This Is the Exact Product Lineup That Made Me Look 5 Years Younger in Minutes
Step 1: Nourishing Oil Cleanser + Resurfacing Mask
This step was therapeutic in itself. If you want the key to taking the chore out of washing your face, we have a hint for you: Make it a luxury. I applied a pump of Nourishing Oil Cleanser directly to dry skin, massaging it in a circular motion, adding water when needed to give it just a hint of creaminess.
Now this is where I’m really bringing the insider info. The next step is to layer the Resurfacing Mask directly on top of the Oil Cleanser. I know it sounds a little crazy, but go with it. Leave it on for five minutes before gently wiping clean with a warm, damp cloth. Luxury skin, delivered. If you want to invest in one product, my vote goes for the Resurfacing Mask. While all the products we featured here are standouts in their categories, the Resurfacing Mask might get you the most impact for the price point—and it definitely will go a long way with your morale. There’s something about taking time for an early morning face mask that can really start one’s day off on the right foot, no?
Step 2: Hydrating Floral Essence
In order to give your serums and moisturizers the best chance to truly hydrate your skin, it’s imperative to use an essence or toner prior. The Tata Harper rep likened it to trying to sop up a spill with a bone-dry sponge. It doesn’t hold a candle to the work a dampened Scotch-Brite can do.
Step 3: Concentrated Brightening Serum
I didn't apply this to my face, but it is absolutely worth a mention—and here's why: I applied a pump on the back of my hand as we were learning about the importance of not skipping the essence step. The serum went on unremarkably. Hours later when I was back at my desk hammering away at the keyboard, I looked down and noticed my left hand looked like a magic pen had erased all the usual fine lines. It took a minute to dawn on me that the Concentrating Brightening Serum was the hero here.
Note: While Tata Harper products come with luxury price tags, this serum will really cost you ($295). We never want to pressure you into buying products—especially products that are out of budget. You can age gracefully without this (or any) product. Aside from SPF, you should definitely slather that one on.
Step 4: Crème Riche
I’m about to drop another beauty truth on you: You’ve been applying your moisturizer and oils wrong. It seems like a no-brainer to put your oil on first, then follow up with the heavy stuff. Wrong. Applying the luxurious Crème Riche first, followed by oil, actually allows both products to penetrate into the derma. An oil essentially blocks the moisturizer from getting in, if you apply first. Thanks to this little tidbit, I learned nearly my entire skincare process has been for naught up until two weeks ago. Perfect.
Step 5: Beautifying Face Oil
This stuff will really take your complexion over the edge. I applied it as the final step in our tour de Tata and, let me tell you, I did not need a hint of makeup. I wore my fresh skin out of the store proudly back to my office where I haven’t appeared without makeup probably ever. And this, once again, just hours after my minor health crisis with major complexion repercussions.