the more you know the less you need

the more you know the less you need

Making the Most

Making the Most

It is reported that the average woman uses 16 beauty products every day —skincare + make-up— and this routine takes her approximately 25 minutes to complete.

At first, this sounds like a lot, but the number of products could actually be low considering skincare has moved well beyond the famous Clinique trinity of Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise. The intricate Korean 10-step beauty program is standard procedure for many dewy-skinned women of all ages and cultures.
A modern woman’s bathroom can resemble a laboratory with serums, acids, antioxidants, vitamins, oils, and even molecules. (See my review Beauty Molecules)

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Deciem, the innovative Canadian brand and maker of The Ordinary, Hylamide, and Niod, is an example of science-based beauty that makes you dearly wish you had paid more attention in Chemistry class.


See my posts: Making Sense of Science Part 1, Part 2Part 3

If the internet has taught us anything, it’s that there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to skincare and makeup. Customised skincare and bespoke beauty are becoming the new norm:

When there are way too many ingredients in one product, the concentration of any one ingredient is so small it hardly contributes to the solution. With individually crafted skin­care, people can target their skin’s needs and ensure that they are getting highly focused solutions that work for them.

~  Chitra Desikan, founder of Canadian eco-beauty label Subtle Green, quoted from Custom Skincare Is The Latest Beauty Crazeby Sarah Daniel, Elle Canada


Here is how I have designed my current skincare regime. I’d love to hear about yours in the comments below. Do tell.


The first step to glowing skin is cleaning the skin without disrupting the skin’s integrity. Skin that looks radiant reflects light and has a smooth texture. Stripping the skin of its natural oils with aggressive acids, alcohols, and exfoliants are not the solution. In fact, it may be part of the problem:

 …they interact with the skin’s bonds to peel the surface and/or specifically dry out as much oil as possible. This approach does clean the surface well but causes inflammation and encourages excess exposure of the skin’s lower layers to the environment, allowing for premature ageing.  

Deciem website

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel   I don’t know how a cleanser can make your skin glow, but this one does. (See my review here)

These are the acids. Every few days, I use Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel.  (See my review here)

Other days, it’s Pixi Glow Tonic. (See my review here)
SERUMS  ~ Layered with a minute or so between products.


Vitamin C ~ an antioxidant that evens skin tone and helps build collagen. Applied in the MORNING on clean skin.


Hyaluronic Acid~ powerful hydration and moisturiser. Since  I’m always going to use this, I buy it in a big size with a pump which I find much more convenient than a dropper. It also means the product is never exposed to air or germs. One pump is perfect for your entire face, neck, and chest. This makes your skin plump, smooth, and soft. Wonderful stuff.

Matrixyl 3000 ~ helps ageing skin behave like young skin. 



CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion  PM.   This has no added sunscreen. I always apply that separately. This cream is a winner with fabulous ingredients for mature skin like ceramides and niacinamides. It is affordable and available at the drugstore. Better than a lot of much more expensive creams.


4. SUNSCREEN   I’ve been using a natural mineral SPF 30 sunscreen by Derma-E.  The antioxidant formula is lightweight, oil-free, and actually good for your skin. I also like the Clarins UV 50 Multi-Protection Sunscreen, especially under makeup. (See my review here)


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50 Loose Mineral Sunscreen. I carry it in my handbag always. (See my review here)

Makeup comes off with Bioderma Micellar Water   (See my French Pharmacy review) 


and the fantastic Shiseido facial cotton squares. (See my review here).
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser I’ve tried many cleansers but I always come back to this one. Gentle, non-drying, making it an especially soothing partner with retinol.
I use the Eve Lom Muslin Cloth to remove the cleanser. Game-changer. (See my review here).



    I’ve tried a few: The Ordinary (now reformulated), Differin, Retinol Reform, and French pharmacy A 313. It goes on first. If your skin isn’t accustomed to retinol, wait 20-30 minutes after washing before applying.
    I use a retinol of some sort every night on my face. I can tolerate Retinol Reform nightly with absolutely no irritation. With A313, I use it every second night, alternating with CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum, which I also use every evening on my neck and chest. With every retinol, I follow with the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. Like a modern-day Sleeping Beauty, I wake up with glass-like skin.Moisturiser ~ CeraVe PM.


  • EYE CREAM ~ One drop of NIOD FRACTIONATED EYE CONTOUR CONCENTRATE rubbed between the two little fingers is enough for both upper eyelids and lower eyelids.
    The final steps are the NeuBrow/NeuLash serums. (See my review here).


Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm from the French Pharmacy in the glass pot. (See my review here) 


And, last but not least, a high-tech hand cream. I’ve now lost count, but obviously, I use way more beauty products per day than average.
But who wants to be average anyway?

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