I feel like you guys really loved it when the team posted their favorite gifts so I went back to the drawing board with them & we sat down to brainstorm their favorite skincare items. You’re gonna find everything from the best serums to the best oils.
Since the TSC team is in the beauty industry, I feel like they definitely know their shit when it comes to skincare. I know I picked up a bunch of tips from them & added my favorites of the moment for you too. Let’s get right to it.
♡ eye cream
This eye cream is my go-to before makeup ( I talked about the other eye creams I use in this skincare post ). But this one is perfect for a quick fix. I can feel my skin tightening beneath it. The sensation is similar to if you have ever done a clay face mask- when it begins to dry, your skin tightens underneath. It’s the same feeling but on your under eyes, so it makes me look like I’ve basically had an eye lift.
Finding an eye cream I love has been a challenge for me. Our eyes are delicate and I’ve learned how important it is to find a product specially formulated for our eyes after listening to Dr. Dennis Gross on TSC podcast. After asking around for recommendations I was directed to the Ole Henriksen vitamin c eye cream and boy oh boy is it amazing! This cream brightens my dark circles so I look refreshed in the morning. Say buh-bye to concealer, which is HUGE.
I’m in the market to find a really good one, but for now the serum I’m obsessed with does the trick. I just pay extra special attention to lightly dab it around my whole eye. This brand also has an eye serum I think I’ll try when I place my next Sephora order.
Well, you’ve probably never heard of Dr. Dennis Gross but let me be the first to introduce you LOL….this is actually an eye serum, not a cream which I tend to get better results from. And speaking of results, this stuff delivers. I was starting to notice aging around my eyes and this stuff really turned that around.
Eye cream is something I have a hard time with. I haven’t found one that I’m obsessed with. I like to do an oil under the eyes because I feel it fills in wrinkles & fine lines. Instanatural rosehip oil is good for or a more high-end one I like is Vintner’s Daughter Botanical Serum. Michael absolutely lives & dies by Dr. Dennis Gross’s eye cream.
This winter has got my skin feeling slightly sandpaper-esque. Once I read that in your teens your skin’s focus should be on acne prevention, in your early 20s it should be on moisture, 25-35 should be age prevention, and 35+ is more drastic age prevention. So ever since I discovered that retinol helps with age prevention, dark spot lightening, and hydration locking, I’ve been using this Dr. Dennis Gross moisturizer.
Oils have been my go-to moisturizer since I started reading TSC in high school ( whoa! ). Typically I’ll use a mix of rosehip & jojoba to keep it simple, however, I’m always interested in learning about new oils. That’s where this Volcanic Elixir comes into play. It contains tamanu oil which is thick and different than any oil I’ve used. The tamanu fruit grows in the South Pacific and contains added minerals from volcanic ash. I slather this on at night since it’s too heavy for daytime and so it can really seep in overnight. It helps with hydration and overall skin complexion.
I love Peter Thomas Roth’s Cloud Cream because it’s perfect under makeup, not too heavy, but very moisturizing. I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin and this feels gentle, cooling & calming and I never get a reaction. it also lasts forever because you only need to use a tiny bit.
I’m in love with this entire collection by Elemis. Their marine collagen formula is just the silkiest and absorbs sooooo well. I use this after serum & before spf. Smells and feels like a dream.
Right now I’m having a huge moment with Dr. Lancer’s moisturizer, Nourish. He is the dermatologist to the stars & I recently went to his office & had the whole shebang tour. He wrote a book called Younger that tells you exactly how to cleanse, exfoliate & nourish the skin. Nourish is the nicest moisturizer ever. Very much about it lately. If you’re looking for something more affordable, you can always reach for Biossance squalene oil or Elemis’s superfood day cream.
This serum has changed my life. It’s lightweight, glittery, & thin but is powerful yet gentle ( looking for a boyfriend with the same characteristics as this serum ). Growing up in San Diego, I spent tons of time at the beach when I was little, so I have freckles. A combination of this serum & peel pads have helped to lighten my dark spots for an overall glowy, bright look. I talked about how I used this serum in my skincare post here.
Mention rose and I’m hooked. Usually you can find me spraying a rose mist everywhere. There’s something about the scent that instantly makes me feel peaceful and beautiful. This serum is my latest favorite since it’s 1. An oil , 2. Rose scented, 3. Contains vitamin C – win – win – win. Vitamin C helps to brighten your skin and reduce lines. People say my skin is glowing and I 100% credit this oil.
I travel to the Faroe Islands a couple times a year, always with a stopover in Iceland. I stock up on this BIOeffect EGF Serum on my way there & back. It’s a bit pricey but I think it’s so worth it. It’s so gentle & you only need a few drops to cover your whole face, neck & chest. I only use this at night & my skin is always moisturized & dewy when I wake up.
I was introduced to this serum with the amazing GLOW RECIPE watermelon mask ( more here ). It is made with 5 different types of hyaluronic acid which I love. I like to let my serum set in before I apply moisturizer and can get impatient ( I like to brush my teeth at this time ) but this serum absorbs quickly. I am typically only looking for lightweight, quick absorption in a serum….oils & creams I prefer to never fully absorb!
Vitamin C serum by Dr. Dennis Gross is my favorite. I like it because it tightens the skin. I continuously go back to Dr. Dennis Gross products. They just get my skin. I think they lay nice under makeup too. Another serum I like is the superfood serum by Elemis– it really fills in fine lines & wrinkles.
My sunscreen choice is dependent on what I am doing that day. As of late, I haven’t been wearing much makeup. So I have been wearing caffeine sunscreen over my skincare regime. The only thing about this sunscreen is that it kills if it gets in your eyes- one time I was so hungover and got some in my eye while driving to LA, I had to pull over into the shoulder and literally flush my eye with my only water bottle. So I got in this bad habit of not wearing sunscreen near my eyes, and thus developed dark spots under my eyes. This sunscreen is specifically made for your eyes. I use it daily now.
Let’s talk BLUE LIGHT. We often think about sunscreen for protecting our skin from the sun but have you thought about protecting your skin from screens? If you spend most of your day in front of a computer like I do then this is something you need to check out. This Blue Ray Sun Gel counteracts the damage caused by hot infrared waves & radiation, plus it’s formulated with chia seed extract, niacinamide and centella extract. The texture is amazing and works as a mattifying primer without any white cast. This is an essential. PS – please get blue light glasses too. Protect your eyes and your skin.
Again, my skin is super sensitive so I tend to completely cover my face rather than use sunscreen because it really irritates my skin. BUT when I know I need to, and should wear it, I use La Roche Posay or Clarins. Both are gentle, don’t sting, are mattifying & lightweight so you can put makeup on top of it.
I dont typically see improvement in my skin from SPF moisturizers. That is not the case with this one. Elemis Pro Collagen SPF 30 is VERY nourishing and refreshing. It smells great and feels amazing- hands down my favorite product to apply. I swear it resembles a lush night cream and I feel super bougie every time I use it.
Caffeinated sunscreen is the shit. You guys know I love this because I’m a huge fan of SPF & this one is the perfect makeup for primer. The caffeine tightens the skin to so it’s like you’re getting an instant facelift. HOT TIP: ALWAYS apply with a damp BeautyBlender– TRUST ME.
When it comes to tools, there is one that I use multiple times a week without fail. Whenever I write about skincare on The Skinny Confidential, the feedback I get is that I suggest items that are too expensive. I understand that the items are crazy expensive and it can seem overwhelming. I also understand that I am in an unusual position because I prioritize skincare over most other things. That being said, I feel comfortable spending $200 on this facial massager because I know I will use it to cleanse and contour my face for at least 2 years ( or until I lose it LOL ).
A jade roller is a classic tool that should be in everyone’s toolkit. Sure you can massage with your hands but there’s something more soothing about using a tool. You can use this in the morning to reduce puffiness and drain the extra fluid in your face after sleeping. I especially love rolling under my eyes to wake up. You can also use this at night to help your serums absorb into your skin. If you’re into energy, jade is also known for helping to open the heart chakra while supporting abundance. Yes plz.
I recently got an ice roller & I’m obsessed. I’m in the late stages of pregnancy and I’m so puffy all over right now, especially in my face when I wake up- it’s out of control. This feels so good, depuffs almost instantly & the roller stays cold for a long time.
The tool I use most often is my rose quartz roller which I keep in my freezer ( obviously ). I honestly haven’t seen a difference in using other face rollers I put in my freezer but this is pink and cute and I’m single AF so, why not?
The Clarisonic Uplift is one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I like to apply a little oil & move it around in circles. I take the massage down my neck & sometimes down to my chest to really get the circulation going. We’re all about the lymph system over here. It totally depuffs & contours. Check out this video for more on why I love the Clarisonic.
Anyone who wears this perfume has a weird bond with everyone else who wears it. I found it when I hugged Neda Varbanova at The Beverly Hills Hotel, then she gifted it to Lauryn and I would secretly steal spritzes of it when I was at her house. Recently when Lauryn, Neda and I were at lunch at the very same place, we smelled someone else wearing it as they walked by. When I was in Paris over the summer, I went to the Maison Francis Kurkdijan store by the Louvre and bought the perfume, body oil, AND candle because when I like something, I LOVE it. ( Whenever I go to Europe I buy fancy things like this because it is way more affordable there, tax free, and fun to shop abroad! )
Typically you can find me wearing essential oils as I find commercial scents pretty overwhelming and chemically. I probably smell like a yoga studio since that’s where I spend most of my time LOL. Depending on my mood and energy you can find me wearing rose ( surprise, surprise ) to feel pretty and light or sandalwood to feel grounded and calm. Now, that being said, if it’s a special occasion and I want to switch it up my classic is Le Labo Santal 33. This scent is understated and sexy. It’s musky, clean and alluring.
I don’t wear perfume anymore, but when I did my favorite was Burberry Classic. I can’t even describe the smell but I always got SO MANY compliments when I wore it. In recent years I’ve gone the more natural route & just use a nice naturally scented lotion or any body spray from Saje.
First of all let’s be clear…vanilla is my scent and not my flavor ( if you know what I mean, wink wink ). I’ve used Pink Sugar since college and lately have been realizing how silly it is not to use an all natural perfume…I mean it’s vanilla. I’ve always had a bottle of this perfume as well and need to make the full switch….I just love Pink Sugar! Not only is the scent rich and pure but it is made in Paris and the bottle is so french and chic….actually called Eau De Toilette Vanille.
You can always catch me wearing Egyptian Musk Oil. This was Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s favorite. She used to put it on her temples & wrists every day. I love to wear this to the gym or to the store. The rest of the time you can catch me drenched in Baccarat Rouge 540 ( for the record, Mimi totally copied me- the little shit ). This was gifted to me by my friend Neda of Healthy With Nedi. It’s just the most iconic perfume. Oprah wears it & people stop me in the street to ask me what it is. It’s just the most perfect scent. YUM.
Ever since I started taking a multivitamin every day my hair & nails have grown stronger and longer, it’s a dream. I used to take the Silver Fern multivitamin and those were great as well. But this Ritual multivitamin incorporates mint into the ingredients, making the taste more desirable.
My smoothie cabinet is pretty gnarly since I’m a huge proponent of food as medicine. I’m always interested in learning about the latest adaptogens ( herbs that help the body adapt to stress ) and superfood mushrooms. My most recent addition is He Shou Wu. It’s been known to help nourish the blood, hair, skin, nervous system, and increase longevity. The thing about adaptogens is they provide a subtle shift with regular consumption. This isn’t something you take once and you’re done. Consume it everyday for at least 2 months to notice a shift. The commitment is worth it. Superfoods are a great addition to enhance an already healthy routine.
I love marine collagen and have been taking it for years. It’s tasteless in coffee & smoothies, but not so much in tea or water I’ve found. After 1.5 months of taking it I noticed clicking in my joints stopped and my hair and nails were stronger. FOR REAL, ACTUALLY! Even my 81 year old grandpa noticed my hair was nicer.
The day The Skinny Confidential introduced me to Four Sigmatic, life was forever changed. Saying I’m obsessed with mushrooms lately is an understatement. THEY’RE SO GOOD FOR YOU. I love all Four Sigmatic products but have been carrying Cordyceps packets around with me everywhere I go. Like I can’t enjoy my coffee without it ( and the Superfood Blend of course ). I add this to my coffee every weekday because it keeps my energy up throughout the day and I haven’t needed a second cup since I started! It’s also a strong antioxidant which is important daily.
Ritual vitamins is something that I’ve taken for the last 6 months & I’ve been loving. They’re filled with all the essentials: iron, magnesium, folate, omega 3, B12, biotin & choline to name a few. Supplementing with vitamin D3 is also something I do because I like to stay out fo the sun. I’m always low on D3. I’m not sure if inulin counts as as supplement but I have it every day in my coffee.
Since I had jaw surgery I was struggling with some breakouts caused by anesthesia & only eating pudding for 4 weeks. But this tumeric mask by FAB really helped to draw out toxins from my skin & soothe inflammation. Also, it has a nice gel texture which feels hydrating in the winter dryness.
Have you heard of the vampire facial? Well, this isn’t quite like that but while this mask is on you kinda look like you had one. This mask is deep red and different than any other mask I’ve used. It contains 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acids, 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid, Hyaluronic Acid Crosspolymer, Vitamin B5, Black Carrot and Tasmanian Pepperberry. Honestly, I’m not sure what that all means but I know that it’s pretty potent. AHAs help exfoliate the skin for brightness and BHAs help clear your pores. This mask is INTENSE. You will feel it tingling once you put it on so only keep it on for 10 minutes. After using this I feel like my skin is baby smooth.
This mask is my favorite by far. The scent isn’t overpowering and it’s so hydrating and fresh. It’s cooling and soothing too. Once a week I use Dr. Dennis’s peel pads (sensitive ones for me!), then this mask, then massage my face. And, like Lauryn, I LOVE the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Chapped lips are gone in one night! ( More here. )
Glow Recipe does it again! This overnight avacodo mask is so mousturizing and I feel so pretty and glowy every morning. The packaging is adorable so I keep this one on display!
If we’re talking Instagram you’re gonna wanna go with Glam Glow’s Gravity Mud Mask. It’s nice for the Instagram aesthetic & peels off in one swoop which we love. I’m a big fan of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Jelly Sheet Mask. It really keeps your skin moisturized. It’s also only $8 & smells delicious. I love to do a mask before I put makeup on because it really creates a smooth base. Another favorite right now is Dr. Jart’s Brightening Mask. It really helps with dark circles & dullness.
I hope you guys loved this post.
You can expect to hear more from TSC team- these girls know their shit when it comes to skincare, clearly. Let us know what team-inspired post you want to see next.
I’m off to workout with Kim Kelly. We’re doing the BODY GUIDE over Skype. Later I’m grabbing some authentic Mexican with my friend Westin. Skinny margs, spicy guac, tomatillo salsa & chips galore – YES PLZ!
See you tomorrow,
+ if you love this post check out Mimi’s World where she REALLY breaks down her favorite nighttime products & skincare routine.
++ stalk the team gift guide here.
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24 replies to “The Skinny Confidential TEAM SKINCARE GUIDE: EYE CREAMS, SERUMS, TOOLS & EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN”
I have to try all of these!!
you really do 😉
Love this. You guys should do a favorite, go-to places in SD/LA!
Love this. Can we do this for makeup?
oooo don’t tempt us
My favorite source to find out anything skin related! Love this post!!!!
I love Lauryn and have been reading this blog and listening to her podcast for several years. I would love for Lauryn to watch some of Dr. Days videos on youtube about skin care products. She’s a dermatologist and gives some insight into certain products and fads in the beauty industry that are basically a marketing ploy.
we will look into this! thank you for the feedback
i LOVED this! so nice to get different perspectives and hear from the whole team 🙂 Thank you for this.
🙂 thank you for reading !
Love this post!!!!
I enjoyed reading this one! Thank you for sharing!
I’m always looking for a perfect eye cream for my dark under eyes! Thanks for sharing this!! xx
thanks for the support! xoxo
Thank you for these amazing tips. Guidance is so beneficial for people with no knowledge about skin care products. I am sure there are many products in the market. However all are not suitable. You need to choose wisely and save your skin from toxic things. These are some great products so you can choose them without any fear
thanks for reading the article !
thanks for reading!
So useful!! I recently discovered this blog and I’m already a fan. It’s inspired me to keep pursuing my own love for blogging, fashion, etc. ?