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Self-care Glow Up: 3 Skincare Favorites

I have been very fortunate in life…skincare has not been much of an issue for me.

A source of insecurity and low self esteem for many, I thank God that I have my skincare distress has been manageable at worst.

Since my teenage years, I credit my mother with ensuring I had a regimen that worked for the hectic, activity-filled lifestyle of a young girl. As I grew into an adult, I would say my calendar is just as full if not even more occupied. And now more than ever, I appreciate multifunctional, effective products.

My quest to attain glass skin has been a journey having suffered mask-acne in 2020. But now, am sharing three of my favorite products that got me back on track.

1. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml

If you are looking for a fixer for all your skincare woes, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid offers great benefits. Affordable, compared to most serums, it works to rehydrate skin on a multi-depth level. The moisture offered me a chance to smooth out and plump-up my complexion. Used in combination with Vitamin C, the results are actually magical. I recommend you use this product diligently for at least 2 weeks.

2. Pixie Glow Tonic 5% Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Toner

If you search for renewed glowing skin, look no further. Pixie’s Glow Tonic renewed my dull, unremarkable skin within two weeks of using it. For someone who has somewhat sensitive skin, I had to do a lot of research about glycolic acid before taking the plunge and purchasing this product. If your skin concerns are hyper pigmentation, dark spots and dullness on the skin, this just might be the product for you. The Glycolic Acid breaks down dead skin, revealing new, radiant skin.

It costs a pretty penny, but the result speaks for itself. After battling a bout of mask-acne; this toner offered reprieve, and more importantly delivered results faster than I expected.

The tingling sensation was unexpected, however one does get used to it. Another factor to consider when purchasing is what other products you pair it with, as well as how frequent you use it. I suggest you do your research sufficiently before use.

3. Simple Kind to Skin Skincare

The older I get, the more aware that my skin requires extra work. With pollution, climate change and hormones, I have noticed my skin seeks hydration. I have sought out reasonably priced products that quench my skin; leaving it moisture-filled and glowing. I would say the Simple range, has several products that deliver more than what the bottle says.

The Hydrating Moisturizer comes in two variants, light and rich to suit various skin types. Among the more satisfactory revelations was the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream. A perfect, more affordable dupe for the famed Laneige Water Sleeping Mask; this product is soothing, plumping and hydrating all at once.  

Simple Skincare was once one of my mother’s favorite skincare brands in the early 2000s, am glad that now we can share a love for this brand.

***For these and all skincare products, I recommend a skin patch test before trying out the skin on your delicate face.