I probably have the most difficult skin ever. Its dry, has imperfections and then sometimes just very sensitive. Given the plethora of concerns, the nice ladies at the Beauty counters usually just force on the thing I complained about first and ignore the rest of my troubles. Finding a good product usually takes some intensive research on makeupalley and Beautypedia as I always check for ingredients and reviews before purchasing anything.
I firmly believe in two-step cleansing. I usually use the Dermalogica precleanse to remove makeup or just to give my face a nice massage in the morning. I love how it starts as an oil and then becomes really foamy once you add water. For the next step, I alter between the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and the Verso Cleanser. The Microfoliant is quite soft, which is nice because it does not irritate my skin. However, sometimes I feel like I need a more potent cleanser so I go to Verso.
I am currently using the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Exfoliant, which is just magnificent. It does not dry out my skin and after using it for a while my skin got a lot softer and I had fewer blackheads. I am thinking about the Bliss peel pads as an alternative for the next go.
My skin gets really dry in winter so I bought the Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturiser for Very Dry Skin. It’s a great product that didn’t leave me breaking out, but instead hydrated my skin and left it soft. I like that it is not a jar and that it is perfume free, so no irritations for my sensitive skin.
However, this moisturizer might be a bit too heavy for me now that temperatures are rising. I am already hunting for the next moisturizer, but the list of requirements is long: Non-comedogenic, no silicones, no perfume of fragrances, no jar packaging, preferably SPF for day use (I will keep the Clinique one for nights), anti-inflammatory and maybe some other benefit (if that is even possible).
I use treatments less often than I probably should. One mask I really love is the Aesop Camomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque. It has lots of clay, but is far softer than the clay masks from drug stores. It also really helps reduce blackheads without leaving my skin red. For maximum benefit I usually use the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant beforehand to get a really good peel.
After trying a myriad of products, I really feel that cosmetic company products just cannot compete with pharmacy products like the good old Louis Widmer Acne Plus cream. It contains a high amount of benzoyl peroxide and really kills any major breakouts. I use it only on spots as it is quite drying. It’s not chic but it gets the job done.