Essential Items Every Vanity Should Have
When it comes to your skincare ritual, the term “less is more” is relative. While we love to indulge in a full on 6-step skincare regimen day and night, we also respect & understand the importance of simplicity & essentialism. Whether you’re new to curating the perfect skincare ritual or you’re looking to streamline your current routine, we’re breaking down the key, most important products that everyone should have on hand, regardless of your skin type. Let’s get right into the must-have products that you need on hand for healthy, radiant skin!
001. A CLEANSER
FFirst up is a really purifying, nourishing cleanser. Everyone needs a proper cleanser in their routine to keep your skin fresh, clean and hygienic. Ideally, we would all be double cleansing with both an oil cleanser and then following up with a more targeted cleanser that addresses your skincare concerns. However, if you have to choose just one cleanser as an everyday essential, having something on hand that is gentle and good for sensitive skin is your best bet.
The Tata Harper Softening Cleanser is a really soothing option that suits all skin types.
It’s a good idea to choose a cleanser that contains enzymes or gentle exfoliating ingredients. Our best selling cleanser is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser and this is such a crowd favorite because it really gives you that super clean, fresh faced glow and doesn’t strip the skin at all. If you run dry, opt for an oil cleanser such as Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser. Oil cleansers go deep into the skin to really purify your pores, dissolving all traces of makeup, dirt and debris to give you that revitalized feeling. Oil cleansers are great for every type of skin, yes, including those with oily and/or blemish prone skin.
002. A SERUM OR FACIAL OIL
This is your opportunity to get more targeted results with your skincare and really infuse the skin with nourishment and hydration. You can opt for either a serum or a treatment oil-in-serum.
A serum and/or treatment oil, contains more specialized ingredients that target and treat your specific skincare goals. They include more actives that will help you achieve your skincare goals, whether that’s brightening, hydrating, targeting wrinkles or fine lines, blemishes or just an overall complexion enhancement.
Both options, an oil and a serum, were once considered to be two different products. Now that the skincare industry has evolved so much, the level of advanced innovation has really accelerated, not only expanding our options, but actually combining products to create ultra-effective and unique hybrid treatment products that are a combination of both a serum and an oil, in one. Of course you can still opt for a classic serum or a classic facial oil, but when you’re looking to stock your vanity with the essentials, we recommend choosing something that does double duty such as the Agent Nateur holi (oil) or the Ayuna Cellular Oil, both of which are hybrid products and give outstanding results.
For more information on what exactly a serum is, visit our blog here where we dive into all things serums, perfect for a beginner's mind.
003. A MOISTURIZING CREAM
Regardless of the state of your skin, the most important factor is the level of hydration! A moisturizer is a step that you can honestly never forgo if you’re after a nourished and healthy complexion. Dehydrated skin can lead to many skin concerns from dullness, texture issues, blemishes, breakouts and is actually the true cause of aging. Our favorite moisturizers infuse your complexion with nourishing ingredients from vitamins and antioxidants to peptides, actives and botanicals so you can rest assured that your skin is getting plenty of nutrients for your most supple, glowing complexion. Here are our favorite essential moisturizers that are universal and suitable for all skin types. Hydration is KEY.
You can opt to sandwich, or layer, your skincare by going in with your serums first, and/or your serum/oil and then following up with a hydrating cream or moisturizer to seal it all in. If you want to get specific and find out the exact order of layering that’s suitable for your specific skin type and goals, we offer a free 15 minute consultation you can sign up for at any time, here.
Next, you’re going to want to ensure that you have a treatment product on hand. This can range from a blemish spot treatment to an exfoliating mask. Incorporating a really effective, mult-purpose face mask into your routine is going to help you get those facial results at home and take your skin to the next level. Our founder uses a face mask every single morning and swears by this beauty hack. You’re going to want to choose a mask that works to target one of your skin concerns, whether it’s brightening, hydrating or a deep cleanse to eliminate congestion, break outs, redness or other imperfections. Face masks also give you that opportunity to tend to our skin and create rituals out of self care that we can all really benefit from as well as expedite the visible transformation of your skin.
One of our number one face masks and treatment products is the very unique, multitasking Ayuna Essence. This is our founder’s holy grail face mask and is probably our top suggestion for a treatment product to have in your vanity. It’s so special because it truly doesn’t fit into any one category, which is why Ayuna is such an innovative, ingenious brand. This product is deemed a “high protein cream-in-one peel” because of its unparalleled ability to leave your complexion BABY SOFT. It removes every trace of dead skin, any and all texture & reveals brand new, fresh skin that’s super silky to the touch & visibly more refined. You can see instant results! Exfoliation is an ESSENTIAL step in any routine so this treatment is a number one favorite!
005. AN EYE CREAM
Finally, every vanity needs an eye treatment. This delicate area of the face needs to be treated with extra special attention. As we begin to age, the skin around the eyes is most susceptible to damage, sagging and wrinkles due to the delicate, thin structure, making it the first place to show the signs of aging. Opt for a multitasking hydrator such as the Agent Nateur holi (glow), which also treats the lips. If you’re in a pinch, you can use a heavier or richer cream around the eye area as well, such as the Ayuna Cream III.
006. FAMILY FAVES & MUST HAVES
CV Skin Labs is the brand that every Mother should have in their medicine cabinet and vanity at home. Their entire collection is full of hero products that every family needs. From their soothing and sensitive moisturizers for both face and body to their best selling Rescue & Relief Spray, you can’t go wrong with these products. These are those foundational pieces to keep on hand at all times. The brand uses a Tri-Rescue Skin Complex in all of their formulations, which is a blend of anti-inflammatory turmeric, alpha-bisabolol & reishi mushrooms to calm & accelerate cellular healing.