Belle's Best Skincare Buys of 2012
Jan 2, 2013
2012 has come and gone, but she left a lasting mark on my medicine cabinet. Here are six skincare discoveries made in 2012 that I still adore in 2013.
One. I love most of the products in Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea skincare line, but Express the Truth ($65) is my favorite. This rich creme provides my skin with the perfect amount of moisture without being overpowering. It’s also packed with the antioxidants skin needs to recharge itself, plus Vitamin C and copper to stimulate collagen production. It’s the best choice for my no-longer-25-year-old skin.
Two. I discovered IS Clinical Active Serum ($128) after a particularly bad breakout, and it’s been part of my daily routine ever since. The serum has anti-acne, anti-aging and brightening benefits. It also leaves my skin feeling really soft. And the best part? Since I started using it, the wrinkles on my forehead are much less noticeable.
Three. Ingrown hairs are the often-unavoidable result of waxing and shaving, especially around the bikini line. (Ouch!) I’ve tried wipes, lotions and creams to the prevent them, but Whish Ingrown Hair Serum ($22.50) is the only product that has a better than 90% success rate. I could not live comfortably without it.
Four. Aztec Secret Healing Clay ($9) is also a reader recommendation, and one which I should have tried much sooner. When mixed with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil, this powder becomes the world’s most amazing face mask.
The mask detoxifies, heals acne, gives pores a shrunken appearance and leaves skin feeling softer and smoother than you thought possible. One word of caution though, it will make your skin a little red, but that side effect usually resolves itself after 20 or 30 minutes.
Five. The Say Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Wipes ($8) are the best makeup removing towelette that I have ever tried. They remove every bit of foundation, blush and eye shadow and 90% of my mascara without stripping the skin or leaving a greasy feeling behind. Definitely a great drugstore find.
Six. I discovered the Clarisonic in 2008, but thanks to a reader’s recommendation, I took my adoration to a higher level in 2012 when I purchased their brush head for acne prone skin and their acne cleansing wash. Now that I have the right brush head and cleanser for my skin type, my love for the Clarisonic has turned into something of an obsession.
If you’ve been dying to try the Clarisonic, you can purchase a Mia in any one of their fabulous colors for $119 + 20-percent-off at Skinstore.com. You can also purchase the Mia, the acne brush head and the daily acne cleansing wash for $169 + 20-percent-off. Just use discount code NY20. This is one product that really is worth the money.
So what was the best skincare product you bought in 2012? And are there any you’re desperate to try in 2013?