This Is the Acne and Age-Fighting Serum InStyle's Associate Beauty Editor Swears By
Apparently, my complexion still thinks I'm 15 years old. Some would say that this is a blessing and I'll age at a slower rate, but that under-the-skin bump I can't stop obsessing over begs to differ. The Renee Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment ($46; reneerouleau.com) is by far my favorite spot treatment, but I've been searching for what feels like eons for an all-over serum. I've always been partial to retinol-based products—Retin-A-Micro acted as my gateway over-the-counter drug back in the early '00s, and I love how the ingredient can simultaneously kill my breakouts while acting as a preventative step toward anti-aging. The only drawback was in its potency. Many retinol-based formulas would leave my skin pretty dry, so I'd restrict use to once or twice a week, until I found Sunday Riley's Luna, that is.
Aside from sharing the same name as the cat in Sailor Moon and Chrissy Teigen's adorable daughter, I'm very into the fact that the oil based counteracts irritation, along with a side of soothing blue tansy and chamomile. I started out using the oil every other night so that my skin could slowly get used to the retinol, but now that it has built up somewhat of a tolerance, I basically coat my face in the stuff whenever I feel like there's a problem. I've noticed that my pores aren't as prominent, and the beginnings of any breakouts are totally gone by the time I wake up.
Find Luna at sephora.com starting at $55 for a 15 mL, or in my bathroom's medicine cabinet—no joke, I have three backups crammed in there. I hoard it like a doomsday prepper would with water and dry cereal in preparation for the apocalypse.