On our first Beauty-terrogation, Ashley posted a comment to ask what skin care products we use. I don’t know about Jenn, but my lineup is pretty static: I have mild rosacea so I don’t switch products cavalierly. I always read the ingredients list to see if it includes any known irritants, and if it has a strong fragrance I tend to avoid it. I also like to keep it pretty simple; I don’t want to have to pack 20 bottles of products for a weekend trip.
I’ve used all the products below with good success and no adverse effects, so without further ado here’s the roster!
#1 – Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin. Gentle and fragrance-free, it removes all traces of makeup without leaving my skin feeling stripped.
#2 – Ann Webb Skin Organics Super C-15 with Idebenone. I said what I had to say in this review. Love this stuff, I apply it before I put on my moisturizer.
#3 – Estee Lauder Day Wear SPF 15. Moisturizer with sunscreen. The jar packaging is less than ideal but I’ve tried other products and keep coming back to this one. I swear it calms my skin when it’s irritated, despite having a mild fragrance.
#4 – Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Fish Oil supplements. Healthy skin starts on the inside! These are high in Omega-3, which is something we don’t get much of in our daily diets. I take two every morning and every night.
#5 – Vitaline Biotin Forte with Zinc. This supplement contains B-complex vitamins as well as Zinc and Vitamin C. I take one daily.
#1 – Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin. Same comments as above apply.
#2 – Ann Webb Skin Organics Goji Azelaic Clarifying Serum. As we age, skin cell turnover diminishes. I noticed that I had a small white bump on my forehead that never blossomed into a pimple but wouldn’t go away. It was gone after using this exfoliating product for 2 weeks. My only complaint is that it’s a little gummy.
#3 – Latisse. That’s right, the prescription lash enhancer. It works by delaying the shedding of your lashes, which means they grow longer before they naturally fall out. I’ve been using it for almost a year now and it really does work. (It hasn’t yet darkened my irises either.) A single bottle isn’t cheap (about $100) but it lasts around 3 months. I use my clean finger to apply it instead of the brushes, which I thought caused more product waste.
#4 – Renova. This is a prescription Retinoid product. I had difficulty tolerating other quality retinol products, too much redness and skin irritation. This one does cause me some peeling so I can only use it twice a week, which is better than nothing but not as effective as nightly use. It’s also very expensive ($150), so I tend to try to ration it, which sort of defeats the purpose.
#5 – NuMedica Vitamin D-3. A supplement for general bone and immune health.
Some of these might be on the out: as effective as the Goji Azelaic product has been, I’m looking for a new exfoliating product that isn’t quite so tacky or sticky.[It’s one of those products you can only use when you’re single, so consider this me being optimistic!] I’d also like to find a retinol product that’s effective and economical so I’ll use it on a daily basis and see better results.
My product restlessness means new reviews are in the works, so stay tuned!
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