Empties

skincare empties

I don’t really collect my beauty empties, but I do think empties are pretty convincing, at least it means I have used the products for a certain amount of time and should have the stand to say something about them.

1. Chanel UV Essentiel Complete Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Let’s just say I love this sunscreen and would totally pay the full price for it if not it has alcohol in it… I think combination/oily skin would really love using this sunscreen. Non-sticky, easy to wash off and very effective. Great sunscreen!

2. Jergens Skin Firming Daily Toning Moisturizer

I don’t really believe it has skin-firming effects. But I do like the texture of this body cream and it is very moisturizing. It would make a great and affordable body moisturizer in drier seasons.

3. La Mer Regenerating Serum (sample)

Maybe it is because this is just a sample and I didn’t use it long enough to see the effects. But I think I love The Concentrate much more than this one. If you have the budge to buy this, give The Concentrate a try as well.

4. Cetaphil Cleanser

No explanation needed!

5. Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask

Call me insane for spending so much money on a cleansing mask! I don’t usually spend this much money on a mud mask, because I do think cleansing mask is so basic that tons of products can do a good job. But this is different, it has so many essential oils in it and for those who have sensitive skins, seriously try this. I am really impressed by this cleansing mask. Omorovicza products are powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and our patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system. This is combined with the finest vitamins, essential oils and other natural ingredients from across the globe, from the bed of Lake Heviz to the peak of the Andes mountains. I think this mask does a good job cleansing your skin without over-dry or irritate your skin at all. It also calms my skin when I have break outs. Great, great product. The only thing that’s not so lovely about this great product is the price, LOL

6. Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover

Very good makeup remover. Excellent cleansing power, doesn’t irritate the eyes at all. Reminds me of Neutrogena eye makeup remover somehow. Neutrogena is surely a less expensive alternative.

7. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum

I have used full size of this eye serum along with Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream long time ago. They worked very well as a pair. The serum makes the eye cream much easier for the skin to absorb. This sample comes with my recent purchase of the Perfectionist [CP+R] serum. I think I still like it, but I am not sure if I would repurchase the serum in near future. There are just so many good products out there in the market, sorry ANR!

8. Clarins High Definition Body Lift

I really love this body cream-gel. It claims itself as an intensive cellulite control treatment that helps optimize the release of excess fat, even from the most stubborn places. It helps minimize the appearance of cellulite, and enhances skin texture with a dual-toning and smoothing action.This is probably my fifth or sixth bottle. I can’t say that the gel-cream itself can give you “body definition”, I don’t quite buy that,honestly. But I do think it helps reduce cellulite over time. I love, love the texture. It is very smoothing and relaxes your post-workout burning muscles. But just because it has a cooling effect. It can be too cold to use in cooler days. I’d say it is great for summer. Very light and sinks into the skin right away. I am also in love with its refreshing and floral scent.

9. Lumene Vitamin C + Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops

let’s just say, I don’t like it. I got it from CVS for something about $15, very good price for a vitamin C serum. The ingredient list looks very good. It has silicon in it, so it might work well as a good primer for people who have oily skins and pore concerns. I don’t like it because it tends to ball up very easily with my other skin care products. I do like the smell though. I do appreciate its independent capsule packaging, keep the formula fresh and effective. Fat-soluble vitamin C is more gentle on the skin and more stable to preserve than water-soluble vitamin C (ascorbic acid), although water-soluble vitamin C is supposed to be more effective. If you want to add a fat-soluble vitamin C to your skin care routine, try Kiehl’s Line-reducing concentrate. It delivers 10.5% pure vitamin C. I have used up a 75ml bottle and I loved it. It also has silicon in it judging from the ingredient list. But it doesn’t ball up, at least not with my  skin care routine.

10. Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

This is a solidified, oil-based balm, you can soften it by warming it up before applying it. Take a moderate amount and rub it in your hands until it softens and turns into oil, then gently apply to your skin. A little bit goes a long way. I bought it because a lot of people say it helps with acnes. Unfortunately it didn’t save me from acne problem. But I do think it has anti-inflammation effects. I get redness after shaving, but not anymore if I apply this cream after shaving. I use it for my elbows, knees and feet as well. This balm is made of Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. It doesn’t have any additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens.

11. Retin-A

No explanation needed! You know I am religious in using Retin-A now.

xoxo,

Ling

Erno Laszlo Hot Deal to share

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Laszlo established a practice that became renowned for its roster of famously beautiful clients with the look of Laszlo, a ritual which harnesses the power of water to achieve the incandescent glow of Laszlo skin. Dr Laszlo’s legend lives on today, as the favorite skincare of the aristocracy, Royal families including discerning top celebrities from the film and music industries to heads of state all over the world.

From a diagnosis called ‘clocking’, based on seven different types of skin, clients are invited to follow a specific cleansing and treatment ritual. Thanks to a full range of products this program is completely adapted to each skin type and helps regain the skins ideal balance, resulting in ‘perfect skin’.

Nothing else works like Laszlo works….nothing else looks like Laszlo skin
Skin: that glows with an inner light and stays firm and beautiful

These 5 principles are the signature of the Erno Laszlo brand and continue to set it apart from any other skin care line in existence.
1. For timeless Beauty  
Clocking: A system for precise and accurate classification of skin type
2. Commence the clear skin countdown
The ritual: A personalized, twice-a-day cleansing and skincare procedure. 
3. Enjoy a little Splash Dance
The 30 Splashes: The core of the ritual….hamessing water’s naturally ability to renew the skin.
4. Dream creams
Ultimate Synergy Care: Erno Laszlo products are developed as a group, and used for interclocking benefits, providing 24-hour skincare without duplication or gaps.
5. Beauty service
Personalization/Modification: After three to four weeks usage, your ritual is modified according to results. Further modifications exist for the season, travel, pregnancy.

Clean, healthy, perfect skin. Skin that glows with an inner light. Skin that stays firm and beautiful for years. This is the look of Laszlo.

I got the INTENSIVE PORCELAIN VEIL for $98.00 with no tax, pretty good deal. And I have always been wanting to try their sea mud soap and phelytil cleansing oil. Enjoy shopping!
xoxo,
Ling

Elta MD spf 50 didn’t work for me!

Such a shame!

These were taken last night, after my skin had already rested for about 7 hrs from the sunburnt!

These were taken last night, after my skin had already rested for about 7 hrs from the sunburnt!

I have read so many great reviews on EltaMD SPF 50. I used it the first time yesterday since I got it from SkincareRx. My husband and I wanted to go for a short hike and I thought it would be perfect to try out this water-resistent sport sunscreen.

I honestly think I have applied enough amount of this product. I only used my SkinCeuticals CEF serum after I washed my face. I applied one and a half pump of the sunscreen on my face 15 mins before we left home. It was all great at first, a little oily but not too bad. And I am sure a little bit of loose powder will do you the trick. I didn’t put on any makeup because I wanted to put on another layer later. There was definitely no white cast as long as you pat it into your skin patiently and gently. I then applied my second layer of one and a half pump sunscreen in the car while my husband was driving.

It took us about 30 mins to get to the trail. I was all excited but after about 20-30 mins in the sun, I started to experience some burns on my face. And I did wear a hat and sunglasses! It became worse after about 50 mins. I did sweat a bit, but Elta claims that you only need to reapply it after 80 mins of swimming or sweating. Because the trail wasn’t really that long, I didn’t bring the sunscreen with me to the trail. After I got back to the car, my face was all red and hurt so much! I have to admit that it was a bad time of the day to go for a hike. I swear I would never do it again! We took off from home at about 10:20 am and got back in our car from the trail at about 1:00 pm. However, it wasn’t an excuse for Elta’s poor performance! It is true that this product doesn’t sting your eyes at all. Often times my eyes get very watery after using chemical sunscreens. I suspect it’s from avobenzone in those chemical sunscreens and I have been trying to avoid this ingredient in sunscreens.

This morning, my husband also realized that he got a little bit of sunburnt from yesterday. But it was nothing compared to mine! My face is much better today though. I put on my La Mer cream yesterday after I cleaned my face and took a shower. My husband used Devita SPF 30 yesterday which I suspect has expired since he has had it for too long! And I am sure he only applied very little of it. I have seen him applying sunscreen and even though I have told him a billion times that he needs to apply more, he just wouldn’t listen to me. Oh, you know how stubborn men usually become when it comes to “cosmetics and skin care products”.

Anyway, I was really disappointed at this product. I don’t know if it was because my skin has become more sensitive to the sun from the use of 0.05% tretinoin or what, still, it should have done a much better job. I will see if I can return this product. Otherwise I will get a new sunscreen and only use this on my body, or pass it to my husband…

I hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed the outdoor without any sunburnt!

hiking

xoxo,

Ling

Current Night Skincare routine

skincare routine

If you are interested, my morning skincare routine is here.

Since I have started using tretinoin, I alternate between tretinoin only and my whole set of skin care procedures from toner to cream.

  • Cleanser: Cetaphil + Clarisonic Mia

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I have talked about Cetaphil cleanser in my morning routine. I use it with Clarisonic Mia at night.

I bought Mia because a lot of people were talking about how Clarisonic helped them clean up their acnes. I was hoping it would do me the same wonder and decided to give it a try. I think I have owned this for about two years now. Unfortunately it didn’t heal my acne problem overnight. But I still like it. I think it does do its job of cleaning the skin. Plus I think it is great that it has a timer in it. It’s very likely that our face is not cleaned thorough enough or over cleaned.

And I need to tell you that it WON’T thin out your skin! Honestly, I had the same concern when I was debating to buy it or not. But I was too concerned about my acnes and gave it a shot anyway. Now I am glad I did it. I have very thin skin. But I don’t see any sign of getting thinner after using my Mia. Please do remember not to press it to your face hard. Just land it on your face softly and move it in circles. That is good enough. I would especially recommend this for those who have oily skin because it’s very important to keep the pores clean and unclogged.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

OK, it is called a lotion. But I do use it as a toner and I am sure a lot of you use it as a toner as well. Oh, I really love the smell. It has a very light citrus smell. I am glad it doesn’t smell like “mushroom” =) It is very hydrating and smoothing. It sinks into the skin right away. And I think it is very reasonably priced. I don’t spend a lot of money on toners unless it’s an “essence toner”, in that way it would be more like a serum than a toner. I think this is a very affordable toner and it does what it says. This is my second bottle in line.

Rating: ♥♥♥

I have read so many good things about this essential oil before I bought it. It was supposed to help my acnes. But I didn’t see too much about it on me personally. It does work well to balance my skin. I have to say that this is a decent essential oil. But I don’t see any specific improvements on my acne or my acne scars. It might work better for combination to oily skin because it can diminish impurities and excess oil. For some reason essential oil products don’t work that much for my skin. Maybe they just take more time and patience to see the result? With that said, at least I won’t repurchase this in the near future. For me, I think argan oil can do the same thing while at a lower cost.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (La Mer) & ♥♥♥♥♥ (Sulwhasoo)

This is my second jar of La mer cream. I still remember that the first week I used it, I had a lot of tiny red bumps on my chins. I was so shocked and almost wanted to cry for the money I paid! I thought it might be the mineral oil in it that caused me to break out. But given its price, I decided to give it a little longer to test out. I am glad that all the bumps disappeared after a week of use or so. I still don’t know why I had them bumps when I first started using the cream, maybe it was too nutritious for me at that moment? Maybe my skin was just adjusting to a new product? I don’t know. What I know is that it does a great job when my skin gets sensitive, especially in the winter. It does calm my skin very well. And because it is effective in 24 months after opening, I always like to keep it at hand and use it when my skin has problems. I can’t say it heals every problem, but I always reach out for it because I know it will help. There might be a product that can do 80% of its job with 30% of the price. I need to look for other alternatives. I do think it is a little over-priced and definitely overly advertised. But sometimes you just need a luxury cream to feel good about yourself. You know what I mean, girls, yes, I am talking about you!

I don’t have anything bad to say about Sulwhasoo emulsion on the other hand. I would strongly recommend it to someone who has slightly oily skin and seeks for a good anti-aging moisturizer. It moisturizes my skin so well without leaving any stickiness or what so ever. It sinks into my skin right after applying. My skin feels so soft. And I like its smell as well, it smells a little ginseng but mostly floral. It has a lot of herbal ingredients. It has extracts from Red Pine that help recover the skin’s natural moisture barrier and give softness and radiance to the skin. It might not be a good choice for those who have dry skins. I don’t think it has enough “oil” in it. And if you like fragrance free products, this is not for you. I find Korean cosmetic products very fragrant. I think they also care about the “pleasant smell and experience” when applying the products.

  • My special guy: tretinoin cream

The one in the picture is a 0.025% tretinoin I brought with me from China. When I went to see my dermatologist in China for adult acnes during summer break, she told me to use this cream on affected areas. But because I didn’t see any quick results, I stopped using it. Now I have learnt so many great facts about using tretinoin, this has become my staple product! I have started using the 0.025% tretinoin almost every night for a month now. When I am using the tretinoin, I only use clean my face and apply a pea size of the cream for my whole face. And then my LP eye cream. And that’s it. I have had the so called “worse breakouts” period and are still experiencing dryness from using it. I did get some big red acnes when I started off, but it was not something too bad to someone who has experienced worse outbreaks before… And I am starting to see improvement on my skin. That’s why I just went to renew my prescription. I am gonna keep using tretinoin and see if I can finally get a clean face. I will be using my new 0.05% tretinoin every other night very soon. Because it has a stronger strength. I want to give my skin a little more time. No rush!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I use the same LP eye cream at night that I have talked about in my morning routine. I think that is all for my night routine. I hope you find it helpful.

xoxo,

Ling

ways to buy prescribed tretinoin (retin-A), and it can be pretty easy and very affordable!!!

tretinoin cream

I know a lot of you probably have heard the “cliche” about tretinoin a thousand times already =) If so, please skip the first part and go straight to the content after the separator. I want to share with you my own experience and other possible ways to get prescribed tretinoin.

 

You’ve probably heard of RenovaRetin-A Micro and Retin-A, and know they are good for treating acne and wrinkles. All three prescription-only products share the same main ingredient – topical tretinoin, a form of Vitamin A.

Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) can unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and reverse sun damage. They do make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so please do remember to use sunscreen whenever you are going out while using retinoids. Tretinoin is the first generation of  vitamin A derivatives. Today there are three prescription-strength retinoids: tretinoin (brands include Atralin, Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova), tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin). Many dermatologists find tazarotene stronger (and potentially more irritating) than tretinoin; adapalene is the gentlest but may be less effective. (From Oprah)

The cream based tretinoin is more for normal to dry skin, while the gel based is usually for very oily skin. Renova is more moisturizing than Retin A. It is indicated for cosmetic use for fine wrinkles in addition to sun avoidance program. Insurance company doesn’t usually cover Renova, although the active ingredient retinoic acid can be covered on insurance plans. I think anything that’s “cosmetic” isn’t covered by insurance companies.

If you have read any of my posts regarding dermatologists’ medicine cabinet, you will know that all these dermatologists are using topical retinoids themselves. You think it might cost you an arm and a leg? Wrong! Insurance coverage of a prescription trentinoin, like Retin-A, varies by plan, and a 20-gram tube will cost about $60. And generic trentinoin only cost a few bucks! Here is some out-of-my-pocket prices I found on CVS for your reference:

cvs tretinoin price

If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance doesn’t cover the products (Even if you have adult acnes, if you are over 38, the insurance company won’t cover your tretinoid), here is the price list I found on Costco (doesn’t account for prescription insurance and co-pays), you may go to the nearest Costco pharmacy to confirm the prices. Generally speaking, Walmart and Costco have the best prices. Although they are more expensive without insurance. But since you only need no more than a pea size for your whole face, and you may use it every other night, a 40g tube may last you 8months to 1 year! I think I will continue to use retinoids even without insurance, as long as they worth every penny! Plus the generic is very reasonably priced.

name

qty ( grams )

(manufacturer)

40

80

120

RENOVA 0.02% CREAM (ORT)

Drug Description

$224.76

$447.15

$667.42

name

qty ( grams )

(manufacturer)

45

90

135

RETIN-A MICRO 0.04% GEL (ORT)

$556.48

$1,104.13

$1,643.10

name

qty ( grams )

(manufacturer)

50

100

150

RETIN-A MICRO PUMP 0.04% GEL (ORT)

$645.31

$1,278.87

$1,905.17

name

qty ( grams )

(manufacturer)

45

90

135

RETIN-A MICRO 0.1% GEL (ORT)

Drug Description

$556.48

$1,104.13

$1,643.10

name

qty ( grams )

(manufacturer)

20

40

60

TRETINOIN 0.1% CREAM (PER)

Generic Alternative

$67.68

$128.75

$188.61

RETIN-A 0.1% CREAM (ORT)

Drug Description

$315.71

$628.35

$938.47

TRETINOIN 0.1% CREAM (PER)

Generic Alternative

$125.02

$234.35

$343.78

name

qty ( grams )

(manufacturer)

50

100

150

RETIN-A MICRO PUMP 0.1% GEL (ORT)

Drug Description

$645.31

$1,278.87

$1,905.17

You can also get over the counter retinol products that work the same way as tretinoins, but keep in mind that they are way less powerful, only a very small percentage of retinol will actually transform into the format that the skin responds to. But you could start with over the counter products just to get your skin adjusted before using perscription strength. Look for ones with 0.1 percent retinol with tight packaging (to protect the formula from air and light). And if you have extreme sensitive skin, I don’t see why not to use OTC retinol products instead.

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OK, here we go to talk about the ways of getting tretinoin.

1. walk into a CVS minute clinic, get a prescription and buy the tretinoin at the CVS pharmacy.

This is what I did today. No dermatologist required. It’s great. But before you go, make sure the CVS you are going has a minute clinic and remember to check their working hours. You can find a minute clinic here: http://www.minuteclinic.com

With my insurance, the office visit was $10 copay and the 0.05% generic tretinoin cream was $7.73 copay. I was also the first in line. You need to register on a computer to get in line. It took me like less than 10 minutes to get the prescription. I just told the nurse practitioner that I have adult acnes from time to time and need a new prescription for tretinoin cream. She prescribed me a refill as well. There indeed was a line for drop-off though. And I waited for another 25 minutes in order to pick up the medication even the pharmacist had known that they had it in-store. I bet it would be much faster if you go during workdays. For those of you who don’t really have adult acnes, I believe you can still ask a prescription of tretinoin for anti-aging purpose, but I don’t know if the insurance company will cover your cost. If not, please refer to the above prices I found on Costco. Your local Costco might have a different price.

2. talk to your primary care provider during a visit and ask for a prescription of tretinoin. This way will also save you an extra office visit to the dermatologist.

3. talk to a dermatologist and get a prescription. If you are seeing the dermatologist only for the tretinoin, I would recommend you try the first two ways. I just don’t like to pay for a not very necessary office visit. Of course it is another story if you have other skin concerns.

4. buy online, no prescription needed, and very low prices! Please note that I haven’t personally tried any of these websites. And there are risks to buy online. I heard rumors saying that some of the websites are involved into credit card fraud. I even read a thread in which the poster claims that her dermatologist did some test on these overseas tretinoin products and they have higher or lower content of tretinoin than the package claims.

The two mostly used websites are:

MedsMex: http://medsmex.com/store/home.php

I read some posts saying this website is involved in credit card fraud. But some people say it was because those people weren’t using the real MedsMex website. Apparently there are another two websites if you just google MedsMex… It seems like you can place a money order through phone calls with the owner. That should solve the problem.

Alldaychemist: http://www.alldaychemist.com

This is a company based in India. With that said, the products are made in India. I can’t say if the products are exactly the same as in the US. It only costs $2-3 for a tube. Don’t be surprised. Tretinoins are OTC products in China as well. And they are very cheap, just about $2-3 each. The shipping is $25. A lot of people like to buy 5-6 tubes at one time to make the shipping fee worth it.

All right, that’s all I wanted to share with you about how to get tretinoin. I hope this was helpful.

xoxo,

Ling

 

Current morning skincare routine

skincare routine

I wanted to document my current skin care routine and share with you my experience with these products. I took a shot of almost all the products I use (I did forget to include a couple of them…). I will talk about my morning routine and night routine in two separate posts.

I have slightly dry skin. My major concerns are adult acnes and hyper pigmentation from my adult acnes. I had no acnes before I was 22. My whole family have normal to dry skin. My parents and my sister had no problem with acnes ever as well. But I started to get really nasty acne problems since I came to the States for graduate school. I think it was mostly due to my busy school life. I had to stay up very late very often in the Architecture School. I didn’t really have the time to go to the gym. I was so behind at my sleep. I drank a lot of coffee and ate a lot of crap food. I started to have very bad PMS before my periods and had to start taking Advil. Now I have graduated from school for a year now and my skin has become so much better. I am really grateful in having a “life” back after school.

Right now in the morning, I use:

  • Cleanser: Cetaphil

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Everyone knows Cetaphil. It’s cheap. It’s very accessible and it’s dermatologist recommended. I use the “for all skin type” kind. There is another kind for oily skin. I have tried that before as well and decided to come back to this kind. I have a lot of friends who are big fans of Philosophy Purity cleanser. I honestly don’t think there is any big difference. I’d rather save my money to invest on a good serum.

  • Toner: none

I used to use toners religiously day and night. And although some people say toners are the least useful skin care products, I still use them. Don’t get me wrong. I am not using toners right at this moment only because I am using a vitamin C serum and I think in order for the serum to work best, I need to apply the serum as the first layer on a clean face.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (CEF), ♥♥♥♥ (Phyto)

Some people like to use the CEF, Phyto and B5 serums together, like the three musketeers =). I didn’t buy the B5 serum because it is only a hydrating serum. I am not saying that hydrating serums are not important. On the contrary, I think they are super important and I do believe there are good and bad hydrating serums. I didn’t buy the B5 serum altogether because I thought I could simply add a nice moisturizer on the top if I ever experience some dryness. Plus CEF is for normal to dry skin. The vitamin E in it works very well in moisturizing my skin. If you have oily to combination skin, I would recommend you to try the PCF serum. Actually SkinCeuticals just came out a new PCF gel. The pump packaging is much better in terms of keeping the serum fresh. I would have purchased this instead if not because I have slightly dry skin.

The CEF serum contains 15% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), 1% alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E), and 0.5% ferulic acid. I do believe it is one of the strongest antioxidant skin care products on the market and it is favored by a lot of dermatologists as well. I can see my skin gets brighter and my sunscreen works better together with this serum.

The Phyto serum is a very gentle treatment serum for hyper pigmentation. I like it because it doesn’t sting my skin like some other brightening/whitening products do. My acne scars have definitely been much lighter lately. I think it is a result of all my skincare products. I am very interested in Ellure products now after reading about dermatologists’ choices in hyper pigmentation. I might give that a try if I am still concerned about my hyper pigmentation after I am done with this serum. I would recommend this serum to those of you who have really sensitive skin but suffer from hyper pigmentation issues.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (took one heart off because it’s really expensive to me..)

I got this eye cream during last year’s Bergdorf Goodman beauty event. I just couldn’t resist buying it after reading so many good reviews about it. It is still very very expensive to me even with 20% off. But I do love this eye cream and think it worth the money. It’s so moisturizing and smoothing. It absorbs very quickly as well. I actually think it helped minimize my fine lines at inner conners of my eyes. Among all the eye creams I have used so far, sisleya eye and lip contour cream from Sisley is the closest in price to this one. And it didn’t work so well in terms of diminishing/minimizing fine lines compare to La Prairie on me, although both of them have really good reviews. And I don’t feel in need of an extra eye serum while using this. A little bit of it goes a long way.

  • Moisturizer: I don’t quite feel like the need of using a moisturizer after using two serums. When my skin does feel dry, I top some sulwhasoo timetreasure lotion.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

I like this sunscreen a lot. It doesn’t leave my skin with a terrifying white mask, nor gives a sticky or heavy feeling. It is definitely on the pricy side for a sunscreen. And one thing I don’t like about it is that it contains alcohol. I will write another post about this sunscreen and the Dior sunscreen, which are the two most expensive sunscreen products I have purchased.

I am pretty happy about my current morning routine and will keep looking for less expensive, alcohol-free sunscreens.

Thinker thinner for better skin, skin care ingredients I believe in for a basic routine

Prevention Prevention Prevention

We need a good sunscreen all year around. Ingredients to look for in sunscreens (especially for sensitive and dry skin):

  • Zinc oxide: physically blocks the sun’s rays to protect skin surface.
  • Titanium dioxide: a physical blocker – sitting on skin surface and reflecting the sun’s rays.

sunscreen

  1. Blue Lizard (Sensitive and Baby formulas)
  2. Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen, SPF 30
  3. Colorescience Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30
  4. EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47
  5. SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ 

Check EWG’s website for more recommendations.

Antioxidants fight free-radicals for your health

Antioxidants block free radicals, which are believed to break down collagen and elastin and leave you more susceptible to skin cancer. There are a lot of choices in the market, such as:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Green tea, coffeeberry
  • Resveratrol
  • Turmeric 

antioxidant

  1. Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
  2. Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum
  3. Kinerase Pro + Therapy C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment with Kinetin and Zeatin
  4. 100% Pure  Red Wine Resveratrol Antioxidant Serum
  5. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

The way to look younger. Don’t get behind!

  • Alpha-hydroxy acid: Acids (including glycolic and lactic acid) that remove the top layer of dead skin cells and are believed to reduce fine lines and even out skin tone. AHAs encourage new cells to rise to the surface, giving the skin a fresher, healthier, more vibrant look. Also, through routine application, they can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Vitamin A derivatives: such as tretinoin and retinol. Three topical retinoids are available in the United States: tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene. Topical isotretinoin is available in Canada and Europe, but it is not approved for use in the United States.

Both retinol and alpha hydroxy acids can make your skin more susceptible to damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. So, you should use a sunscreen during the day.antiaging

  1. Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum 14% Glycolic AHA 
  2. Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex
  3. REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate
  4. SkinMedica 15% AHA/BHA
  5. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel
  1. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Anti-Wrinkle Serum
  2. Thomas Roth’s Retinol Fusion PM
  3. SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex
  4. Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 5X
  5. StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment

Aggressive use of skin-type appropriate moisturizers will only make your skin look healthier

A good basic moisterizer is a must have for both your face and body. Proper hydration of the skin is crucial to prevent wrinkle from dryness. Ingredients such as:

  • Glycerin
  • Petrolatum
  • Fatty acids such as stearic acid, and ceramides
  • Niacin: it helps protect skin against the redness and inflammation that often come with retinol use

moisturizer

  1. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
  2. Aveeno Positively Ageless Restructuring Treatment Cream
  3. Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream
  4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
  5. NIA 24 Intensive Recovery Complex