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My Nightly Skincare Routine & Why I Love Lumion

I’m not much of a product junky, but one of the perks of this job is that I get lots of samples! Most of these products are nice enough, but every once and a while I find something I truly love and incorporate into my regular skincare routine. Such was the case with Lumion.

Introducing Lumion Skincare

Last year, over a glass of rose with my friend Lisa Bonoff, she told me about a new product she was developing with her friend, Amy, and gave me some to try. It didn’t have a name back then, but Amy’s father—an entrepreneur with a passion for non-toxic living—had recently introduced Lisa to the magic that is electrolyzed oxygenated water, and Lisa was hooked.

Now, I’m excited to announce the official launch of Lumion, a skincare line that is at once super simple and also revolutionary. The ingredients list is short, and Lumion’s entire line consists of just two products: a mist and a serum.

What is the Secret in Lumion?

Both Lumion products are made mostly of electrolyzed oxygenated water, which is delivers oxygen to your skin and (unlike regular old water) actually increases hydration. The other ingredients in Lumion products are sodium chloride, hypochlorous acid, and hydrogen chloride, which are antibacterial and antiviral, protect against environmental contaminants, and slow the aging process by encouraging collagen production.

If you want to try Lumion, use code gimme15 at checkout for 15% off your order.

Oh, and one more cool thing about Lumion: they give one dollar of every bottle sold to the The Lonely Whale Foundation.

Are Any of Lumion’s Ingredients Toxic?

I want to point out that latter two ingredients listed above are rated 2-3 by the Environmental Working Group. In general, I like products where none of the ingredients are rated higher than a 1, although in certain instances I disagree with the EWG’s assessment (such is the case with potassium sorbate, which you’ll find in lots of the products I recommend). The reason I make an exception for Lumion is that:

  1. No ingredients have any risk of being carcinogenic (which is always my biggest concern); the potential risk seems to be around allergenic properties.
  2. If you want a product—particularly an anti-aging product–that really DOES something for your skin, you need to go for more intense ingredients. When compared with anti-aging ingredients like retinol or alpha hydroxy acid, what’s in Lumion is benign.
  3. Lumion mist and serum aren’t products you’ll be using on babies or kids, and I’m always a little more lenient on products I use on myself instead of my sons.

My Nighttime Skincare Routine

Here’s my nighttime skincare routine and how Lumion fits in. (Oh, also, I have become SUPER lazy, so only step one happens in the bathroom, while I’m upright.)

  1. For cleansing, I use BeautyCounter’s Nourishing Cream Cleanser most nights, except twice a week when I use Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub. When I am feeling exceptionally lazy, I just use Acure’s Cleansing Towlettes, which I have in my nightstand.Acure Argan Cleansing Towelettes from Gimme the Good Stuff
  2. Once I’m settled in bed, Kindle or remote in hand (yes, I have a TV in my bedroom!), I spray on Lumion Oxygen Mist and let that dry. (You can also spray the Lumion Oxygen Mist on your face throughout the day if your skin feels grimy or parched– it’s particularly nice after a workout).
    lumion oxygen mist gimme the good stuff
  3. Next, I pat on Lumion’s Oxygen Serum. Sometimes, that’s my last step, but in the winter when my skin is especially dry I do one more thing…lumion oxygen serum gimme the good stuff
  4. Finally, I slather on Farmaesthetics Nourishing Herbal Cream. Zzzzzzzzz….

Farmaesthetics Nourishing Herbal Cream from Gimme the Good Stuff I used to barely muster the energy to wash my face by the time I got both my kids to bed, cleaned up the dinner mess, tossed in some laundry, picked up a bunch of toys, responded to emails…you know how it goes! Giving into my laziness and putting all my skincare products on my nightstand has been a game-changer. Now I look forward to the ritual of applying all this Good Stuff to my face (okay, the TV in the bedroom doesn’t hurt!).

Stay sane,





PS: When you use code gimmethegoodstuff to order Lumion, you get 15% off and I get a small commission. As always, the thoughts expressed in this review are my own. I accept offers to partner with companies only whose products I use myself and whom I believe are Good Stuff!


13 responses to “My Nightly Skincare Routine & Why I Love Lumion”

  1. Ms

    hypochlorous acid is what force of nature cleaner uses right? So what is the difference? Can we technically spray that on our face too? Honestly, asking.

  2. Grace

    What is your feeling about using retinol in facial moisturizers? I know it can be dangerous in the sun, but if only for nighttime use? Just curious what your take is! Thank you!

    1. Maia James

      I think I would feel okay about it at night, especially as I get older and need more powerful products for my face!

  3. Ashley

    Do you have any information on Perfectly Posh and Arbonne products? Thank you!

  4. Alicia

    Hi! I looked at the brands you listed in your response to the above comment, but are there facial moisturizers with SPF that you can recommend? Thanks so much!

  5. rachel

    what other face wash and moisturizer would you suggest?

    1. Maia James

      We’re going to do Safe Product Guides for all kinds of adult skincare in the future, but for now I’ll tell you that I love all the BeautyCounter stuff: http://www.beautycounter.com/suzanneweaver-goss?goto=skin-care.html. For a lower price point I also like Acure: https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/brand/acure-organics.

  6. Rachel

    Hi what do you about the fact that Beauty counter cleanser and day cream has PHENOXYETHANOL in it ? It’s an ingredient that scores 4 at EWG,
    Also it has alcohol in it , which I thought that isn’t recommended in face products ?
    Thanks !

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      Hi Rachel, There is no doubt that Beauty Counter isn’t perfect but we were interested in finding a make up that was acceptable. For cleansers and day creams there are many other choices. They are committed to health and safety standards while making sure that their products perform. They might not always draw the line where we do but for make up we are comfortable with the performance and their commitment. Suzanne

  7. Paula H.

    Great stuff! I fallow your posts regularly and do what I can afford to stay away from unnecessary chemicals in my life.
    Reading about the skincare couldn’t help but recommend my favorite ( so far ). Herbaliz. In my opinion definitely a good stuff as well.
    Thanks for your work!!!

    1. Maia James

      Thanks for the suggestion–will look into it!

  8. Jenn

    I have a question for you, if you would please respond. What is the reason that you feel the need for both of the Lumion products? Don’t they both serve the same purpose? Thanks so much in advance. Loving your site!

    1. Maia James

      Hi Jenn! Truthfully, you probably don’t need both. The serum is more concentrated, so if you had to choose I would go for that one. It probably depends on which you like the feel of…I just find the mist refreshing so I use both.

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