Despite the season, I have that special kind of skin that is both dry and acne prone and frankly, now seeing some more serious "fine lines". I'll address my dermatological routine in another post, but for now I'm excited to share that I've found some skincare products that really work. No advertising, no paid promotions.
Winter in Colorado can be especially dry - arid actually. One tip I recently learned was to wash my face or step out of the shower and apply moisturizer while still damp. This is a game changer. Where has this advice been all my life?? Here's what I do:
Cleanse with Acure Brightening Gel Cleanser. Twice a week I will use a buff puff with the cleanser to exfoliate.
While still wet/damp I apply Revision Hydrating Serum. It's a straight shot of hyaluronic acid.
EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex. I find that this really works and is more reasonably priced than you would expect.
Vintner's Daughter Hydrating Serum. This has been another game changer for me. I finally bit the bullet despite the price and I am so glad that I did. It is an oil for your face so you do have to be comfortable with that. But I like having that glowy look under my tinted sunscreen or foundation even at the end of a long day.
That's it! I use eye cream but haven't settled on any that I feel really work. I love the rich texture of Shisedo's Eye Benefiance but I've been using it for years and do have some serious fine lines under and around my eyes so I'm not sure how well it works for aging prevention. Tips are appreciated!
At night, I like to use either the Barrier Renewal again or swap out for Clinique's Overnight Renewal mask.
I also use prescription retinol about 3 times a week. Using the buff puff or even a washcloth the morning after can really help when I get some peeling skin.
Lastly, my FAVORITE discovery for those occasional but nasty, long lasting cystic zits is Mario Badescu's drying lotion. This stuff is magical. Truly.
It sounds like a lot of work but feel free to pick and choose what works for you. I love talking beauty products so if you have items you swear by, please share!