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Mirror, Mirror: Alex Cove, Learning to Make Time for a Routine

What is Mirror Mirror?

Behind that image of you staring into the mirror is an army of products, procedures, and more. Tell us your skincare routine and we'll dissect it to let you know what's working and what's not. We give personalized recommendations to help you meet your skincare goals and then share it so that our whole community benefits. There are so many ways to get better skin and we hope these vulnerable posts will get you closer to your goals.

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Name: Alex Cove

Occupation: I'm a social media and community associate

IG Handle: @imalexcove

Identity: I identify as a 22- year old theatrically extrovertedly introverted Taurus

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Describe your skin:

It's a mix, but since it's winter, it's now 100% dried out.

What are your short-term and long-term skin goals?

My short-term skincare goals would be to bring extra moisturization into my daily routine without using the extra time to do so. I recently went from being a student having a skincare routine worked into my schedule to a full time working gal who can't find a free second in the day to take care of herself! That being said, my long-term skincare goal is to implement the same, twice-a-day, 4-step skincare routine I used during college, into my life again and taking that time for myself every day!

Biggest concern:

DRYNESS. It's so icky and it needs to STAHP NOW.

This is v embarrassing because I used to have entire mapped out process, but currently, it's using oil or serum like the Sunday Riley UFO or the Youth To The People Superfood Firm and Brighten Serum after I wash my face with the Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser from Glow Recipe. I then moisturize with one of my faves, the Replenishing Deep Sea Moisturizer from One Ocean. As for PM, I have great nighttime skincare, but I usually get home too close to my bedtime of 10 pm and never prioritize my skin so I repeat my morning routine.

A nightly routine doesn’t need to take more time than your morning one! It’s all about switching out products to keep your routine to 4 steps in the evening as well. A cleanser and nice oil or serum are good steps to keep, but you can always switch up your moisturizer or treatment, especially if your goal is to boost moisture.
Consider subbing in an exfoliating serum (we love the one from Mad Hippie–it has AHAs to gently exfoliate) and an overnight mask, especially when your skin is craving the extra moisture. Our favorites are the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask or the Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Sleeping Creme.

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