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My skincare regimen’s focus is very much on lifting and firming these days – as many of you won’t be surprised by given my recent new finds in Five Best for sagging skin. This preoccupation and the transition from winter dry skin to slightly oily has been dictating some changes that I am extremely pleased with.
Cleansing and toning
My slightly oilier summer skin is less happy with a creamy cleanser, so I have transitioned from using Red Flower’s most days to a couple of times a week and have reintroduced my favorite Snowberry product, the Remineralising Toner. This does double duty as both a cleanser and toner, and keeps my skin refreshed and conditioned. It is an unusual and excellent product. On the odd day that I use a richer cleanser, I follow with Arcona Cranberry Toner ($32).
Of course, the big shift in my cleansing regimen has been the introduction of Ultra Clear, which I now use exclusively as my power facial brush. Because it has so many micro-rotations I am able to hold it gently against my face without scrubbing, brushing or even moving the device and it effectively clears out blocked pores – it has even tackled a couple that former brushes failed to and that I thought I was stuck with.
Back in March, when I reviewed E’shee’s latest serum, the Multi-Tensor Extreme Face Lift Serum($159), I was impressed by its lifting and wrinkle erasing, but found I needed to layer a light moisturize over it. Not anymore. The warmer weather means that it is now just right for my skin. I’ve been making special use of it around my jaw, lip lines (where, along with ultrasound and LED, it is finally making me believe I am getting the upper hand) and marionette lines. I am so happy with the results that I will be soon buying a second bottle. There are a bevy of sulfates here, starting with magnesium sulfate, an anti-inflammatory; manganese with antioxidant properties; zinc, an anti-immune booster; and copper. Another key ingredient is whey protein.
I tend to interchange it with Medik8 Growth Factor ($160), which has a noticeable lifting and tightening. The key ingredient, an epidermal growth factor (EGF) is bioidentical to human EGF, but synthetically produced.
I am still a big fan of E’shee KI Therapy Serum ($189 in the shop)and use that especially when I want a radiant and glowing look and in the evening I use BRAD Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide ($95 in the shop) or Your Best Face Control ($160 in the shop), which features skin-firming ChroNoLine, depending which is at hand. Both settle in well for the night to leave me looking rested.
And now for a sneak preview of a new find that I think is excellent: Medik8 CE Tetra ($115 in shop). I haven’t got around to writing my full review yet (expect it in the next week or so), but I can tell you that it is a keeper. Vitamin C rarely does much for me, but this serum goes straight to work on scaley, sun-damaged skin.
I’m back toYour Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop) as my daytime eye cream, as it is always so reliable at lifting lids and smoothing crepey under-eye skin. Much to my own surprise, I’m sticking with Amarte Eyeconic ($51) well beyond my trial period. It has retinol, which is usually a no-go for me, but Eyeconic is extremely comfortable to use and has an excellent smoothing effect on crow’s feet. Because of the retinol, I use it only at night.
I remain devoted to Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop). It helps keep my lips looking darker (which equates to younger) and smoother (even younger). It is packed with peptides and YBF’s favorite antioxidants.
Any skin sensitivity and/or dryness issues seem to be put right by Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask ($38) and on the days when I need a little extra moisturizer (most days, serums are enough for me), I reach for Arcona Desert Mist($32), as this lightest of lotions is deceptively hydrating.
Of course, Ultra Renew Plus with its combination of LED and ultrasonic still merits – even for this short-attention-spanned person – 10 minutes of my time four to five days a week. It has saved my jawline from becoming jowls.
For sunscreen, I use MD Solar Sciences Mineral Lotion SPF 50 ($34) for sporty outdoorsy activities (passes the melt test). And Prana Natural Defense SPF 25 Moisturizer($39 in the shop) is my new cosmetically acceptable sunscreen (no chalky residue) for day-to-day – light and pleasant to use, with tons of botanical extracts.