The Ultimate Beauty Routine for Glowing Skin from Allison McNamara

Allison McNamara knows a thing or two about beauty. She’s lived and breathed beauty content for the past several years, hosting style shows for media powerhouses like Popsugar, Refinery 29, and Who What Wear. “I would be broke if I bought as many beauty products as I’d like,” confesses Allison. [We agree, and assume “financial planning” means 10% of your paycheck goes to savings, and 10% goes to Sephora.] When she felt dissatisfied with the oils that she was using, Allison set out to make her own. While on a trip to Turkey and gazing at the Sea of Marmara, Allison got the spark for her new skincare line, Mara Beauty, which features a nutrient-rich, proprietary algae blend. Of the career pivot from media to entrepreneurship, Allison says, “I love it, even though it’s a lot of work. I touch everything, from the branding down to the fulfillment. If you order it, I touch it!” Her beauty philosophy? “Less is more. Don’t fall for all the Instagram hype when it comes to beauty products, like those trendy glitter masks. Forget them! Focus on good skin.” So let’s focus. We asked this budding beauty entrepreneur and certified skincare junkie to share the ultimate routine that she swears by to get glowing, radiant skin.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I think that every person needs this. I’ve been using it for more than five years, but it’s one of the brand’s tried-and-true products. I use this as a toner after I cleanse, but it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture. It has a minty-citrus scent that’s super refreshing. It’s the perfect skin pick-me-up to use throughout the day. If you think your makeup is getting a little cakey, spray it on and it’s the perfect refresher. It’s amazing. I have one in my car, my purse…everywhere.

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask

Easily one of my favorite products. I’ll use a mask two or three times a month when my skin feels dehydrated or clogged, or after I’ve been flying. This mask pulls out the impurities and makes my skin feel balanced and clear. I think people are over-masking these days. Don’t mask every day!

MARA Universal Face Oil

I was sick of oils and serums that just didn’t do enough and am so proud of what we created. Our hero ingredient is Moringa oil, which is amazing and incredibly nutrient-rich. It’s packed with 46 anti-oxidants and fabulous for your skin. I use it instead of a cream moisturizer, morning and night, because it addresses hydration and anti-aging all in one. Sometimes I will add a retinol or glycolic treatment in to the routine if I feel that I need it. But if you made me pick one product for the rest of my life for glowing skin, it’s this.

Jade Roller

Jade rollers are amazing. They’re a Chinese tradition that help with lymphatic drainage, like sinus issues or puffiness. They say it helps with wrinkles, but I haven’t seen too much evidence of that. For me, it helps with migranes…or hangovers! I like to jade roll after I have some oil on my face and will do it while I’m watching TV. Just jade away!

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

I include a sunscreen in my beauty routine because I’m so frickin’ pale. Really, I can get sunburned just being in my car. But sunscreen is so important for everyone. I find that people don’t use sunscreen because they haven’t found one that they like or it can be hard to remember. I love this Unseen Sunscreen because it goes on so nicely after your skin care products and before makeup, and it’s not chalky. They also have an oil and a stick that I also really love.

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