Part 2: Tone and Moisturize Baby
So after you've cleaned your face, you're not done. You gotta lock in all that moisture and do some preventative and restorative care for your little wrinkles and uneven complexion baby.
All toners are not created equal. Some toners restore the pH balance to your face, some exfoliate and prep your skin for moisturizer. I use Pixi's Glow Tonic, which contains 5% Glycolic Acid. It sounds crazy to put acid on your face, but that's just a fancy word for an exfoliant. I can't tell you which kind of toner will work best for you, but this one works wonders for my skin. They sell Pixi at Target or you can get larger sizes on their website [here] from $6-$29.
6. Vitamin C Serum
Ooh baby I love this stuff. What does Vitamin C do? Isn't that the shit that's in oranges? Well, apparently it does a lot. “Vitamin C performs a variety of functions within the skin, including stimulating new collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, protecting the skin from environmental pollutants with its antioxidant properties, helping reduce visible discolorations on the skin and providing enhanced protection against UV exposure,” - Jennifer Linder, M.D., founder of Linder Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center. [source] I opted for a serum that uses Asorbic Acid as the active Vitamin C ingredient and I got it on [Amazon] for $14.95.
7. Eye Cream
Guys, I don't know if this stuff works, I'm gonna be honest. It's one of those things I've done forever, but had no control comparison, so I don't know how much worse the bags under my eyes would be if I'd never used eye cream. What I do know is that the skin under and around your eyes is very sensitive and more prone to wrinkles and discoloration due to sun damage, tugging and rubbing, and allergies. So I'm going to keep using it and hoping that it's doing something. I also don't remember this stuff being so expensive when I bought it, so I'll probably get a cheaper one when I run out. $34 from Sephora.
8. Night Cream
I live in Los Angeles, which is a literal desert with very dry air. I invest in some heavy duty Shiseido night cream which locks all the moisture in and it also feels and smells pretty fancy too. It's the most expensive item I buy regularly, but I have tried a lot of other moisturizers and they simply don't do the trick. My face is bougie. You can get it from Sephora for $60 or at any Shiseido retailer or department store that carries it. Make sure to get your neck too!