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My Skin Diary

For me, a conscientious skincare routine has existed for maybe two years. 

I give credit for my newly-found cosmetic appreciation to 3 things: 1) becoming a bride, 2) all of the beauty hype that is written about in the press (special thanks to beauty editors Rachel Strugatz and Alexa Tietjen) and 3) a recent partiality towards pale(r) complexions.  In order to best understand my beauty practice, you should first learn about my skincare concerns and goals.   I hope some of you reading will be able to relate! 

Let’s start with my freckles.  Yes of course I believe what my mom always told me, “a face without freckles is like a sky without stars!”.  And yes, I agree with my friends who say “freckles are cute!” in reply to my expressing insecurities about them.  Exactly what I don’t love about my freckles is the unevenness, discoloration, and aging they amplify on my face, neck, and chest.  The sun has become a frenemy of mine because as soon as it hits my skin, I get more freckles far more quickly than I get a tan.  Therefore, I don’t welcome the latter like I used to.  My hyperpigmentation is hard to manage, and to me, is something I strive to combat with skincare products and procedures.  My second leading skincare concern is hormonal breakouts.  I often find myself willing to try anything to help prevent blemishes and the scars that may result. 

So, after two years and a handful of trials and tribulations later, I’m closer to narrowing down what works best for me and my skin.  If you ask what I deem most transformative, the answer is IPL Photofacials.  I guess that’s an obvious answer as lasers affect change far more quickly than products might;  however, it’s important to note that you cannot have any trace of a tan when getting a laser treatment, making it difficult to schedule one.  With that, I follow by emphasizing that the sun can easily reverse the effects of IPL if not careful.  I’m sorry in advance for reminding you of your mom or your doctor when I say, SPF SPF SPF!

To make this easy to follow, I listed by category below and clarified the reason for each product or procedure.  I often rotate among a few products, hence the variety.


Reason: to cover/help my skin appear even

  1. Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani
  2. Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 by Supergoop (comes in a few shades, I use light/medium)


Reason: to brighten, lighten, and even

  1. C Firma Day Serum by Drunk Elephant
  2. Brightening + Vitamin C by BeautyCounter
  3. Hyaluronic Serum by Dr. Barbara Sturm
  4. Vinoperfect Radiance Serum by Caudalie
  5. *Prescribed by doctor : Hydroquinone 4%

Reason: to exfoliate

  1. Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche
  2. Facial scrub by Dr. Barbara Sturm

Reason: to reduce appearance of wrinkles

  1. Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley (contains Retinol + Blue Tansy)

Reason: to prevent breakouts and spot treat

  1. Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum by Caudalie
  2. Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu
  3. *Prescribed by doctor : Spironolactone (oral medication)

Reason: to protect

  1. Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 by Supergoop
  2. Superscreen Daily Moisturizer by Supergoop
  3. Countersun by BeautyCounter

Procedures (non-invasive)

Reason: to lighten and even

  1. IPL Photofacial (IPL = Intense Pulsed Light) *I had 2 treatments on my face/neck/chest prior to my wedding 

Physician and/or Location suggestions:

-Dr. Shereene Idriss at Union Square Dermatology

-Skinney MedSpa

Reason: to exfoliate and smooth

  1. Microdermabrasion facial *I had a series of 3 facials prior to my wedding

Location suggestion:

-Groom Laser and Skin Center with owner Galina Ker

There you have it!  I hope this list of my favorite products and treatments is helpful to anyone with similar skin concerns.  Now, I’m enlisting in your help.  I am on a serious search for the best solution to reduce my under-eye wrinkles.  Please comment your suggestions here!




By Tara Foley

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