Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser, $22-$41 at Sephora: Instead of Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne products, I use this gem of a cleanser. It’s gentle on my skin, and fees delightfully foamy and refreshing when I wash my face.
Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion with SPF 30, $8.99 at Drugstore.com: If you’re not wearing SPF 30 every day…what are you doing? Dermatologists across the board (including our own Ramachandran) say that SPF 30 or more is essential to keeping your skin looking youthful, which is good news for my burgeoning laugh line.
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $2.99 at Drugstore.com: Baking soda makes for a gentle (and inexpensive) exfoliant– Emma Stone swears by it. I just add a sprinkling to my Purity face wash, and voila! Excess dirt is effectively removed from my pores.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46-$70, at Nordstrom: Everyone raves about this stuff, and after receiving a sample, I became a convert. Just 2-3 tiny drops of this serum leaves my skin glowing from night to morning. If I have a pimple forming the night before, I slather this on before I go to bed and it is gone by the time I wake up. It also has a very comforting lavender smell, which is an added bonus.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer, $40 at Bloomingdale’s: The lady at the Kiehl’s stand in Bloomingdale’s suggested this to me when I first came in with my rashy face asking if she had a moisturizer that could help. Literally after one or two days of using this stuff, my rash was completely gone! This fragrance-free concoction is said to ease the signs of stress on your skin, decreasing dyness and blotchiness. It works! My uneven tone is gone, and it keeps my face moisturized all day.
Oh, and if you’re suffering from breakouts now, here’s an extra tip from Dr. Ramachandran: “Spot treating breakouts is not nearly as effective as treating the whole face to prevent breakouts. People often try to treat acne in the areas where they currently have pimples. This does not help prevent the onset of new acne lesions. Many have a much better result when they treat the entire face. The same applies to people who are prone to breakouts on the face and chest as well.”
Anyone ever go through this? What do you use to fix your skin when it acts out?
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