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It’s a good idea to refresh and update your skincare routine periodically. Sometimes product formulations change, sometimes it’s our skin or environment that changes. But whatever else you do, please don’t skip the most important step: sunscreen. My dermatologist likes those with “barrier” or mineral sunscreens, which all of the products shown above contain. Look for “titanium dioxide” or “zinc oxide” among the active ingredients. These tend to last longer than purely chemical sunscreens, though often a higher SPF is achieved with a blend of barrier and chemical active ingredients. (Chemical sunscreens may also irritate some with more sensitive skin.)
The challenge for a facial barrier sunscreen is finding one that isn’t too heavy or greasy, doesn’t leave a whitish cast, and doesn’t “pill.” Of those above, I’ve tried the Shiseido, Chanel, Clarins and Clinique and been happy with all of them. Currently I’m alternating the Clarins and Chanel, and both work well under makeup. (No reason for “alternating” other than I’d opened both and want to use them up before they expire.)
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In addition to sunscreen (every day, no matter what!) my current skincare routine includes:
- Cleansing: Clarins “Pure Melt” Cleansing Gel nightly (with Clarisonic a couple of times per week) and One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser once weekly in the shower (don’t forget neck and décolleté).
- Serum: love the Clarins Double Serum! It absorbs without any stickiness, and really does improve the look and texture of my skin. I can tell a difference when I haven’t been using it.
- Moisture: with the dry weather we’ve been having, nothing seems to touch Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream for keeping my skin soft and hydrated, especially at night. A little goes a long way: warm it up in your hands and then press gently onto face, neck and décolleté.
Do you wear sunscreen daily? What SPF do you generally choose?
P.S. Don’t forget your lips!
NURTURE AND PROTECT…
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