I Asked 5 Skincare Counters to Overhaul My Regimen

If I were to share my skincare routine with you from when I was in middle school, you'd probably gasp. I'm certain I used products that were far too harsh for my sensitive, acne-prone skin; I chased stinging cleansers with alcohol wipes and rarely used any moisturizer. It's a rookie regimen I attribute to my current acne scars and a lot of bad yearbook photos.

In my older, wiser years, I'm happy to say that I've gotten into a much better groove. I cleanse nightly (save for those late weekends when I hit the pillow hard after a long night) and follow up with gentle witch hazel toner, argan oil, and moisturizer. I also try to exfoliate at least once a week, as well as use a charcoal mask for those times when my skin could use some serious TLC. But while I deeply care for my skin and try to follow best practices, I've always been curious what third parties would say I need. Instead of heading to the dermatologist, I decided to be a bit more practical and visited the skin counters at the nearby department store. Seriously, it's a total goldmine of (completely free) knowledgeable advice from seasoned salespeople and estheticians that are eager to help you in any way they can. Find out what each counter prescribed me below!

This process was definitely very eye-opening, especially learning that I need to be using more anti-aging products (and maybe less serums?). In any event, I'm going to start being gentler to my skin and really take into account my dryness and sensitivity. If you've never had a consultation with a skincare line before, I highly recommend it!

What's your current routine? Please share with us below!