Beauty Must-Haves -Essentials for Radiant Skin

Beauty must-haves, essentials for radiant and younger-looking skin

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to see my dermatologist. I was freaking out about a dark spot on my arm and I was panicking for no good reason. My doctor just smiled and said “It is completely normal, nothing to worry about. Just keep using sunscreen.” Phew!!!… But then, she takes a closer look at my face, stares at it for about 20 seconds, smiles and says “Darling, what is your secret? What do you do to keep such a fair complexion?” I swear, I started doing backflips, loop jumps and layback spins in my head from so much excitement (note that I can’t even skate in 4 wheel roller skates and much less, do a proper forward roll, but my excitement was so big, I actually pictured myself doing those moves, lol).

Actually, for a few seconds, I was stunned and wondered why my dermatologist was asking me such a thing. I mean, she is my go-to beauty expert. Then, as I came back to my senses and quit the whole gymnast/figure skating imaginary thing, I said to myself “I must be doing something right”. So, as you can probably guess, I told my doctor all my skincare routines and obviously, I will be telling you too! I do have to confess, my Mom made wear sunscreen since I was 13 years old and hated it, but boy has it paid off! I do take care of my face, I’m not going to deny that,  and I do lots of research before buying a product.


Morning Routine

Clarisonic Mia2

Once I manage to get out of bed (yes, it takes me between 10 to 20 minutes to actually get out of bed and not be moody because the alarm just went off), the first thing I do is give myself a proper face wash. I’m a huge fan of Clarisonic for this. Ever since I started using it (which was 3 years ago) I noticed no more breakouts and significantly smaller pores. It really cleans without irritating skin.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Clarisonic Mia2. What you need for a fair complexion.

 Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash 

This is what I cleanse with; I apply a pea-sized amount in the middle of my Clarisonic brush. It really works wonders since I have very sensitive skin. Also, it is soap free. Now, don’t get discouraged because there’s no soap in it.  It does a provide a deep clean and you don’t risk over-drying your face due to harsh chemicals.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Kiehl´s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash. What you need for a fair complexion.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Best toner ever. I like to use the for two main reasons: It does what it promises and it’s cheap. This toner cleanses, removes any makeup and/or dirt and hydrates skin.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. What you need for a fair complexion.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective ™ Dark Spot Solution

This goes all over my face and once it dries (it dries almost instantly), I apply my eye cream. This serum brightens skin, improves discolorations and unifies your skin tone.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Kiehl´s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. What you need for a fair complexion.


 Caudalie ‘Premier Cru’ Eye Cream

This is the only eye cream I’ve noticed that actually reduces my dark under-eye circles (a raccoon and I have a lot in common if you know what I mean). Also, it helps me with fine lines and wrinkles (I have crow’s feet and it is most noticeable when I smile). It hydrates the eye area, without leaving it greasy and it is excellent for pre-makeup application.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream. What you need for a fair complexion.

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion

By far, my favorite daily moisturizer.  It absorbs quickly, leaves a matte skin texture and helps with my shiny T-Zone area.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Murad skin perfecting lotion. What you need for a fair complexion.

MD SolarSciences Mineral Créme SPF 50 

This sunscreen protects me from the sun and it’s 80 minutes water resistant, plus, it contains ProVention-R,  an antioxidant complex. After this last but very important step, I’m all set for applying my make-up (if I feel like applying makeup that is). *A little advice…Always wear sunscreen, even if you won’t go outside your house, even if it’s cloudy outdoors. The sun’s damaging rays will still reach you, so, wear sunscreen.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-MD SolarSciences SPF

Night Routine

Clarisonic Mia2

Yes, again. A proper face cleansing to get rid of all the accumulated dirt throughout the day.

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

Your skin will thank you for this. If you are using a face wash that leaves your skin reddish or makes it feel dry, then it’s time to switch to a better one.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

This step is guaranteed to eliminate all remaining make-up and/or dirt. Besides cleansing, it will hydrate your skin. A toner should not leave your skin feeling tight. Otherwise, it’s just over-drying your skin and producing more oil than needed and that translates into more breakouts.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate 

This product is a total skin savior. You only need 2 drops on the palm of your hand, apply it with gentle patting motions and voilá. This is the ONE product I always use before going to bed. If you’re feeling a bit lazy and don’t feel like doing the whole night routine, this step is a must. Your skin will thank you for it in the morning. Trust me, after 5 days of using it, you will notice a big improvement on your skin.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Kiehl´s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. What you need for a fair complexion.

Caudalie ‘Premier Cru’ Eye Cream

Remember to never neglect your eye area. A well rested and brightened eye area is what you get for using this.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment Gel

This lightweight face gel seals in essential vitamins and minerals for a deeply nourished skin. It also supports natural cell turnover, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooths texture. Say hello to a visibly radiant and younger-looking skin in the morning. A total must. I noticed a huge difference from day 1 of using it.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Ole Henriksen Invigorating Transformation Gel. What you need for a fair complexion.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

The last step yet a very important one… With a multi-fruit AHA complex, it evens skin tone and smooths the skin’s texture. This is my favorite night moisturizer. Again, I noticed the improvement in my skin’s appearance from using this night-time moisturizer on day 1.

Beauty essentials for radiant skin-Ole Henriksen Sheer transformation. What you need for a fair complexion.

Beauty must-haves for radiant skin
Me with no makeup. Yes, I have crow’s feet.

Another word of advice…use the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, follow with Ole Henriksen Night Treatment Gel and then apply a bit of Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation on your neck and décolleté. It’s important not to neglect this area and there’s no need to spend money on specific products for this two areas. So, after following all these steps, (yes, I know, it can seem a bit daunting at first, you can also check my updated Spring routine faves and add some of those to your beauty regime and get your glow on) be ready to transform your skin. You will be thankful for such a routine every time someone tells you “You’re how old?! No way, you look way younger!” There you have it, the full scoop of my daily beauty routine. What are your beauty must-haves? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 Till next time 😀


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42 Comment

  1. Wow, I love this advice. I’d never heard of most of these products. Thanks for sharing.

    1. So glad you found it useful! Cheers!

  2. Dyana @adebtfreejourney says: Reply

    Great advice! Have you ever tried lemon juice? I tried to use it to help fade my dark spots but I didn’t get much out of it. What has helped my complexion the most is actually pure coconut oil!

    1. Hi, Dyana! Thanks! I did try lemon juice but honestly, it didn’t do anything for me. As with coconut oil, I used it for some time but I hated that it stained my sheets, and I didn’t see any improvements on my skin. I do use coconut oil for my hands, especially in the winter season (my hands crack). Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. I have a Clarisonic and I love it…must try those Kiehl’s cleansers

    1. I love my Clarisonic as well, lol! Can´t live without it. Kiehl´s is a great skincare brand and have several types of face cleansers depending on what your skin concern is. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. I love Kiehl’s products! Pretty much everything they have is great, though I haven’t tried many of these others. I look forward to checking them out.

    1. Kiehl´s products rock! Totally agree on that! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing, I’ve recently started using Keihls products and can’t wait to try some of these that you mentioned!

    1. Kiehl´s products rock! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. I have the Clairsonic, but I need to get a new brush head! Thanks for the reminder of how good it is!!

    1. You´re welcome, Melanie! So happy to know you found this post useful! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing! I need to step up my skincare routine!

    1. You´re welcome! Glad to know you found it useful! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I love Kiehl’s! I only use a couple products so I will have to check out what you use. I used to use a Clarisonic but fell out of the habit. I really need to get back with it!

    1. Clarisonic works wonders for your skin! You should definitely get back into the habit of using it daily. Just make sure to use the proper brush head (I would recommend you start again with the sensitive brush head and after 3 months you can switch to another, depending on your main skin concern). Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  9. ah man I did not like my clarisonic, i think my skin is just too sensitive! i have had great luck with Kiehl products though.

    1. Have you tried the sensitive brush head? My skin is super sensitive and started off with that one and then after 6 months, was able to move on to the ¨deep pore cleansing¨ one. Kiehl´s products rock! Totally with you on that! Thanks for stopping by!:)

  10. I admire you for being able to follow such detailed routines every morning and every evening, I never managed to do that. Now and then, I would take care of my face skin following all the (beauty)steps.

    1. Hi, Perla! I didn´t always follow these routines. It wasn´t until 4 years ago that I really stick to it but I do admit it does pay off big time. When I´m really lazy at night(like really, really lazy) I always use the Kiehl´s midnight recovery concentrate and just apply my Caudalie eye cream and you still notice a huge difference when you wake up the next day. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  11. Thank you for this! Now that I’m past 30, I’ve been looking to up my game in terms of face care. I love that you talk about micellar water. I got some to sample, but had no idea how to use it! Now I will start using it as a toner. 🙂

    1. Micellar water is great as toner. I love the Simple Skincare brand since it contains no harsh chemical and it´s cheap! Glad to know you found this post useful! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  12. I love the advice and how you broke it down into routines!! I really need to get better at taking care of my skin, but once I get the kids down all that I want to do is go down with them lol

    1. I´m so glad you enjoyed reading this post and found it useful! I can imagine not wanting to do anything else other than just dozing off at night! I hear ya on that! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  13. Love this! I just did a post on stuff to get clear skin working from the inside, but it can’t hurt to help from the outside as well!


    1. Hi, Kate! I would love to check out your post! Being Healthy definitely starts on the inside. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  14. You have beautiful skin! I will have to check out your eye creams.

    1. You´re so sweet! Thank you! I really do swear by my eye creams even though I have dark circles and crow´s feet. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  15. Love my clarisonic! Vitamin C is my favorite serum! Love your list, I’ll have to try some of them!

    1. Clarisonic is great, isn´t it? Vitamin C is great for skin and for your immune system. Looks like you´re rocking your skincare regime already! Kudos!

  16. always looking for cleansers for sensitive skin! will have to check out the Kiehls! thanks!


    1. Kiehl´s has a great range of products for sensitive skin. I´m sure you´ll find one that best suits you! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  17. babiestobookworms says: Reply

    I have been wanting to try the Clarisonic! I will have to check out some of these products!

    1. The Clarisonic is great! It does wonders for your skin! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  18. Great tips! I am embarrassed to admit that I have the Clarisonic and rarely use it, thanks for the encouragement!

    1. Oh, my! I definitely recommend the Clarisonic! Once you get the hang of it, you´ll never want to stop using it! 🙂

  19. I’ve often wondered if the cleansing brushes are worth the investment.

    1. Well, I can´t speak for all cleansing brushes as I´ve tried many and didn´t deliver the same results as the Clarisonic. I can speak for the Clarisonic which is a cult favorite and that I recommend. If you´re planning on investing on a Clarisonic, I would say ¨GO for it!¨ but if it´s another brand, I would do thorough research before purchasing. Hope this helps! 🙂

  20. I am always looking for good skincare products since I’ve always had troubled skin. I’ll give some of these a shot! Thanks!

    1. I´m glad you liked this tips! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  21. I more so go for natural remedies! I love brown sugar… cucumbers… but once in a blue I check out other skin products. these are great options.

    1. So happy to know you liked these! These are some of my favorite skincare products that really deliver results! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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