I've Been Using This "Starter Serum," and I Haven't Worn Makeup Since

Though I'm expected to try an endless rotation of skincare products for the sake of reviews and maintaining a knowledge of the market as an editor, my outside-of-work self is quite brand-loyal. It's tough for me to work a new product into my routine and keep it there for more than a week or two. You can find my entire routine here, but the gist is this: I know what I like. And what I like is instant gratification. Blame it on my generational roots (I'm a millennial) or nationality (Americans typically like their return on investment as fast as they do their food), but I appreciate (and tend to expect) my skincare results by the next morning. This is why I'm a devotee of all things acids: lactic, glycolic, salicylic, hyaluronic, and the like. They all tend to offer an instant transformation of sorts. And of course, my beloved vitamin C serum brightens and evens my sallow skin by morning.

Such is the reason I've been a fan of Tata Harper's skincare for so long. She chooses real, good ingredients for all her products that are not only natural but also shockingly effective. She's also a fan of AHAs (my faves), so I find we're kindred souls in the skincare department. So when she reached out to me to try her newest serum, I jumped at the chance.

Turns out it's a product she formulated with her Resurfacing Mask ($62) in mind—one of my favorites for a bright, smooth pre–night out canvas and an offering that somehow staves off my Botox appointments.