Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{products i love} skin care

I have been obsessed with skin products ever since I was a young girl.  It started in 1989 with my older sister’s transparent, copper colored bar of Neutrogena. (It felt so fancy and grown-up using that, because it wasn't a bar of Zest.)  I may have used a Buf Puf, followed by Sea Breeze astringent and a cotton ball.  Or a friend’s St. Ives Apricot Scrub and my aunt’s Oil of Olay.  Yep.  I did that.  And then came Clinique's (3) step program (of course, purchases were coordinated according to the "Bonus Time" free gifts that we watched the newspaper for.)  Every routine was completed, of course, with a chapstick application from Avon.  (And yes, I'm surprised that I could provide links to all of these as they actually still exist.)

Well, I've tried a lot of products over the years. But in true junkie fashion, I've loved every minute of it. However, I got sorta lazy in my early adult years. In my twenties, I used hand soap to cleanse my face. Went without moisturizers. Neglected sunscreen. And what happened, you ask? Well, the skin that everyone complimented now consists of wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark circles, sun spots and a skin cancer scar.

I don't expect you to be as nutso as I am over products, but in the past year or two, I’ve grown obsessive over products that reverse time and make a difference. In case you'd like to know, here are the products I use now.

DAIRY-FREE! Oh man, my skin drastically changed when I went dairy-free. I'd never seen such a change in my skin, so I decided that I didn't need icecream that bad, but it sure took a while to adjust.  You see, I was a bowl-of-Blue-Bell-every-night-before-bed kinda gal. 

Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel. Asians always have great skin, so I figured Japanese technology must have the 4-1-1 on skincare. I was right! Seriously dramatic results within the first week of using this stuff. Foams well, lacks fragrance, and thoroughly strips away makeup without irritating my skin. I’ve been using this cleanser now for approximately 2 years, and it’s become a gold standard for me. My only wish is that it would become available in a larger container. I wash every morning and night, followed with Boscia Oil-free Daily Hydration or Boscia Recharging Night Moisture.

Chanel UV Essential. 50 SPF!!! And besides loving the way it smells, it’s tried and true, reducing the appearance of my sun spots or melasma…whatever it is that I have. Having only used it for 5-6 months, it’s safe to assume my brown spots might disappear entirely in another 6 months. (I’ll get back to you!)
Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer. Yep, a tinted moisturizer is pretty much all I use these days. As you get older, a little goes a long way. The more makeup you wear, the more it intensifies wrinkles and other facial flaws. I switched from Laura Mercier, having had a better experience with Bobbi Brown’s product. And while I still LOVE Perricone’s No Foundation Foundation, Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer gives me similar results at a lower cost.
Diorshow New Look Mascara. I go without makeup a lot on the weekends. But I read a while back that one should never leave home without mascara. I’ve since learned to abide by that rule, but I haven’t found a mascara that I can’t live without. I’m currently using Diorshow and it appears to do the job – it lengthens my lashes and keeps them separated. My only grudge is that I tend to get a black smudge under my eyes if I sweat or take a nap. The hunt for the perfect mascara goes on…

NARS Blush in Orgasm. Who doesn’t have this product in their makeup bag?! It’s become every woman’s staple. Deservingly so.

Nivea Lip Care SPF 10 in A Kiss of Shimmer. Amongst my 30-something tubes/sticks/jars of lip color, this is my go-to product.

Song: The Face   Artist: Kings of Leon

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