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Words used in this blog I didn’t know existed as a child: collagen, exfoliate, anti-aging, décolleté, micro-emulsion

Oh, if only I’d known about using daily sunscreen when I was younger. Growing up in the South, we spent months every year playing kickball, softball and lounging by the pool, not a lick of Coppertone in sight.

Fast forward and now skincare is a more primary concern, and I don’t step outside to my mailbox without a proper layer on sunscreen on my face. And a daily skincare routine has become a bit more complicated than lathering on the Noxzema. Close your eyes and you can still smell that distinctive odor, can’t you? I opened a jar in the car on a road trip once, and my dad immediately made me put it away and rolled down all the windows to rid the car of its penetrating fumes.

Here are three skincare lines I’ve tried recently to partially recapture that soft skin of my youth.

The starter kit from Auspect.
The starter kit from Auspect

Auspect: The Auspect skincare line comes from Australia, which has one of the harshest climates in the world. I tried the starter kit with four products called total clean, exfol+, vita C and hydrate plus. ($110)

The products include an easy-to-use daily care regimen card that told me which products to use and in what order for day and for night.

During a recent mini-facial, the aesthetician had told me I needed to include more vitamin C in my skincare, so I was thrilled to see these. I loved the cute packaging and how easy the products are to use. They have pumps, which makes it easy to dispense the products, and they don’t leak when I travel.

The dual serum from Babor. Which sounds like something out of a spy movie you use to knock someone out, then wake them back up.
The dual serum from Babor. Which sounds like something out of a spy movie you use to knock someone out, then wake them back up.

Babor: Another line I’d never heard of, as they don’t carry it at CVS, Babor was introduced to me by a hotel where I stayed. Two different times. I tried not to think too much about why two different places gave me anti-aging products – I’ll just go with it.

I tried the anti-aging eye cream ($125) and the anti-aging dual serum ($265). They both feel good upon application and my skin feels softer. Are they taking years off my appearance? Maybe so. Or it could be I look better because two of the four lights over my bathroom mirror are burned out.

The pink collection from Flawless Finish, which looks like it should be in a museum.
The pink collection from Flawless Finish, which looks like it should be in a museum.

Forever Flawless: These products are packaged so beautifully, you’ll want to give them a spot of prime real estate in your bathroom. I sampled three products from the Pink Diamond Collection, which includes collagen boosting cream, a reconstructive mask and infused collagen serum.

Diamonds, you may ask? I know they are supposed to be our best friend, according to Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, but don’t we prefer to flash them from a finger or peeking out from our ample cleavage? (I use the term our loosely)

Seems the Forever Flawless research team found that extra-fine natural diamond powder gently exfoliates the top layer of the skin. That allows the vitamins, moisturizers and other goodies to penetrate our skin better to do their job.

The products look pretty and made my skin feel really soft. And I feel elegant just opening the packages, something my Noxzema never did for me. Luxury has its price, however. My collagen products are $699 each. It seems rejuvenating our aging skin is not an inexpensive process.

I loved how every one of these products made my skin feel and look. And none of them smell like Noxzema.

 

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