In part two of my favorite beauty discoveries from Composure Magazine’s Issue 12, I pick out my favorite skin care products that, frankly, have changed my summertime skin. My reviews below!
Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Perfected Oil Control Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20: It’s hard to find a good moisturizer for my T-zone that hydrates while mattifying at the same time. This one does both and reduces the appearance of pores instantly. It’s pretty tacky so you have to spread it on quick. I do a quick swipe on my chin, nose and forehead, and then pat it all in. It dries super fast so you have to move fast. But it’s all worth it because its high-tech ingredients regulate sebum for up to eight hours. $63, cosmedicine.com
Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturizing Pads: Now that I’ve added AHAs into regimen, these glycolic acid pads help make my 12-step morning routine a tad bit easier. I only use these every few days to avoid overexfoliating. $56, elizabetharden.com
DHC Olive Virgin Oil Swabs: I’m obsessed with these swabs, infused with olive oil for easy makeup removal. I use it on days I use an oil cleanser to remove makeup — oil cleansers just never get all my eye makeup off the way micellar water wipes do — to get every last bit out from between my lashes. , $6, dhccare.com
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen: As you can see, oil control has been somewhat of a theme for my this summer (and this issue). It’s a problem a lot of people have in the summertime, but for me, it’s a year-round issue. I tackle oil at every step in my routine, from cleansing to serums, and now I can attack the shine with my sunscreen. LRP’s newest contains silica and perlite, a volcanic glass that absorbs up to 2.5 times its weight in water and oil. The cool thing about it is it sucks up excess sebum where there is oil but not where there isn’t, so it’s OK to apply on my dry cheeks if I wanted to. $19.99, laroche-posay.us
Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish: This is pretty much a miracle cure for my crazy oily T-zone — for a couple hours anyway, but still, that’s a miracle for me. I dab this on my nose and chin instead of primer, and it gives me a powder-like finish. I’m amazed when, two hours later, I go to blot, and there’s nothing to blot. Yes! $23, paulaschoice.com
Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser: My fight against acne requires treatment at every step. While most cleansers aren’t really worth the money to get your actives in, I feel better that this one features time-released salicylic acid that isn’t rinsed away and works all day to penetrate clogs. $32, murad.com
For my favorite makeup (and a hair product, too!) discoveries, check out this post.