My morning routine is 27 minutes long, from the time I finally enter the bathroom to the time I almost forget to lock the front door. As the shower heats up, I chug water and coffee, and if my roommate’s not home, I do a little dance to whatever Jens Lekman song is swirling around my head lately. My shower takes approximately one song – I read somewhere that fellow beautiful person Jennifer Aniston takes a two minute shower, so I feel pretty good about it. I wash my face with a charcoal cleanser bc it looks like it works and I want that sweet baby’s butt skin of a coal miner. I moisturize with Neutrogena Hydro Boost, which costs like 16 whole American dollars (Stefanie gave this to me, otherwise I would be like, “What am I, some kind of face millionaire?!”). I get dressed, I put on whatever makeup I have cobbled together to make my face look less like a teen’s, I blow dry my bangs, and I grab two sparkling waters on my way out the door. Basically, I am the picture of glamour. My skincare routine is one of inference, convenience, and frugality.

Lately, I’ve felt that, as an adult, it’s time to stop breaking out constantly and actually establish a skincare routine. I am ready to start a system, but I want to do it my way: following the tips that work for my lifestyle and being at least a little scientific about verifying the results.

This is the first post in a series about my skincare experiments – what I’m incorporating into my skincare routine based on advice I’ve read and received from Twitter people, IRL friends, women’s magazines, and desperate google searches. Every week, I will start from my baseline routine and incorporate one new tip, and compare a skin “before” and “after.”

Please pray for me as I embark on the truly terrifying experience of using a facial brush. Stay tuned.


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