I Leveled Up My Beauty Routine (and Life) with This Holy-Grail Serum

Long workdays were taking a serious toll on my skin and well-being. This hydrating serum not only came to the rescue, but it also helped me reset healthy habits—just in time for fall.

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Rahel

My name is Rahel Brhane, and as a digital content creator living in Los Angeles, I’m always trying to take my self-care to the next level. Whether I’m trying a new workout (it’s the endorphins for me) or testing out the latest skin and haircare products on social media, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to look and feel my best.

Over the past few months though, I’ve been working longer and longer hours—I’ve even had a few 12- and 16-hour days—which means my routine has been put on the back burner. Most of my workday is spent sharing my favorite fashion finds and hair tips with you on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, but after all that screentime, my skin has been feeling dull and dehydrated.

With fall on its way, I knew I was in desperate need of a reset, so I’m reclaiming my “me” time to give my skin the care it deserves. To make it easier, I added a new go-to to my vanity: the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.

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A deep- and fast-penetrating face serum you can turn to in the morning and at night, it provides up to 72 hours of hydration and helps to fight free-radical damage (and environmental stressors like blue light), so even when I’m working on a tight deadline and can’t step away from my laptop, my skin is covered. After 3 weeks, the look of the fine lines appear reduced around my mouth and eyes, making this product a winner in my book.

Another way I’ve prioritized my well-being? I took a closer look at my calendar. To avoid burnout and overworking, I started blocking off the first and last two hours of the day for myself. This means no meetings, no work calls, and—most importantly—no screentime. In the mornings, I work with my personal trainer and take a long, refreshing shower. Then it’s time for my skincare routine. I prep my skin with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, which offers eight hours of antioxidant protection, strengthens my skin barrier, and makes my skin look glowing and plumped with hydration. When I take the time to focus on my skin, it has a positive impact on my entire day. I feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle my to-do list.

Once I reorganized my calendar to make sure I had time for fitness and skincare, I turned to another one of my favorite ways to unwind: treating myself to solo lunch and dinner dates. There’s just something so special about spending an afternoon or evening eating a decadent meal that a chef prepared just for me. It helps me get out of my head and relax before it’s time to head back to work or wind down for bed. In the evenings when I get home, I light my favorite candles and turn on a calming playlist before starting my nighttime skincare routine. I start by double-cleansing and use the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum again to help amplify my skin's natural repair process overnight. The serum helps to even out my complexion and leaves my face looking radiant and glowing.

While I know maintaining these healthy habits will be tough—I have so many projects I’m excited about over the next few months!—I’m dedicated to taking the extra time to practice self-care with skincare products that pack a punch. Because when I focus on my skin, that energy flows to the rest of my habits and routines too. Over the next few months, I’ll be putting these habits to the test. Join me on Instagram to share how you’re reclaiming your routine this fall, and shop my holy-grail serum below!

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