Lisa’s Summer 2022 Skincare Routine

April 30, 2021 (updated August 29, 2022)

Say hello to my current anti-aging skincare routine. I update this post quarterly so it continues to reflect what I am currently using and loving—be sure to check back! Here’s what’s giving my skin its glow in summer 2022.

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By: Lisa Fennessy


This post is beneficial in a couple of ways. First, let’s be honest—I get to try A LOT of product. Some things I try once or twice and others take up residency in my skincare routine. Some products I enjoy, but I wouldn’t purchase again; others I rave about and would purchase a million times over.

To help paint a picture of what you are seeing here, let’s create a TNK skincare-usage taxonomy, or hierarchy, if you will.

TNK hierarchy of skincare

1 | Rave-worthy, scream it from the rooftops, saw a difference in my skin, will repurchase again and again. (Think Maya Chia’s The Straight A, ILIA’s Limitless Mascara or 100% Pure Eye Gels).

2 | Loved it while it lasted and would repurchase. Gorgeous products that offer skincare benefits, work and have a beautiful sensory experience. This category is robust!

3 | Enjoyed it while it lasted but won’t repurchase. There is definitely a category of products that are “fine” but just don’t stand out in any special way for me. This category is also robust.

4 | Liked it, but probably wouldn’t recommend it. This category is reserved for items I enjoyed but I would not recommend because maybe the scent profile is too specific, the packaging is off in some way or it didn’t deliver consistent enough results.

5 | Didn’t like it, wouldn’t recommend it. This category is reserved for items I personally didn’t enjoy or that just didn’t work for me.

What you see in this post is what I would classify as a level 2 (unless otherwise noted). Loved it and would repurchase. It’s items that are currently taking up residency and most likely what I will use to the end. I hope that sharing my current skincare routine will help demystify what an effective skincare routine can look like and hopefully inspire yours.

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What’s up with my skin right now

Sometimes I approach my skincare routine with goals and intention, like right now I want to boost hydration or even hyperpigmentation or decongest. Sometimes I create a routine around the seasons, like prioritizing protection in the summer and hydrating in the winter. And sometimes, like right now, I create a skincare routine based on just what feels good. 

This may sound obvious, but when someone tests skincare for a living, it feels like a luxury to be able to design a routine to my liking. Most of the time, I rotate through products pretty quickly, which is great if they are not a good fit, but also means I don’t spend too much time with the ones I really love. 

Well, I’m slowing down this summer to do just that. 

Also, in recent news, my husband started using whatever face oil I am using. After all these years, he is now officially a face oil convert thanks to me, lol. I mean, I’m proud of him for trying something new but I’m also like, Paws off the good stuff brah!

The latest is we just finished fighting over the last drops of Yina’s FORTIFY Botanical Serum. This oil was right in so many ways. The weight ✅, the ingredients✅, the scent✅. So good.

So now that that’s gone, here’s what “we” are using now…

RELATED: Have sensitive skin? Check out Nicolle’s sensitive skincare routine.

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Morning Routine 

  1. Sahajan Essential Cleaning Oil, 4 oz | $48
  2. Yina Essential Mist, 3.3 oz | $65
  3. Alpyn Beauty Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum, 1.7 oz | $59
  4. Prima Face Oil, 1 oz | $82
  5. Le Prunier SPF, 2 oz | $78

Evening Routine 

  1. Sahajan Essential Cleaning Oil, 4 oz | $48
  2. Yina Essential Mist, 3.3 oz | $65
  3. Mukti Rescue + Recover Serum, 1 oz | $100 
  4. True Botanicals Phyto-Retinol Vitamin A Booster, 60 capsules | $120 
  5. Prima Face Oil, 1 oz | $82
  6. LILFOX Ambrosia Immortalis Eye Mask, .5 oz | $130

Treatments (as needed)

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What’s working for your skin this summer?

xo, lisa in cursive

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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


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    I’m one of those that keeps up with your routine and always end up trying something new. I’m finding what works for me as well and repurchasing what I like. (& splurging when I can)

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Natalie! Awesome, what have you found that you’ve loved so far??? xo, Lisa

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    Lisa, you and your skin look amazing! Just found your blog today. You radiate :)! I was wondering: do you have tips for forehead wrinkles? You don’t seem to have them :).

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Lies! I think using oils and face massage have helped me the most over the years. But also everyones genetics and skin are different so what helps one person might not help another. We talked to Hayley (TOG’s resident holistic esthetician) about this and here are her tips! Hope this helps! xo, Lisa

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    Just found your blog, and love it. I love your routines listed here. Do you use a moisturizer with your oils or serums in the morning?

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Pilar! I typically don’t use a traditional moisturizer. I prefer serums layered under oils 😍 – Hope this helps! xo, Lisa

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    do you have “level 1” products for morning and evening that you cold not do without? I just bought the Straight A!

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Pilar! Have you incorporated Manuka honey into your routine yet?! It’s a GAME CHANGER! (Cleansing, masking, honey tapping..) xo, Lisa

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