There are a few basic things that I always have to have in my daily skincare routine. There are some products that I would not have thought of using until I actually tried such as a tinted moisturizer and concealer. The key is to wisely choose the ones that will not block your pores and that have a dual purpose such as to conceal and to treat a blemish. That being said, here are a few of the products you may find in my bathroom drawer or toiletry bag. So what products do you use on a daily basis and what ones do you use sometimes?
MDskincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
I use the peel at least once a week to remove dead skin cells that may cause my skin to appear dull. The treatment leaves your skin refreshed and glowing. ($28 to $166 from MASC)
Face wash & Exfoliating Scrub
Try to find one that uses beads instead of crushed nut shells that contain sharp edges that may cause more damage to your skin and one that is preferably non-comedogenic, which means they do not block your pores. Do not wash your face with soap as it tends to dry your skin and strip it of it’s natural oils that are actually good for your skin. The particular brand I use for a face wash is PhisoDerm which you can get at any local drug store & I use L’Oreal’s Microdermabrasion system.
During the Winter my skin tends to be dry so I switch to a heavier cream based night moisturizer that contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) like PUR’s Nourishing Night Cream and in the Summer I switch to a lighter gel based or lighter cream based night moisturizer like Elizabeth Grant’s Anti Aging Face Cream. ($60 from Elizabeth Grant)
During the day, I always wear a moisturizer that has no less than an SPF 15 for the Winter like Clinique’s M protect moisturizer and higher in the Summer. When I have blemishes, I sometimes use a tinted moisturizer which has a hint of colour that is similar to a foundation but not as heavy so it doesn’t actually look like you have makeup on. It doesn’t completely conceal or hide your blemish but it just makes it look less obvious. MDskincare carries a tinted moisturizer from MASC.
I don’t know about you but when I have a blemish I usually don’t want to go out but sometimes you can’t help it. So I usually use a concealer that’s also a treatment in one, so not only does it hide your pimple it also helps it dry, usually with salicylic acid. A concealer is a more concentrated cream that matches your skin tone to hide blemishes. ($10 from local drugstore by Almay)
My lips tend to get chapped and dry in the winter so I use a lip balm that contains natural ingredients such as shea butter and natural soothing mint and an SPF 25. ($9 Jack Black from MASC)