As usual, the Sephora VIB sale has gotten the best of me and my wallet. At the moment I am hunting for a good cleanser, a simple day moisturizer, a moisturizer for the evening, and no matter what: I need this acne under control. I ask for so much.
Everything here is on its way to me, so this is more of an informational post than a list of recommendations. I will write and post reviews as I try each product, so please stay tuned.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Cleansing Foam. The hunt for a new cleanser is one that pains me dearly. I have a horrible bias towards any cleanser that says it is good for acne-prone skin as they almost always are either too drying or too irritating. Despite this being formulated for acne-prone skin, I hear very good things. Formulated with witch hazel to heal, willowherb to calm inflammation, and glycerin as a humectant, this seems to strike a healthy balance between cleansing and calming. Oh, and I am always one for a nice foam.
Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser. I am not sure why I bought two cleansers at once, but this one sort of slipped into my basket without any rhyme or reason. To be honest, it might be returned before I open it because it truly was an impulse purchase. It is formulated with DMAE to firm the skin and alpha lipoic acid to gently resurface the skin; it does have SLS. All of that being said, this is consistently described by reviewers as a wonder product for keeping blemishes at bay yet being nourishing for the skin. Oh, and that packaging.
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream. I have a horrible aversion to ‘moisturizers’, but this update to the Take A Deep Breath formula seems promising. It is loaded with antioxidants to protect skin against free radical damage whilst also hydrating without that heavy feeling. I am to use it daily in my morning routine.
Serums and Oils
Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil. The struggles of acne continue. This was on my shopping list for last year’s VIB sale, but I had already spent far too much at the time so it was shelved until now. The reviews were glowing then, and continue to be very favourable; this is apparently a wonder oil. Blue Tansy reduces redness, squalane balances oil production, jojoba hydrates, kukui supplies antioxidants. I aim to use it daily in my evening routine.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask. Another one of those unfortunate impulse purchases, I purchased this before I bought the Herbivore Clarity Mask (below). Now that I have bought the Herbivore, I wonder if I really need both but I really can not decide which to open! This is an overnight mask to treat acne, but it contains incredible ingredients. Retinol (yes, retinol), licorice root extract, colloidal sulphur, bentonite, and prickly pear work together to firm, lighten, and calm skin whilst reducing inflammation and the appearance of blemishes. It sounds magical.
Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask. As a partner to the Lapis Oil, this mask pairs the same Blue Tansy oil with willow bark to purify pores, fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate thus brightening the skin, and aloe to soothe. Reviewers say to use this twice a week, in the evening, to control blemishes and improve skin texture.