Dry Skin Rever-Upper; Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist

Dry, tight skin is so annoying. Sometimes throughout the day, dry skin can start to feel even dryer as your moisturizer fades away and the day sets in. Keeping a little Hydrating Rosewater Mist in your bag is a good idea and it would probably get a lot more use than you’d think. You can spray a little of the rosewater on your face throughout the day to freshen makeup and add some instant, anti-oxidant filled moisture to your skin.

Check out Kosmea’s version – it’s ultra-pure, sinks in right away, and smells like heaven.

Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist

Biologique Recherche P50

If something is out of stock, limited edition, sold out, or labeled as a ‘cult’ anything- I must have it.

After seeing the Biologique Recherche Lotion P-50 grace the glossy pages of every major mag, my affinity for it began long before it touched my face. I can say now, this classic doesn’t disappoint.

Used as a toner would be, but touted as ‘liquid exfoliation’, the benefits in this bottle are vast. Their info sums it up best;

‘The cornerstone product in the Biologique Recherche line, P50 is an amazing vitamin-enriched exfoliating potion that gently purifies, hydrates, tones, controls sebum and balances the skin, visibly improving many common skin conditions including whiteheads, blackheads and symptoms of rosacea. P50 prepares skin to receive Treatment Stage products by exfoliating and toning. P50 also prevents and treats ingrown hairs, making it ideal for pre- and post-shaving care.

There is a P50 formulation for every skin type. Active ingredients include: usnic acid, lactic acid, witch hazel, myrrh extract, onion extract and sage extract. ‘

$50 for 5.1 oz bottle, BeautyHabbit.com, PaulLabrecque.com

The Biologique Recherche P-50

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Thayer’s Witch Hazel

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When you’ve been at something since 1847, chances are you’re pretty good. Although witch hazel hasn’t been in production since 1847, Thayer’s has been in the natural remedy business that long and Witch Hazel is probably its most recognizable product in their collection. Witch hazel is actually a shrub whose bark and leaves holds a natural astringent perfect for reducing inflammation and has been recommended for years to erase everything from varicose veins to ulcers. Right now, I’m loving the Lemon one that has camomile, blackberry, nettle and orange peel which leaves my skin super soft and refreshed after cleansing. The products aren’t animal tested, contain no praabens or alcohol and work well with all skin types.

Thayer’s Witch Hazel

What Skin Care Should I Use: Oily and Breakout Prone Skin

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This is a question I hear a lot. We are so bombarded by choices and marketing that we aren’t sure what we should actually be using. I’ll try to sum it up as best as I can to take the confusion away.

Oily or Breakout Prone- Simplify your routine, sometimes breakout can just be caused by inflammation from product overload.

- Foaming cleanser am and pm

- Toner like Aqua Glycolic or Burts Bees Garden Tomato

- 1 skin normalizing product from your Dr like a retinol or a BenzaClin

- Oil free hydrator, something lightweight while still moisturizing and protesting skin from potential dryness caused by treatment products.

- Exfoliator, nothing too harsh to exacerbate breakouts, Dermalogica Daily Mocrofoliant or Decleor’s Phytopeelwhich doesn’t contain exfoliating granules but still manages to deep clean skin and sweep away impurities leaving behind glowing skin.

Aqua Glycolic Toner

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You know in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding how the dad uses Windex to cure everything? I do the same thing only my Windex is called Aqua Glycolic. If you know me, there’s a good chance you’ve heard me talk about Aqua Glycolic. I used it for over 10 years, it was the constant that never changed even when the rest of my products did. It’s an 11% glycolic solution toner used on a cotton pad after cleansing and if you love that absolute squeaky clean feeling this is for you.

It can clear up troubled skin in days, it helps chase away razor burn and it rid my face years ago of old acne scars. You find it only at pharmacies because it’s made by a pharmaceutical company called Merz and not a cosmetics giant. Most pharmacy’s carry it regularly, just ask them (if they don’t they’ll order it for you) and it’s only about $9. There’s a whole line of products including a Shampoo and Body Wash combo that’s great for a dry itchy scalp as well as a clarifier- I wonder what it would do for the floors?

Aqua Glycolic Toner