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Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – February 2020

My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routine including some drugstore favorites as well as a few new discoveries. Morning Skincare Routine Step 1: Cleanse Alba Botanica Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub – I recently reviewed this in my blog post on exfoliators. It’s a brilliant budget option to use on the face and/or body in the shower. It smells a little fruity and contains big scrubby particles. The

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Hall of Fame: Exfoliating Toners & Scrubs

My best, tried and true, anti-aging acid exfoliating toners and physical scrubs for daytime and nighttime use, and for all skin types. As an exfoliation warrior, I have experimented with a wide range of exfoliating products from mild to extreme.  I rotate both physical scrubs and acid exfoliators into my routine on a regular basis.  I don’t prefer one over the other but like them both for different reasons.  Both

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Hall of Fame: Daytime Moisturizers

The best daytime moisturizers I’ve ever used and the ones that I recommend over and over to friends and family without reservation. There are thousands of moisturizers on the market at every possible price point. For me, what makes a great daytime moisturizer is the inclusion of anti-aging, active ingredients that have a compound effect over time and are most beneficial for my skin. For me to classify a moisturizer

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Product Review: Eve Lom Cleanser

Vogue has called Eve Lom Cleanser “the best cleanser in the world.” Its cult status shows no signs of abating any time soon. What it claims to do: “The pioneer of all cleansers, this special blend has won awards for the past 32 years. Every EVE LOM Cleanser includes a complimentary muslin cloth, which has been specially created to work with the cleanser to gently exfoliate and support natural blood

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Brand Spotlight: Oribe Top 3

The Top 3 best hair care products in the Oribe range including the cult favorite, Dry Texturizing Spray. Beautiful hair sometimes comes with a heart-stopping price tag.  We know women are charged more for haircuts than men. Add color and highlights and blowouts, the cost can exceed $200 per visit depending on the salon. We’ve all fallen for the styling products that salons push on us that tack on another

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Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – December 2019

My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routine. I’m in the middle of an extreme Retin-A regimen this month and currently in the terrible stage where my skin feels very dry and flaky. My skincare routine aims to remedy these symptoms and protect my skin barrier as much as possible during this phase. My morning skincare routine: Step 1: Cleanse GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub – This is one of the

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Brand Spotlight: No7 Top 3

One of the best affordable skincare brands available at the drugstore today is No7 Skincare. This UK company has been in the skincare business since 1935 and fortunately is now readily available to us in the US. Their serums, arguably their most popular products, are packed with the same active and potent ingredients found in high-end (expensive) skincare brands where you are likely paying for a luxury name and fancy

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Product Review: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream What it claims to do: “Clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles, improve skin firmness, tone and hydration in 15 days. The unique Mediterranean algae, Padina Pavonica, has been shown to dramatically increase the quantity of glucosaminoglycans (GAGs) within the skin. By special cell communication, these water-attracting GAGs are responsible for skin moisturization, improving suppleness, firmness and elasticity. In addition, Ginkgo Biloba providing superior free-radical

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Product Review: Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub

Physical and chemical exfoliating products have a place in my skincare arsenal for different reasons. My heavy retinol use inevitably means dry, flaky skin on a regular basis. The only scrub that sloughs away the flaky bits is a heavy-duty physical scrub. St. Ives Apricot Scrub may come to mind. It’s cheap, and I do like it for my body but I would never use it on my face. The

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Brand Spotlight: Pixi Beauty Top 3

Pixi Beauty is a London based skincare and makeup brand. Its skincare range is affordable (most under $30) and infused with botanicals and skin-loving ingredients. In the US, Pixi products can be found in Target and some drugstores. You can shop the entire range online. They offer free shipping on orders over $25. Pixi Beauty is also cruelty-free and does not test on animals. I haven’t been overly impressed with

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