Reader Question: How do I simplify my skincare regimen?

Simplify your skincare regimen

One of the most common reader questions that I get is on the topic of simplifying your skincare regimen. What do you REALLY need to use? How often?  In what order?  When?  These are all completely valid questions, especially given the fact that beauty brands come out with dozens of new products every year.  And, here’s a secret, a lot of the “new” products are really just the same formula with a new name and new product packaging!  It’s true.  So here, I break down exactly what you need: a simple skincare regimen with the fewest products possible.  Of course, you can always add treatments (based on your specific concerns) into your regimen but this list is the bare necessities, and a few product recommendations.  I’ve included high-end brands and drugstore brands, so you can decide where you want to splurge.

MORNING (in order of use):

EVENING (in order of use):


Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer


I recently received a bottle of the new Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer and, let me tell you, I’m wowed…once again.  Back in 2006/2007, I suffered from my first bout with acne…adult acne, to be exact, and it was really not fun.  I grew up having perfect skin; seriously, I don’t remember getting a zit EVER until like maybe college (and during my period).  So, naturally, when I found myself breaking out at age 23…I went a little ballistic, which definitely made my skin even more stressed out than it already was from the acne and rosacea combo.

In Kiehl’s studies, they’ve found that skin is actually the first of the body’s organs that stress begins to appear, showing up with signs of redness, fatigue, dehydration, blotchiness and overall visible signs of aging.  The clinical results from testing showed a 100 percent improvement in overall skin quality, when applied in the morning and at night – so easy.  SOLD.

Pevonia Spa Clinic Redness Relief

Pevonia Spa Clinic Redness Relief

I’m into it.  I’ve been “battling” Rosacea for the past few years; and I say “battling” because, honestly, I don’t have a very severe case of it.  Usually a little light foundation or tinted moisturizer covers up my rosy cheeks but every once in awhile, things get a little…rough, let’s call it.  As an FYI, Rosacea is a skin condition that primarily affects Caucasians of North Western European descent and is often referred to as “the Irish flush” or “the curse of the Celts'” since it’s so common in people from England, Ireland, etc.  Hi, welcome to MY LIFE.  Sunblock?  Check.  But how do I prevent my own natural redness?  Yeah…it’s been an experiment, since there’s no “cure” for Rosacea.

I recently tried out the Pevonia Spa Clinic Redness Relief system and I’m LOVING it.  The products are packed with soothing ingredients like green tea, a known “calm the eff down” botanical that is common in skincare products, and of course, the key to any skincare regimen: consistency.  The four steps (cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer) are easy to follow and my skin always feels cool and moisturized after I use these.  Here’s what they are/do:

1. Cleanser: calms, cools skin and combats bacteria

2. Toner: reduces redness and soothes skin

3. Serum: relieves redness, sensitivity and blotchiness

4. Moisturizer: hydrates and protects skin from UV rays and irritants