I have been getting a lot of compliments on my skin recently (thank you so much!) and also requests for what I've been doing to get it here. And so, without further ado, here is my regimen.  It is not for the faint of heart, but it is working. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Note: My skin has always been good but sensitive. Chemo made it all kinds of bad: acne, wrinkles, loss of collagen, bags under my eyes that weren't there before, sun sensitivity... You name it and I'm pretty sure I had it. I finally feel like I have gotten things under control, in part because of this regimen, and in part because I gave up some foods that weren't working for me. If you want diet and recipes, I post them every Tuesday! If you want skincare, read on... 





I start with a wipe down with these rad Peter Thomas Unwrinkle Pads (also good for acne). 
Followed by a coat of the Laser Focus Repairwear Serum by Clinique .
Then I use a dab of this CE Ferulic by Skinceuticals, yes it's expensive but it's freaking amazing! 
I finish with one of these two moisturizers, Peter Thomas Roth Laser Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel cream, or Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream  (depending literally, on whichever is closer) 




On top of that I put on a foundation or BB cream with sunscreen. For daytime, I like a light coverage like Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Cream and Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation.  (I sometimes mix them together for a "light-medium" coverage.) If I want full coverage (like for a night out) I use Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation which magically is full coverage, but also looks very dewy and natural. 




Then, I finish with dab of concealer under my eyes - I am OBSESSED with this new one, the Remedy Concealer Pen by Marc Jacobs I still get the occasionally gaping, mauna loa of a cystic acne but thank goodness for the
 perfectly textured True Match Concealer Pencil by Loreal. If I need to bring out the big guns I use MAC Studio Finish Concealer with a synthetic concealer brush (pro-tip from all the makeup artists I've met, it deposits color thicker and more evenly than natural hairs or your fingers.) 




I wipe off make-up using the SA pads or plain baby wipes. This Mac Oil Cleanser is the only thing I will let near the delicate skin around my eyes. 


Then I layer on my Retinol (I have a prescription for Retin A but I was given this Retinol by Skinceuticals and I love it!)



I wait 15 minutes for the retinol to soak in, then moisturize with one of the above moisturizers, followed by the amazing Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask.






I give myself a facial in the shower which consists of a scrub with my Clarisonic Brush and a SA wash. 

Then I put on the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (yes, I'm still obsessed) 
I finish with a blissful eye massage from my Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusor

Dark secret time, post chemo the barely there, downy fuzz on my cheeks got out of control. Also, waxing (which I did about once every 6 months pre-chemo) caused literally chunks of my skin to come off. Sorry, gross but true. So for Hannukah my mom got me one of these Tria Beauty Laser Hair Removal System. Yes, I run a razor over my cheeks before I use it. No, the hairs do not come back thicker or like man stubble. In fact, the hair doesn't come back at all now and I haven't used this in awhile, but I really feel like it helps and it makes my make-up go on so smooth! I also use it other places and it's really freaking awesome.



">Originally Published 2/13/14 - but updated since xo