With skin care lines, magazines and almost every spa pushing their line of product or a skin care line they swear will “change your skin forever! “or will “Shave off years off your appearance!“ it is hard to truly know which products work and which ones..... well... don't.
Does the most expensive product work or can we have great skin at any cost? The answer is the second.
I am no newbie to the skincare world with spending 1,000 to 2,000 a month on new products, spa services and injections. Companies have sent me products to get me to promote and I have certainly done my share of research from chemical peels gone wrong ( talk about 3 weeks of half my skin burnt off on top of actual acne ) to drawers full of expensive products that will never be touched again. This is why I decided to list my top products that in fact work, keep acne at bay after those sweaty work outs and in fact heal your skin not just keep it clear. It took all of my 20’s to figure it out from living on the sunny beaches of Barbados to the dry and cold climate of the great north, Fort Mcmurray, Canada.
Here you go!
1. ZO® SKIN HEALTH (In my bathroom right now and my staple to clear skin)
• AGGRESSIVE ANTI-AGING PROGRAM
• An aggressive treatment for deeper lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (age spots, sun damage) and thinning skin.
• Hydrating Cleanser - 60 mL / 2.0Fl. Oz.
Exfoliating Polish - 16.2 g / 0.57 Oz.
Complexion Renewal Pads - 30 Pads
Daily Power Defense - 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.
Radical Night Repair – 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.
Renewal Crème – 50 mL / 1.7 Fl. Oz.
• Help reduce the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles
• Minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation and age spots
• Promote a more even-looking skin tone
• Aid in strengthening the skin by keeping hydration at the proper level
• Help maintain the results achieved with lasers or medical treatments
2. Obagi CLENZIderm MD System (In my bathroom counter. Best toner I’ve used in my life)
• Those with acne-prone skin often experience excess oil and shine. Obagi CLENZIderm MD System targets both of these concerns to promote a clearer, healthier complexion. First, the purifying cleanser removes excess oil and other impurities that contribute to acne breakouts with 2% salicylic acid. Then, the toner gently exfoliates with 2% salicylic acid with to unclog pores. Finally, the lotion targets acne bacteria with 5% benzoyl peroxide, healing existing blemishes and preventing future breakouts. With this acne skin care trio, you can enjoy a clearer complexion in as little as one week.
• Salicylic acid unclogs pores and exfoliates skin
• Benzoyl peroxide helps eliminate bacteria on the skin’s surface
• Removes excess oil without stripping the skin of its natural moisture
• Treat acne-prone skin at the source with Obagi CLENZIderm MD System.
• This kit contains Obagi CLENZIderm MD Daily Care Foaming Cleanser (4 oz), Obagi CLENZIderm MD Pore Therapy (5 oz) and Obagi CLENZIderm MD Therapeutic Lotion (1.6 oz).
3. Ultraluxe Omega 3 Repair Complex
I found this little gem while getting a chemical peel in a little surrounding city in Dallas, TX. Packed full of hydration but not heavy enough like a typical cream to cause any type of break out.
• UltraLuxe Omega-3 Repair Complex - Discoloration (formerly Sonya Dakar Omega-3 Repair Complex - Discoloration) duplicates your skin's natural oil balance to restore clarity and comfort your complexion. Natural omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids nourish and repair skin from the inside out as eucalyptus and lemon extracts naturally brighten to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration.
4. UltraLuxe BB Oil (0.5 fl oz.) ( Brightened and nourished even the worst sunburn )
• Moisturizers: Face Oils
• Ideal for these Concerns: Aging Skin, Free Radical Damage
• Ideal for these Skin Types: Mature Skin
• Preferences: Natural, Vegan, Sulfate-Free, Clean
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• Key Ingredient(s): Antioxidants, Vitamin E, Essential Oils
• Application Area: Face
• UltraLuxe BB Oil speeds the cellular healing process, repairing skin to give you a more youthful appearance. A blend of 6 natural oils provides instant hydration to plump your skin and soften lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E and antioxidants neutralize free radicals, preventing environmental damage from wreaking havoc on your complexion while soothing lavender and rosemary reduce irritation and inflammation.
5. ORIGINS DRINK UP INTENSIVE (Overnight Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst
• This ultra-moisturizing sleeping mask instantly floods skin with moisture & keeps skin soft, smooth & happily hydrated for 72 hours. ... Infused with NEW Swiss Glacier Water, Hyaluronic Acid & Avocado
Stay tuned for the next post about skin care products that in fact do NOT work yet have been marketed and promise all kinds of thin