It might be common sense to some, but keeping my skin hydrated is something that escapes me from 9-5. Products aren’t readily available, I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off, or I just… don’t care. Insert one of those monkey emoticons here. To be completely honest, until about a year ago, skincare was something I hadn’t ever really given any thought to. And then I looked in the mirror one day when I was getting my hair done – you know – in those gigantic mirrors that forgive ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I saw dry, drooping, wrinkly skin. Hello, panic attack. So from that moment on I vowed to hydrate my skin at every effing moment of the day including, but not limited to, those 8/9/10ish hours you’re at work every day.
Stop whining. It’s not that hard. And it won’t cost you much. You know what? Scratch that. It doesn’t matter how much it costs. It’s the well-being of your skin. It doesn’t matter how much it costs. Pick up the cutest cosmetics pouch you can find, (I’m obsessed with these) fill it with these essentials, toss it in your work bag – or even better, keep it in one of your desk drawers – and call it a day.
Not only are these products that I actually use on the daily, they’re products that I swear by i.e., won’t shut up about. Do your skin a favor and invest in it now. Say it with me, “PREVENTATIVE SKINCARE”. And I swear to God, if you’re not applying SPF daily (whether it’s in your moisturizer or you apply separately) I’ll hunt you down.
I always thought women who used water spray were high maintenance. Like, why don’t you just splash your face with water? Uh, because then your makeup will come off and you spent far too long applying it to mess it all up now. You know what I learned from hating on these women? That haters gonna hate and I was missing out on a super refreshing mid day beauty hack.
I’ve been using this miracle worker as my eye cream for a few months now but only recently added it to my work day refresh repertoire after hearing Bluemercury owner Marla Beck uses it as a mid-day pick me up on top of her makeup. Obviously, I tried it and fell hard and fast for the technique. Skip that 4th cup of coffee and instead apply it as you would regular eye cream over your makeup for a dewy look.
Where to start with this lip stick. It’s marketed as a hydration balm and unlike typical marketing scams that lie their faces right off this stuff is actually a super kick ass hydration stick. I have one on my nightstand and one in my purse. Wear it alone or under lip color for extra moisture. You can also use it to heal dry patches on your face – just remember to apply it before you apply your makeup.
My love of Vaseline knows no bounds and this intensive hand cream is no different. It’s fragrance free and super light. This is another one of those products I have multiples of lying around my house. Sah good.
I was never a fan of blotting papers until I found these from Bobbi Brown. These are a lifesaver around 3pm when I’ve been running around and I’m sweating like a lumberjack. It takes away that shine without taking off your makeup. That being said, in the interest of completely honesty, I don’t have a super oily complexion so I’m not sure how well these will work if you have that skin type.
And last but certainly not least: H20. You should be drinking 8 ounces of water per day. That’s a half gallon, ladies. I like to drink at least double that and I get it done by filling up a monster water jug a few times a day. Of course it’s Notre Dame football themed. Why are you even asking? Healthy skin starts from the inside out but because I know some of you can’t put down those diet cokes, these hydrating products will have to do.
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