Question: What is the best moisturizer to use on my skin?
Answer: I get this question frequently– and I have trouble answering it. There is no single moisturizer or product that will work for everyone. Over the span of our lives, our skin changes and we need different moisturizers to meet new challenges.
In the twenties, the skin is fairly rich in oil, so water-based moisturizers like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin and Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer SPF 15 are just what this youthful skin needs. In the thirties, the skin can be so normal it is boring and you just don’t want to mess it up. A light moisturizer with glycolic acid like NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF15 ( a Dr Oz favorite) will preserve the natural radiance without clogging pores. In the forties you want to use a moisturizer with … Continue Reading… →
When I started exploring anti-aging options a few months go, I had just three go-to products. It wasn’t that I didn’t care — I just didn’t know what my skin truely needed. Too many times I would be vulnerable to great sales pitch and find that the expensive “miracle cream” either did nothing or made my face break-out. Now that I am testing out wrinkling fighting tools and techniques, I had to try out an endless buffet of skin care products. Trial and lots of error has resulted in a group of cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens that deliever on their promises. I call them my “Fabulous Fourteen” and today I have uploaded that list in the blog tab ” Beauty Tool Kit”. I explain how to use them, how they work and how much they cost. I have only one face and can’t try out everything, so I would love to hear about your go-to products.
I am still uneasy over the disconnect between sunscreen recommendations and what can actually fit on a human face. So when I caught a review of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF70 on 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic, I was intrigued. This products hits all the marks– it is waterproof, oil-free, PABA free, broad spectrum and contains Helioplex, an ingredient that helps sunscreens do their job. But what put Ultra Light Face Shield on my radar? The instructions said to use only a few drops on the plam of the hand and spread on the face. Drops! Not the large clumps that are suggested for most other products.
This sunscreen goes on smoothly and is absorbed quickly. As an extra bonus, it does not leave that dreaded white sheen on my face. It is however about twice the price of other Neutrogena sunblocks. I am going to test it out today with my … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been using Retin A for almost a week and its been fairly easy. But when the weather turned cold and windy, my cheeks got a bit red and my chin looked flaky. It looked so minor, but knowing the potential for real irritation, I decided to take it seriously. I decided to skip Retin A that night and drenched my skin with Aveeno Soothing Moisturizer. By morning the skin was calm and soft.
For me, the take away is that when using Retin A, you have to be flexible and think ahead. I need to keep using Retin A regularly to get the maximum beauty benefits– and this means changing routinue at the first sign of the irritation and dryness.
Close-up: Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA), which are also called fruit acids, are naturally found in a wide range of foods including grapes ( tataric … Continue Reading… →