#Shelfie: New Year, New Products

#Shelfie: New Year, New Products

It’s 2019, and one of my New Year’s intentions (note I’m not calling it a resolution) is to be kind to my face. Yes, I still break out.  Yes, my skin is incredibly dry this winter. Yes, it’s annoying. But I’m not going to take it out on my face — that was the old me, inching up to the mirror, toilet paper-covered fingers, pressing and prodding every clogged pore. No way — not this year!

Here are some of the products that are helping me balance that fine line of breakouts and dehydration.

Allies of Skin Mollecular Multi-Nutrient Day Cream ($89) – When my complexion is acting up, this cream comes to its rescue. I don’t use it daily, but I do reach for it often, especially in the dryer winter months. It protects, hydrates, and subtly brightens lackluster skin, while fighting fine lines and wrinkles.  And it’s acne-prone-skin-friendly.

Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream ($40) – I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with hydrating moisturizers. My skin needs it: my pores hate it. This one is the exception. Full of antioxidants to protect the skin barrier, this moisturizer is incredibly hydrating, yet doesn’t leave any greasy film, and it hasn’t clogged a pore yet. It is, quite possibly, my new favorite daytime moisturizer.

Krave Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser ($16) – This simple, gentle cleanser has become a fast favorite. It pH balances my skin, doesn’t strip the good oils, cleans my pores, and leaves my face soft and never over-dried (a huge problem for winter skincare).

Krave Kale-Lalu-yAHA ($25) – This treatment toner is incredible. It exfoliates with AHA, cleaning out clogged pores, while also hydrating with hyaluronic acid. It’s like a gentler version of the Lotion P50. I use it once a day, in the morning, post-wash, pre-serums and creams. Because of its exfoliating powers, it actually aids in helping the serums penetrate deeper into the skin.

Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster ($44) – Niacinamide soothes irritated skin while shrinking pores. It’s incredibly calming, yet also highly effective at tightening pores and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. I add a few drops into my morning moisturizer. So many boosters to choose from: have a look here for my full review.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85) – I reviewed this product here, and it’s still my current go-to daytime serum. It’s like a shot of wheat grass for my skin, full of vitamins and antioxidants. Obsessed is an understatement. My skin literally craves this.

Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask ($43) – This is more of a weekly treat: it’s both incredibly effective and gives instant results. Dry, flakey skin is gone, pores are cleaned, and the complexion is left glowing and happy, thanks to the combination of AHA and BHAs.

Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial ($120) – It’s not really a facial, it’s a nighttime moisturizer with kick. If you are prone to breakouts, this cream is your new best friend. I use it every other night to keep my pores in check while still giving my complexion the hydration is needs. Note: Your skin could purge when you first start using it. Worry not, continue use, and it’ll clear up all of the gunk.

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