Vitamin C Serums For All; SkinCeuticals, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Naturopathica

With the confusing, overly-cluttered skin care landscape it’s hard to narrow it down and find something that benefits your skin. The thing I recommend the most to people is to use a Vitamin C serum. It’s the universal skin-bettering wonder that brightens, correct, protects, hydrates, and nourishes skin of all types. It’s available in every form imaginable, but I like it best in an easier-to-deliver super light serum. Here are a few I’ve tried recently that help bring dull skin back to life.

SkinCeuticals Serum 15

SkinCeuticals‘ serums are legendary in the pro-skin arena. I used their best selling C E Ferulic for years before recently switching to their Serum 15, a 15% megadose of L-Ascorbic acid, the purest and best absorbed version of Vitamin C there is. It fades out fine lines and adds a ton of healthy radiance to your skin while protecting it from daily damage at the same time.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum

Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum uses Ascorbic Acid to brighten dull skin along with their own Hydra-Pure Chelating Complex® to detoxify your skin from heavy metals found in tap water. You’ll notice a brighter, clearer complexion without any irritation.

Naturopathica Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex

It’s not quite a moisturizer, but it’s a little thicker than a serum. Naturopathica’s Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex blends Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Ascorbyl Palmitate (forms of vit c) with Vitamins A & E, aloe, and plant-based enzymes for a holistic skin care approach to making skin more youthful.

Find a Vitamin C that works for your skin type and budget so you can discover what the power of a good C can do for your skin.

Priori Perfecting Minerals; A Truly Smart Mineral Makeup

We use antioxidants to protect our skin from aging, sunscreen to keep cancer away, and makeup to, well, not scare people. Priori magically worked everything we already use daily to make one of the prettiest mineral foundations I’ve ever tried with some great skin benefits.

Besides the airbrush quality finish and coverage of the makeup, I’m obsessed with CoffeeBerry, the most potent of the natural antioxidants (3x more powerful than green tea), it protects skin from environmental damage in a safe and complete way. You’ll also love the Zinc Oxide based SPF 25 which helped earn the makeup a coveted Skin Cancer Foundation seal of recommendation.

It’s a skin care best-of meets quick makeup at its finest. An all-in-one mash-up of skin nourishment and refinement.  Can you tell I love it? Check it out.

You get a really generous amount of product.

The twist off lid is really deep so you can take the makeup straight from there mess-free.

Priori Perfecting Minerals

Post-Summer Skin Savers

Here we are back to work and (hopefully) relaxed from the long Labor Day weekend! As the weather changes, I get more and more emails about skincare. Since basking in the sun can do a number on the skin, I have a few fixes to cure post-summertime skin problems.

Soaking up the sun can trigger oil production making skin greasier than ever. Calm inflamed skin and chase away shine with Erno Laszlo’s  fantastic Antioxidant Mattifying Complex, a hydrator/treatment that nourishes the skin with gentle hydration while matting out shine and protecting with SPF 15. This is a fantastic solution for women (and men) who have out of control oily skin because its gentle hydration encourages skin to normalize and produce less oil over time.

It’s all fun and games in the sun until you realize those rays have left their mark on your skin. DERMAdoctor has a treatment to fade away sun damage without using hydraquinone. It’s a brightener called Immaculate Correction and it even fades  stubborn melasma.

Wind, sun, and the overall neglect of the skin can lead to a nagging dullness that’s easy to spot and hard to lick. White Recovery Pure Vitamin C Intense Brightening Serum from Shu Uemura has an all-star line up of potent ingredients to banish dark spots, and give tired skin a youthful glow.

That super thin skin around your eyes is among the first to show age, largely due to squinting in the sun. Don’t forget to always wear your shades outside and use an eye cream to un-do damage like Liftactiv Retinol HA Eyes from Vichy which contains vitamins, retinol, and hyaluronic acid to reduce wrinkles and boost hydration.

Super Duper Skin Care

Skin care is getting more and more advanced, so there’s no excuse to not love the look of your skin. Check out my picks for some skin care that has been giving my skin the royal treatment.

The Super Duper Do-It-All Skin Reviving Serum

SkinMedica’s skin boosting serum is widely regarded as one of the best on the market for changing skin on a few fronts. TNS Essential Serum uses a powerful growth factor combined with peptides to get into the skin cells and repair them so when they make their way up to the surface, they create younger looking skin that’s less wrinkled and more radiant. 7 antioxidants are used to fight off environmental damage to protect the youthful, new skin it helps to create.

The At-Home Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (formerly MD Skincare) makes a bunch of stuff that I love, but recently I’m addicted to their Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel. For half the cost of a peel done by a pro, you’ll have a month’s worth of pads that will correct redness, calm acne, chase away fine lines, tighten large pores, and address dull skin. It didn’t leave my face flaky or red, it just started doing its thing right away to calm an annoying breakout and give my skin a totally rested and alert look.

The Smart Cleanser 

Who cares about a cleanser right? You rub it on then wash it all off, it doesn’t matter what’s in it as long as it’s getting skin clean. Not true with Erno Laszlo because they’re  taking cleansing a step further with their Firmarine, a Spirulina Maxima and Algae Extract rich cleansing bar that strengthens and firms the skin even after it’s washed away.

The Beautiful Moisturizer

I’ve been prepping my client’s skin with Intraceuticals Opulence Moisture Brightening Cream because it adds so much radiance to the skin, I’m cutting down the amount of foundation I use on them by half. I wore it today by combining it with a drop of liquid bronzer which made my skin practically glow. How many moisturizers can make your skin look that good instantly?

The Nourishing Eye Oil

Eye cream, yes, but eye oil? You bet. Before bed, I’ve been using an oil under a cream for added moisture before wearing a silk eye mask to keep it all in place. You don’t have to do the whole routine like I do, just get a moisturizing oil like Bioelements new All Things Pure Eye Oil. It absorbs easily into the skin and has an ingredient lineup that’s so pure you could eat it.

There’s A Serum For That…

Between cleansing and moisturizing lies an opportunity to make big changes to your skin by using a serum. Since the nature of a moisturizer is to be heavy and thick so it can soften the skin’s surface, its ingredients struggle to make their way down into the skin where they can make changes. A serum however, is a liquid with potent ingredients that can improve the skin since its light weight allows for better penetration therefore creating more change in the skin’s chemistry.

Think about serums like those commercials for IPhones, where they declare ’there’s an app for that’ because no matter what your skin’s needs, there’s a serum for that. Here are a few hardworking serums that treat various skin concerns.

For Dry Skin

SkinMedica’s Hydrating Complex serum boosts your skin’s ability to hydrate itself by giving it a surge of weightless moisture using hyaluronic acid that dissolves almost immediately. Use it daily or just when your skin is feeling extra thirsty and lifeless.

For Red, Irritated Skin

Covering up skin that’s red and irritated is hard to achieve. You could pile a yellow-based foundation on to try and neutralize the red, or you could use PCA Skin’s Anti-Redness Serum to visibly reduce redness caused by sun exposure, rosacea, or inflamed skin. It visibly brings down redness in weeks so your skin looks calm and healthy.

For Aging Concerns

Stem cell repair and protection from future damage is what ExCELLent Future Deep Repairing Serum from Lumene is all about. It targets the very cause of wrinkles and aging skin by making sure the skin’s most important cells are in their very best condition.

To Maintain Your Skin’s Current State



Advanced Night Repair has been a best-selling star in the Lauder line for years. It’s one of the very first antioxidants on the market and its customers are loyal. Not only does it zap environmental pollutants on contact before they can do damage on the skin, it also repairs any past damage and creates an environment on the skin that’s free of inflammation so that your skin today will look just as good years from now.


Whether you’re trying to make changes to your skin, or just maintain what you have now, there’s a serum out there that’s perfect for you.

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PCA Skin Perfecting Face & Body Hydrator SPF 30

Recently I’ve noticed a huge trend in sun protection- they’ve been adding SPF to moisturizers in a way that makes it easy to use daily and guard against the damage that occurs over time in small doses of daily sun. PCA Skin’s Perfecting Face & Body Hydrator is a skin quencher so light in weight and so neutral in scent that it’s an ideal daily SPF 30 that carries The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

As a moisturizer, its licorice extract, and kojic and lactic acids help to fade sun spotting in a light also base giving light yet complete moisture. You do get broad-spectrum protection from both UVA (think A for aging) and UVB (think B for burning) rays, but they also pumped it full of antioxidants to protect your skin from future environmental damage.

So many times I think companies claim you can use a body product on your face too just for the sake of marketing, but with this fantastic combination of ingredients , it’s actually true. This is a complete moisture and SPF solution that you will find yourself using every day.

PCA Skin Perfecting Face & Body Hydrator SPF 30

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