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A Beauty Lover’s 14-Step Post-Fashion Week Skin-Care Routine

After a long week, there’s nothing like a healthy dose of pampering.

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Alec Kugler

Fashion week is finally over, and for those of us in the industry, it unfortunately takes a serious toll on both our sleep schedules and our skin health (hello, dark circles, my old friends). While I’ll be using the bulk of this three-day weekend to catch up on some much-needed sleep, I’m also planning to double down on my (already extensive) beauty routine to restore my skin’s overall hydration, glow, and even tone.

Luckily, I take a certain amount of pride in watching people open the door to my apartment bathroom and immediately gasp at the overwhelming amount of *products* I own. They’re tucked away in acrylic drawers, IKEA baskets, Muji containers, and lurking behind my extra-large vanity mirror. If you’re particularly eagle-eyed, you might even spot my boyfriend’s three—count them, THREE—items amongst my treasure trove of makeup and skin care. But truth be told, there’s no shame in my beauty game, because nothing makes me light up with glee like when a stranger tells me my skin is glowing. So in order to get back to my brightest, glowiest self, I’m pulling out my 14 favorite products and tools for a full-on Sunday spa routine. Check out each pampering step below.

Malin + Goetz Vetiver Hand + Body Wash: For the love of god, before you touch your face WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS. Especially if you’re like every other human on Earth and constantly on your phone. Your paws are gross, so please cleanse them, preferably with an ultra-chic hand wash.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser: I’m a big fan of double-cleansing, and Tata Harper’s cult-favorite oil cleanser is my new go-to. I use one pump and work it up and outward, to help drain any puffiness and remove leftover mascara clumps.

Darphin INTRAL Air Mousse Cleanser with Chamomile: I’m pretty picky with foaming cleansers, since many leave your face stripped of moisture afterward, but this chamomile formula from Darphin really agrees with my skin. I use one pump, and sweep it around my nose, chin, and forehead—where most of my natural oil accumulates—and then rinse with alternating hot and cold water to stimulate my pores.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask: Hands down, this is the best deep-cleansing mask I’ve tried in quite a while. I can actually see my wide-open pores after the pink clay draws trapped dirt and oil to the surface. It’s slightly gross, but incredibly satisfying.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches: My under-eye area gets crazy-dry and irritated in the winter, so I love using eye masks to add a boost of hydration to this delicate skin. While my choice of face masks does its thing, I slap these on (which are full of ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid), drink some coffee, and snap a billion selfies.

Avene Soothing Sheet Mask: After cleansing, I like to baby my skin with a moisture treatment. Avene is a Parisian girl’s favorite for a reason, and the brand’s sheet masks are like a concentrated dose of their signature thermal water. I let it marinate until it’s dry, and then smooth any lingering product onto my neck, hands, and décolletage. Ordinarily I use a toner after cleansing, but on spa days I don’t like to strip any of my sheet mask’s hydrating properties.

Jade Roller: I use a jade roller every day, which you can read more about right here!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence: Unlike our social editor, Brooke, I’ve only recently hopped on the essence train, but this one from Caudalie is a total game-changer. It contains glycolic acid to support cell turnover and fade dark spots (I’m prone to melasma above my lips and around my eyes) and gives me a good, glowy foundation for the rest of my products.

Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Serum: Repeat after me: Hyaluronic acid is your friend. I just started testing this formula from Susanne Kaufmann, and my skin feels as plump and dewy as ever.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum: If I could only use one skin-care product for the rest of my life, it would be some form of vitamin C. I’m a huge fan of Drunk Elephant for its clean-beauty pledge and simply delivering on its promises, meaning this product evens out my skin tone and improves its texture. Also, vitamin C loses its potency over time, so I appreciate the opaque packaging to help prolong the shelf life.

Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Eye Gel: Surprise, surprise, more hyaluronic acid! Sensing a theme here? I love this formula for everyday use, since it not only hydrates, but sits perfectly under makeup—no creasing or pilling. And yes, you should be using eye-cream, even if you’re in your twenties. Prevention is everything.

In Fiore Nourrit Complexe Face Oil Concentré: During the work week, I typically wear some concealer and cream blush on my face, but on the weekends I try to go makeup-free (except for my brows, always). This gives my skin a rest, and I can layer on my favorite oils for a slippery, ultra-dewy complexion. I’m newly obsessed with In Fiore’s face oils, so I massage half a dropper from my hairline all the way down my neck to nourish, brighten, and soothe my skin.

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50: I don’t care if I spend all day indoors, I’ll always, always apply sunscreen as a final step of my skin-care routine. For an ultra-lightweight formula, I swear by Supergoop! Setting Mist. It’s SPF 50, water-resistant, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Just remember to wait a few seconds before opening your eyes so the mist doesn’t irritate them.

Bastide Figue d'ete Hand and Body Lotion: Once my face is sufficiently coated in moisturizing, brightening, and soothing products, I slather my favorite luxury body lotion from my shoulders to toes, slip on my personalized Sunday Forever Gertie robe, and enjoy a few more hours of blissful relaxation. That’s what the weekend is for, right?

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