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1) alpha-h vitamin b serum: my skin just looks more even, firmer, bouncier. on my 5th bottle, have 2 more in backup. often goes oos!

2) earthwise beauty yasuni balm: a dry balm that melts into my oily acne-prone skin, promoting radiance and a balanced lipid layer. my skin feels comfortable, not too oily not dry. considering each pot lasts me about close to 9 months of generous use, I am on my 4th pot.

3) differin plus clindoxyl: one-two punch power buddies to rid my face of any spots that come up. been us

Me, too on differin. 4-5 years, however long since it went otc. Tried the Proactiv version on sale. No better, less ‘buffered’ somehow. So, don’t anyone fall for that, as the 2 are chemically identical and Proactiv is prestige (on Ulta.) All the rest of my stuff changed in the past 3 years from oily/acne/anti-aging to a centella based anti-inflammatory one.

Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturizer

Vanicream Lite Lotion

A tie: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly and distilled water

1 – Clinique Take The Day Off balm
2 – Drunk Elephant Protini moisturizer
3 – Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

#3….that, too, daily. I think of it as m/u (pseudo TM) rather than moisture and spf. The best thing about it is NO CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN! Was totally into Paula, before Cosrx and later Purito took over.

Drunk Elephant Protini was the product that made me fall in love with peptides, but I keep repurchasing Paula’s Choice Peptides booster, since the results are way better.

Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 is amazing, but nowadays I wear SPF 50 even in winter. I wish the brand would have SPF 30 and SPF 50 variants for all their sunscreens.

1. Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover (purple bottle).
2. Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water ( for those lazy days).
3. Philosophy Purity Cleanser
4. Tatcha Essence
5. Clarins UV Plus sunscreen ( non tinted)
6. Collistar eye contour

Have been using DHC deep cleansing oil for years! Simply the best cleansing oil for double cleanse!
Belief true moisturizing bomb is one of the few moisturizers I have repurchased because it seems to play well with my foundation.
The last year I have loved “The Ordinary”
AHA 30%-BHA 2% peeling solution and have repurchased multiple times…………………..

1. Boscia Cleansing Gel (I think it’s the “purifying” one but I’m totally not sure)
2. Youth to the People Super Hydrate and Glow Oil
3. Clarins Super Restorative Eye Cream

Farmacy Honey Drop moisturizer.

Burt’s Bees Brightening daily facial cleanser – which has been discontinued and I’m on my last tube :'( :'( :'(

SheaMoisture raw shea butter body wash and lotion.

Nivea creme, the European formula.

Propolis serums, preferably including vitamin C. Currently using Iunik.

Sunscreen 50+, currently just using the Walmart brand but it’s very greasy. Cheap, though.

I love the German made Nivea more and more as I get older and my skin gets drier and more “fragile” feeling. I’ve even turned both my adult sons onto it (they actually pinched my jars to take home with them as they don’t live at home now and it’s easier for me than it is for them to get replacements).

I’ve been using it since I was a wee kid, when I watched my mother slather it on every night before bed. We’re from Europe so we’re lucky and have the best formula, the other one is so off-feeling on my skin and it’s all I could find when I first moved to the US.

As an European as well, I still fail to understand the hype with the German formula. ? I do agree that all Nivea products from Europe are better than their US version. But the blue tin cream is the most basic greasy moisturizer, my friends and family in Europe only use it on elbows and feet when they get dry and cracked. Even my grandmother to this day uses it only for her feet, even for her hands she uses other creams; the smell of that cream reminds me of summer vacations and washing feet after playing outside in sandals.

1. Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes – I’ve tried other eye makeup removers like oils and balms, but this is the only thing that takes off my eye makeup, including waterproof, without stinging the skin around my eye or burning my eye if I accidentally get any in. I can also wear my contacts while using this (if I’m taking makeup off before ready for bed).

2. Hempz body lotion is my go to in my purse at all times – original only, the scented ones are nowhere near as good imo

I don’t have a third!

We’re talking pre-adolescenceto old age here. Tretinoin is the only product that has worked for me over the long haul. I started using it for acne (I was an adult by then—-there really was nothing effective when I was young) and continued to use it for its anti-aging benefits. I have had to go down in strength but it’s the same product.

1.) Ole Henrikson Truth Serum
2.) Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid & Retinol Eye Serum
3.) The Ordinary Retinol 1% and The Buffet (yeah, I realize that’s a twofer, but I love both! Also love their Marula and Rose Hip oils, too)

I would have put FAB Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer here, but it seems to have been DC’d several months ago, so I am currently trying out Farmacy Green Defence Daily Mineral Sunscreen spf 30. It seems better at reducing any “white cast”, but the spf isn’t as high as FAB’s was. ?

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – My favorite way of removing make-up is a balm or an oil (as part of two step cleansing of course). I tried many balm and I do like Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil a lot, but Take The Day Off is simply the best for me and it’s the only product I cross my words and purchase in a jar.

Paula’s Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Solution Treatment – I love retinol and it does wonders for my skin. But I have high retinol tolerance, anything less than 1% doesn’t get me any results. I am constantly repurchasing this, trying other new things in between, but always coming back to this old favorite.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60 – I started using La Roche-Posay sunscreens when I lived in Europe, they have multiple options with great formulas and very efficient. I love 2-3 more of their sunscreens, but this is my go to because it acts almost as a primer under make-up, but I can also take it for a sweaty run or a day long hike.

Biologique Recherche P50 1970
Glo Skin Soothing Gel Mask (used to be Cucumber Recovery Mask) + Coconut Oil
Silver gel for random spots

1) Differin/Adapalene: has cleared up my acne in a way that nothing else alone ever has. I purged a bit at first but this stuff actually PREVENTS acne for me now. It’s been a godsend.

2) Cerave Moisturizing Lotion: a nice lightweight lotion of body AND face. I use it to thin out thicker creams so they spread better.

3) Melazepam azelaic acid: If any breakouts make it to the surface, this helps heal them super quickly without drying my face out too much.

Azaleic acid is one of the best skincare discoveries in the last year. It’s still an optional ingredient for me, but it does help breakouts and spots heal very fast. I like the Paula’s Choice booster.

Hmmm – a tricky one at just three!
1. Pure argon oil – whether it be Physician’s Formula Argon oil (difficult to find here in Aus now) or The Ordinary Pure Moroccan Argon Oil as I am using now, has been a game changer for my skin since I started using it a few years ago.

2. Either La Roche Posay’s Ultra Light 50+ Sunscreen or Skin Physics Ultra Moist 50+ sunscreen is the best facial sunscreens that I have used ever – they both protect my skin from the harsh Australian summer sun.

3. Immortal Age Defying Night moisturising cream – have only used 3 rounds of it, but it made my skin look better instantly. Sad to say that it’s now discontinued – very, very sad face!

Honourable mention goes to Swisse Sweet Almond Cleanser/Cera Ve Gentle cleanser;
Olay Regenerest Serum/Immortal Serum
PNG Dragon’s Blood Daily moisturiser with SPF 20 – perfect for winter.

I change my skincare every few years, as I’m older and have been going through skin changes. I’ve been using NuSkin Epoch Sole Solution Foot Treatment for about 8 years, and is still the best thing I’ve found for my super-dry feet, elbows, and eczema spots. Eslor Firming Collegen Day Cream is still the best for firming my jawline after about 6 years. Paula’s Choice products, especially the Calming toner and moisturizer, have worked well for me for the last few years.

1) Clinique Take The Day Off Balm: best way to remove makeup for my dry, flaky, acne-prone skin.
2) The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
3) Drunk Elephant Lala Retro: I hate the scent but keep using it because it’s great for my dry skin.
4) The Ordinary Rosehip Seed Oil: I use this at night and my skin looks and feels great in the morning.

1. Paula’s choice 2% BHA. I’ve been using this off and on, mostly on, for 8 years. It really works for clearing up clogged pores and brightens my skin. This is my most repurchased skincare product hands down.

2. The ordinary 23% vitamin c and hyaluronic acid. This was the product that made me a believer in vitamin C. I used more expensive vitamin c products with no noticeable results. The texture of this is not particularly elegant (pretty much can only wear this at night), but it WORKS. I started getting a lot of unprompted compliments on how glowy my skin was when I started using this. No other skincare product I’ve used has caused strangers to compliment my skin.

3. Cerave face wash for oily skin (though my skin isn’t oily). It’s non-stripping and gets the job done without breaking the bank.

Ohhh, just the basics for me.
1) petroleum jelly.
2) retin-A.
3) Dove beauty bar
4) Baking Soda
5) Any loreal skincare.
I couldn’t stick to 3. But I swear by these.

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