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ANTI-AGING BEAUTY REVIEWS & VINTAGE STYLING TIPS

Category Skincare

Glossary of Skincare Ingredients & Terms

Your glossary of skincare-related terms and ingredients to help better decode all the ingredients listed on the back of beauty products and understand their uses. A ACNE The root of all acne is a pore clogged with dirt, dead skin cells, and sebum. Beyond that, there are many ways acne may manifest, such as whiteheads (also called closed comedones), blackheads (also called open comedones), and cystic acne (occurring deeper in

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5 Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums Under $35

Hyaluronic Acid is a clear substance that works to keep skin hydrated, visibly plump, and fights fine lines and wrinkles when used routinely. It is naturally found in the body and absorbs water like a sponge leaving skin fuller, plumper, and glowing. Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000x its weight in water helping skin to retain moisture. Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate) serums come in six different molecular weights which penetrate the skin

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5 Excellent Cleansing Balms

Cleansing balms break down and remove makeup, dirt, oil, and pollution at the end of the day and leave skin feeling hydrated and nourished. Once you’ve adopted a cleansing balm into your cleansing routine, they will likely always have a place in your regimen. I prefer to use a cleansing balm as a second cleanse. After I remove eye makeup and make one pass over my face with micellar water

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8 Best Vitamin C Serums

Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your daily skincare routine works to prevent hyperpigmentation leaving skin brighter and firmer with a more even skin tone. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and when used in skincare offers a multitude of benefits.  It brightens the skin and boosts the production of collagen.  It fights free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution.   I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for nearly

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Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – April 2020

My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routines include a few new discoveries and old favorites packed with active ingredients. Morning Skincare Routine Step 1: Cleanse Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask – My morning begins with exfoliation. If I’m headed out the door first thing, I may reach for a physical scrub but during quarantine, I’ve been starting my day with an exfoliating mask. This is a favorite that brightens

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French Skincare You Can Buy In The USA

France has led the world in quality skincare for decades. Last time I was in France, I brought home an entire suitcase full of French pharmacy riches. Today in the USA, much is available online with free or affordable shipping. 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

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13 Nourishing & Anti-Aging Face Oils

Face oils are integral to any comprehensive skincare regimen. Face oils are nourishing, anti-aging, hydrating and healing. In addition to serums, face oils are my obsession. I do quite a bit of research before I purchase one digging deep into the ingredient list and proposed benefits. I use face oils morning and night, throughout the year, and have an apothecary of face oils in my beauty cabinet to address any

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4 Best Overnight Sleeping Masks

As a perennial dry skin sufferer, going to bed with a sleeping mask all over my face can feel like the ultimate pamper session. When my skin is looking particularly parched or fatigued, I love an overnight sleeping mask to turn things around.  I use them once or twice a week when my face needs a big drink of moisture.  Combined with a good night’s sleep, I wake up with

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9 Best Eye Creams & Serums

The best eye creams and serums focus on anti-aging meaning that they deliver some form or forms of active, anti-aging ingredients aside from mere hydration. The older I get, and the more high-tech skincare I use, the less reliant I am on having to have an eye cream in my daily routine. I could skip eye creams all together by using serums, creams, and treatments packed with active ingredients such

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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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