My Summer Beauty Tool Kit

The return of warm  sunny weather  made me realize that  my beauty tool kit needed a tune-up. While I keep using Retin A,   I need to crank up  my sun protection and  add anti0xidants  to repair sun damage.  I  have found six products that fit the bill perfectly:

1.  Eye Make-up Remover —Almay Oil-Free  Travel  Pack ($.99)

I used this product  all winter and really loved  the way it took off my mascara without leaving an oily film.  Only problem was the package — a 3 inch high jar that did not pack well.  At Ultra, I discovered  it came in a travel size of 15 pads that fit beautifullyinto my toiletries bag.  Just perfect for weekend strips  to the country.

2. Cleanser — Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash ($8.99)  This fragrance-free clear liquid cleanser is gentle and oil free.  Its so mild that it can be used to remove eye make-up, but for that I am going to stick with my  disposable pads.  

3. Daytime Moisturizer/Sunscreen – Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock with SPF 70.  ( $12.99) This product is the linchpin of my daytime anti-aging skin care.  Not only does it  have  an amazing 70SPF,  its stuffed with four different  antioxidants– soy protein, and vitamins A, C and E.   Different types of free-radicals  are subdued by different antioxidants.  The more types of antioxidants a product contains, the  more it will control  free radicals in your skin cells. Nice!

4.  Eye Care Cream — Clarins Sunscreen Wrinkle Control Eye High Protection ($22) Despite the way too long name, this is such a well-thought  out product.  It’s  a  mineral based physical sunscreen  which is  less irritating than chemcial sunscreens– really important when you are using something around the eyes.  Even better it boasts a 30SPF.

5. Night Care— Korres Quercetin and Oak Anti-Aging and Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream ($52 — where do they get these names?)  This cream costs more than most of my other products, but it had  so  many excellent features, I had to bring it home with me.  Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant (found in apples and grapes) which offers serious protection against sun-induced DNA damage. This night cream also has  a slew of other appealing features.  Its  free of  mineral oil, parabans, alcohol, fragrance and retinols. Even the packaging  is totally recyclable.

6. Body Lotion —  Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Creme ($12.99)

During the day my arms and legs are going to  spend a lot of time in the sun, and I want to try to repair the damge  at night. Eucerin  has CoQ10,  a  natural antioxidant in the body.  As we grow older  the level of CoQ10  keeps declining and by age 60, its about half  what we had in our twenties.   Like most of my other skin care products, it is fragrance-free and non-irritating. 

Let the summer games begin!

One thought on “My Summer Beauty Tool Kit

  1. Your blog is quite interesting full of down to earth personal observations, self administrations and advice…even had the courage to show your photo sans makeup…you are a font of information and it was all very interesting..and a nice personal approach…easy to read…chuck full of new products…you’re a fine writer and researcher…I appreciate the depth of your oeuvre. THANKS …. an enjoyable read Polly

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