Never Look Worn Out Again — This Skin Care Routine "Resets" Your Complexion
My skin reflects my energy levels. When I feel worn out and exhausted, you're sure to see it on my face: My under-eye shadows deepen, my complexion dulls, and my smile lines really begin to show.
Whether I'm dealing with a lack of sleep, one too many cocktails, or a jam-packed travel schedule, I know the routine below will have my skin looking revived in no time. I refuse to gatekeep, so I'm sharing my nonnegotiable protocol for rejuvenating worn-out skin.
Step 1: Strawberry collagen smoothie
What you put inside your body is just as important as the topical products you slather on, so I always start with nutrition. While I'll switch up the fruit combinations in my smoothies, one thing remains constant: I have to put a scoop of collagen powder in my blend.
I keep this smoothie on hand while I proceed with the rest of my routine. Trust me, you won't regret starting with this step.
Step 2: Clay mask, then hydrating mask
Next, I pull out my face masks. Most of the time I start with a clay mask but only a formula that's equally hydrating. If you opt for pure clay mixed with water, add some jojoba oil to buffer the clay's drying effects.
Afterward, I go in with a hydrating mask. This helps plump my complexion and replenish hydration. My favorite: the Pai Resurrection Girl mask (fitting name, right?).
Step 3: Skin barrier support
I may even consider slapping on a pair of under-eye patches if my dark circles are begging for attention. Trust me, you'll feel a million times better after reserving this time for yourself, and your skin will thank you for it.
When my skin is looking worn out, I rely on a nutritious collagen smoothie, a lineup of face masks, and barrier-supporting products to help it spring back to life. Now, if you're dealing with a "skin care hangover," that calls for a slightly different lineup—read about that routine here.
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty & Health Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including skin care, women’s health, mental health, sustainability, social media trends, and more. She previously interned for Almost 30, a top-rated health and wellness podcast. In her current role, Hannah reports on the latest beauty trends and innovations, women’s health research, brain health news, and plenty more.