Guest Post: Skincare Essentials from an Expert

If you’re like me you’re aware that skincare is a crucial part of any beauty regimen, but you might be lost on the products and details. Today’s Guest Post comes from NYC-based naturalista and skincare specialist Lenore! Read on for her three-part skin care checklist!

When you are a make-up junkie like myself, you’ll pretty much try anything once. Sometimes you will shock yourself at how much you actually spend just to have that bright magenta lipstick, the best smudge proof eyeliner, or the newest sun kissed bronzer that will make you glow like Jennifer Lopez.

One of my fellow makeup junkies went to Sephora and her bill came to $104 for only 3 items; 2 of which were only lip glosses! For a moment, even I thought she was crazy. Did she get a year supply? I hope she got free gifts. “But they were YSL!” she exclaimed. Of course if we spend more money for luxury brands, we expect high quality products.

There’s much that goes into beauty these days. But how much are we actually spending to take care of our skin, which is the canvas we do our daily art work on? Caring for your skin is also a part of caring for your health. The skin is the largest organ of our body. It says a lot about our age. Just like a wardrobe, it can take 10 years off or put 10 years on top of your actual age.
No, I’m not talking about the $2 bar of soap or your little brother or sister’s clear pore cleanser that you’ll use right before your primer. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great drugstore products that work. However, investing in skin care is definitely a start to great and healthy skin.

1. Cleansing is the first step to start any regimen. Even if you aren’t a person who wears makeup, just going out into the polluted air on a day to day basis is enough reason to wash what comes in contact with your skin. Philosophy has a great cleanser called Purity ($20). It has toner built in so it is a one-step cleanser that is creamy, non-drying, with a dozen of essential oils such as lavender and sandalwood, to balance the natural oils of any skin type.

2. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Whatever skin type you have (Oily, Combination, Dry) moisturizing is so important especially before priming. Even with oily skin, you can find a moisturizer that is oil free but will still do the trick. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($24.50) is lightweight and refreshing. There’s also many creams designed for anti-aging depending on your needs. If you choose to go that route, it is best to find a moisturizer with a huge dose of vitamin c to lighten, tighten, and brighten.

3. Don’t neglect your eyes. Eye creams are essential to any regimen even if only for prevention. There are many eye creams that are designed to tackle different eye concerns from fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Eye creams will probably last longer than anything because a pea size goes a long way. Complete Eye Renewal Balm from Algenist ($65), is designed with a special active ingredient called Alguronic Acid which helps the elasticity in the skin so the skin is tightened and supple. It is also great for dark circles.

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