Skin Regimen Suggestions

I have tried around 500 cosmetic products over the last 20 years. Only about 25 of them worked on my skin. My definition of a good skin care product is a product that has good results and no side effects.

Before continuing, you might want to read about the top home microdermabrasion kits reviewed and compared by myself and my friends (I really like home microderm systems because they are convenient to use and don't break the bank) or find out more about doctor-performed microdermabrasion.

Make up remover, moisturizer, night cream, sun screen and oil control are must use skin care products for any woman who takes care of herself. Here is a list of my favorite products that keep my skin clean, fresh, young, hydrated and protected from internal and external stress factors. Next time you want to try a new product, choose one of the items on the list. Even if there is no guarantee that these products will work for you, they are definitely good options.

I've put together two different skin care regimens: one for people on a low budget, like me, the other for those who can afford more expensive products. The low budget list contains all my current skin care routine products, while the high budget list has products recommended by my best friends.

Daily Skin Regimen Low Budget High Budget
Cleanser Eau Nettoyante Isotonique - Isotéliale by Noviderm - $10 Ablutia Fraîcheur Purifying Foaming Cleanser by Lancome - $27
Make up remover Pristine Clean by Pond's - $8 Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk by Clinique - $24
Moisturizing day cream Intensified Day Moisture by Neutrogena - $13 Hydrance Optimale Light by Avene - $35
Night cream RoC Age Diminishing Moisturizing Night Cream - $14 Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream by Elizabeth Arden - $40
Sun screen General Protection Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 by Avon - $8 UV-Response SPF 30 For Face by Clinique - $15
Microdermabrasion cream Youthful Essence by Susan Lucci - $45 Facial Rejuvenation System by Dermanew - $70
The Personal Microderm System - $177
Oil control Oil Control Cleansing Wipes by Clearasil - $8 Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate Serum by Paula's Choice - $22

Short description of the above mentioned products:

Eau Nettoyante Isotonique - Isotéliale by Noviderm

This cleansing water removes dirt and excess oil without drying the skin. It can be used on the face, eyes and lips. The Eau Nettoyante reduces irritations and is hypoallergenic. It fights tiredness and redness and is suitable for sensitive skin. I use it both mornings and evenings (after my make-up remover) and let it air dry.

Ablutia Fraîcheur Purifying Foaming Cleanser by Lancome

This oil-free water activated cleanser removes makeup, excess oil and impurities. Its major advantage is that it's formulated to cleanse the skin without stripping it of essential oils.

Pristine Clean Make Up Remover by Ponds

What I like most about this product is that it removes make-up and dirt without making my skin dry. It's not oily, but glides on easily. It has Vitamin E and white tea extracts to soothe the skin.

Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk by Clinique

This milky makeup dissolver removes long-wearing facial makeup and sunscreens. It must be rinsed off and works very well on dry skin.

Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15

I like this product because it has quick results. It is a perfect base for liquid foundation. The SPF component is a major plus, especially during the days when I'm not wearing any foundation or powder. It's not greasy and it keeps my skin hydrated for hours.

Hydrance Optimale Light by Avene

Most Avene products are very good for sensitive skin because they use pure thermal water with good soothing properties. This moisturizer is very light and helps minimize fine lines.

RoC Age Diminishing Moisturizing Night Cream

This night cream works very well for me not only because it nourishes the skin, but also because it helps prevent wrinkles and makes the skin firmer. It has soy extract and vitamin E, it's not oily and doesn't clog pores.

Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream by Elizabeth Arden

My friend Donna loves this product because it nourishes her skin AND helps her fall asleep faster due to the soft lavender and honeysuckle fragrances. She says her face is luminous and firm in the morning.

General Protection Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 by Avon

This is one of the least greasy high SPF sun screen lotions I have ever tried. It hydrates the skin and provides protection for about one hour after application.

UV-Response SPF 30 for Face by Clinique

The nice thing about this sun blocker is that is provides antioxidant protection that increases with the intensity of the sun. It's suitable for all skin types and is waterproof.

Oil Control Cleansing Wipes by Clearasil

I have these wipes in my bag at all times. I use them to clear my face of excess oil and they work great because they also regulate sebum production. But be careful, they cannot be used with acne treatments.

Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate Serum by Paula's Choice

This serum has a very interesting velvety texture, and it immediately makes the skin less shiny. It uses anti-irritants that protect the skin, absorb oil, and reduce free-radical damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Microdermabration Is It Effective For Chicken Pox Scars?

A: Micro skin abrasion evens out skin texture and helps remove superficial chicken pox scars. Deeper chicken pox scarring needs more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peeling or laser face rejuvenation.

Q: Does Micro Dermabrasion Help With Getting Better-Looking Skin?

A: Better-looking skin needs elasticity and density, both achievable through skin cell renewal. Microdermal abrasion cream abrades the outermost skin layer and stimulates skin renewal. An effective skin renewal process results in increased elasticity and density. Moreover, the vacuum function of the micro abrasion tool sucks up dirt and hardened oil to reveal an even skin texture and tone.

Q: Are Microderm Abrasion Effects Permanent?

A: If you have the full series of spa microdermal abrasion treatments and then a maintenance session every 2-3 months, the results will last for as long as you have maintenance procedures.

Q: Does Micro Dermabrasion Help Treat Hyperpigmentation?

A: Microdermoabrasion tool works on hyperpigmentation. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several spa microderma sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of hyperpigmentation.

Q: Can Micro Dermal Abrasion Cause Acne Breakout?

A: Yes, acne breakouts are a side effect of some of the at-home micoderm abrasion kits available on the market. Doctor-performed microderm should not cause any acne breakouts but if it does, you should notify your doctor.

Q: How Can Microbrasion Make A Difference For Men?

A: Men can use microdermation just as women can. The procedure and results are the same, there are no side effects or risks. The procedure and results are the same, there are no side effects or risks.

Q: Does Micro Dermal Abrasion Help Erase Sun Spots?

A: Micro dermal abrasion set removes the outermost layer of the skin by sandblasting it with a jet of micro crystals. During the procedure, part of the pigment is physically eliminated and, at the same time, collagen production is stimulated so that your skin regains its density and elasticity. After 6 to 12 microabrasion treatments, smaller sun spots are entirely removed while larger ones fade significantly.

Q: Does Micro Dermabrasion Help Get Rid Of Tattoo?

A: You can use microderm abrasian on tattooed skin with no risk or side effects. This skin resurfacing technique is too mild to remove tattoos.

Q: Does Microderma Help Sensitive Skin?

A: Spa microdermabrastion machine is appropriate for all skin types (including those with sensitive skin ) because this procedure sandblasts only the outermost skin layer which is made of dead skin cells. There's no damage to live tissue which could cause scarring or severe irritation. The exfoliation process involved in office microdermal abrasions helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.

Q: Does Insurance Pay For Micro Dermabration?

A: In some cases, micro derm abrasion is paid for by medical insurance. If the main purpose of the procedure is scar removal or reducing cancerous skin irregularities, burns or other severe injuries, the insurance company may cover the cost. Your physician is qualified to give you an exact answer based on the particularities of your condition.

Q: Is Microbrasion As Good As IPL?

A: Intense Pulsed Light is a non-invasive procedure capable of diminishing or removing age spots (liver spots), fine wrinkles (rhytids), facial flushing, redness, broken capillaries, freckles, minor sun damage, tattoos, varicose veins, spider veins, flat birth marks and hypo-pigmentation. Unfortunately, IPL is not recommended for dark skinned people and persons suffering from oily skin. In short, IPL and microderm have similar results and are both non-invasive, but micoderm abrasion has fewer contraindications.