Why I love it:

This mask is one of my new favorites – using it is so satisfying and feels decadent!! The formula looks and lightly smells like honey (but is not sticky at all) and when you apply it, the product warms a little bit. In 15 minutes, after you wash it off with warm (not hot) water and pat dry with a baby washcloth to protect your skin’s delicate natural barrier, your skin has a very fresh, dewy appearance and feels hydrated and nourished.  Just don’t forget to immediately apply a moisturizer after you pat dry or those benefits will disappear as the moisture evaporates off of your skin! Even my patients with very sensitive skin do not seem to have a reaction to the ingredients in this mask.  So, if you’re looking for a hydrating and calming mask, this is a great option for all skin types.

Of course, I love that this is a clean product and that the brand focuses on using biodegradable ingredients.

Key Ingredients:

Propolis: I think propolis is a fascinating natural ingredient. Bees harvest sap and resin from trees and add their own enzymes and beeswax to produce this powerful resin-like substance.  Bees then paint the propolis inside their homes – filling in crevices in honeycombs – in order to serve as protection for the hive. It is known for its ability to fight against bacteria and is packed with antioxidants. Read more about propolis here.

Royal Jelly: Royal jelly is believed to be a multi-tasking ingredient with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Its antioxidants help to soothe the skin and to fight free radical damage (which contributes to premature aging). I find that it can be very hydrating and healing when used topically. Of course, if you have an allergy to bees, honey, or pollen, speak to your doctor before incorporating any products including royal jelly into your skincare regimen.

Price Point: $60

Why I love it:

Glass skin is intensely hydrated skin that makes you look “lit from within” and is one of the hottest trends in skincare right now!

You might have googled “glass skin” only to find lengthy, daunting skincare regimens that are not only time consuming but frighteningly expensive. That’s not necessary at all! I love to be able to recommend high quality, affordable skincare that is not only clean but also very effective!

I’m loving Peach and Lily’s Glass Skin Refining Serum to achieve the luminescent, hydrated glow that Glass Skin is all about. I add one pump of this serum as part of my morning skincare ritual.

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture to help you achieve hydrated, healthy skin. Specifically, it’s a sugar gel that’s found naturally inside your body — in fact, it’s the cushion that keeps your bones from rubbing against each other. HA is also a natural humectant that works by holding up to 1000 times its weight in water.

Niacinamide: helps to calm inflammation, brighten the skin, and provide antioxidant benefits to fight the free radical damage that contributes to visible signs of premature aging

Expert Tip:

In the morning, if you’re heading out with your glass skin look, consider adding one last step: sweep a small amount of a mattifying powder in an upside down triabgle between your eyebrows using a brush. Glass skin should be translucent and radiant, but if you look too glassy in the T zone it can come across as shiny.  There’s a fine line between glass skin and greasy skin- you don’t want to cross that line for ideal results!

Price Point: $39

Why I love it:

Herbivore’s prism exfoliating glow facial has a lightweight gel consistency, which I loved.  If your skin is dull, and you’re looking for a brightening mask or at home peel, this is a great option to use once a week.  While the AHA’s in this mask are great for all skin types, the addiiton of BHA in the form of willow bark extract makes it especially suitable for oily skin.  Sweep a thin layer over the face, neck and chest and leave it on for up to 10 minutes (I would consider starting with 3 or 5 minutes if you have sensitive skin) then wash it off with warm water and apply either a hydrating sheet mask like this one (hyperlink to earth to skin) or a hydrating moisturizer.  You might feel a tingling sensation, which is normal.  As with any exfoliating mask, if you leave it on longer than your skin is ready to tolerate, you might feel a stinging or burning sensation, and you can end up with red scaly patches of irritation.  In my opinion, it’s always safer to ease your skin into these kinds of leave on exfoliating products.  Start with shorter exposures, and work your way up.

Of course, I love that this product is Clean at Sephora and that the company places so much emphasis on ethical sourcing of their ingredients.

Key Ingredients:

AHA Blend 20%: This blend includes sugar glycolic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid and bilberry lactic acid which are al naturally derived alpha hydroxyacids. This blend gently but effectively exfoliates the skin while reducing the appearance of discoloration and improving skin texture and tone.

5% BHA from Willow Bark: rich in salicylic acid, which is a BHA, or beta hydroxy acids. BHAs are great for oily skin.

Aloe Vera: Aloe is one of my favorite natural ingredients to soothe and hydrate the skin. I keep fresh aloe plants in my home all year round and incorporate aloe into so many of my DIY recipes at home, especially during summer.

Rose Water: Rose water is also one of my favorite gentle, natural ingredients used here to not only soothe the skin, but also to provide a beautiful aroma.

Price Point$58

Why I love it:

This is a gentle, glycolic acid peel mask that you can use at home to elevate your skincare routine and boost your skin’s healthy glow. I see a visible difference in the appearance of my skin after using this peel, which only takes ten minutes, so it’s very lifestyle friendly (and budget friendly as well)!

I love that this brand uses clean ingredients – which is very important to me for our skin health and overall health – and donates a portion of their global sales to reforestation efforts.  When my patients with rosacea or eczema or sensitive skin hear the world “peel” or “acid” they get worried.  They assume this is an entire category of products they just can’t use.  This mask is an exception.  It’s super gentle, so I find that even my patients with the most sensitive skin benefit from using it.  If you have sensitive skin, or reactive skin, I would consider starting with a 3 minute application once a week.  As soon as you rinse it off, apply your favorite moisturizer.  Then, after a few weeks, consider leaving it on for 5 minutes, then gradually increase the time to 10 minutes.  Another sensitive skin tip: the night AFTER using this peel, just use a moisturizer with calming/hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin or royal jelly or honey. Of course, as with all new skincare products you try, listen to your skin. Burning, pain, discomfort = take it off, wash it off, and don’t assume these are signs that the product is working!

Key Ingredients:

Glycolic Acid: gently exfoliates your skin without any harsh scrubbing or irritation, is beneficial to address fine lines, discoloration and overall skin texture

Papaya Enzymes: help to brighten your skin, decrease inflammation, and act as an exfoliant to slough away dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth

 

 

Price Point: $39

Why I love it: This is such a luxurious body cream. It absorbs right into your skin with no greasy residue, smells delicious, and leaves your skin hydrated and smooth. I especially love that this is a clean beauty product and that the brand focuses on sustainability with their farm to skincare business model. This is a new must-have product for me!

Key ingredient: Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is a white-yellowish, milky substance that consists of water, proteins, carbs, lipids, mineral salts and vitamins (including vitamins A, E, C, and B). It’s made by worker bees and is used to nourish honeybee larvae. Royal jelly is also consumed by the Queen Bee for her entire life, which is approximately seven years, as compared to the worker bees’ life cycle of approximately seven weeks!! Royal jelly, at one time, was reserved only for royalty because it was considered incredibly precious. Check out my post for more on the skin benefits of royal jelly.

Price point: $35

Great for: All skin types and especially sensitive or dry, irritated skin

Are you obsessed with a squeaky clean feeling after cleansing your skin? Do you scrub and exfoliate your skin regularly, thinking this is going to reveal your healthiest skin? Does your skin feel tight after cleansing?

As a dermatologist, my patients and friends love the squeaky clean feeling. They love exfoliating – even daily. But, their skin is telling a different story. Here’s why: the products that you are using to achieve the squeaky clean feeling often disrupt and destroy the health of your skin barrier. Over-scrubbing and over-cleansing destroys the balance of healthy microorganisms which comprise your human microbiome.

When your body’s microbiome is out of balance, this imbalance impacts your skin’s health and opens the door to inflammatory skin disorders including psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

As a dermatologist, I cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain the health of your skin’s barrier by using gentle, pH balanced products. Your skin should feel hydrated, smooth and nourished after cleansing – not tight, dry and squeaky clean! That is not a sign of skin health!

One of my favorites is La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser which is a soothing creamy cleanser made with La Roche-Posay’s Prebiotic Thermal Water. It’s soap free, sulfate free, oil free, fragrance free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and paraben free. It leaves my skin feeling gently cleansed while keeping my skin’s natural invisible barrier healthy. It also contains glycerin, which keeps my skin hydrated. I also love that this product is so affordable and accessible. You can buy it right at CVS for under $15.

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