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4 Matrixyl Serum Recommendations

Top picks and recommendations for affordable Matrixyl 3000 peptide serums that you can find easily online or at the drugstore. Peptides are amino acids that make up certain proteins needed by the skin. Matrixyl is a peptide combination invented and trademarked in France. Its development was a breakthrough in anti-aging technology. It is now found in hundreds of skincare products. There are three types, or generations: Matrixyl™, Matrixyl™ 3000, and

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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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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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13 Best 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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11 Best 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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