Many of you have asked me for additional product recommendations–in particular anti-aging and calming serums. One of my favorite beauty resources is Paula Begoun, author Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me and purveyor of the Paula’s Choice cosmetics. She just wrote about A and B-list anti-aging products that’s full of helpful information and product suggestions for every budget.
If you’re like me, you want results over hype. However, one person’s skin-save is another’s skin destroyer. That said, I’ve heard good things about these products for sensitive and reactive types:
- eplenix Serum CF by Replenix, Active ingredient: 90% polyphenol isolates, from green tea
- Neova Calming Green Tea Serum, Active ingredient: Green tea, licorice root
- Mychelle Hydrating Serum, Ultra Hyaluronic, Active ingredient: L-Sodium Hyaluronate; paraben and pthalate free
Sometimes the cure to what ails your skin is hiding in your medicine cabinet or kitchen
Zap it with Zinc, Cool it with Calamine
I’m a big proponent of inexpensive home and folk remedies. Sometimes the cure to what ails your skin is hiding in your medicine cabinet or kitchen. Here are two to try:
1. Zinc Ointment
If you’re a baby mommy, you surely have some of this super salve. Zinc oxide is the active ingredient in diaper rash ointments like Balmex and is used to reduce redness and prevent rashes from getting worse. Zinc soothes combats inflammation while also providing a barrier against wetness. Hey, if it’s good enough for a baby’s butt, it’s good enough for me.
2. Calamine Lotion
Calamine lotion isn’t just for poison ivy or poison oak. This strong-smelling pink skin protectant soothes and protects the skin. I’ve used it on hives and random blights of dermatitis. It contains camphor, which is cooling and drying. You can also use to heal zits overnight and as a post-waxing soother. However, do NOT apply calamine lotion to your, um, internal nether regions after a Brazilian wax. Ouch!
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