay.
Charlotte’s Magic Cream is one of the most talked about products in the beauty world. Packed with about a million anti-aging ingredients, hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil and vitamin E, this cream really is magic (or rather, the result of really great science).
The package design is absolutely gorgeous and refreshingly thought out. The cream itself is thick, but easy to spread a small amount all over (I used about a dime size and it covers my face and neck).
I applied this nightly as a mask and have absolutely fallen in love with it. It’s a bit thick, so if you’re not into heavy creams, maybe stick to this in the winter. All in all, though, this is a great buy and a life-saver when using other products that might be drying.
I had a bad experience with a prescription retinol before—and by “bad experience” I mean overdoing it and totally frying my face off—but I haven’t had any issues with this so far.
With dedicated clientele like Jessica Alba, Emma Stone and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shani Darden really knows what she’s doing. Shani herself is incredibly sweet and knowledgable about her products, which made trying a retinol again significantly less scary for me.
I was instructed to start applying the product once a week at night to cleansed skin, adding a day each week. Shani mentioned I could stop every other night if I started to get dry, but it is safe to use every night once you’ve eased your way into it.
I’d definitely recommend this if you’re on the market for a legit retinol treatment that is effective but significantly more gentle than a prescription cream.
iS Clinical Active Serum, $130
I love this serum. Whenever my skin is totally freaking out, I cleanse, apply a few drops of this, and slather on a good moisturizing mask. The results are incredible and fast.
This isn’t as syrupy as a lot of serums on the market; it’s very runny. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to be wary of this one as it has alcohol and menthol in it. Having said that, I still love it and find it super-effective for me, personally.
So how did testing out January Jones’ skincare routine fare? It’s a tough call. Though these products are amazing, they are seriously expensive. I did find that my skin healed significantly faster with these products versus my normal routine, though, so it’s no surprise people who can drop a few grand on skincare products have such flawless skin.
If you want to get a taste of celebrity skincare on a budget, focus on the one thing you would benefit from the most and go from there. If I learned anything from January’s routine, it’s that there’s always a benefit to using high/low priced products simultaneously. I mean, who would have thought an A-list star would use such an affordable cleanser?
The retinol cream has totally made up for my prescription-related nightmare, so if you’re thinking about a retinol but don’t have the guts (or the skin) for something super-intense, Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform would be a great product to try.
Into fancy face creams and packaging? Charlotte’s Magic Cream really is just that. It’s gorgeous, you only need a little bit, and it smells divine. I would absolutely recommend this for dry or mature skin.
Impatient but need a total skin overhaul? La Prarie’s peel is now my (mad expensive) holy grail for really clearing things up. I’m going to weep and cradle it in my arms when it runs out. Dramatic? Maybe. But so is the difference in my skin.
Are face oils are your thing? Do you have dry skin? Sisley’s Black Rose Precious Oil could be the one product you decide to splurge on!
It’s all about the low/high here, folks, if January taught us anything.
- If you could pick one, which product would you splurge on?
- Have you ever road tested a celebrity's skincare routine? Did it help?
- Have you tried any of the products above? How’d they work out for you?