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#Shelfie: New Skincare Musts

#Shelfie: New Skincare Musts

Here’s to the old, here’s to the new. The thing I love about skincare is that there is literally a product for everything. And I’m a big believer in trying a bunch of formulations before committing (commit issues? Clearly.). While some people find a routing that works and they stick to it, I’ve never been that type. I’m always looking for the pot at the end of the rainbow, so to speak. As you can tell from my current skincare shelf, I like to play the field. While there are some tried-and-true favorites here: Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser, Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, Bioderma Sensibio H20 (the only makeup remover I trust on my skin!), Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 (although the one pictured is actually the Lotion PIGM 400, which I’m in the middle of testing – so far, so good), End Zit, Drunk Elephant TLC Glycolic Night Serum, Elta MD UV Clear (I literally cannot live without this sunscreen), this post is going to be about the new products worth a review.

New products I’m currently loving:

Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner ($39) – I usually use witch hazel as a toner, but I’ve been into face mists lately (summer heat loves a soothing spritz). The Green Tea mist is great for combo skin, as it really does balance oil production without any alcohol. Psst: it contains witch hazel, but it’s like witch hazel on steroids. I spray it onto a cotton pad and swipe onto my skin, but you can certainly mist it on as well.

Bioderma Sebium Mat Control ($20) – I wrote about this moisturizer in my french beauty favorites (click here for a recap). I’m really loving how soft and shine-free it makes my complexion, despite the excessive heat. The one caveat is the scent; I’m not into scented products and this one has a pungent non-natural smell. But I’m liking the results so I’m going to continue to use it.

Biologique Recherche Creme Demopurifiante – When my skin needs some extra hydration, I turn to this moisturizer. It’s ideal for reactive skin (i.e. skin that likes to freak out and break out), but it still hydrates with zero irritation. Biologique uses incredible ingredients, no scents, and this formula is one of the best I’ve tried for acne-prone skin. It will definitely become a #shelfie staple.

IS Clinical White Lightening Serum ($128) – I’ve spoken about this product before in passing, but I want to reiterate how amazing it is for pigmentation issues. So far, it’s top 5 best non-hydroquinone formulas that actually attack pigment, break it up, lighten it, keep melasma at bay, AND never dries me out, irritates me, or gives me acne. Another #shelfie staple.

Skin Better Science Instant Effect Eye Gel ($85) – I’m so into eye gels, and a facialist actually recommended this one. I truly love it: it’s refreshing and hydrating, yet not oily. I tend to get tiny milia when thick eye creams congest the sensitive eye area, hence why I’m so into gels and serums. This gel applies with a cool roller ball applicator, so it de-puffs and soothes, while also promoting blood circulation. It also works well under makeup, giving enough hydration for smooth application.

Eminence Organic Skin Care Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream ($92) – I included this in my neck cream round-up, but I’ve taken particular interest in this creamy formula and the natural, non-perfume-y scent, so it deserves another shoutout. While it’s not actually lightening any of the sun spots on my chest (although it doesn’t claim to), it is moisturizing the décolletage and neck and leaving a really beautiful, youthful glow. I’ve been mixing it with IS Clinical White Lightening Serum or Skin Better Science Even Tone Correcting Serum (another product I’m currently testing) to work on the sun spots.

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