Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a complicated 10 step routine to achieve clear healthy skin. All you really need are a few great essentials that revitalize and nourish your complexion.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Whether or not you wear makeup, cleansing should always be the first and most important step in your routine. Starting with a clean canvass allows products to absorb more efficiently and work much better.
The Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm ($58) is a lightweight silky oil that melts as you massage it onto the skin. It quickly loosens the most stubborn makeup and removes dirt, pollutants, impurities, sweat and pore clogging debris.
The balm is usually enough to remove all traces of makeup but I still recommend washing your face with your favorite gel, cream or foaming cleanser.
This is by far one of the BEST cleansing balms on the market. I even used it to remove my sister’s heavy wedding makeup and it worked like a charm!
STEP 2: PREP
To balance, tone and prepare the skin for product absorption, apply a refreshing layer of the Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion with Sakura Ferment ($142).
The Essence is suitable for all skin types (no need to rinse).
STEP 3: REPAIR
The advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex ($95 - $105), has been Estee’s most popular product for many years. In the beauty community, this serum is considered liquid gold – it totally transforms your complexion.
Recently the formula has been revolutionized with Chronolux Power Signal Technology – which is just a fancy way of saying that it penetrates faster, increases collagen renewal, smooths, firms, protects against environmental assaults and reduces signs of aging.
Night Repair is supposed to work wonders on wrinkles but since I don’t have any, I use it to moisturize, plump, renew and boost radiance – it completely revitalizes my skin. The serum is also enriched with 8-hr antioxidant power and a 72 hr hydration complex derived from hyaluronic acid.
STEP 4: MOISTURIZE
It is always a good idea to layer serum or facial oil with a great moisturizer and the Revitalizing Supreme+ Bright Power Soft Creme ($128) is a youth boosting, radiance recharging formula that fades dark spots, acne marks and blemishes to minimize discoloration and dullness.
STEP 5: EYE CARE
The Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate ($88) plumps, cushions and hydrates to brighten dark circles and diminish under eye bags. Dab some on the outer corners to smooth fine lines and apply on the eyelids to reduce puffiness.
After completing all these steps, your skin will look amazing but there is one more product that ensures your face remains flawless for makeup the next morning – Estee’s Futurist Aqua Brilliance Watery Glow Primer ($54).
Estee Lauder is available at Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay, Murale, Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks and esteelauder.ca