Taking care of your skin used to be all about identifying your skin type: oily, normal or dry? You picked out a facial cleanser and products designed specifically for your skin type, and that was that. Use them religiously, and you were promised a lovely, glowing complexion.
Today's skincare options encompass gadgets and oils you never would have imagined even 10 years ago. Pamper your skin so you can put your best face forward.
As counterintuitive as it seems to use oil on your face, skincare oils can improve your skin tone no matter what your skin type. There’s even an oil that helps control your skin’s production of more oil!
Our favorite skincare oil for the summer months is Josie Maran Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil. This chemical-free, SPF 40+ sunblock is perfect for daily use on your face, neck, and chest. Besides protection from the sun, the argan oil gives your skin an anti-aging boost. For more serious restorative power, try Cecilia Wong Reviving Black Currant Serum. It’s especially suitable for skin recovering from sunburn, laser skin treatments or eczema.
You know you're doing right by your health when you discover natural skincare products that really work without ingredients that are harsh or dangerous to your skin. Today's products offer scientifically engineered levels of purity along with plant-based ingredients and simplicity that works — these are a far cry from yesterday's gooey, hippie-dippy kitchen sink concoctions.
Indie Lee Blemish Lotion is proof positive that Mom (and Grandma!) really did know best. This pretty pink potion in a little old-school bottle relies on old-school ingredients to dry up blemishes overnight. Its natural ingredients: purified water, isopropyl alcohol, colloidal sulfur, zinc oxide, salicylic acid, magnesium, aluminum silicate (clay), camphor, iron oxide.
We've found that many natural skincare products come in beautiful old-fashioned or all-natural packaging — a nice bonus. We'll admit to having bought J.R. Watkins products simply for their gorgeous, apothecary-style packaging, but the non-toxic, plant-based formulas inside are just as tempting.
High-Tech Skincare Gadgets
Skincare brushes are a great way to get that clean pores feeling. If you love a little extra help from your tech, you'll be pleased to hear that skincare tech has evolved far beyond mere cleansing.
Zap your way to tighter, firmer skin with the NuFace Nonsurgical Microcurrent Facelift, or buff your body to silky smoothness with the BelleCore Body Buffer (which we have to admit makes us feel a bit like a hot rod on the receiving end of a wax job).
Removing dull, dead skin cells from your skin improves the way it looks and feels — but exfoliation is a tricky technique that's all too easy to overdo. Exfoliating scrubs containing tiny granules — even natural ingredients like sugar — can be too rough on skin, leading to microabrasions, redness and irritation.
We recommend a gentler touch with a chemical exfoliator with alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Use it no more than once or twice a week; if you prefer to exfoliate more frequently, try a glycolic product. Take a natural tack with a pineapple or papaya exfoliator like Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser, which gently lifts and dissolves dirt and old cells to reveal fresh new skin.
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