Lately I have been giving a lot of skincare advice to friends. Most of it has been
by request – which I take as a huge compliment – but I do admit to the occasional
unsolicited tip as well. I really just want to be of service. I’ve spent a lifetime (and I do
mean from my grammar school days) reading articles about skincare, testing products
and seeking my own advice from professionals. I’m by no means a guru and I certainly
don’t understand the science behind most of the products on the market, but I do know
what works*. It’s taken a long time for me to find the right skincare regimen and heaven
knows that the trial and errors along the way have been expensive at times. So why not
share my knowledge and save all my girls the effort. Enjoy … and take care of that skin!
Lemon Oil Cleansing Balm – Fresh
Cleans but doesn’t strip and leaves skin wonderfully soft.
This is the product for anyone with combination skin.
C E Ferulic Serum – SkinCeuticals
Skincare professionals always recommend that you exfoliate. The acids
in this serum do so in a gentle way while providing antioxidants. I alternate
throughout the year between this formula and the Hydrating B-5 Gel.
3. Eye Cream
The Eye Balm Intense – LaMer
If you have to splurge on one item, this is it. The skin around my eyes
takes a beating because I wear concealer everyday (dark circles are a
true curse!). This cream is a lifesaver and subtracts years from my face.
4. Skin Cream
Flawless Repair Day Crème with SPF 15 – Laura Mercier
A newer product and recent discovery. It’s pricey, so I can’t always
fork over the dough for this moisturizer. But when I do, I see an
immediate difference and receive compliments galore a la “Your
skin absolutely glows.” What could be better than that?!
5. Facial Scrub
Sweep – Remède
This super fine exfoliant won’t scratch delicate skin.
Kanitc Mask – Alchimie Forever
Besides softening skin, this mask also calms redness with luscious
blueberry. It smells good enough to eat! If you live in DC, schedule a
facial appointment at the Alchimie Forever spa. My beautiful friend Ada
is the brains behind this brand, so it’s worth the wait for an appointment.
7. Blemish Treatment
Baume Purifiant – Darphin
This balm (a consistency that’s not for everyone) is effective
in that it gets to the root of the problem vs. drying out the surface.
8. Sunscreen – chest & hands
Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sun Protection SPF 55 – Neutrogena
It’s easy to forget the skin on my chest and hands. Plus I don’t
like to apply heavy cream on these areas. This sunscreen is
strong but lightweight enough that I don’t even know I’m wearing it.
9. Sunscreen – body
Daily Mosturizing Lotion with SPF 15 – Aveeno
I’m a big fan of Aveeno; I use a lot of their products. This one
is a no-brainer. I just slather it on after toweling off at the end of
every shower and I’m protected and moisturized for the day.
10. Hand Cream
Hand Relief – Aveda
The skin on my hands is significantly drier than any other part of my
body. I give it extra care with a rich hand cream morning and night.
I like this formula because it’s not greasy and has a nice light scent.
Plus, it’s a Minnesota brand ; )
* Caveat: I’m not a skincare professional!
All recommendations are based on personal use and my own specific skin type. Always
take your personal skin and medical history into consideration when selecting products.