Its been two years since I published my first Beauty Tool Kit on No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Over time, both my skin and the products have certainly changed. As a beauty junkie, I have to admit it was challenging to pick my must-haves for a curated collection of skin care tools, rather than a large plastic tub of interesting but not essential cleansers, moisturizers and masks.
This tool kit of 25 products meet the needs of my skin profile — over age 50, sensitive and slightly oily. I look first for the least expensive but high quality formulations. My skin care needs also vary by season as well as ongoing treatments. For example, if I treat my skin to a peel, I will use my mildest cleanser and an effective moisturizer. In the summer, my skin needs a stronger cleanser and I reach for a cleanser fortified with salicylic acid.
Applying a daily sunscreen is now as much part of my daily routinue as brushing my teet and combing my hair. Unprotected sun exposure increases skin cancer risks as well as wrinkles. But to be honest, my immediate concern is freckles which were cute in my twenties but now just make my skin look old and muddy.
No-Nonsense Mix of Prescription and Over the Counter Products
If I am going to shell out serious money for skin care, I want to have extensive reseach behind the claims. When I pay for Retin A Micro or Renova I know that these formulas deliver as promised. I balance these costs with effective, affordable cleansers and moisturizers that clock in at $10 for a 2 month supply.
No-Nonsense Skin Polishers– The Essential Extras
If sun screens are the most important skin care tool, then skin polishers and peels are my favorite. Sunscreens take care of the long run, but skin polishers satisfy my need for immediate gratification with instant results. I’ve listed my favorites including a new type of mask that works for all skin types.
If you try out any of the products I my tool kit, I would love to hear how they worked for you.