After a wild night in Ramona Singer's Hamptons home (as seen on the April 23 episode of The Real Housewives of New York City), Leah McSweeney woke up with a ruined manicure. Although her nails took a hit, we noticed that Leah appeared fresh-faced the morning after. Naturally, we couldn't help but wonder how she managed to appear so radiant after a night full of champagne and debauchery. And now we know why: Leah does not play around when it comes to her skincare routine.
In a recent video, Leah revealed her full skincare regimen and got a few tips from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rita V. Linkner along the way. The NYC fashion designer has two separate routines for day and night. For her daytime routine, Leah starts by cleansing her skin with Revision Skincare Papaya Enzyme Cleanser. Then comes toner. "I have a lot of toners," she shared. Leah has three versions of the product, including a jasmine toner spray and Fresh's Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner.
Next, Leah applies vitamin C serum. (Dr. Linkner confirmed vitamin C should be used in the morning.) As for her eye area, Leah uses Alastin Skincare Restorative Eye Treatment. Dr. Linkner advised, "Eye cream should go on first." She added, "Eyelid skin is very thin. And you want to make sure that you're protecting it from all the active ingredients that go on after."
As with most of us, figuring out her perfect skincare regimen took some trial and error. Leah revealed that she used to slather oils on her face, which caused her pores to become larger and more visible. "If you're oily and you're adding oil to your skin you're only going to break out and get oiler," Dr. Linkner chimed in. Now, she uses Cetaphil Daily Hydration Lotion instead as a moisturizer. She completes her morning regimen with EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46.
For her nighttime routine, Leah starts with Micellar water to remove makeup. Then, she moves on to Vanicream Gentle Face Cleanser. "I love it, and it's only like freaking twelve dollars," Leah shared of the gentle cleanser. The 'Wife also revealed that she'll add an exfoliating face wash into the mix once in a while.
"After I cleanse, I will use one of Dr. Rita's toning pads," Leah continued. Then, she moves on to another toner. Dr. Linkner warned Leah, "Be careful that you're not drying and stripping out your skin too much because you'd be surprised — a lot of acne is just a vicious cycle of your skin trying to recreate its perfect oil content." Leah replied, "So, then maybe I'll just tone at night from now on."
Depending on how she feels, Leah shared she'll moisturize at night again with the same Cetaphil hydrating lotion from before or slather on Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask. Then comes the retinol: Leah rounds out her nighttime routine with Revision Skincare D.E.J Night Face Cream.
Check out the full clip below for more of Leah's skincare favorites and tips from Dr. Linker.
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