Now, for a topic that has been done to death by much more qualified bloggers and experts than myself….
While I’m definitely not an expert, I do my best to take really good care of my skin. I’ve always stayed out of the sun (I’m not much of a beach or pool goer…yeah, I’m a lot of fun in the summer) and wear SPF every single day. In the year or so, I definitely started to use more skincare products and generally pay more attention to how my skin was looking and feeling day to day. So, here are a few of my favorites…
- REN Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Mist ($38) — This could be total horse hockey, but I like to think/hope it works. It claims to “form an invisible protective barrier to shield skin from the aging effects of pollution” and “helps to strengthen the skin’s natural defenses against oxidative stress.” It has a nice, light scent–almost like a very faint cologne–and doesn’t sting the eyes or skin in the least. Nearly $40 is kind of a lot for something I can’t necessarily see results with, but maybe there’s something to be said for a placebo effect.
- Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15 for 1.7 oz.) — I have somewhat sensitive skin and I had to test out several cleansers before deciding on this one. I bought it based on good reviews I’d read. I don’t use it every night, but probably 3-4 times a week and I think it works well. It has kind of an earthy scent, which I’m good with.
- Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water ($7) — When micellar water finally made it’s debut in the U.S. last year, I was thrilled! No more make-up remover wipes that sting my eyes and leave my face feeling tight and looking blotchy. Two cotton pads, a dribble of micellar water, and I’m ready for bed. On especially lazy days, even if I do nothing else for my face at the end of the day, I always use micellar water.
- Philosophy Hands of Hope Hand and Cuticle Cream ($10) — Great hand cream for winter. I keep this in my desk at work and use it once or twice a day. You really only need a little bit as it’s quite thick and rich.
- La Mer The Hand Treatment ($90) — Very decadent, but a really terrific hand cream. Not nearly as thick or rich as Hands of Hope though. $90 is a lot for hand cream, I know, but I’ve had this bottle for a year and a half and still have plenty left.
- Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum ($45) — I’ve really succumb to the facial oil/serum trend. I just got this one a few weeks ago, so I have to reserve judgement, but I really like it so far. Goes on smooth and settles quickly into the skin. It claims that skin tone will become “more even from the brightening effects of the antioxidant vitamin C, while skin’s texture is left soft and smooth from the anti-aging powers of collagen and hyaluronic acid.” Sold!
- Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum ($10) — Another more recent purchase, but I really love this. (They recently changed the packaging, so it looks different when you click the link. As far as I can tell, it’s still the exact same product.) I’m a big fan of the Botanics line and I also use the All Bright Day Cream. I alternate nights using this and the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum. Both serums purport to do generally the same thing (brightening/evening skin tone), just at slightly different price points. I’d suggest giving this one a go before shelling out $45 for the Mario Badescu though. Goodbye for meow.