Oct 14, 2018

Skin Care Must Haves

One of my favorite things about being a blogger and an esthetician are the endless products to try! You should see my bathroom right now, it’s exploding with products. I need my friends to come take it all!  Lunchpails has worked with incredible lines – in drugstores, department stores, and medical offices. I went through my bathroom cabinets and decided to pull all the products I will keep on rotation no matter what! These are products that I’ve noticed really work and change the appearance of skin over time. These are products that every woman should know about. These are anti-aging and will keep your skin glowing. You don’t need everything at once but start with adding one new item to your routine. I promise you will see a difference!

Remember my post about my love for BOTOX IN A BOTTLE. I still use this and understand why it won a ton of awards. It’s still at the top of my list. After I wash my face I put two pumps of this serum over my fore head, around wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. I put it anywhere I want to work on wrinkles and elasticity. Two times a day or just at night is fine too. It’s also been known to help your botox last longer. Read more below. (#17 on the list)

1.Clarisonic mini exfoliating brush – This is the updated mini version of the clarisonic exfoliating brush. Works 6x greater than hands alone to exfoliate and keep your skin clear. Your skin will glow while keeping a dewy and fresh appearance longer. It’s waterproof which is an added bonus and travels well. I keep it in my shower and use it every morning.

2.Pigment Bar – This is an incredible face wash that is included in the PCA pigment control program. Use it in the morning. You use this to brighten your skin and fade any brown spots. It’s by PCA which is one of the best medical grade skin care lines.

3.Chantecaille Brightening Serum – This face serum is incredibly hydrating while giving your skin a huge boost of antioxidants it needs to repair itself from the environment. Smells so good and feels so good!

4.Obagi Clear Step 3 – I use this #3 CLEAR step on a as needed basis. After the summer is over and I have a few more brown spots than normal I use this to wipe it all away. (get at Med Spa or Derm)

5.Clarifying Clay Masque – This is a non drying face mask for all skin types. It’s pretty much the only face mask I do. We have a steam room and I use this product once a week with the steam. Make your own hot towels if you don’t have access to a steam room or just make your shower super hot. Let the product penetrate into your pores. Your skin will feel so clean and fresh. It’s my favorite!

6. ENLITE Scrub & Glow – Pick this up at CVS the next time you are there. It’s inexpensive and works magic. It exfoliates and keeps your skin so soft! My pores instantly look smaller and I feel younger which is a good thing!

7. CE FERULIC – I use this every single day. It’s an added protection and defense for your skin against the environment and sun. It will fade spots from blemishes and the vitamin C is extremely anti-aging. It’s a serum you put on under your moisturizer and sunscreen. If you use one serum use this! It’s the number one beauty product on the market.

8. Body Retexturing Treatment – This lotion is amazing!! Gets rid of rough skin on heels, knees and elbows. It has ingredients that also tighten the skin. It’s amazing!

9. Phloretin CF Gel – This is just like #7 but in gel form. Some people tend to break out with the serum. In that case use this gel. Put it on every day under your moisturizer and sunscreen. Improves tone, discoloration and works hand in hand with your spf.

10. Advanced Pigment Corrector– one of Allure’s top products! You can use this every night to keep an even skin tone and prevent discoloration from blemishes or sun damge from reoccurring.

11. Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Jug– You’ll see me all summer walking around with this jug of sunscreen in my hands. I love it for my kids and for myself. I’d bathe in it if I could.

12. Retexturizing Activator – Use this every other night. This will retexturize your skin. It diminishes fine lines and wrinkles as it exfoliates your skin while you sleep. It’s such a great product!

13. Eye Cream in a pump – The best eye cream around. It will plump and hydrate the skin under your eyes while firming. It also protects against UV rays. I re-apply this during the day when I’m feeling super dry.

14. Face Moisturizer by Bliss – I love all the names from Bliss. This is the “Drench and Quench”. It’s exactly what it says it is. Super moisturizing and hydrating.

15. Shea Body Butter by Supergoop- It feels like cashmere being rubbed all over your body. I’m in love with this body butter. I have the world’s most dry skin. It’s been helping me so much!

16. Make up Remover Wipes – best wipes period. I have nights that I just can’t make it to the bathroom to wash my face. These are the best invention ever! I also keep them in my purse, especially in the summer when we are out all day.

17. Botox in a bottle, Exlinea Smoothing Serum – read about it: BOTOX IN A BOTTLE I did a post about his amazing product last year and I still use it religiously.


What should I use to reduce REDUCE DARK SPOTS?

In my opinion everyone should use VITAMIN C every single day. Put it on right after you wash your face in the morning. This is the one product that can prevent future damage and also correct already damaged skin.  The anti-aging benefits of this vitmain c gel are huge. It’s great to get started and fade out the dark spots you might have from the summer. I wash my face in the morning and put this on immediately. Follow it up with moisturizer and sunscreen.

Skin Medica Pigment Correcting Serum – this treats uneven skin tone and pigment. It’s known to work fast, in as little as 2 weeks. I use this at night. I wash my face and then add this serum all over my face. I let it sit for one minute before applying iS clinical and then my moisturizer.

I’ve been working with an esthetician in town that put me on this active serum named iS clinical. I use this at night only. I can feel the tingle on my skin when I apply it. It will have your skin glowing. It brightens your skin while evening out your skin tone. The active ingredients work together to shed your top layer of skin. It literally helps with everything. Clears up acne, brightens skin, reduces hyperpigmentation and prevents fine lines/ wrinkles.

Ferulic Acid & Retinol Combo is a must for reducing brown spots. This delivers strong antioxidants to protect the skin during the day. The ferulic acid prevents the harmful sun rays from causing brown spots. The retinol ingredient is crucial for cell renewal. I use this every single day under my sunscreen and moisturizer.

If you are a huge fan of OBAGI take advantage of the 25% off deal and get CLEAR. I spot treat with this when my pigment gets out of control. It will help fade spots.


I’ve been super into JUICE BEAUTY, (Gwyneth Paltrow’s organic skincare line) I just purchased this NECK SERUM for tightening. Also known to help fight against lines and wrinkles/sagging skin of the neck and chest area.

 I’ve been using the STRIVECTIN PLUS NECK CREAM. Specifically created to tighten the skin on your neck. Never let your neck reveal your real age. wink, wink. I put this over the neck serum above.

What are your favorite FACIAL MASKS? 

This is the yummiest mask. Your skin will drink it up.  You can leave it on up to an hour and even sleep in it. Your skin will feel refreshed and hydrated. I put this on for an hour before heading to a big event or night out when I’m trying to look my best. People usually say it makes me look like I’m well rested. It’s a great thing to travel with. First thing off the plane and you’ll feel like a million bucks.

PUMPKIN HYDRATION MASK – tis the season for all things pumpkin. Nothing better than a repairing mask that brings back the glow. This smells so good, you’ll want to eat it.


I’ve been working with an esthetician in town that put me on this active serum named iS clinical. I use this at night only. I can feel the tingle on my skin when I apply it. It will have your skin glowing while breaking down the top layering. It brightens your skin while evening out your skin tone. The active ingredients work together to shed your top layer of skin. It literally helps with everything. Clears up acne, brightens skin, reduces hyperpigmentation and prevents fine lines/ wrinkles.


L&L raves about the NU FACE FACIAL TONING DEVICE. It is making a huge difference in my skin and how tight it is. I begin my day using this little device. You can get the app on your phone and get specific videos for the areas of your face you want to tighten. I have a plan I do on the daily. Your skin will tighten up and look better than ever.

These DAILY PEEL PACKETS are the bomb!! I use these once or twice a week at night. It’s a great peel to do at home to freshen up your skin and make sure you are challenging it. I like to keep my skin guessing so it doesn’t ever get used to the same old routine.

This REA FACE TOOL won so many awards. I found it in Japan when I went to all the skin care stores in Tokyo. It’s a must!


If you are looking for a quick way to bump up your skincare routine and add more anti-aging to your nightly routine get this 3 STEP system  These are products I currently use and recommend to my skincare clients.


I love the COLORSCIENCE sunscreen sticks with pigment. I use MEDIUM. I’m a sunscreen junkie. I’ll brush this on my face after I have already have this sunscreen lotion on.

If you have melasma or prone to pigmentation, use this SUNSCREEN. Specifically made for this skin type to control melasma or pigment from coming back.

I don’t leave the house without THIS SPF50. I’ve used it for years. It’s the best on the market for your face.


I use this EYE CREAM every night. It’s amazing. I can feel it work the second I apply it. It actually helps dark circles a ton!

The only other eye complex I use is this iS EYE SERUM for puffiness and dark circles. The entire iS line blows me away. I’m slowing trying all of the products because they are amazing.


If you are an adult and still getting acne and breakouts this ACNE SYSTEM works wonders. I even use this to spot treat during that certain hormonal time during the month.

I use this CLAY MASK to spot treat blemishes or acne. It’s a decongestant for your skin. You’ll never want anything else!



Ruched GREY dress long sleeve

LORAC EYESHADOW PALETTES are my favorite. So many colors to choose from. Includes a great big mirror in case you are on the go.

The best bargain make up line – NYX . I use the BB CREAM  to even out my skin tone and its medium coverage.

I love SETTING POWDER. It’s like a filter going over your make up to make everything look smooth. This will last you a very long time!

I’m obsessed with watching youtube videos all about contouring. I got this CONTOUR KIT and absolutely love it. It’s so fun to play around with the colors.


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  1. Would love to try this. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge on beauty must haves.

  2. I’m trying to take an all natural approach to aging gracefully also I have Lyme disease and trying to keep toxins out of my body. This sounds perfect. The 40s are hard girl. I am trying to fight aging As best I can. Thank you for always giving the best tips xo

  3. Thanks for sharing! I’m 36 and really need to up my skincare game. I’m glad you did this post it’s very overwhelming knowing what skincare to try. There are so many different brands and products I never know what to buy that actually works and I’m not waisting my money on.

  4. Love all of this advice!! Thanks for sharing. I just bought the bliss moisturizer and am on the hunt for a local seller of skinceuticals! Katie

  5. I would love to try Botox in a bottle!! I am a firm believer in Botox, but who wouldn’t want an easier way to receive results

  6. Thanks for all the great tips! I’m always looking for new anti aging products.
    You can’t have enough…

  7. I have been dying to try Botox in a bottle! Your skin is flawless. Thanks so much for all of your awesome recommendations!

  8. Ohhh!! Thanks for putting together this list. If I try this regime, maybe my skin will look like yours?!? Wishful thinking I know!

  9. Thank you for this in-depth list of recommendations!! I love it! So much goodness. Please consider me for your Botex in a Bottle giveaway!! Turning 50 next year and this would such a treat. 🙂 Thank you!!

  10. Such a helpful list, especially with winter right around the corner. My skin goes CRAZY and gets so dry. Thank you, thank you!

  11. I would love to try the Botox in a bottle! Thanks for suggesting so many products!!

  12. So many wonderful products! Have tried a couple but definitely need to try more of them!

  13. Thank you for all your recommendations. I appreciate that you are honest and really use the products you share. I’ve alread tried several and can’t wait to try more. The Botox in a bottle sounds too good to be true! I can’t wait to try it!! Thank you!

  14. Great information!! Thanks for sharing!! I’d love to be able to try this!!

  15. I am so excited about all of the products on this list! I actually took this list and used it to help match some weight loss goals I have so each time I lost a certain amount of pounds I can purchase one item! I am so excited to start trying these products! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Love all of your posts whether it is fashion, skincare, fitness, family or lifestyle! Would love to try Botox in a bottle and see how it works (especially compared to regular Botox haha) 🙂

  17. I love this! So infomational and makes me feel like I need to give all of it a try! I struggle with dark spots and I have never heard of using vitamin C on your face! I’ll definitely be trying that one right away! Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I’ve screenshotted the whole thing! 🙂

  18. Thank you for compiling this amazing list Jenna! It’s so helpful! Friends are all getting Botox but I’d like to try some alternatives. Can’t wait to try some of your fabulous recommendations.

  19. Thank you so much for explaining these amazing products. Like you said in your post, I’ll be adding them to my routine over time. I’d love the opportunity to the Botox in the bottle. It’s been on my wish list since your previous post.
    Thanks again. I LOVE this post!

  20. Botox in a bottle sounds like an amazing addition to my skincare routine. If you don’t use makeup wipes, what product do you use at night before cleansing (and does it take off mascara too)?

  21. I love your skin care recommendations! I’ve followed you for years and love how you stuck with products that have worked vs just changing to the new fad. I bought vitamin C serum because of you and it’s life changing!

  22. I am in some serious need of Botox in a bottle. Would love to try!!!! Love your blog by the way. Have been following for years

  23. This list is so thorough and informative – thank you!! I’ve been researching new products to up my skincare game, and these are exactly the recs I needed. Would love to try these products!

  24. Amazing list! I need to up my game – turning 40 early next year!!

  25. This is a super helpful list! I’ve been on the hunt for a vitamins c for my face so this is perfect timing . There are so many products out there, so thanks for the reccomendations. I trust you

  26. I’m a ffld county local in search of the best Botox injections/aesthetician in the area. Would love to know who you go to if you’re willing to share! Also wouldn’t mind winning/trying out a bottle of Botox in a bottle in the meantime!

  27. I love all of the wonderful information you have provided! As my skin ages I have become more concerned with using good skin products. I would love to try Botox I’m a Bottle!

  28. I love all of the wonderful information you have provided! As my skin ages I have become more concerned with using good skin products. I would love to try Botox I’m a Bottle!

  29. Thank you for taking the time to put this comprehensive list together ! I never know where to start with so many products on the market and you’ve definitely helped me narrow things down. Who knew skincare in my 40’s would be so hard?!?

  30. Pick me! I’m obsessed with skin…thanks for taking the time to share all of your faves!

  31. Yes to all of these recommendations! I mostly use skin ceuticals and I recently tried to switch over to zo after hearing so much about it but it didn’t seem that great for my skin. I would love to know what type of lasers / facials / peels you’d recommend to keep our skin young and looking fresh. Xox

  32. Clearly amazing results!

    This would be such a GREAT opportunity to feel confident with my skin after going through so many issues and scaring over the years. Wrinkles and the last thing I want to think about!


  33. I would love to try Botox in a bottle! I love your blog! This is an amazing list of products. Not sure where to start!

  34. I would LOVE some botex in a bottle!! I just made an appointment for getting botex next week. Crossing my fingers and thank you for your amazing blog!!

  35. LOVE this list so much and your IG! I even shared the post with several girl friends when it was in your story! My only problem is I just can’t choose between all the products. I am turning 45 next month and I feel like my skin just needs an overhaul and new products. Unfortunately I just can’t buy them all at once. I have to choose my top 3 for now. Thanks again for all the info and style tips!

  36. PCA skinbar is life changing! Cleared me of all my breakouts. I love their retinol serums too!

  37. I love this list! I have made it a goal to treat my skin much better! (5 years in college takes its toll) love this!! Thanks Jenna!!

  38. I need everything. My daughter is getting married next summer. Help!! ‍♀️The Botox in a bottle sounds wonderful!

  39. I think if you are going off people who need it the most, I should win! Nothing like a old wrinkly face to make you feel almost 40! Can’t wait to try so many of your recommendations. You have the most beautiful skin!

  40. I would LOVE to try this product! Love following you and all of your content!

  41. Great suggestions, very helpful! I love the CE Ferulic but need to add a few more things to my skincare routine.

  42. I would LOVE to try this serum! I usually stick with skin ceuticals. Thank you for writing such an amazing blog and instagram

  43. I love this list and definitely need to try Botox in a bottle! SKII and Sunday Riley Good Genes are my favorite staples. I just bought the BeautyBio microneedling tool during Nordstrom Anniversary and am loving it so far! I always love your skincare posts!!!! What’s your best advice for finding someone who does natural looking Dysport/Botox in their area?? 🙂

  44. This is such a great list!! I’d love to be able to try the Botox in a Bottle!! Xoxo

  45. Thank you so much for sharing all your skincare knowledge!! I always learn so much from posts and have found some great products based on your recommendations

  46. Love following your blog for all things fashion and skincare! Adding the Botox in a bottle to my list of must haves!

  47. Oh I would love to win! I’m very much in need!
    Thanks for all the info!

  48. I’ve been following you for a while and love your recommendations!! I just had a baby and my skin could definitely use some TLC!!

  49. Thank you for going into detail with your skin care routine & favorites. I’ve purchased several things you recommend and never been disappointed. Thank you for promoting honestly and not just because you get free stuff! Ha ha! Would love to try Botox in a bottle. Just had my first round of Botox in July. Headed in for another round in November and would love to use the product to see how it improves the time between injections. I hope I’m a winner!

  50. I would love to try this Botox in a bottle! I just had my son 9 months ago and my skin is definitely looking worse for the wear. I’ve been looking for some miracle worker products!

  51. I would love to try anything you recommend! You always give the tips we need.

  52. this is the most comprehensive list of amazing products I’ve ever seen! thanks so much for putting this together…. really excited to try so many of these, especially Botox In A Bottle! happy that i’m already using a few of your recommendations too:)

  53. I love all your skincare posts. They are always full of great products and food information.

  54. Definitely need some help in the skincare world!!! Would love to win this!

  55. I tried to comment earlier via my MacBook, but it didn’t show up.:(. Thought I’d try with my phone. I was just wondering if you found any other gel/moisturizer that can be used with the toning device other than the Bu Face brand one. (One that doesn’t have to be washed off would be awesome. )Thx!

  56. I tried to comment earlier via my MacBook, but it didn’t show up.:(. Thought I’d try with my phone. I was just wondering if you found any other gel/moisturizer that can be used with the Nu Face toning device other than the Bu Face brand one. (One that doesn’t have to be washed off would be awesome. )Thx!

  57. I almost ordered this after seeing your weekend post. Now i’ll Wait to see if I win one first. Either way, definitely on my list of thing to try soon. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Love love love your page!! I am obsessed with skin care and I want to try everything you posted Would love to win this for my mom and I to both try since she never splurges on skin care products.

  59. Such a great list! Added it to my reading list so it’s always easy to find!

  60. This blog post got posted on my 29th birthday which is a perfect reminder to up my skincare game with products promoting youthful looking skin! It would be awesome to try this product out!

  61. This blog post was posted on my 29th birthday which is a perfect reminder to up my skincare routine with products that are targeted with youth promoting ingredients! Would be very excited to try this product out!

  62. Love this list! Can’t wait to try Botox in a bottle. I had no idea it could help prolong Botox as well. Thanks for the awesome reccs!

  63. I am 36 and just noticed fine lines on my forehead. I really want to try the right products but with so much information out there it can be overwhelming to know what to get. I loveeeeee your list and all your skincare knowledge so much. I am finally really for some baby botox but definitely need the “botox in a bottle” to help me out! xx, Elizabeth

  64. These recommendations are so helpful! Your skin is amazing so I love finding out what you use and love. I’ve been struggling with finding a facial sunscreen for daily use, my elta md one is balling up under makeup. Any recommendations for good spf under makeup, I also wonder where you stand on the chemical vs. physical sunscreen?

  65. It’s so hard sometimes to know what the “must haves” are when there are so many products out there. I appreciate things like this that break down the “why” of it’s importance. Plus as a mom of 5 I just don’t have the time to research all the things, all the time!! but that doesn’t mean I don’t want great skin!! (as a side note. . at what age and what products do you reccomend for your daughters that will help them keep that youthful, glowing skin? I have an almost 10yr old. Not sure what to use or how to introduce her to products? Maybe she’s still too young? Thx)

  66. Jenna thank you for your honesty in everything you post. I am a HUGE fan.

  67. Love following your instagram and reading your blogposts!
    Always so many good recommendations when it comes to skincare. It can be so overwhelming with all the different products, so thank you for narrowing it down and giving great tips!
    I haven’t seen much on toners you use. Do you have any favorites?

  68. Love this post! It’s overwhelming to decide which products to use so I really appreciate the honest reviews and ways you use them!

  69. I regularly get Botox every 4-6 months! I am so excited to give this a try!

  70. Thanks a million for all your recommendations! I feel much more willing to try new products when they’re tried and true! Xoxo

  71. Would love to try Botox in a bottle! Thanks for all the great recvomfndations!

  72. Thank you for this blog post, I have my list with products I need to try! I always feel so overwhelmed, lost, and confused when it comes to this so this is beyond helpful!

  73. I was just searching Instagram for skincare products and your post came up. I am so happy I found you! Sent a link for this post to my mom and sisters too. Ordering ERRTHANG!!! Can’t wait to pour over your blog tonight once the kids are down. Question: I need a brow lift. They are suddenly so droopy! Is there a non-surgical way to achieve this? I’ve heard Botox can help. But what about microblading or a cream or something? Thank you!

  74. I have the Nu Face toning device and have only used a handful of times due to the process of having to apply the gel. It’s a bit tedious to apply the gel, use the device, wash off the gel, and then proceed with moisturizer:(. Do you really see results and have do you ever used any other type of gel other than the Nu Face brand? (preferably one that doesn’t have to be washed off::))

  75. I’m so excited to try things off this list! I’ve been following you for awhile now and I love feeling that I can always trust your recommendations!

  76. Thanks for these tips!! I’ve been wanting Botox but would rather try “Botox in a bottle” first!

  77. Love this list! Is there anything someone couldn’t use if they were pregnant? Also, if you could only choose the first three things to buy from your list, what would they be?

    • Make sure and always consult with your doctor if you are pregnant. Lots of products shouldn’t be used while pregnant!

      my top 3 –
      botox in a bottle – the exlinea
      vitamin C – because I think everyone should have this every day on their skin
      phyto mask