My Skin Is Kind of Perfect Right Now Thanks to This Exact 30-Day Routine


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I'm just going to come out and say it: Everyone has been complimenting my skin lately. My co-workers, random people at the grocery store, my friends and family—everyone. While I've never dealt with any major skin woes like acne, I still never considered myself to be someone with particularly good skin (whatever that means). My skin has always been on the dry side, and like many women of color, I've dealt with my fair share of stubborn hyperpigmentation. The sudden influx of compliments hasn't just been a nice little boost to my newly 30-year-old ego but also a testament to my current skincare routine, which I've tweaked to perfection over the course of several months. 

As a beauty editor, I have access to every product under the sun. But ever since last fall, I felt like my skin had just lost something. When I think back, it makes sense, as there was lot was happening at the time. I had moved, turned 30, gotten engaged, and made a major professional move all in a matter of months, and while each of these life developments was exciting and positive, I found myself overwhelmed with stress. I wasn't sleeping well, I wasn't eating properly, my skincare routine had fallen by the wayside, and all of that was showing up on my face. I was getting pimples, my skin tone was blotchy and uneven, and my skin texture was less than smooth.

But then, something started to happen around January: Every time I posted a photo of my mug on Instagram, a sea of adulation would flood into my comments. I started catching glimpses of my makeup-free face and being truly happy with what I saw staring back at me. Maybe it was the newfound self-love I'd been practicing in therapy, or maybe it was my skincare regimen, which had admittedly reached an all-time level of bougie, even for me. Now, I'm at a place where I'll freely leave the house without makeup on and am genuinely pleased with how healthy and smooth my skin looks. I'm not perfect, by any means, but I am genuinely happy, and I have to believe that my fresh, smooth skin has something to do with it. So here it goes: the exact skincare routine that delivered smooth, glowing skin in a month's time and continues to do so to this day. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

My skin before:


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A.M. Routine

My skin after 14 days:


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P.M. Routine


My skin after 30 days:


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As needed:

My skin now:


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Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.