Between Instagram ads, TikTok influencers and the overwhelming amount of skin care products on the market, it is easy to create a 10-step skin care routine. Though each of these products serve their own purpose, it can be easier (and cheaper) to skin stream, a trend that involves using a few multi-purpose products to streamline your skin care and makeup routine.
To explain all the ins and outs of this new trend, NewBeauty Senior Editor-at-Large Sarah Eggenberger stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY and shared some of her favorite products she recommends using to fulfill multiple skin care and beauty needs at once.
Eggenberger suggests skin streaming to save money and avoid combining products that aren't compatible. But she says you should pay attention to what ingredients you're removing from your routine because their absence could cause flareups of skin conditions, such as acne or eczema.
Keep reading to discover all of Eggenberger's skin streaming essentials.
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Eggenberger recommends using this exfoliating face and body cleanser once or twice a week to remove build-up on your skin's surface. The product contains salicylic acid and papaya enzymes, which exfoliate your skin without causing irritation, according to Eggenberger.
Eggenberger sees this hydrating day serum as a "hyper-tasking" force for "positive change." Instead of using five different formulas to brighten, tighten, tone, smooth, soothe and plump your face, you can use this 5-in-1 serum for visible results.
Combine your skin care and makeup routine with this SPF-spiked tinted serum. Eggenberger loves how the formula "melts in and moves with you, seamlessly blending and creating a radiant finish." This standby in her "beauty arsenal" is available in 30 shades.
Eggenberger recommends adding this face defining stick to your skin streaming routine because it can give you a luminous look in seconds. She uses the product on her cheekbones, lips and eyes to blur imperfections and create radiance.
Save space in your beauty bag with this 4-in-1 makeup brush. The multitasking beauty tool has a concealer sponge, blush, brow and eyeshadow brush. Eggenberger stands behind the handle, which provides more control when you're applying your makeup.
Eggenberger thinks putting the words “tubing” and “mascara” together feels almost "Mad Libs-esque," but those two adjectives specifically describe this product. The serum mascara includes nourishing peptides and ingredients that give you noticeably fuller, stronger and longer-looking eyelashes in just 4 weeks, according to the brand.
Eggenberger thinks your brows are your "secret weapon." She recommends using this 2-in-1 tinted brow gel and serum to define your brows, while lifting them and holding them up. The brand promises thicker, darker-looking natural brows in 6 to 8 weeks with full results in 4 months.
Expert-recommended skin care essentials
NewBeauty Senior Editor-at-Large Sarah Eggenberger previously joined Hoda & Jenna to share how long some of her favorite skin care products take to show results. While some products are made to work overnight, many take weeks, even months, to have visible results. Whether you are looking for a new cleanser or a long-term fix for dark spots, read on to shop more of Eggenberger's top picks.
When it comes to cleansers, the results should be almost immediate. The expectation is that a cleanser should remove makeup and dirt from the skin. After rinsing, there should be no grease and your skin should feel soft and renewed.
Eggenberger recommends this CeraVe cleanser to be part of your daily routine.
Made with salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and antioxidant vitamin D, this cleanser is great for removing dead skin cells all while hydrating the skin. Without harsh microbeads and fragrance, this cleanser is extremely gentle on the skin and is non-irritating.
Hydration is extremely important for yout skin and it is essential to find the right one for your needs. While it might seem tempting to swap out moisturizers if you are not instantly thrilled with the results, Eggenberger recommends waiting two to four weeks before making the call. After that period you can determine if your skin is staying consistently moisturized or if it is time to say goodbye and try something new.
The above nourishing cream boosts your skins natural defenses and replenishes lipids to restore a healthy skin barrier. it is recommended to apply this cream in the morning and evening to your face and neck after cleansing.
The ultimate goal of any anti-wrinkle serum is increased firmness, diminished fine lines and an even skin tone.
"If there is a promise for an instant effect, it may well deliver that but the effect will be superficial," said Eggenberger. "The product needs to change the cell behavior, so you can’t expect results within less of a few weeks."
Serums, which should be used twice a day, will typically show results in four to six weeks, or a full skin cycle. Beyond that point your skin should continue to improve. Eggenberger suggests taking a before and after picture to compare the quality of the results.
If you want to splurge on a quality serum, this super serum is a great pick. Designed to help restore your skins vibrancy, the serum works to strengthen and firm skin. The formula is 100% vegan and has bio-active peptides to help renew glow.
If you are looking for a more affordable option, Eggenberger recommends this BYBI serum that targets dull and uneven skin. This serum promotes natural cell renewal and is made with 100% natural ingredients such as prickly pear, jasmine, watermelon seed oil and more.
If you have acne scars or sun spots, a dark spot reducer is a great way to fade discoloration and make them invisible. To treat this however, Eggenberger describes it as a marathon rather than a sprint. It often takes an average of two to three months for treatments to make an improvement, and it gets even harder in the summer months when the sun is working against you. To see results, you have to play the long game.
This lightweight glycolic acid serum from La Roche-Posay works well for multiple skin tones and helps reduce dark spots and discoloration to reveal brighter, more even looking skin.
When it comes to acne treatments, there are two routes you can take with very different timelines depending on your needs. If you want to use a spot treatment, these are highly concentrated and can be effective in just two to three days. If you are looking for more long--term results for all-over clarity, this can take anywhere between four to 12 weeks. Beyond topical treatments, Eggenberger recommends making sure you are eating clean, reducing your intake of sugar and washing your face twice a day.
A great spot treatment to try are these hydrocolloid stickers. No popping necessary; just stick them on top of a pimple, go to sleep and wake up with a visibly flattened pimple. In six hours these patches shrink zits and speed up the healing process.