When a product delivers for me I tend to stay with it until its discontinued. While loyalty is admirable, its better to understand that skin needs can change and so should our products. Here are six new favorites to bring my basic tool box to 20 I can’t live without products.
1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($8.00)
When my skin developed strange red splotches and spots, I needed to crank up my skin cleaning routinue. This 2.5% salicylic gel leaves my skin clean, but not tight. If my skin feels especially oily, I spurt a dab of this gel on my Clarisonic brush head and buff away.
2. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ( $32)
With my newly irritable skin I could no longer use my favorite sun screens. Every thing I tried provoked breakouts. At one point my only option seemed a big hat in summer and a ski mask in winter. When I interviewed laser expert Dr Tina Alster on post- laser care, she urged me to try this zinc based sunblock. It is as good as promised. On my skin it looks like a nicely formulated foundation, gives me a 50 SPF and never, ever causes spots and splotches. Great call.
3. Susan Posnick Brush-On Block ($30)
I top my sunblock with a bronzer and blush so after two hours I’m not going to wash off my face and reapply a liquid sunscreen. Enter Brush On Block SPF30. This tinted zinc sunblock powder is packaged in a brush topped tube that floats on so easily I don’t even need a mirror to apply it. In summer, I can just pull it out of my bag and brush it on as I walk down a sunny street.
4. Jane Iredale Corrective Colors ( $24)
You know a product is a keeper when you go out to buy another one when you see its running out. This defines my relationship to Color Correctives. Many concealers do a nice job dealing with problem areas ( ie under eye circles), but Color Correctives seem to last all day.
5. Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment ( $6.00)
This small tube delivers 2.5% of benzoyl peroxide acne fighting power. Benzoyl peroxide blocks the breakout process by killing the bacteria in the pores that can trigger breakouts. Used with the Neutrogena salicylic acid fortified cleanser, it attacks acne on two fronts. Salicylic acid strips away the skin that is blocking the pores and the benzoyl peroxide deals with the acne provoking bacteria. Its like the Batman and Robin of acne care.
6. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($ 12)
During the dead of winter, I don’t even think about the skin on my legs. Hidden by boots, tights or pants, my legs are on their own. But with skirt and dress weather just around the corner, I know I will be dealing with ghostly white legs that don’t even match the rest of my skin. Given what I now know about skin cancer and melanoma, toasting my legs in a tanning booth is out of the question. After many self tanning failures that left my legs splotchy and my bathroom a mess, I discovered Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. Its quick, inexpensive and works beautifully. I used to use it just in winter, but now that fashion has turned its back on pantie hose, I spray it on all year round.