Friday, September 2, 2011

Top Skin Care Products

My oh-so-lovely husband bought me a facial/peel off groupon a month or so ago & I finally used them! Since high school I've been not so in love with my skin...since I still get acne from time to time. Like many women I too have a hard time finding products & sticking with a routine of cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream, sun block, mask etc etc I tend to just stick with cleanse and moisturize  :)  So, after my facial & peel experience, I've decided I need to take better care of my skin! I've been doing some research on what products are good - here are my findings:

Go au naturel
There are more skin-care products claiming to be "natural" or "organic" than there are reality-TV stars.
If environmental and purity standards are important to you, consider buying products made in Europe. Companies overseas making eco claims trace ingredients back to their sources to verify their natural origins.
A few of the brands that do: Lavera (, Weleda(, and Dr. Hauschka Skincare( And while you're at it: On products from the U.S., look for the National Products Association's new Natural Seal; it certifies that 95 percent of the ingredients are truly natural and pose no suspected human health risks (for more information,
Use an anti-ager--now!
Don't wait for the first crow's feet to appear before you reach for that little tube. "Even women in their twenties should be using a topical retinoid--unless they're pregnant or nursing," says Francesca Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Here's why: Retinoids, which contain vitamin A, are one of the most potent agents for preventing and reversing sun damage and signs of aging. And, says Hirsch, "they're the ultimate multitasker. They speed skin renewal by shedding dull, pore-clogging cells and increase collagen production to prevent wrinkles."
Ask your doctor about a retinoid prescription or try an OTC, such as Roc Retinol Actif Pur Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizing Treatment--Night ($22 for 1 oz,
Rise, but don't shine
Hormonal surges during sleep cause your sebaceous glands to pump oil--and about 14 hours later, you end up shinier than the Harry Winston showroom. Those cursed with oily skin and breakouts can fight acne and grease slicks before they strike with an overnight treatment.
One of our favorites is Vichy Normaderm Night ($20 for 1.7 oz,
*****Above info was taken from an online source*****

Check out this top ten list of face skin products:   (not in order of importance)
1. Avalon Active Organics: Vitamin C Hydrating Cleanser  $6 Wal-mart
2. Lumene Vitamin C+ Bright Skin Radiance Nectar   $22 Ulta
3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream   $50
4. Mama Mio Clean Slate Cleanser   $32
5. Face Reality Mandelic Acid Serum  $28
6. Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser   $47
7. La Therapie Cream Gommage Douce Peaux Normales   $49
8. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20  $42.50
9. Loreal Revitalift Complete SPF 30   $14 Drugstores
10. Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel   $15

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