The “Perfect” Skin.

Recently I’ve been getting requests to talk about what skin care
products I use to keep my face in tip-top condition. I just want to
make it clear that I was NOT born this way. It takes a lot of maintenance
and consistency to keep it the way it is. If you saw me 7 years ago
when I was in highschool (omg I’m so old), you would see what a mess my
face was. I broke out all the time and my skin was very dehydrated.
One thing that you need to remember about skin care is that it’s a
lifelong maintenance process. It’s not something that you can just tend to
sometimes, it must be daily practice, twice a day!

Similar to choosing  foundation, when you’re picking out skin care you
must determine your skin type!

Characteristics of different skin types (if you know your skin type
you can skip reading this part):

Dry – flakey, dull, ashy, itchy and sometimes sensitive.

Normal/combination – consistently plump, moist, and vibrant.

Oily – shiny, large pore, clogged pore and can be prone to breakout
(this skin type is often dehydrated).

* I just want to make it clear that when your skin is lacking
hydration, it means that it’s lacking water and not oil. That is
why it is possible for oily skin to lack water, in other
words be dehydrated.

What I use Here’s a list of products I use, keep in mind that just because these products are great
for me does not mean it will work the same for everyone.


Cleanser – Shu Uemura high performance balancing cleanser

Toner – Clarins toning lotion with camomile (I love this and can’t live
without it).

Serum – Clarins Hydra Quench serum

Moisturizer : Clarins Hydra Quench Lotion w/ spf15

Eye cream – Clarins Eye gel


Cleanser – Lancome foaming cleanser

Toner – Clarins Toning lotion with camomile

Serum – Estee Lauder Advance night repair

Moisturizer – Clarins Multi Active night cream

Eye cream – B Kamins eye cream

Treatments – used once a week or twice a week

Exfoliator – Estee Lauder Idealist Dual-Action refining Treatment

Why this is important: Exfoliators take off your dead skin and
promote cell renewal.  This means you skin is clearer, smoother and
more radiant. This also means that your skin care has a better chance
of penetrating into you face because dead skin is removed.  Almost
acts like an activator! I always tell people that if you don’t exfoliate,
don’t even bother using moisturizer. All your dead skin will soak it
up and waste your product.

Mask – Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask

Why this is important: I wear makeup almost everyday for work, so a
deep cleansing clay mask really helps take out any toxins in my skin
that I have missed.  The mask also refines your skin and keeps your
pores from clogging. In the winter I also use a hydration mask to keep
my skin plump and less dull looking.


Skin care can be costly, that’s why I wanted to share with you Sephora Skin care. Not only is it very affordable, prices from $15-$38 but it also has exceptional ingredients and technology!

This whole line is formulated without:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates
  • GMOs
  • Triclosan

The Sephora Skin care line has developed a new technology called HydroSenn+. HydroSenn+ is a plant-derived ingredient that leaves the skin soft, smooth and comfortable it also acts as a natural humectant that draws moisture from the air and lock it into your skin. Almost like hyaluronic acid, but the natural version on if.


~ by aglowbyjoan on March 4, 2011.

One Response to “The “Perfect” Skin.”

  1. hi joan, i stumbled upon your blog when i was browsing around for skincare make-up. i have a couple of questions for you

    1) how come you use different products for morning and evening?
    2) your description of different skin types. i am actually both dry and oily LOL and i have a hard time picking out products cuz i don’t know whether i should buy. and i find combination don’t really work
    3) i have been desperately looking for a really good hydrating mask (preferably gel based). any recos?
    4) i see that you are using lots of clarins product. are they more for dry or oily skin?

    thanks a bunch!

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