I have never had a skincare routine. I guess I’ve always been lucky that I didn’t need one. But aging is no joke, and for a while now I’ve noticed the signs of aging when I look closely at my face. So when I was in NYC a few weeks back, I decided to seek out a bit of help in this area. I looked up independently owned beauty stores that specialized in eco-friendly products and stumbled upon Space NK, a UK-based apothecary with an outpost in SoHo. These kind of places always scare me, to be honest. The women are all flawlessly made up, dressed in sleek black and the products are lined up precisely on spotless floating shelves, and just peeking in the window makes me feel unworthy of such a highbrow shopping experience. But I forced myself to go in, and I was amazed by the level of service. The women were so friendly, and quite frankly, I think they took pity on me after hearing my “beauty routine” (which consists of washing my face with whatever is in the shower!). No seriously- if low-maintenance is at the bottom, I’m below that…somewhere in the realm of straight up lazy! I told them I was ready to commit to a skin care routine but that I wanted products that were free of all the toxic junk. They suggested the Goldfaden MD line of products, and proceeded to give me a mini-facial using the products. When they turned me around to see myself in the mirror after scrubbing and moisturizing my skin, I swear I looked ten years younger. SOLD! I bought the moisturizer, eye cream and sunscreen, and was given generous test samples of the oil and scrub. I also expressed my wish to look pulled-together when I’m dressing up; for business meetings or date night. I haven’t purchased make-up since my wedding (almost 8 years ago) so I guess it was time for an update 🙂 The women at the shop were so patient as I squirmed around in the chair- I’m not a fan of make-up, it always feels so heavy on my face. I told them I wanted a 2-minute routine and wouldn’t you know…they delivered. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone (miracle product!) and cake liner to line the top of my eyelids (never knew that…always thought you lined the bottom!). It’s been two weeks now and I have faithfully been following my new routine. My skin is definitely responding, and when I take the time to do my little make-up routine I feel so pulled together. As mothers we so often put our own needs last- the kids get the organic, expensive bubble bath, and we use whatever old bar soap we find laying around the bathroom! It feels pretty amazing to splurge on myself and invest in preserving my skin…and I’m curious…does everyone out there have a skincare routine (was I the last one to the party here)? Are there products you swear by? Have you found any miracle products that help with the signs of aging? If you are a mother with young kids how do you find the time to pull yourself together in the morning (I’m still figuring this out)?