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When it comes to skin care, every product has its proper place in your regimen. Some of you may just have the simple basics covered: cleanser, exfoliator, moisturizer. Others may have a skin care routine that makes building a NASA space shuttle look uncomplicated in comparison. If you have found a regime that works for you, Mazel. However, just like with our shoe closet and library of books, there is always room for improvement. Now that fall is upon us you want to assess your skin and skin care options. Look at your current list of products, how are they working out for you? Are you happy with the way your skin looks and feels? If not, you may have some holes missing in your repertoire. These holes could include a sunscreen, eye cream, on the spot treatment gel, mask, or peel. These a la carte products can make a significant difference and can take your skin from can’t complain to can’t get people to stop complimenting on it. If your skin care regimen needs any of the above products, here are my recommendations:

Sunscreen- Dermalogica Solar Defense SPF30- For those of you who have passed through here before, you know that I’m kind of obsessed when it comes to sunscreen. As an esthetician I know that 80% of skin aging is environmental. Thus, I am hyper vigilant when it comes to protecting my skin from the sun. I have a wide variety of sunscreen options at my fingertips and I definitely play favorites. One such product is Dermalogica’s SPF 30 booster. This ingenious product soups up the SPF of any of your existing products that you love but may not contain SPF. You can add this to your moisturizer, foundation, or tinted moisturizer.

Eye cream- Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15- If you haven’t begun using an eye cream it’s time to start. The eyes are among the first places our skin shows signs of aging. I see young women my age or younger and they already have fine lines and wrinkles. This is easily prevented with regular use of eye cream and protection from the sun. If you want to see a dramatic difference, invest in an eye cream that contains retinol. This will ensure the production of collagen and elastin resulting in a more youthful appearance. If you suffer from under eye circles and puffiness this eye cream also contains caffeine and light diffusers to help with under eye bags and brighten the area.

On the spot treatment gel-DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5% with Tea Tree Oil- No matter how strict you are with your skin care, pimples can arise. We know that benzoyl peroxide is a proven acne fighter as it is a antimicrobial, and tea tree oil is a proven antibacterial. Both of these compounds used in synergy makes for a powerful on the spot treatment for occasional congestion and pimples.

Mask- Bliss Steep Clean Purifying Mask- If you can’t make it in for a facial this mask is the next best thing. It works to decongest pores and remove dead skin and promote a brighter, fresher complexion. Masks are a great weekly addition to your current routine and this one is suitable for all skin types.

Peel- Philosophy the Microdelivery Multi-Use Peel Pads- If your skin is looking lackluster and dull exfoliation is the quickest remedy. These peels use lactic acid to gobble up dead skin cells to reveal the fresh new cells underneath. The result is refined skin tone and clarity.

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10 Responses to Fill in the Blanks

  1. Jessica says:

    I need to start using an eye cream – it’s also the area of my face that is the driest. Perhaps a trip to the store is in order this afternoon.

  2. kathy.mcginley@gmail.com says:

    BreBeauty, how often can you use the peel pads?

    Tootles!

  3. My skin care routine is embarrassing and I know I’m going to pay for it one day. If only I could get a gift basket of these products, maybe I could shape up!

  4. That Bliss mask sounds amazing!!

  5. Breanna says:

    Yes Jessica start with an eye cream! I’m going to start my (hypothetical) daughters on it when they’re 16! It’s never too soon or too late to begin reaping the benefits. The added moisture will help with surface fine lines, just make sure retinol is a prominent ingredient, this will help prevent and treat the bigger buggers!

  6. Breanna says:

    Thanks for the question/comment! Use as directed and they are daily peels. If you find that your skin is sensitive you can do every other day or three times a week whatever works best for you and your skin. But you should be fine using them daily as they have soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients in them. xoB

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