COVID changed everything – I used to go to get facials often, but suddenly I had to find a way to do it all at home. I also went through some serious stress, and that took a toll on my skin. It was time to up the game all around. Now that I have, I realized I can everything I used to do at thee facialist, right at home. It took a bit of investing in quality products, but my at-home spa is complete and my skin has never looked or felt better. I never recommend anything with using for at least three months, but most of these products I’ve been using for the last year.
My Go-To Products
I spent years without a proper skincare plan – just a miss-matched bag of products I was given or bought but wasn’t really sure what they did. So I sought out the top dermatologist in Manhattan – Dr. Howard Sobel – the O.G. for R.X. skincare lines and my personal, skin genie. I wanted a plan that I knew I could trust, and products I knew would work. What makes these products really special and worth the cost is that they are prescription-grade. The concentration of anti-aging ingredients in them are higher than you can find anywhere else on a shelf! You can read about the entire regime I follow in my review, but basically, I’m going on a year of using them and I have seen a complete transformation. It’s everything from a vitamin C cream, to a plant-based day cream with SPF, to a gentle peel, to retinol, to eye cream. I loved the idea of finding one line and sticking to it – and that’s what I’ve done with Sobel Skincare.
My $1.60 Daily Facial I Can Drink
I “have a facial” every day with an 8 Greens Skin, which is an effervescent tablet that combines 8 greens focused on the skin with marine collagen and biotin. The best part is – it tastes delicious. It’s fizzy and refreshing and so drinking it is actually something I look forward to every day. This was such an easy thing to incorporate into my day that helps my skin, and my diet. You can save 20% off with the code ANNA20.
This is where it gets crazy. I have a tool box now. Some of these I use everyday, and others just 2-3 times a week. It may seem like a lot, but they all have a different purpose.
I started at home micro-needling in the summer! This tool, the GloPRO® Microneedling Regeneration, was a game-changer for my skin. I used it every night when I first got it, and after a week of using it on my face, I bought the attachment for the body also. Microneedling essentially creates the tiniest damage to your skin with teeny needles so that your skin regenerates faster. You roll this little wand all over your face, while UV light shines from it reducing inflammation, fine lines, and discoloration. I was skeptical and afraid it would hurt, but instead, I found it feels wonderfully satisfying, and it works! I use the body attachment on stretch marks and it works wonders.
Once I got hooked on that tool, I decided to try a few others and found the Exfora from Vanity Planet. This at home microdermabrasion wand exfoliates and suction away impurities that can clog pores, leading to inflammation, blackheads, and acne breakouts. I use it once a week (on a night I don’t use my Glo Pro. It also does not hurt at all, and the way it leaves your face feeling is amazing.
Exfora also stimulates skin, promoting blood circulation, accelerating skin tissue development and collagen production. I used to pay a small fortune for this treatment at the facialist in New York! Now, I can do it myself. ANNAKLOOTS gets you 60% off the exfora!
The other tool I love is a face roller. I keep it in my mini product fridge, and when I wake up, or get back from a workout, I LOVE the feeling of the cold stone on my face. The concept of both is just to define, contour, and exercise your face muscles. It’s de-puffs and honestly just feels fantastic.
If you really love rolling and want to take it to the next level, I recommend a vibrating rose quartz roller. This one with 6000 vibrations is going to take all the benefits of rolling up a notch.
I got a face steamer, and I use it every morning and night after washing my face. It’s like when you go to a facialist and they start with steam, this just deep cleans your pores and helps add moisture to your face. It also just feels SO good on your skin. I usually turn it on while I’m brushing my teeth and kill two birds with one stone.
It’s no secret I wear my robot-style LED face mask for twenty minutes, every single day without fail. I think this thing is the single best product I have ever used, and I promise it has changed my skin. Mine came to me as a very, very nice gift from a friend who swears it’s the best one out there because it’s the most powerful. There are several LED masks on the market, and I’ve only ever tried one other, and I’ll be honest – the result was not the same because there are not as many lights – but for a fraction of the cost, it’s better than having no LEG in your life. I’m linking mine here, a mid-cost, and a budget option. I always follow up my mask with this magical serum.
I got lucky enough to strike up an insta-friendship with celebrity facialist Angela Cagila while in LA. I then became obsessed with this serum, and her other products, and I now always keep a little stash of her sheet masks that have flecks of gold in them! This sheet mask I do at home if I have an important day, or something I really want to look good for! You wear it for 20 minutes on clear, clean skin it’s like a mini spa treatment at home. (I use the roller when I take it off to soak in all the extra serum and it’s divine.)
When one of those awful, enormous pimples strike, these little stickers will take it away overnight. It’s REAL magic. They act like little sponges, soaking up all the yuck under your skin and flattening out the mountain forming there. They also keep you from picking, which is so important to prevent scarring!
I love the ones from DIME called “Power Patch” (CODE annakloots will save you 20%) With the powerful combination of Hydrocolloid, Vitamin A, Clove Oil, and Salicylic Acid, the Power Patch is your best friend when it comes to the ultimate blemish control. But there are also some on Amazon I have used too and seen great results.