Polka dots and leopard print - I'm a big fan. But when it comes to my face I prefer a clear canvas. (With the exception of freckles which I happen to like.)
I think most of us can relate to the dreaded feeling we get when we realize that a blemish has taken residency on our face. And in attempt to drive the intruder out, we often pick and prod so much that we are left with a nasty battle scar. Sound familiar?
Here's a list of hand picked options to keep you clear and radiant:
1. UNCLE HARRY'S COLLOIDAL SILVER ALOE SPRAY, $16
Colloidal silver can be used as an antibacterial treatment. The silver can help kill acne causing bacteria and is thought to promote healthy healing as well. Aloe vera works as an anti-inflammatory and stimulates cell generation, in addition to moisturizing skin. Spray on skin just after cleansing and before applying serum and moisturizer. Also available for purchase on UrbanOutfitters.com and at Elm Health in the West Village.
2. REN'S CLEARCALM 3 REPLENISHING GEL CREAM, $30
Tried and true. I've been using this every night for years. If I use a serum, I will apply this on top. Great for preventing new breakouts and for diminishing the appearance of previous ones. Press lightly to pump, as a full pump supplies more than enough. One bottle lasts me around 6 months.
3. YULI'S CELL PERFECTO PM, $98
If you are willing to pay a pretty penny, this is a sound investment. I asked for a bottle for my birthday this spring and can say with confidence that it lightened all my pre-existing scars and marks. I did, however, find that the bottle does not travel well, so I lost some volume from leakage. Keep it at home and shake before using. The good stuff's at the bottom.
4. KYPRIS' CLEARING SERUM, $55
This brand is relatively new, but it has already won the green beauty brand award in 2014! This serum boasts an impressive recipe of potent ingredients which help heal existing irritation, prevent new acne from forming, and fade any marks. And it doesn't hurt that the packaging is easy on the eyes!
5. EVOLOGIE'S INTENSIVE BLEMISH SERUM, $35
Feel a blemish surfacing? Fear not, I have your solution. Introducing the intensive blemish serum from Evologie. While the name "intensive" might sound intimidating, I assure you it is gentle, yet still effective. And it doesn't dry your skin out like so many harsh spot treatments do. Use day and night on problem areas, applying under your moisturizer.
6. EVOLOGIE'S STAY CLEAR CREAM, $62
Which brings me to... The stay clear cream from Evologie. If your concern is all over, this is a great daytime moisturizer, and it works well in conjunction with the intensive serum. For in store Evologie purchases, head to Space NK and Birchbox flagship in Soho.