Athena Calderone shares the best skincare products for a simple, streamlined, but efficacious routine. (She’s been using them for years!)
The 8 Skincare Products I Swear By
I can speak about food and flavors for hours on end. I can dive into a discussion surrounding design history or the mechanics of a well-appointed room with absolute conviction but beauty and skincare… it just isn’t my thing. I have used the exact same products for years—I am loyal and consistent. At 47 years young, my skincare regimen is simple and streamlined for ease and efficacy. But there are a few things I swear by.
I wear sunscreen daily—sun drops by Dr. Barbara Sturm, always. I also use her super anti-aging serum and eye cream religiously (I’ve been using the brand for about five years and I really do swear by it). I wash my face with Caudalíe foaming cleanser. I also use Noble Panacea Absolute Moisturizer and Furtuna Skin Biphase Moisturizing Oil and Vintner’s Daughter serum in winter when my skin is dry.
As far as preventative and upkeep, Dyer Dermatology takes care of my skin and keeps me looking fresh and glowy with Aqua Gold Fine Touch and Clear + Brilliant laser periodically. And yes, micro botox here and there, too. Okay, that’s me truthfully. Keep reading to shop my skincare routine!
Shop My Simple Skincare Regimen:
1. DR. BARBARA STURM Sun Drops SPF50
Known as "your liquid sun umbrella," this SPF 50 is more like a serum than a sunscreen thanks to its active complex of cassia extract, vitamin E, and beta-glucan. I love this lightweight serum/sunscreen hybrid so much.
2. DR. BARBARA STURM Super Anti-Aging Serum
It's no secret that our skin loses firmness as we age but thanks to this anti-aging serum, now we can do something about it. This is called a super serum for a reason. It's packed with long- and short-chain hyaluronic molecules that intensely moisturize with strong antioxidants to repair damage and support cell regeneration. I have been using it for the past five years and I can't recommend it enough.
3. Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream
A complex of potent ingredients including yeast, golden root, and sugar beet help to combat dark circles while vitamin E and macadamia oil provide much-needed hydration to the under-eye area. This lightweight eye cream targets signs of aging and puffiness. I am obsessed with it.
4. CAUDALÍE Vinoclean Instant Foaming Cleanser
This natural, soap- and sulfate-free foaming daily cleanser is my daily hero. You might think a foam cleanser would be drying but thanks to the antioxidant-packed ingredient list, this gently cleans and softens your skin. It's just so good!
5. Noble Panacea The Absolute Active Replenishing Moisturizer
While this moisturizer is definitely an investment, it's worth it for me because it lasts a long time and keeps things simple. I'm also a believer in their patented OMV™ Technology which delivers the powerful, nutritive complex directly into the cells at the individual molecule level to lift and firm the skin. My skin always feels super hydrated, smooth, supple, and plump after use.
6. FURTUNA SKIN Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Oil
If you haven't tried this impressive oil yet, then you simply must add it to your wish list. I'm not sure how I ever lived without a face oil before this one but I'm a total convert now. Crafted from heritage olive trees in Sicily, this oil delivers a double dose of hydration with botanically-infused organic olive oil and olive leaf water to visibly plump skin with moisture as it helps repair its protective barrier. Plus, it smells divine!
7. VINTNER'S DAUGHTER Active Botanical Serum
I've been using this active serum for years and there's a reason it has a cult following: it works! Formulated with 22 of the world's most nutrient-rich botanicals, this serum always leaves my skin feeling nourished and restored, especially in the dry, wintery months.
8. Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose Advanced Serum
This serum is divine! It has a dreamy texture but it also revitalizes the skin twice as fast thanks to its power-packed antioxidant formulation. Trust me on this one.