As a beauty writer, I鈥檓 constantly testing a bunch of different products on my face. From playing with new makeup to slathering on the latest and greatest in skincare every night, my face is rarely bare, and when it is, it still has layers of creams and serums on it #productjunkieproblems. As much as I love my makeup, I understand that I鈥檓 not doing my skin any favors by wearing it day in and day out, so I teamed up with Healthy Essentials庐 to give my skin the detox it needs as I kick off a new year.

Less makeup, more moisture and smart skincare combos were the name of the game 鈥 and I was all about it. Plus, the Healthy Essentials庐 site offers an array of tips, tools and product recs to help get you through your day-to-day beauty and skincare routine 鈥 you should definitely check it out.

Beyond my daily makeup routine, I often have to wear super heavy makeup when I do photoshoots for various beauty series that I write. This leaves me wearing a ton of foundation, concealer, blush and bronzer on my face so I don鈥檛 look washed out under the bright lights. I also wear a bunch of mascara and always a swipe of waterproof eyeliner so my eyes are defined in photos.

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While I like wearing this much makeup for pictures, it鈥檚 not healthy for my skin every day, and it鈥檚 been starting to show :( wah. The constant heavy makeup paired with the onset of colder temps has been making my skin look seriously dull and feeling super dry, so a skin detox was def in order.

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My beauty detox dream team:

  • AVEENO庐 Stress Relief Body Lotion
  • AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 Intensive Night Cream
  • AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 Targeted Tone Corrector
  • AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • NEUTROGENA庐 Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
  • NEUTROGENA庐 SkinClearing庐 Liquid Makeup
  • NEUTROGENA庐 Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

DAY 1: CONVERTED TO AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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I am super loyal to products I love (especially when it comes to makeup) 鈥 so much so that I鈥檝e been wearing the same foundation for over 10 years. It鈥檚 a powder, so the thought of wearing a tinted moisturizer for coverage was a bit unnerving. Thankfully, this stuff is truly legit. I dampened my beautyblender and applied it to my face, and almost immediately I became a CC cream convert. This hydrating product gave me a healthy dose of coverage, moisturized my skin and covered up my undereye circles while improving the tone of my skin. I wore just this CC cream during two shoots this week and was blown away at how great it looked on camera and IRL. My skin looked glowy and super healthy, if I do say so myself! Definitely going into the new year with a much lower-key foundation routine in mind, starting with this CC cream.

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DAY 2: DE-STRESS BEFORE BED WITH AVEENO庐 Stress Relief Body Lotion

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When I get home from work, I need to fully de-stress. This week, I made it a point to give myself some dedicated 鈥渕e鈥 time before I went to sleep and began it each night by using AVEENO庐 Stress Relief Body Lotion. The soothing scent totally relaxed me and made me forget about the stresses of the day, while leaving my skin feeling really smooth and moisturized. After a few days of doing this, I started to legit look forward to this super chill part of my day. This lotion has earned a permanent (highly coveted) spot on my bedside table.

DAY 3: RUN ERRANDS WITH NEUTROGENA庐 SkinClearing庐 Liquid Makeup

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When I鈥檓 running errands on the weekends, I like to keep my makeup pretty low key so my skin can breathe (for once, ha!). That鈥檚 why I was stoked to try NEUTROGENA庐 SkinClearing庐 Liquid Makeup as I prepped for a day filled with annoying appointments (really, who enjoys going to the bank and the grocery store? Bueller?). This makeup will make you look fresh and flawless while giving your face a dose of good-for-your-skin ingredients 鈥 can I hear you say YAS. I loved how this makeup looked really natural while it covered up imperfections 鈥 and I didn鈥檛 even have to use concealer with it. It looked luminous when I was outside in natural light, which was great for selfies ;)

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DAY 4: TAKING THE DAY OFF WITH NEUTROGENA庐 Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

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You guys! I鈥檝e been obsessed with oil cleansing for a few months, and NEUTROGENA庐 Ultra Light Cleansing Oil quickly became my go-to way to take off my makeup every night. I used to use normal makeup-removing face wash, which worked fine, but this new cleansing method has totally changed my routine. Especially during the winter when my skin is dry, I need as much moisture as I can get, so using this cleanser is a great way to give my skin some extra hydration.

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I also wear waterproof eyeliner and hard-to-remove mascara (a LOT of it) every day, and this has been the *only* cleanser that gently removes every single trace of it. Love you 4EAE, NEUTROGENA庐 Ultra Light Cleansing Oil.

DAY 5: OVERNIGHT HYDRATION WITH AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 Intensive Night Cream

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I have a confession: I鈥檇 never used a night cream in my life until AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 Intensive Night Cream. I鈥檝e gotta say, using this night cream consistently for just seven days has already made a noticeable difference in my skin鈥檚 tone, luminosity and overall feel. I鈥檓 totally sold on the stuff 鈥 it now lives in my bathroom cabinet and isn鈥檛 going ANYWHERE 鈥 and I can鈥檛 wait to continue using it to see the undoubtedly legit long-term results. Night cream FTW!

DAY 6: REMOVE LIP STAINS WITH NEUTROGENA庐 Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

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I have an obsession with lip products and usually sport a different shade every single day, most of which are long-wearing formulas. When it finally comes time to wash my makeup off, I鈥檓 often like, WTF am I supposed to do about this lipstick that won鈥檛 even rub off with a wet washcloth?! I reached for my NEUTROGENA庐 Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes this week (I kept a pack on my bedside table + one in my purse!) to not only freshen up my face, but also my lips.

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Spoiler alert: They worked insanely well and are my new favorite way to remove lipstick (who woulda thought!). Just cover your finger with a towelette, move it over your lips a few times and you鈥檒l be lipstick-free in seconds without having to irritate your lips from scrubbing or dousing them in cleanser. Gross.

DAY 7: TONE CORRECT WITH AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 Targeted Tone Corrector

During the winter, I am paaaaale. Like, really pale. It makes me sad. This means that my skin isn鈥檛 always even in tone, and it鈥檚 easy to tell because I don鈥檛 have that healthy summer glow anymore. This week, I applied a thin layer of AVEENO庐 POSITIVELY RADIANT庐 Targeted Tone Corrector to areas of my face that I wanted to even out. I followed this product up with the night cream, which proved to be a killer combo of products. I was happy when I woke up each morning with noticeably brighter, more even skin thanks to this powerful stuff.

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My biggest lesson learned from my week of detoxing my skin? That if I鈥檓 more consistent with my skincare routine 鈥 and use smart combinations of products that work together 鈥 I can wear much less makeup day-to-day and for photoshoots. CC cream is a total lifesaver, night cream is an absolute must-have in the winter and makeup wipes are the lipstick lover鈥檚 BFF. Enough said.

Aside from offering insights, answers, savings and more, Healthy Essentials庐 is running a new promotion starting today to help you get a healthy start this New Year. If you visit HealthyEssentials.com, you can win an assortment of products such as a digital tracker, music downloads or a 12-month magazine subscription, all to help to you stay on top of your 2016 resolutions.

This post is a collaboration with Healthy Essentials庐.

Beauty Production + Styling: Beth Wischnia
Photography: Kurt Andre + Chris Andre