It has been a testing time for me this summer and fall. So many new products came our way that had my work cut out keeping up with them. And so did my skin. I got to the point where I felt that while I had made some good new discoveries (and some bad ones), my skin wasn’t looking its absolute best. I started thinking about the times when I’d been happiest with it over the past year and came to the conclusion that I was going to have to go back to Skin Nutrition’s Cell CPR.

At $173 (in the TIA shop), this is not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, what if my memory was playing tricks on me and in my job its always tempting to wait for the next new thing to come along. A month later after forking out my own hard earned, I know that I made the right decision and Cell CPR is my default facial serum. Somehow, my skin really responds well to it and looks smoother and almost dewy.  

Last time around, I used Cell CPR over Osmosis Replenish. This time I am using it with Collametics vitamin C serum. This also seems to be well suited for my skin and I think it is helping keep my freckles/hyperpigmentation under control. This is the first vitamin C product that I’ve been able to use with any frequency. Although it is pricy at $85 in the TIA shop, I think it will also be a bathroom cabinet mainstay.

The eye creams that I tend to keep going back to are, of course, Your Best Face Correct and Dermophysiologique Optyma. But, I must say, that I can see SenZen’s Double Dose joining them as a hydrating crow’s feet eliminator ($84 in the TIA shop).  For lip lines I use YBF Define ($70 in the TIA shop).

As far as cleansers go, La Vie Celeste’s ($40 in the TIA shop) has pretty much elbowed all others out of the way. I use it after dry brushing with my Clarisonic and follow it with La Vie Celeste’s toner ($35 in the TIA shop).  When I feel the need for a bit more of a deep cleanse, I also really like SenZen’s facial scrub called Slough It Off ($42 in the TIA shop) and am happily using up KaplanMD’s Microfoliant ($55 in the TIA shop).

Depending on how my skin is looking and what I feel in need of, I reach regularly for the following face masks (all of which are permanent fixtures now): Your Best Face Prep Microdermabrasian ($80 in the TIA shop) especially for my neck, Tilvee’s fruit powder mask ($27 in the TIA shop) for a pick me up, and about twice a week I use La Vie C Celeste’s glycolic mask.