If you’re like me, the beginning of the year often means new skin care making its way into my stash. After spending the majority of the holidays running around trying to find meaningful gifts (often skin care), there’s something nice about sitting back and adding things to my cart online that I’ve seen through my mad dash of holiday shopping that piqued my personal interest.
Maybe it’s a bit of the “new year, new me” mentality (which I generally try to avoid because honestly, my habits don’t magically change just because I need to remember a new year to write on my forms). But this feels like a great time to take a step back, look at what I’ve done through the previous year in my skin care game, decide what new launches I want to try, and reassess what current concerns I want to tackle. It’s like spring cleaning, but for my mental skin care real estate.
I know any time you go to a new retailer, whether it’s online or in person, it can be a bit overwhelming to sift through all the brands and products that they offer. So I wanted to highlight a few of the newer curations on Kalista that I think would be great potential additions to your spring skin care wardrobe.
This feels like a great time to take a step back and decide what new launches to try and reassess what current concerns to tackle. It’s like spring cleaning, but for my mental skin care real estate.
I’m glad to see exfoliants being incorporated in different products that can go in different places in your routine. Acid toners were the big thing when they first blew up in the Western beauty market, and it’s still the most common form you’ll probably find in any given brand. But over the last two or three years, there has been a lot more diversification in the forms of exfoliation offered.
Exfoliating moisturizers are much newer, and because of how they’re formulated and their placement towards the end, if not at the very end, of your routine, they tend to be on the gentler side. This is mainly due to the fact that any other layers under the moisturizer you’ve applied, like a serum or a mist, will act as a bit of a buffer to make the product a bit gentler. If super gentle, lower percentage exfoliants aren’t causing you irritation but not delivering the results you may be hoping for, this feels like a good next step to consider.
Of course, I feel the need to make a general disclaimer that the Peter Thomas Roth 10% Glycolic Solutions Moisturizer contains a higher percentage of glycolic acid. So I wouldn’t recommend this for first-time chemical exfoliant users or for anyone who may have super sensitive skin or know that they can’t handle glycolic acid super well.
The Clinique Moisture Surge line has reached flagship status for the beauty brand, and many, many people fell in love with the original Moisture Surge moisturizer. It was one of the first major gel-cream type of moisturizers in the States and the opposite of everything people associated with a “bad” moisturizer: It wasn’t sticky, greasy, or heavy, but rather something that was fast absorbing, hydrating, and left an extremely light finish on the skin. It quickly became a best-seller—and I did not like using it at all.
I don’t know what it is that made me hate it so much, but this is a classic example of the term “Your Mileage May Vary” (or YMMV): Just because something works for someone doesn’t mean it’s going to work for everyone. Given that my initial experience with the original Moisture Surge was so lukewarm and “meh,” I didn’t pay much attention to the line at all. Enter Moisture Surge Intense.
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Since I’m on the oily side of the skin care spectrum, the original version of this product is the one that was intended for my skin type. The Intense version is aimed at people with drier skin, but I feel like this moisturizer was exactly what I had hoped the original one to be. It just has more body to it, feels more plush on the skin, and really holds in all the other stuff I’ve put on underneath without feeling, in my opinion, overly heavy or greasy. With the climate being as dry as it is where I live, summer means serious air conditioning and, by proxy, very dehydrated skin. If this sounds like your environment at all, I would strongly suggest giving this more robust gel-cream a try.
Speaking of summer, sunscreen is another fixture that we should be keeping in mind any time we go outside. In reality, you should use sunscreen year round when you go out during daylight, and La Roche-Posay has been making some of the best sunscreens in Europe for a very long time. There’s a lot more background here that deserves its own conversation, but in short, the sunscreen filters that the U.S. has approved for use in products have been around for a long time, while in places like Europe and much of Asia, new filters that do their jobs much better have taken over.
La Roche-Posay utilizes some of these newer filters to provide superior sun protection in an unscented, very light feeling sunscreen that’s quite liquid-y in the bottle. This makes it super easy to apply and reapply, and it interferes minimally with makeup. So if you’ve been hesitant to use a daily sunscreen and only apply it when you’re at the beach or an amusement park, I think this could potentially convert you to the dark side, where I live slathered in sunscreen most days. Give it a shot—it’s nice and cool over here, I promise.