I always want to share something about skincare with you! Well, I guess, finally, this will be the first chapter – just a few carefully selected “best skin care products of all time” according to me.
I like trying new skincare and beauty products. Plus, I don’t have a sensitive skin type but a just-the-everyone-has-it combination-to-oily one. However, the desire of trying new skincare products is no longer strong like when I was in my 20s. I know which brand and what major functional ingredients are good for me.
Another “self-claimer”: I don’t own “big brand” products. I am not against the good ones, but I tend to support French-pharmacy skincare and smaller individual brands.
Growing up and aging offers us so many gifts in our lives – not talents (don’t just worry about wrinkles and losing your value as a woman). We are, surely, more experienced and confident about what is good for us and what we want. This is forged by years of experimenting – not something we were born with.
Growing up and aging offers us so many gifts in our lives - not talents. We are, surely, more experienced and confident about what is good for us and what we want. This is forged by years of experimenting - not something we were born with
Clean Clean Clean!
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm stands in my list firmly. It is so simple but does its job well. My favorite cleanser is Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. In my travel/gym kit, I keep a small size of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser.
I believe, moisturizing is the base of everything else
I think we are lead to many higher-level of skincare like anti-aging, detoxing, and skin cell generation by many marketing messages. However, many of us overlook the importance of keeping ourselves moisturized. When I pick a product, I always make sure moisturizing function is included.
If I have to name one skincare product category (or maybe two) to meet my moisturizing request, I think they are toner and mask. I love Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner. It is so refreshing by its smell and cooling effect on the face. It has a low level of salicylic acid (BHA) for its clear skin purifying function.
Who doesn't love a mask?
You can really tell the difference between a good working serum
In the morning, I use Caudalie Vinoperfect radiance serum. It is a lightweight serum and super easy to be absorbed by the skin. The key ingredient from the grape works like vitamin-C to brighten and even the skin tone while working on the dark spots.
In the night, I am switching from a couple of The Ordinary products according to my special treatment schedule. My favorites are 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, and Lactic Acid 5% + HA.
I like to use oil at night for a deep-moisturizing and nourishing. This rose hip seed oil sinks into the skin so fast and I don’t really feel that “oily” after using. Normally I use it when it is a night for exfoliation, so it can calm my skin without putting extra stress. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a very good moisturzing serum and safe to use compared to other AHA/BHA serums. I don’t mix Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and Lactic Acid 5% + HA in one single night. Because the first one works on cell regeneration on a deeper level for younger skin, while the latter one works on exfoliation for cell regeneration. They are both strong serums, works in a different way but have similar results.
I will not skip a cream
Some trendy special treatments, but I love them
I don’t know applying suncream daily is a trend or not. Surely, Luigi asks every time, you are not going out why wearing sun cream? or isn’t it RAINING? Well, first, sun cream has nothing to do with brightening your skin but only protecting it from sun damage. The damage might be aging, drying, breaking out rather than simply darkening your skin tone. So, let’s put a bit of sun cream every morning. I like Clarins UVA/UVB 50+ for its light-touch effect. A few months ago, I got a travel-size Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF30 by Caudalie. I will come back with my opinion later on.
Don't forget your body when thinking about skin care
Body care is not only in winters but also in summers – probably even more in summers. The reason is that we spend a long time under the sun which dehydrates our skin more. Just believe me, if you are living in Italy. Summer equals the endless sun and sea waves. I love dipping in the sea and enjoying the freshness under the burning Italian sun. However, this all thanks to those packed body lotions in the holiday luggage.
I use two body cream products. Ameliorate is a French pharmacy brand. I use their no-perfume body cream with AHA ingredients on my chest and upper-back. It is almost a liquid cream for easy application. For the rest, I got a super big bottle of milk lotion by La Roche-Posay. It has nothing spectacular to tell but just does its moisturizing job so well!
Errrr… I think it is good to pause here. As the best skin care products for all time, at least in 2020 I mean, I will definitely re-purchase a couple of them. If you have anything to share with me, leave a comment below or find me on Instagram.