Earlier this morning, @Misstoffoli (Hey Caterina!) asked me what my top three skin care products where on twitter and I replied that I loved Botox, RoC retinol serum, Environ’s AHA gel* and Proactiv Dark Mark Corrector with hydroquinone.
As Proactiv (and all hydroquinone products) are available OTC in South Africa, I buy it via eBay and the same goes for RoC’s retinol serum. If you were a RoC fan, you’ll know they pulled out of the country the other day which was super-duper depressing. Thus, I then said that, if you’re not familiar with eBay, you should consider buying Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair retinol serum as a fab alternative. (If you read my last post on Paula’s Begoun and her Paula’s Choice products you’ll know I’m a massive, crazy stalker fan. Her stuff is fabulously formulated and works like a bomb. So much so that I recommended it to my bestie, Karisa from LoveAffairCapeTown.com, when she asked me what she’d be best off slapping on her face at night.)
Paula’s retinol serum is one of the two I currently own, the other being RoC’s, and I love them both equally. I’ve only being using a ton of RoC for the last few months because I stock piled it like one of those crazy survivalist Americans who keep ten thousand tins of tuna and a myriad of guns in their basement when I heard it was leaving the shelves. I wish to God I’d known Paula’s products would’ve soon been easily available via a local website. Once my RoC stash runs out in 2042, I’ll be sure to make the switch.
Anyway, following this morning’s twitter convo, Paula’s Choice SA have kindly offered free shipping to anyone buying any of their Antioxidant or Retinol serums. All you have to do is use the promo code LipGlossGirl.
So don’t say I never give you nothin’. *headtoss, hairflick*
Now, for the record, in my book, the ideal skin care routine include sunscreen, a good mix of antioxidants, an AHA product and a retinol serum. I tend to slap on my AHAs in the day (with a killer good sunscreen) and then apply my retinol serum at night before dabbing the hydroquinone product on two subtle dark marks that tend to pop up under my eyes and deepen in summer thanks to birth control and sun exposure.
Ideally, you want to apply you AHAs and retinol at different times because, while retinol and AHA’s can work together; they work optimally when applied separately. For more on this, this FutureDerm article is a must-read.
As for the Environ AHA gel, it’s called Environ Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Gel and I buy it from Sorbet. It’s a fab product but please note that it’s super sterk. I can tolerate this as I’ve worked my way up by using milder AHA products first. It’s still pretty potent though so I don’t apply this every day; only every second or so day. If you’re a beginner to AHA products best you choose something mild first. Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing treatment with 5%AHA is a very nice pick.
I’d also like to add a l’il disclaimer here and say that this is what works best for me. I’m not prescribing my routine to you but I’ve been asked the question ‘so what do you use?’ often enough to understand that people are interested. Ultimately, I like a hard guns approach to fending off Father Time but, if you’d rather mess around with piss willy ‘natural’ shizz or overpriced creams in mooi-looking jars with gold twist-off caps, by all means go for it. Not every body’s interested in looking younger for longer and I respect and understand that. Sort of. (Ok, not really. So I guess I’ll just shut up now.)