As CafeMom recently reported, former Bachelorette star Emily Maynard recently took to her blog to share the hefty list of products in her skincare regimen. Brace yourselves. It’s pretty expensive for someone who is far from age 40 – even Maynard admits in the blog that: “Yes, I realize the amount of stuff I put on my face every day is ridiculous… I stand by the fact that if you're going to splurge on one thing, it should be skincare… I don’t care if I have to eat Ramen noodles for the rest of my life.” Her morning and nighttime regimen goes as follows:


1. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($12)

2. Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Serum ($155)

3. Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($74)

4. La Mer Eye Balm Intense ($180)

5. CeraVe AM Lotion ($14) or La Mer Soft Cream ($150)


1. Skinceuticals Clarifying Cleanser ($34) with the Clarisonic ($119-$225)

2. Philosophy Miracle Worker retinoid pads ($73) – Emily says: “If you’re not using a retinoid, START ASAP”

3. Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Serum ($130)

4. La Mer Eye Balm Intense

5. CeraVe PM Lotion ($13) or La Mer Soft Cream

I was unfamiliar with Maynard, so my initial thought was that she had to be at least 35 with a regimen this extensive. Why else would she feel the need to use so many anti-agers (including a heavy-hitting retinol)? To my surprise, she’s just 27 – and with enough skincare products to start her own Sephora.

I think it’s great that Maynard is taking action and showing interest in her skin’s health as not many 20-somethings have a skincare regimen to begin with. However, I can’t help but wonder if she’s doing more harm than good to her face. As a fellow 20-something, I can identify with Maynard’s aging concerns, yet I would still encourage her to relax and take a breather.

Now let’s take a closer look at her picks. La Mer does an excellent job at keeping its product ingredients off the Internet (I couldn’t find them anywhere). Thankfully, Marta reviewed Crème de La Mer in 2009 and found an alarming number of fillers and other nasties, including glycerin from mineral oil (not the safer vegetable oil) and other petroleum-derived ingredients.

Maynard uses three serums in her daily routine, all of which are from Skinceuticals, a well-known brand that has been endorsed by Allure and other prominent voices in beauty. Each serum has an extremely small ingredients list – five to eleven to be exact. Initially, I thought the lack of ingredients was a good thing because I was always taught the fewer ingredients, the better. However, after doing further investigation, I may have to reconsider this theory.

Both Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Serum and SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum contain denatured alcohol high on the list (it’s the first ingredient for the blemish serum). While the Cosmetic Ingredient Review ranks it as a moderate hazard, individuals with dry skin are discouraged from using it as it has a drying effect. Better to use on oily skin (unlike Emily’s admitted dry skin) that is prone to acne. This ingredient is a known irritant as well. The Blemish + Age Defense Serum also contains sodium hydroxide (aka lye), while the Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Serum is preserved with the potentially toxic phenoxyethanol.

And while Marta didn’t exactly dismiss Philosophy’s Miracle Worker pads in her review, using retinol products when you’re under 30 could be the equivalent of swatting a fly with a sledgehammer.

But this is not to say Emily doesn’t have some good things going on in her regimen. For example, the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is packed with hydrating ceramides, despite a couple of parabens. And kudos to her for using a facial cleansing brush (like the Ultra Clear) – good to use at any age.

All in all, it’s okay for women like me and Emily to start introducing anti-agers into our skincare routines – but you shouldn’t overwhelm young skin (read Marta’s advice here). Preksha has another take on caring for 20-something skin. The best thing you can do is determine what your skin needs are so you can find the most effective products for you, based on the ingredients. Remember, the more products you use doesn’t guarantee healthier skin, just like higher price tags don’t guarantee better results.

Ingredients in CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Hyluronic Acid, Ceramide 1, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polyoxyl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

Ingredients in Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Serum: Aqua/Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Phloretin, Ferulic Acid

Ingredients in Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Serum: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate Pantothenic Acid Phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Serum: Alcohol Denat., Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycolic Acid, Diisopropyl Adipate, Octadecenedioic Acid, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Citric Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-10; Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 1.5%

Ingredients in Philosophy Miracle Worker: Ethyl Trisiloxane, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Ethoxydiglycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Hexyldecanol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) (grapeseed sterols), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol (L-Alpha), Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Stearic Acid, Laureth 4, Cyclopentasiloxane, BHT

Ingredients in Crème de la Mer: Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral oil Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesame Seed, Medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed powder, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus amygdulus dulcis (sweet almond) seed meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl succinate, Niacin, Beta-carotene, Decyl oleate, Aluminium distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfum)