Today’s post is long time coming, I have been wanting to share some of my current favorite skincare products and tools for a while and you guys know me, I wouldn’t recommend or review a product until I have personally used it for an extended period of time, put it through the test of time and trial and errors and see how effective each products are. So today, after month of using a few of these products, I can finally give my review and recommendations.
Clear, glowing, illuminating skin, skin so translucent and radiant from within that doesn’t need makeup to shine. I want it and I’m sure you do too. Summer time has been a challenge because the heat, our sweats and other hormonal and environmental changes tend to make us breakout more often and I am no exception. Here are some great products that helps tame the breakout and keep acne causing bacteria at bay.
A little something I picked up when I got my facial at Dermalogica on Montana. This fast-absorbing gel contains natural antibacterial agents, including Lactobacillus Ferment ( genus of bacteria that is heralded for its use as a probiotic) to help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin. Tea Tree and antioxidant Zinc Sulfate ingredients also help soothe the skin and calm redness brought on by breakouts. The Colloidal Silver, known for antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties help eliminate bacteria and regulate oil production. When I have breakouts, I apply a thin layer after I wash my face, wait for it to absorb and then put on regular moisturizer on top. Like all Dermaolgica products, Breakout Control is formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens so you feel extra safe to use.
I have demonstrated this product on my Instastory quite a few times. I was super excited when I got it as I have been reading a lot about this product even before I used it. Quasar’s Baby Blue treats mild to moderate acne and is proven to kill acne-causing bacteria anywhere on the body, not just limited to the face area. The powerful blue light attacks the bacteria by releasing singlets of oxygen, thus causing the acne bacteria to self-destruct. Unlike topical products, the blue light penetrates deep into the pores where the bacteria do the most damage.
With the Quasar Baby Blue, you can eliminate problem skin by simply glide the device gently to the skin; move the Quasar Baby Blue over the skin to distribute the light for about four minutes in each area of concern. I start seeing the redness and pain caused by the acne reducing over night and with daily use, the symptoms lessens and recovers speeds up. It is gentle and safe and painless to use, you can do it while watching your favorite show on TV. 100% natural and dermatologist-recommended and Quasar offers a lifetime warranty.
Now that we’ve gotten the acne under control, what are some products to help hyperpigmentation and brighten the complexion? The C-12 Pure Bright Serum is a lightweight, highly-active topical treatment combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. It is absorbed quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity. The ingredients contain a blend of oligopeptides which assist in the process of skin repair and renewal, plus rice-derived Phytic Acid for antibacterial, antioxidant, and cellular support. Red and Brown Algae to help regulate melanin (pigment) formation to address pigmentation imbalance. The serum feels light and non-greasy and glide on skin easily for absorption, not to mention artificial fragrances, colors and paraben free. It is a pricier product in the Dermalogica line, but you get what you paid for, the brightening effect is very noticeable even after 3 weeks of use.
I received this product as part of the skincare package from Lumene. Given how much I like oil to keep my skin moisturized, I was super excited to use this. The packaging of this product looks beautiful and it smells like berrylicious heaven. The hydra-oil is as mixture of antioxidant-rich and cranberry and Arctic cloudberry seed oils, it feels nourishing and comforting and ends in a velvety smooth finish. Vitamin C and pure Arctic spring water combine to hydrate even the driest of skin, returning natural moisture level to the skin and leaving it soft and radiant-looking. Shake the bottle before use to mix the ingredients well, the fluid turns into a pink lemonade color. Apply one to two pumps into your skin and gently pat onto the face. Since I’ve been using La Mer’s re-generating oil and almost running out, this is a good and less expensive alternative.
The Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher is meant to be used as the last step of every skincare regimen to seal in the benefits and preps your face as the perfect canvas before makeup application. The Essential Finisher seals in the benefits of all previously applied products, enriched with locsamhyo, an optimized complex of ginseng and green tea, the finisher promotes natural luminosity and skin clarity all day long. It is almost unbelievable that a single bottle contains a concentrate of five roots of ginseng and the antioxidant benefits of 110 cups of green tea. Natural radiance is instantly improved after a single use and it continues to improve brightness, hydration and skin clarity with consistent use.
Even though it has a creamy texture, it spread easily and finishes with a more water like consistency for easy absorption. It’s not sticky or greasy leaves a nice subtle dewy glow after it is absorbed and my skin actually feels firmer. Now here is the amazing part – It actually helps my makeup stay on longer for almost the entire day!!! Goodbye summer time melting makeup face!! I am now addicted to this amazing product that keeps my face in place even in the sweltering heat. Definitely consider giving this a try, you and your foundation will love it.
Picture this scenario, it is 4pm, you have been out and about, your face feels sticky, icky, and about to melt (if you forgot to put on your Sulwhasoo Essential Finisher). You pull out your Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist for an instant on-the-spot replenishment, suddenly intense hit of hydration that quenches parched skin, naturally resetting your innate glow. That is exactly how it feels when I use this facial mist. Like the other Lumene Valo line, this mist contains brightening Nordic cloudberry extract and vitamin C combined with pristine Arctic spring water, for an instantly refreshed and more radiant looking skin. The mist has a subtle light scent and a very fine mist, perfect for applying a thin layer, or apply more as needed for an instant glow.
For years I have been using the Sulwhasoo Overnight Revitalizing Mask, and as a huge fan of leave-in masks, I got on the new radiance Energy Mask the minute it was introduced. It is a clarifying sleeping mask designed to deliver crystal-clear radiance to the skin by detoxifying, smoothing and nourishing its deepest layers overnight. Sulwhasoo’s Radiance Energy Mask is formulated with patented Jadesphere™ technology uses the rarest white jade to clarify and brighten skin while you sleep. Since I have a tendency to breakout before my monthly cycle I am all about detoxing my skin while the rest of my body is going through removal of impurities as well. I apply a layer of this mask as the last step before going to bed and by morning time, my skin reveals a brighter complexion, feels very supple and baby soft! There were no signs of sticky residue or breakouts therefore, the leave-in mask seems to be doing a good job at detoxifying the skin while replenishing the moisture barrier overnight. I will now be alternating the Radiance Energy Mask with my Overnight Revitalizing Mask.
I hope you enjoyed reading this installment of Summer Radiant Glowing Skin skincare product and tools. I personally really like sharing them with you as I always get questions about my skincare regime. I will continue to post skincare and beauty product reviews from now on and will be listing them under “BEAUTY” tab. I am already working on an Anti-Aging and Skin Firming post so stayed for more great product reviews to come.
**This post contain products gifted items from respective brands, however all opinions and reviews are entirely my own**