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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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Current A.M. & P.M. Skincare Routine – October 2019

My morning skincare routine: Step 1: Cleanse La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser – This is another hero product in the Toleriane range for sensitive skin. The eye cream and moisturizer are wonderful and affordable as is this cleanser. This range is simple, clean, quality skincare at its best. Step 2: Mask FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask – A couple of times a week, I’ve been using this

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Product Review: Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil & Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

Both live up to all the hype they’ve received.  I’ve gone through multiple bottles of each. Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil What it claims to do? “Works throughout the night to deliver visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin by morning…reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging: fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. – 96% of women felt their skin looked

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Hall of Fame: Cleansers

I would almost say, “any cleanser will do” since most cleansers and a washcloth will adequately clean the face but there are a few that I think are exceptional. That’s not to say out of the hundreds of cleansers on the market, most don’t rate, they do. They get the job done. Neither does one have to spend very much money on a cleanser. After all, it’s on the skin

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Hall of Fame: Cleansing Balms

I’ve been using cleansing balms in my skincare regimen for over five years now.  Using a balm for your cleansing step can simply be an alternative or preference to cream cleansers as they can remove every trace of makeup in one cleanse and give your skin a boost of nourishment.  However, I tend to reach for them when I want to take a little more time cleansing my skin.  I use

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Hall of Fame: French Skincare You Can Buy In The USA

If you’re a connoisseur of quality skincare, a stroll through any French pharmacy is a self-care experience like no other. I’ve spent hours perusing the jam-packed shelves for products that will support the health of my skin, transform and diminish fine lines, and treat any skincare ailments or needs. Fortunately, many products that I’ve come to love are available to purchase online or in stores in the United States. We

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Current A.M & P.M. Skincare Routine – June 2019

Morning Routine Step 1 – Cleanse/Exfoliate Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator – This appears to be discontinued and that’s a bummer. This powdered exfoliator forms into a foamy cleanser when mixed with water. It contains rice bran powder, hyaluronic acid, and red algae to exfoliate dead skin cells and rehydrate. Indeed Labs is a longtime favorite affordable skincare brand. Hopefully, they bring this back or something like it. Step 2

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