I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
When I came up with the idea for a reminder/checklist cross-stitch, it was because even though I am loving my extra-long skincare routine, it can be tricky to remember every step of the process. I still forget facial oil some days! I find it one of the more peaceful and well-intentioned parts of my day, and I wouldn’t skip it for the world, though it can sometimes feel like a chore to do each and every step.
I wouldn’t be lying if I said that 85% of the time, I’m a perfectionist. I crave routines and goals and deadlines to manage my ADHD but sometimes things still slip away from me here and there. As I was doing our lovely Jane’s hair one day and describing to her the benefits of my extra-long and careful skin routine, Jane noted that it would be hard if not impossible for her to do what I do, being a low-maintenance type. And that's when a most wonderful idea struck me: Mixing all the products together into a bitchin' skin brew!
Spitballing ideas in the office is a fun novelty for me; being the freewheelin' freelancer that I am, I mostly find myself bouncing ideas off my dog and less often other humans! Seeing as I didn’t want to waste four weeks of my precious products should it be a failed experiment, I would see how four days of combined product would fare, half normal product routine (layered in steps) on one side, skincare piña colada of dreams on the other.
First thing’s first: I had to study up on any non-compatible ingredients. I tend to use my vitamin C in the daytime, and I alternate exfoliants like AHA and retinols 5 out of 7 nights, so that was very lucky for me, as mixing those together is not recommended. I’d have to choose one exfoliant and went with AHA since it takes off surface skin and is a better short-term exfoliant.
My mix consisted of the following:
- Perricone MD Blue Plasma
- Sisley Lotion with Tropical Resins
- SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
- Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum
- Renée Rouleau AHA 17% Smoothing Serum
- DIY grapeseed/sea buckthorn oil blend
- Dermelect Resilient Stem Cell Regenerating Treatment
I pumped and spatula’d three days' worth of each product into a clean jar and shook it up. I would be applying this mixture to one side of my face and doing the normal routine on the other. Since we’re talking skincare here, pictures aren’t going to show much, but a tactile comparison all three days is enough to let me know what's up.
Day one, I noticed that I really wished I could have a product that does have everything I want in one simple formula, however millennialish that may be of me. I dragged my heels through the normal routine on the other side, and was really excited to see if I could feel a difference. In the morning, the all-in-one side felt softer, while the control side felt firmer—strange.
By day two, I was hoping to see a physical difference, but again, it was only a slight difference in feel—one side tighter—like the products are doing their job, but the all-in-one side was more dewy and moist. Kind of hard to choose a winner when both are great, but in different ways.
Day three, I failed because I was a little buzzed from a friend’s wedding, and just used the all-in-one everywhere. I had a good chuckle when I remembered the next day, since it did not save me from having sallow, puffy, more-than-three-drinks skin, which my normal routine does manage rather well most of those indulgent times.
Day four ended with the same result: firmer and less oily skin on one side, softer, dewier skin on the other.
My conclusion is this: finding a product that will give you everything you want is not easy and will take a checklist and some knowhow (we have plenty of older articles with this info), but this mix is actually great for short-term travel. I don’t give a hoot how firm my skin is on vacay as long as it’s being softened and exfoliated daily, which I need desperately. For nights, when I don’t have it in me, I think I’d rather simplify than try and mix stuff together; it’s really only good for five days max for freshness’s sake. I also prefer to customize to my needs each day, since some I like to self-tan, others exfoliate, and those days require their own cocktails.
- Have you ever mixed everything you use together in a bottle?
- Any skincare cocktails you’d like to share?