While I would certainly consider myself skincare-obsessed (love reading and learning about skincare everything and would gladly chat with my dermatologist for hours if she would let me), I wouldn’t go so far to say that I am a product junkie. I don’t buy every new SKU that hits the shelves. I read, research, and research some more before making a decision. I also really like a streamlined skincare routine so too much is simply that: too much.

With that said, I like to test out worthwhile new items and when I find something I love then you all know I am going to share it. Below, a hit list with five new products that have made their way into my current skincare regime.

  1. La Mer The Concentrate – First off, this stuff is expensive. Really, really expensive. I received a small sample that came in one of those gift with purchase bags. I decided to give it a go and, well, now I’m hooked. My skin is noticeably calmer when I use it and it definitely helps in reducing some of the redness to which I am so prone. Like I said, it’s an investment but the good news is that a little goes a long way so a bottle should last you quite awhile.
  2. iS Clinical Brightening Serum – The older I get, the more brown spots I notice on my face so I am all about products that promise to brighten and lighten. I use this serum in the morning (one quick pump!) as my last step before I apply sunscreen. I’ve definitely noticed a difference since I started using it and the best part is that it doesn’t irritate my skin one bit.
  3. iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum – As you’ve heard me mentioned over and over again, my skin is very prone to redness. This is true year-round but especially during the summer. The heat, the sun, the sweat – all of the above make my skin more sensitive and red than normal. This blue serum is great for calming and cooling (it literally feels cool to the touch) things down. I use it in the morning after I cleanse.
  4. skinbetter Interfuse Eye Cream – Are eye creams really worth it? The jury is still out. But until we know for sure, I am still trying to find the next best one. I bought this in my dermatologist’s office in May. What I like about it is that it’s super clean (fragrance- and paraben-free) and it’s light but so much that it doesn’t moisturize. It’s a perfect consistency for blending with a little under-eye concealer.
  5. Rhofade – If you have rosacea then you know that there’s basically no magic pill for it. If there was, I would have it. Rhofade is the next best thing. It’s a quick-fix product (read: not a long-term solution) so it’s the kind of thing you use every day to tame redness. I apply in the morning before sunscreen, focusing on the areas that tend to look most red (my nose, mainly) and then sometimes I reapply in the afternoon if needed. Like I said, it’s not a magic pill but it definitely works for now. FYI: it’s prescription-only so you’ll have to make a trip to the dermatologist for this one.

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