Like any other girl out there, I am always looking for the next best thing that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, freshen up my skin, and give me that overall youthful glow. Although I am only 30, I like to take the proactive approach and start doing these things before it is too late! Below are my go to products that I could not live without!
When it comes to choosing any kind of peel for your skin, you should always test a small portion of your skin at first. I have had some friends that have had some serious reactions to acid peels. If you have sensitive skin, you may need to take a different approach.
I don’t have sensitive skin, so I use all kinds of different peels on my skin.
Ole Henriksen Power Peel
This is probably the most powerful peel that I have used outside of a spa. There is a 3 step process to this power peel.
- Step 1 exfoliate with an almond scrub. This takes off all the dead skin cells, exfoliates and opens up all of your pores. This step alone is amazing. My face feels so much fresher after this step.
- Step 2 is the lemon acid peel. I am not going to lie. THIS PART BURNS. Your pores are open and you are basically putting lemon juice on your skin. You have to leave this on for a couple of minutes. Try to make it the whole time if possible! I turned on my blow dryer on cool and blew it on my face to help alleviate some of the stinging.
- Step 3 is a chamomile lotion that goes directly on top of the lemon peel. This step feels amazing! I could not get this lotion on quick enough! After a few more minutes of letting it set, you can rinse it all off.
Overall this peel was great. My face was a little red immediately after, but it went away after about 3o minutes. My skin felt so smooth and clean after all was said and done. I have used this peel multiple times, so obviously it is not that uncomfortable!
Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel
This is almost more of a cleanser than a peel. You simply rub it all over you face and it peels off all your dead skin cells. Then you rinse it all off. The results leave your skin silky smooth. There is no irritation to this gel at all.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel
This is by far my favorite peel. I actually bought the 30 pack after I initially tried it. I have tried the extra strength peels (since I am not as sensitive). This comes in a 2 step process. There is an alpha wipe and a beta wipe.
- First you rub the alpha wipe all over you clean face. I rub it in until the cloth is pretty dry (2-3 minutes) and then I let it set on my face for another 5-10 minutes.
- The beta peel goes on the same way. You will wipe the beta cloth all over you face again until the cloth is dry. After you are done you DO NOT wash your face.
I love to use this peel when my face feels a little more oily or when I feel like I might be getting a breakout. I have literally felt a pimple coming on my chin, use this peel and then woke up the next morning with nothing there! I highly recommend these!
I am all about sheet masks. They are easy to put on, stay in place and give you results! If you haven’t tried one then you are seriously missing out.
Karuna Brightening Face Mask
Karuna has a great line of products. I have used their anti-aging masks, their hydrating masks and of course their Brightening masks. You can’t go wrong with these one time use masks. They are perfect for perking up your skin and giving you the results that you are looking for.
Dr. Jart Water Full Hydrogel Mask
I like to stick this mask in the Fridge for a little bit before I put it on my face. This is the best hydrating mask that I have used so far. When you take it out of the package the gel is dripping from the mask (that’s how much is on there)! I will wear this mask for about 45 minutes and let as much of the liquid soak into my skin before I take it off. When I wake up the morning after using this mask you can see a clear difference in how dewy your skin it! I LOVE IT!
Miss Spa Deep Wrinkle Hydrogel Eye Treatment
I like to use these in conjunction with my under eye creams. I like to use these (even thought I don’t have deep wrinkles) because I feel like these are more hydrating. They stick right onto the skin, but I have found for best results you should lay down while wearing them so they do not slip!
Countertime Vibrant Eye Perfector
I cannot say enough good things about this eye cream. Since I had my daughter I have dark circles under my eye. It probably has something to do with the lack of sleep or the amount of stress that I now have, but I could not figure out how to cover them. I got a sample of this product from my friend and was immediately hooked. After the first night of using it I could literally see a difference the next morning. My eyes were not as puffy or as dark. The more I have used it the better the results. I honestly can tell when I don’t use this product, so I use it E V E R Y night! A must have in your beauty repertoire!
St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer
This is by far the best bang for your buck. I have been using this face lotion for about 3 years now and I absolutely love it! This tub will last me about 10 months! This is a very lightweight lotion that is not oily. You can actually feel this lotion soak into your skin. This is my everyday lotion. There are times when I use thicker lotions (at night) or lotions that have SPF in them when I know I will be outside a lot, but I always come back to this one.
Although these are my favorites, they may not be yours. Sometimes you just have to try things until you find what works for you. I literally am obsessed with all types of beauty products so I would love to hear what works best for you!
Have a B E A U T Y -ful day!