Skincare — The Best of the Best

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I grew up using the same brand of skincare for yearsClinique of course. I don’t remember what type of cleanser I used before I started using One Love Organics about 7 years ago, but I used a moisturizer from Lancome for years and years until they stopped making it with SPF and changed the formula and then I don’t remember what I used until I started using Skin Savior as my daily moisturizer.

Once Lancome stopped making the moisturizer I used with SPF, honestly, I haven’t worn SPF daily since unless I’m at the beach, a pool, or know I’ll be outside a lot. I know, bad bad bad. The sun probably caused a lot of wrinkles I have. But I can’t take it back now.

Now that those wrinkles are starting to show up, I’m all about how to minimize them and prevent getting more. I still need to be better about wearing SPF regularly, but I do hide my face from the sun with hats a lot more often than I ever did.

The older you get the more you have to care more about your skin if you want it to look good, so I don’t want to waste any time — I want the best stuff. There are so many amazing products, it’s hard to sift through them and find the best of the best.

So I asked my dermatologist to help point me in the right direction. Her recommendation was instant — SkinCeuticals.

I had already heard so many good things about SkinCeuticals from all of the Beauty Experts, it was high time I tried it for myself.

Why are SkinCeuticals products so good? As you probably know, there are a lot of words that get used in the beauty industry, and not a lot of regulation. A company can put one drop of retinol in a giant vat that is then distributed into small tubes and they can call it a retinol product. SkinCeuticals not only tells you the amount of the ingredients in the product but they do extensive medical-grade testing on their products from the first stages of development through the final formulations. The testing is expensive which is why a lot of companies don’t do it to they level they do.

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So what products am I using?

I’m actually almost done with my first bottle of the Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (known as H.A. Intensifier). If you can only invest in one expensive beauty product — this my friends is the one. This product is proven to amplify the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%. It improves the skin’s plumpness, texture, firmness, elasticity, and more. Read more about the benefits of this product and the clinical results here.

Another amazing product I’m using is the C E Ferulic. It is a daytime serum (only use in the morning!) that features a synergistic antioxidant combination of ferulic acid and pure vitamin C and E to enhance your skin’s protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals. It improves signs of aging and photodamage to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while firming and brightening your complexion. Also be careful with this product — don’t put it too close to your eyes, and make sure to wash your hands after you use it!

The H.A. Intensifier and the CE Ferulic products are a dream duo of products. If you use CE Ferulic you don’t need to use another vitamin C product that day, and only use it in the morning/daytime. The H.A. Intensifier you can use in the morning and evening. I use the H.A. Intensifier liberally all over my face and neck, and then I put a moisturizer on top of it after I let it sink in a bit. Currently I’m using Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream or Caudalie 3-in-1 Moisturizer.

Now, the CE Ferulic is very expensive, I know. But, you are paying for the quality and the amount of the ingredients and knowing that they are real and effective. One thing my dermatologist warned me about is buying any of these products online — that I should only buy them from SkinCeuticals authorized retailers. Because of the popularity and cost of these products, there are fakes out there that are NOT real SkinCeuticals. So if the price seems too good to believe — IT IS. My dermatologist recommended buying products from DermStore. So if CE Ferulic is not in your budget, I’ve also been using Ursa Major’s Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum. To make my CE Ferulic last longer, I will use the Ursa Major a few days a week instead.

I haven’t been using my 0.5 Retinol regularly enough to tell you much about it besides the fact that you need to work up to using it daily. Retinol will dry out your skin, so you can’t just start using it every day right away. I also started at 0.5 vs. 1.0 to get my skin used to it first. Retinol is already proven to work so you don’t need me to tell you that, but the difference with the SkinCeuticals retinol product is that they tell you how much retinol is in the product whereas most other products don’t.

I haven’t started using the sunscreen yet — it’s been very cloudy the past month and I haven’t been outside much. But as soon as I see sunlight again, I’m sure I’ll use up this bottle really quickly!

Now, if you are on a major budget, I understand. A lot of these products are pricey, but I have a tip — sign up for the DermStore newsletter and you get at 20% off coupon, which is a nice discount on expensive products!

I personally think your skin, especially the skin on your face is worth it, but if it’s not doable for you right now, don’t worry because there are a lot of great drugstore products out there (I’m already writing up a post about my favorite drugstore products now!).

Also you might not be to the point where you need any of these products yet! I’m in my mid-thirties so I do need them. And I can tell you that the product I can tell the most difference from is the H.A. Intensifier. The results are immediately obvious.

In addition to using these amazing high quality products, the HydraFacial I got in December, and the microneedling I got a few weeks ago, my skin has definitely been looking better than it has in years. I was blessed with good skin from the start, but I can tell a huge difference since using these products and doing a few treatments.

You only have one face and you wear it everyday, so for me, taking care of my skin is super important.

Have you tried SkinCeuticals? Do you have any other skincare products that you absolutely LOVE? Tell me in the comments!

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Photos by Emma Weiss

This post was NOT sponsored. Some of these products were given to me by DermStore. Copy above in italics is from DermStore.