Toners, Moisturizers, Masks and Meds, Oh My! Skin Care Series Part II
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Skin Care Regimen: Part II
In Part I, of my Skincare series I discussed the tools and cleansers that I use in my normal skin care regimen. In this second part I’m going to be discussing toners, moisturizers, masks and any doctor prescribed medications that I use.
After I cleanse, I typically use the, Mario Bedescu® Glycolic Acid Toner. I use this because I deal with hyper-pigmentation. Toners can be used to remove any excess dirt and oil that was not removed during the cleansing process and they can also be used to restore pH balance to the skin after cleansing. Many toners, like the one I use, have active ingredients to combat certain issues, such as acne, uneven skin tone, dryness, etc.
Now…I’m going to tell you what I use, but there are literally thousands to choose from. To be honest it took me forever to narrow it down to what works best for me. It depends on the season or if my skin decides it wants to act crazy (hormonal acne). I love Fresh® products, this line is perfect for sensitive skin. I was first introduced to Fresh products when I received a sample in my Birchbox® subscription a couple of years ago. I used their Fresh®Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream w/ Super 7 Complex ($17/$45 at Sephora). OMG! The glow that it gives is absolutely divine! I must admit, it is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. It’s a light moisturizer so no worries about clogging your pores and it smells AMAZING! I also use their Fresh® Lotus Radiance Youth PreserveFace Cream w/ Super 7 Complex ($33 at Sephora). I typically use this moisturizer at night. For the daytime I use Aveeno’s® Ageless Moisturizer with SPF 30. I love that it combines my moisturizer and sunscreen into one step and it’s also light and non-greasy.
As I mentioned before I am under the supervision of a dermatologist and he has prescribed me medication because I deal with hormonal acne. I use Adapalene 0.1% which is the generic version of Differin® Gel which is a synthetic retinoid. I am also prescribed 50mg of Spironolactone which I take once a day. As always consult your doctor regarding any medications.
About once or twice a week a use a mask. I love to pick up different masks at Sephora that are at the checkout area. But, to be honest my favorite mask is a drugstore mask, Queen Helene® Mint Julep Mask ($5 at Walgreens). It works so well for those blackheads on my nose. I also love masks that peel off because I feel like they just pull out all that gunk from my pores (See my ShopStyle Collection for one of my new favs here). If you follow me on Snapchat (Mstinaross) you’ll see my trying out all kinds of new skincare goodies in real time.
Okay Beauties, I know that this is a ton of info! That’s why I’m making it a 3 part series. If you have any questions or suggestions leave a comment down below. Love you guys and thanks for stopping by.