Looking back at my last regimen update in April (What’s working for me: Spring 2015), a lot of things have changed. Not only have I introduced a lot of new products, the basis of my regimen has shifted substantially. And I am happier with my skin than I have been for a long while — perhaps ever.
The new foundation of my skincare regimen is peels and exfoliation. This is really a first for me since I have always been cautious of these procedures, but now I am very much a convert — to the regular, but gentle variety. The breakthrough came with the Dr. Dennis Gross system of at-home peels, the starting point of my morning regimen.
I have been using the daily Alpha Beta Peel ($88 in the shop) — the Original and more recently I have trying out the Sensitive — for a little under two months and have found them transformative. Although called a peel, no flakiness or extreme exfoliation occurs. My skin is smoother, clearer — I’d go as far as to say radiant — with shrinking pores. I feel sure that this regular exfoliation is contributing to an increased firmness (regular exfoliaton is supposed to encourage new cells and collagen production). I have been augmenting the daily two-step system with the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel ($110), a weekly at-home peel with 15 different acids that is followed by a serum.
The other big change is that I have tossed my cleansing brushes. I have been a fan of Clarisonic since it launched but have now evolved to something new and better. Would you believe it, the skin spatula. The Trophy Labelle ($149 in the shop) uses sonic vibrations at 24,000 Hz per second and is applied to wet skin to complete the cleansing process (see more on my cleansers below) and keep pores unblocked. I tend to use it in the evening 2-3 times a week. These additions mean that in addition to giving up brushing, I have stopped using scrubs and toner.
Nightly, I use the Dr. Dennis Gross Triple C Peptide Firming Oil ($62 in the shop), with three forms of vitamin C, a veritable alphabet of other vitamins, a peptide, nourishing oils and much more. This is having an impact on fine lines and seems to work synergistically with the Alpha Beta pads, especially on lip lines. As Dr Gross says, vitamin C is the only antioxidant to also boost collagen.
My day time serums are otherwise the tried and trusted. There’s nothing better than Stemulation Hi-Impact ($185 in the shop) for instant gratification. It gives my skin a nice, dewy look and silky feel that often elicits compliments, while the epidermal growth factor is working on the longer term. And, I can’t imagine giving up my E'shee KI Therapy Serum ($189 in the shop). I must be on my seventh bottle of this unusual serum with far infrared ceramic powder.
Most days, I add a little moisturizer before finishing with Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray Sunscreen ($42 in the shop). My moisturizers of choice are both lovely. I Pekar’s honey-infused peptide cream ($78 in the shop) gives a nice glow. I am trying out the soon to be released updated formula, which is much more stable than the old version.
Two new eye creams have stayed beyond the testing phase to become staples of my regimen. These are the SkinOwl Eye+ ($46), an out of the ordinary gel with tons of amino acids and a firming effect, and the recently launched ExPürtise Effective Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($65 in the shop), with a packed formula that makes it very good value for money. Some users have noted pilling, but this only happens if too much is used. The tiniest amount of this concentrated serum is all that is required. It must be said that I do fall back on AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop) from time to time — if nothing else I like that it makes my eyelashes grow.
Circling back to cleansers, there are two new favorites and as they are a little different from each other, I use them depending on how my skin is feeling. Dawn Lorraine Green Tea Nourishing Cleanser ($37) is a creamy cleanser that smells of sunshine and has plenty of antioxidants. On grimier, oilier days I am more likely to reach for SimySkin Anti Aging Gel Cleanser ($45 in the shop) is a water-based gel cleanser with my favorite cleansing ingredient, moringa.
I should also mention that Trophy Skin Rejuvaderm ($199 in the shop) has made microdermabrasion a regular part of my regimen. I use it for white spots on my arms (a slow process, but visibly having an effect), a couple of dark spots and my neck. And, of course, there’s my ever faithful Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop), although the new innovation is that I love to finish my sessions with a spritz of iS Clinical Copper Peptide Mist ($38 in the shop).