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
- Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani
- Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 by Supergoop (comes in a few shades, I use light/medium)
Reason: to brighten, lighten, and even
- C Firma Day Serum by Drunk Elephant
- Brightening + Vitamin C by BeautyCounter
- Hyaluronic Serum by Dr. Barbara Sturm
- Vinoperfect Radiance Serum by Caudalie
- *Prescribed by doctor : Hydroquinone 4%
Reason: to exfoliate
Reason: to reduce appearance of wrinkles
- Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley (contains Retinol + Blue Tansy)
Reason: to prevent breakouts and spot treat
- Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum by Caudalie
- Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu
- *Prescribed by doctor : Spironolactone (oral medication)
Reason: to protect
- Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 by Supergoop
- Superscreen Daily Moisturizer by Supergoop
- Countersun by BeautyCounter
Reason: to lighten and even
- 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
Reason: to exfoliate and smooth
- Microdermabrasion facial *I had a series of 3 facials prior to my wedding
-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!
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