April 2, 2019

10 Skin Care Secrets Every Woman Needs to Know

I'm not getting any younger. Neither are you. It's a brutal truth, but it is a fact. Sometimes when I see old photos of myself, I am so pissed that I didn't enjoy the great skin of my youth and now have to work hard to maintain or improve it. Luckily, I have an obsession with beauty products and have found a few that not only deliver results, but deliver AMAZING results. And, since I'm all about helping a sister out, I'm happy to share my hit list with you. I could talk for hours about the products that I love and I am so excited to share, but please note that as I find new things I love, this list may change. Cool? Cool.

  1. Great skin clearly starts with a clean face and I love a product that makes me feel clean, but doesn't strip my face of essential oils. This Cle de Peau Clarifying Cleansing Foam is like heaven. It's foam is frothy and thick and rinses off so easily. It does such a great job of removing makeup that I don't feel the need to use a makeup remover before washing my face. (LOVE a time-saver). A tiny pea-size amount develops into such a thick, silky lather, so the tube lasts forever and I can justify the price. I swear when I rinse my face, my skin looks radiant, dewy and glowing. The scent is a light, floral rose but not too strong, which is essential for me. (Weird fact: I am allergic to synthetic smells and super sensitive to beauty products for that reason, so I always try to mention any strong fragrances. I know that can be a huge issue during pregnancy).
This luxurious foam cleanser actually makes me look forward to washing my face. I GLOW.

2. Okay, Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is SUCH a game changer that it's been called “Jesus in a bottle.” WHAAAAA? Yep. And after a few years of being a loyal user, I'm here to tell you that it's not just hype. Game. Changer. So, what is it exactly? The company, Biologique Recherche calls it a “lotion”, but it is actually a balancing exfoliator, meaning that it speeds up the skins natural exfoliating process and therefore the skin regenerates faster. Huh? Basically, it means that it sloughs off dead skin and new, fresh baby skin appears faster. After a few weeks of consistent use, my results were unreal. Seeing really is believing with this product. (Side note: because it is a French product, it is a little difficult to buy online, but I have found a few reputable skin care spas that carry and sell it to the general public).

This lotion has a cult following and I am here for it.

3. If a Vitamin C product isn't part of your skin care routine, please add it immediately. It's like a multivitmain for your skin! Ole Henrikson Truth Serum has long been a fav in the beauty world and it's easy to see why. It brightens and visibly forms your skin with it's combo of vitamin C and collagen. I LOVE this specific product because, unlike some of the other vitamin C products I have tried, it does not dry out my skin. Winning! (Pro Tip: it comes in a mini size that retails right around $20, so it's possible to try without a huge financial commitment).

The truth about the Truth Serum is that is a staple in my beauty routine for bright, firm skin.

4. They say that eyes are the window to the soul and my eyes were a window to my true age before I found Dr. Dennis Gross Triple Correction Eye Serum. There are so many eye issues that can be problematic, but my personal issue was bags. And puffiness. Ugh. Some mornings I would wake up and I looked like I had been a boxing match the night before. And since I have sensitive skin, many eye creams were so irritating that I could barely use them. Not this one. It delivers a cooling gel that somehow keeps those bags at bay, so I wake up in the mornings feeling like Bambi with my bright, shiny doe eyes.

This eye serum is a miracle worker for eye bags and puffiness.

5. I love a night cream that brightens while delivering tons of moisture and Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream is a total VIP. The texture is so rich and creamy, but melts quickly into the skin and a little definitely goes a long way. My skin is soft and radiant in the morning and my fine lines are virtually non-existent. But I think the real miracle effect of this cream is that is diminishes dark spots and hyperpigmentation like a champ.

This night cream leaves me with the most amazing skin tone in the morning.

6. Drunk Elephant has a cult-like following and on Sundays they mask with this pink (product). One use of the Sukari Babyfacial and you will be hashtagging #BabyfacialSunday, too. The blend of AHA and BHA acids dramatically smoothes skin and reduces pores and practically erases fine lines. Be cautioned, however, it stings a little after applying, but quickly disappears. This Sunday ritual leave your face bright and glowy and I've happily joined the hashtag crew.

Add this Drunk Elephant mask to your weekly skincare routine for bright and glowy skin.

7. If you follow me on any social media, you know that I have been singing the praises of Algenist Lip Collagen for awhile. It is literally the only thing to ever get me through an entire winter without an awful case of chapped lips. Having the consistency of a gel and not a balm, it absorbs into your skin in about 20 minutes. I have to admit, the taste was a little odd at first, but the reward far outweighed it. After a few weeks of use, my lips felt soft and plump without one flake of dead skin. Totally kissable. YASSSSSS.

Kiss chapped lips goodbye with this lip collagen from Algenist.

8. If the feeling of a gel lip treatment isn't for you, or if you want to deliver the BEST one-two punch, this Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask does the trick. Apply it before bedtime and wake up with soft, supple lips. I apply it about 30-minutes after the Alegenist Lip Collagen and I swear by this combo.

Use this Lip Sleeping Mask before bed to have the most kissable lips in the morning. You're welcome!

9. The SK-II sheet mask is like a drink of water for your face. Since I travel a LOT, I am not ashamed to slap on a mask and take a nap on the plane. I wake up looking fresh and dewy and not like a jetlagged monster. These masks are super moist and I pat the extra serum on my neck and decollete, because what is worse than a gorgeous face and a chicken skin neck? Nothing, I say. Pro Tip: Since I hate being cold and this mask is freezing (to me), I often run the packet under warm water before applying. It takes the chill off and makes the overall experience more soothing. I swear I look brighter and tighter the day after treatment.

This SK-II sheet mask is my face's answer to never looking jetlagged.

10. This La Mer Hand Treatment is expensive but worth every penny. I wash my hands constantly and need a lotion that can really moisturize, but without any added scents (remember my fragrance allergy). I have tried millions of hand lotions and this is the ONE. A little goes a loooong way, so a tube lasts me months. Plus, I swear it makes my hands look younger.

Hands down, La Mer Hand Treatment is the best.

I hope you have found at least ONE little miracle worker to try in your skincare routine. I could talk for hours about self-care and have so many more tips and tricks to share with you all, but I want to hear YOURS. Comment below and tell me your best practices, must-haves or secrets. I'm dying to know!! As always, please share this post with a friend who might love it! We ladies need to help each other out.

XO, Christi

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  1. Kayse

    April 2nd, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I want to meet you so time soon

  2. clukasiak

    April 4th, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Awe, you are the sweetest! XO, Christi

  3. Allie Kain

    April 2nd, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Do you say the truth serum helps wakes you up in the mornings? You see, I’m awake before 5 during the week–I do have my Mary Kay moisturizer, but I can’t take it on the go!

    Do you know what I mean?

    Thanks for being you!
    Your blog has helped me with myself!

  4. clukasiak

    April 4th, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I love Mary Kay wash!! There are a few that I have used in the past that have been amazing! XO, Christi

  5. Allie Kain

    April 2nd, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry didn’t see this part!
    My must have is Mary Kay Botanical Effects moisturizer and cleansing gel! Helps me wake up feeling refreshed, especially if I had a stressful day, I apply it more, leaving me more refreshed

  6. Michelle

    April 3rd, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Love this , I have allergies (anaphylactic and others ) and one is to fragrances I may need to try this hand cream.

    Also is that a lip balm or lip gel ?

    Love this blog post so many amazing products . Also whoever thought to call their company drunken elephant is marketing genius. How can you forget that . Now on a search to order products in from US .

    Hope all is well and can I say your new puppy is way to adorable 💛

    Michelle xoxo ☘️

  7. clukasiak

    April 4th, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    HI Michelle,
    Its a lip gel! Try it !
    XO, Christi

  8. sandy radiob66

    April 3rd, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    well im 25 yrs old but whatever makes you young and beautiful like you are when i reach 40s you do look 25 and great mother wife to beautiful kids chloe and clara and you and marc cute couple on planet i love reading your vlog i know i comment everything but you make me smile everytime post and every thursday you do youtube hey you want idea anything you post for cake .breakfast you should give us health and beauty tips,how design your house question time with christi idk suggestion got christi twitter acc,and will not see people hate on you when you perfect remember that from uk fan mwah x

  9. clukasiak

    April 4th, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Sandy! You are the sweetest! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!
    XO, Christi

  10. Anna Kocol

    April 3rd, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    all drugstore….non miracle workers lol

  11. clukasiak

    April 4th, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I have some drugstore miracle workers that I will definitely do a post on!
    XO, Christi

  12. Sandy/radiob66

    April 4th, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Did i miss irreplaceables in London are you do any more tour Christi,btw love youtube video today it’s late I watch tomorrow I knew u had talent your interviews on Dance mom prove it haha

  13. Michelle Ryan

    April 5th, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I love this list and already use a few things for it. I also believe it’s important to tackle great skin from the inside out, and I swear by Rejuvenated collagen drink, as well as the H30 hydrating drink and capsules. My skin everywhere is super hydrated – and living in Arizona, you can imagine that is a feat worth sharing! http://www.rejuvenated.com

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