The Isles of Beauty

In my post Skin Discipline I talk about exfoliation and the use of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. These food based “extracts” or AHA & BHA’s can clear, brighten and make your skin look amazing – now you can do it at home.

I lovingly refer to all the places you can buy “cosmetic level” products (as opposed to cosmecueticals that licensed aesthticians use) as the “Isles of Beauty.” You know, drug stores, department stores, and “MLM party plans”.

OK, snobby, elitist, perfectionistic? Guilty! I have 3 reasons for this bias:

1. Generally, lots of money goes into the marketing of these products (a.k.a the “retail machine”), and not as much $$ into the bottle.

2. There is little to no skincare education or monitoring of results provided to the consumer.

3. All these venues have products that are limited in the strengths, potencies and ingredients the FDA allows them to sell.

That said, I know, dear gentle readers, that some of you have never had a facial or seen an aesthetician.  I also realize that in tough economic times priorities may shift. So as an ode to you, here is a list of stuff you can buy from the “Isles of Beauty”.

Try BHA products like…
Stridex Triple Action Acne Pads with Salicylic Acid
Stridex Essential Care Triple Action Acne Pads with Salicylic Acid, Regular Strength
Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Cleansing Pads
L’Oreal Pure Zone Tightening Astringent
Biore Triple Action Astringent
Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment
And AHA products like…
Alpha Hydrox Oil-Free Formula
Aqua Glycolic Toner
Kiss My Face Peaches & Creme Moisturizer with 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion Night
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Firming Night Cream

See you at the spa!

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