Best skin care products in the world: how to choose cosmetics that work

Best skincare products-how to find them

In this article I am going to give you some guidelines on how to choose the best skincare products. 

When I was 23, I didn’t know anything skincare except that it was expensive. I was chubby, and had some acne issues.

I didn’t feel good about myself , but I was too ashamed to ask for help. Help came without me asking. I was doing my internship in a pharmacy and there was this lady, Manuela.


Me and Manuela with our coworker during a fun moment.

She worked at the skincare aisle. Manuela is a very direct person. She told me that I was pretty except for ….it didn’t feel good but it also gave the motivation to change.

Manuela suggested that I start using some skincare products, and she sold me a bunch of them. My acne didn’t improve much with those products.

I didn’t understand why. 

But I kept using the products.

Fast forward a few years I moved to the US and started to work for a cosmetic company Los Angeles based. 

That’s when I got my answer. 

Some cosmetic companies exist with the ONLY purpose  of selling you their products- whether you need them or not.

Furthermore most of the times these products are formulated in a way that allows the company to make the most profit while leaving you with below average and overpriced items. 

Diluted formulas, use of cheap fillers, and the use of  ingredients at minuscule amounts…these are just some examples of wrong practices.

This is why YOU need to develop the ability of understanding what products are good and what are just a waste of money. 

I’m gonna help you get there.

Let’s start with the concept that

Skincare is not quick fix. It complements a healthy lifestyle.

My acne finally improved when, besides using quality skincare products, I started to eat well and solved the hormonal unbalance . 

When I started Luisa- True skincare (my own line of products) my goal was to bring transparency to the beauty industry.

Formulations should promise AND deliver results.

True Skincare: get 15% off your first order with me

hand holding hyaluronic acid serum luisa true skincare with dropper

Best skin care products- The #1 misconception:  EXPENSIVE doesn’t mean BETTER

When buying cosmetics you’re not only paying for the product itself (ingredients, packaging, manufacturing, etc.). You’re also paying for all the advertising, distributors, retail locations, research and so on.

High end brands use celebrities to endorse their products and place their stores in fancy metropolitan areas.

They charge more because of  brand positioning – not because they’re products are actually better! 

To help you understand this concept, think about Mc Donald’s coffee ($1) and the Blue Bottle coffee (don’t know the exact price for a cup, but I do know it’s expensive).

Coffee quality is not the same, indeed. 

Yet, the difference is not so prominent to justify such price gap. When you decide to sip Blue Bottle coffee you’re paying for the overall experience, not for the price of the coffee itself.

The same concept applies to skincare. 
Does this mean you shouldn’t buy expensive products? Not-at-all.

I’m not against luxury items! I do enjoy nice things. The difference is that I don’t believe  they’re better. 

High-end products are usually very appealing and give you a remarkable sensorial experience. Fragrances are pleasant and not overwhelming, textures are light and elegant.

The experience is very enjoyable – we all agree on that! But don’t think that because they feel so nice on the skin they’re giving you better results. 

Expensive products are more polished and sophisticated.

Luckily, if you cannot afford such expensive products, you can still find high quality cosmetics. Your superpower is learning how to differentiate a high quality product from a bad one.

This is crucial when making skincare choices; in fact, some formulations contain more than 90% water- they won’t make any difference.


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woman applying retinol serum

Best skin care products in the world- What makes products work (Hint: it’s not what you read on the fancy packaging).

The first thing you need to know is that what makes a product working is a combination of the following factors:

  • The Ingredients
  • The amount of these ingredients
  • How the ingredients are put together, i.e the formula.

You need all these 3 elements for the product to work.

If one is missing, there would be a substantial decrease in the performance.

So let’s take a look one by one at these.

The ingredients

The first thing you want to do when selecting a product is to analyze the ingredients list.

A basic understanding of cosmetic labeling helps you choose the best skin care products.

Remember that ingredients are listed in descending order.

Ask yourself:

  • What are the “active” ingredients in this product?
  • Have these ingredients been researched?

With “active ingredients” I mean ingredients that have a proven record of being able to address a particular skin concern. For example, we know that , for example, hyaluronic acid , vitamin C, niacin, Retinol, Kojic acid among others are effective. We know because they’re backed by science. 

Conversely some other ingredients like for example watermelon extract, sound very nice on paper but don’t have any kind of support for their action.

Yes, it’s just marketing.

If you can’t identify any active ingredient, there could be 2 scenarios:

  • scenario #1: the product is of a very poor quality one, composed of water and natural extracts (fancy name for water). 
  •  scenario #2: the product does not address a particular skin concern and is intended to preserve a skin that is already in good condition and to make it feel soft. This is the case of basic moisturizers that lock in pre-existing moisture. 

Ingredients position in the list

Are they towards the beginning or the end? If they are towards the end, it’s not a good sign. The worse sign is reading something like /water, glycerin, dimethicone, etc. (in this order). Don’t get me wrong, glycerin is an excellent humectant for the skin , but it’s also very tacky. This is why its percentage must be limited in a formulation.

Glycerin is also a very cheap ingredient (along with dimethicone); to make myself clear, if you see a product with that composition that costs a lot  it’s not worth the money.

Big brands are becoming increasingly aware that the order of the ingredients in the list counts; for example, the Aveeno Shampoo proudly claims that oat extract is the first ingredient. This is very important. I don’t know how diluted is the extract but I can appreciate the effort for transparency.

How many ingredients are there?

As a general rule, the more the ingredients, the lower their relative % , the lower the benefits. Steer away from products that have a super long ingredients list. 

Is the majority of the ingredients cheap?

Clearly, not all ingredients have the same price. 

I saw this “moisturizing” cream on Amazon made out of water , glycerin, and a bunch of different silicones. This cream was $37 for 2 oz. Overpriced!

My point is that you shouldn’t be paying $60 (or more) for products that are made with cheap ingredients overseas. Because you’re not paying for the product! You’re helping the company to make money at your expense.

No, I don’t have anything against capitalism. In fact, I love it  but i also believe in making products in the US to support the local economy.

The example of petrolatum (Vaseline)

Many products have a high percentage of petrolatum and yet claim to be miraculous when you could have the same results by buying Vaseline.

An example of this is the La Mer lip balm, retailing for $60; it claims to contain a “Miracle Broth”, yet the first ingredient we read on the label is …petrolatum! The miracle broth is present at 0.001%.

Guess what? You wouldn’t even notice if it wasn’t in there.  

Analyzing the ingredients list can give you a pretty clear understanding of the /overall quality/ of a product, but there’s more to consider. Let’s jump to point 3.

The formulation- why it matters.

Formulation affects the quality and the performance of a product.

Unfortunately, consumers have no way of knowing how a product has been formulated , and this is kind of a big deal.

In fact, while the presence of active ingredients is certainly beneficial, the presence itself is not enough.

The formulation plays a huge role. For example, there are some ingredients that are active only within certain pH level. If you make a mistake with the pH, the active ingredient is not going to work.

This is why I always suggest to avoid purchasing from DIYers, at least when it comes to skincare. You want someone with a strong chemistry background AND years of experience to be formulating cosmetics. Certain skills cannot (and should not) be improvised.

When was the last time you read on a magazine about a beauty product that doesn’t work?

I’m serious.
Truth is, it never happens.

Conversely, you’ll find tons of vague benefits.

Don’t even make me start on social media… those are the worst: fake reviews, influencers who get paid to endorse products they don’t even use, celebrities who dare to swear their flawless visage is due to a miraculous serum.

What are the “best” face products?

Since there are literally millions of skin care brands and products and I haven’t tried them all, there’s no answer to this question.

This is the truth.

Also the so called “medical grade” facial treatments are no different than regular ones. The only way to know is to look at the ingredients list, clinical studies, and company’s profile. 

Guidelines to help you choose the best products

  1. Ingredients position in the list

    Are they towards the beginning or the end? If they are towards the end, it’s not a good sign. The worse sign is reading something like /water, glycerin, dimethicone, etc. (in this order). Don’t get me wrong, glycerin is an excellent humectant for the skin , but it’s also very tacky. This is why its percentage must be limited in a formulation.

    Glycerin is also a very cheap ingredient (along with dimethicone); to make myself clear, if you see a product with that composition that costs a lot  it’s not worth the money.

    Big brands are becoming increasingly aware that the order of the ingredients in the list counts; for example, the Aveeno Shampoo proudly claims that oat extract is the first ingredient. This is very important. I don’t know how diluted is the extract but I can appreciate the effort for transparency.

    How many ingredients are there?

    As a general rule, the more the ingredients, the lower their relative % , the lower the benefits. Steer away from products that have a super long ingredients list. 

    Is the majority of the ingredients cheap?

    Clearly, not all ingredients have the same price. 

    I saw this “moisturizing” cream on Amazon made out of water , glycerin, and a bunch of different silicones. This cream was $37 for 2 oz. Overpriced!

    My point is that you shouldn’t be paying $60 (or more) for products that are made with cheap ingredients overseas. Because you’re not paying for the product! You’re helping the company to make money at your expense.

    No, I don’t have anything against capitalism. In fact, I love it  but i also believe in making products in the US to support the local economy.

    The example of petrolatum (Vaseline)

    Many products have a high percentage of petrolatum and yet claim to be miraculous when you could have the same results by buying Vaseline.

    An example of this is the La Mer lip balm, retailing for $60; it claims to contain a “Miracle Broth”, yet the first ingredient we read on the label is …petrolatum! The miracle broth is present at 0.001%.

    Guess what? You wouldn’t even notice if it wasn’t in there.  

    Analyzing the ingredients list can give you a pretty clear understanding of the /overall quality/ of a product, but there’s more to consider. Let’s jump to point 3.

    The formulation- why it matters.

    Formulation affects the quality and the performance of a product.

    Unfortunately, consumers have no way of knowing how a product has been formulated , and this is kind of a big deal.

    In fact, while the presence of active ingredients is certainly beneficial, the presence itself is not enough.

    The formulation plays a huge role. For example, there are some ingredients that are active only within certain pH level. If you make a mistake with the pH, the active ingredient is not going to work.

    This is why I always suggest to avoid purchasing from DIYers, at least when it comes to skincare. You want someone with a strong chemistry background AND years of experience to be formulating cosmetics. Certain skills cannot (and should not) be improvised.

    When was the last time you read on a magazine about a beauty product that doesn’t work?

    I’m serious.
    Truth is, it never happens.

    Conversely, you’ll find tons of vague benefits.

    Don’t even make me start on social media… those are the worst: fake reviews, influencers who get paid to endorse products they don’t even use, celebrities who dare to swear their flawless visage is due to a miraculous serum.

    What are the “best” face products?

    Since there are literally millions of skin care brands and products and I haven’t tried them all, there’s no answer to this question.

    This is the truth.

    Also the so called “medical grade” facial treatments are no different than regular ones. The only way to know is to look at the ingredients list, clinical studies, and company’s profile. 

    Guidelines to help you choose the best products

    1.  Opt for products that state the concentration of the active ingredient. For example , a serum than contains 10% niacinamide is better than one that doesn’t say anything (especially if you see niacinamide towards the end of the list…).
    2. Consider that smaller companies have higher prices compared to big corporations because their costs are higher.  A $70 moisturizer is overpricedfor a large corporation BUT a similar product from a very small company might not be. Huge corporations are able to buy packaging and ingredients in bulk , thus paying less.
    3. If you have sensitive skin, avoid products that contain colorants (on the ingredients list as CI followed by a number) and fragrances.
    4. There’s no such thing as “BEST PRODUCTS”. There’s the product that works best for you which is a completely different concept. Yes, we can look up the ingredients but at the end of the day we don’t know how companies work behind closed door. Take my advice as starting point , ask yourself questions, make your own research. Try different products and see what works the best FOR YOU.

      We as consumers have the power and we can decide to stop supporting business that don’t add any value to our skin.

    Let me know your opinion in the comments!

463 thoughts on “Best skin care products in the world: how to choose cosmetics that work

  1. Marcella says:


    I am 68 years old and have developed what has to be the worlds most dry skin, mainly due to serious illness and meds which dry out skin, especially my face. I am on a fixed income and really can’t afford to spend a lot on skin care. Could you recommend products that might help my in regaining softness and nice looking skin?

    I loved this article but would appreciate recommendations from you.

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Marcella! For the body, I would suggest to use Vaseline at night and CeraVe cream during the day. Vaseline is very effective for dry skin. You should be using it at night because being very greasy can be unpleasant used as a daily moisturizer. To make CeraVe even more effective, you could add some drops of oil to it. CeraVe can be used for face, too so you don’t buy 2 different products. Let me know if this helps you!

    • Estela says:

      I have extremely dry skin as well due to eczema. I would suggest castor oil, which I ordered through Amazon. It’s thick enough to stay on my skin like Vaseline but absorbs much better. I have also found jars of homemade skin creams at farmers markets made with shea butter and other natural oils and essential oils to be helpful as well.

    • Mosinpila Mary Mataboge says:

      Hi Luisa
      I have a problem of hormonal imbalance an used to do waxing dye hair that was developing in my face.I have stopped waxing due to high pigmentation developed in my face and am using Bionike products its 2months now and have been doing facial laser treatment but dont see any progress.Please Luisa I am so frustrated because the it’s so expensive for me,can you advise on which products can I use that are less maybe.
      Kind Regards

      • Luisa says:

        Mary, unless you solve the hormonal unbalance the laser isn’t gonna work! You’re wasting money. Go see a real dermatologist or endocrinologist.

  2. Ysa says:

    Luisa I really like you. You are so straightfoward!!!

    If you have spare time I would like to ask for your opinion about sisley and La Prarie. One is a french botanical skincare brand and the other is proudly announced their famous serum works as efficent as botox injection.

    Many thanks!

    • Ankitha hansoge says:

      Hello Luisa,
      So glad that i read your article. I am from India. Now in India all claims are towards sulphate free and paraben free. If these claims are there it is a superior and expensive product.
      Also cosmetics are towards natural ingredients bloke aloe vera, saffron and turmeric. How do we figure out the authenticity of these?
      Have you tested Indian Brands anytime?

      • Luisa says:

        I don’t have much experience with Indian products. I am a fan of turmeric , but as usual it’s important to see whether it is added at the right amount and properly formulated.

  3. sara says:

    I have severe acne problem on my cheeks and far as now i have tried clindamycin po4 gel…but no significant results..please recommend smthg which would actually work on my oily skin .

  4. Angela says:

    Hi Luisa, what about Nuskin AgeLOC products? They claim their products are ‘all of the good n none of the bad’. And I’ve seen many good real life testimonies on their products. I don’t read ingredients but I care for safety n results.

  5. Naeema Fowler says:

    Hi what skin products are recommended for dry sensitive eczema prone skin. I love your articles it’s very informative. Thanks

  6. anita M. says:

    First of all, I want to commend you on the article you published which states facts only. I am reaching out to you for help to treat, melasma, as I was told by dermatologists. I have tried Hydroquinone,chemical peels, laser, fraxel, high octane Vitamin C concentrate and you name it all but all experiments failed. It has now spread all over my face. You can also classify this as hyper pigmentation (dark patches).
    I desperately need your help.
    Thank you in advance.

  7. Neora says:

    Excellent information. Your site definitely explains essential concepts to its readers. Thanks for continuing to write such wonderful articles.

  8. Nurse Grace says:

    I have been using Aveda Botanical Kinetics line–the Purifying Creme Cleanser and the Hydrating Lotion combo. I started using this 14 years ago, back when I was going thru chemo as my skin was very sensitive and I found this combo very soothing. I am fair/freckled skinned and 50+ and sadly despite always using sunscreen my skin is showing it’s age–but happy about that too because I’m alive! Also I think my product loyalty is costing me and I am paying for brand and not getting much more than a pleasant scent/packaging. Your article seems to support my suspicion. Am tempted to pick up a drug store brand cleanser and hydrating lotion to try for awhile as a test–any you recommend in particular?

    • Luisa says:

      I’m not a fan of foaming face cleansers because they make my skin very dry so I would suggest to use micellar water instead. if you do prefer a foaming one, the Olay Gentle Clean is okay (you can find it at Target). L’Oreal Age perfect Hydra Nutrition is a very moisturizing/hydrating cream. As expected, texture is not lightweight , though.

  9. R says:

    Due to acne, have got skin with marks and pores due to deep acne… like cystic acne..: is there any product to cure the skin or lasers is the only option… thanks for your help

  10. Jacquie says:

    Hi Ms. Luisa,

    I’m a combination skin type, which product are suits to me? I tried all expensive products but still my t-zone are too oily. My pores are visible and i didn’t achieve the skin i want which is glowing and youthful skin. i’m 38y.o.

    • Luisa says:

      Oily skin is caused by hormonal unbalance and/or diet. Before spending a lot on skincare products, I would recommend to check these 2 factors. Cosmetics can help, but the first step to glowing skin is ALWAYS to fix lifestyle habits.

  11. Faith says:

    Plz my name is faith. Am 29yrs old light skinned, plz I need a good cream that will take away d small black blemishes from other fake creams I have used. I need a good cream recommendation from you.

    • Luisa says:

      Creams won’t make black blemishes suddenly disappear. Ingredients that might help reduce their appearance are sodium ascorbyl phosphate and niacinamide.

  12. Frances says:

    I only recently dabble into the k-beauty routine with random products. I learned about actives from your article and will like to incorporate cosrx snail mucin as essence and the ordinary 10% niacinamide as serum. I have oily acne prone skin with old acne scars. I will love your opinion.

    • Luisa says:

      Niacinamde promotes protein synthesis which improves skin texture. It can be helpful depending on how old and deep are your acne scars.

  13. Brendan Shelton says:

    I never knew that the order of the ingredients on a label is very important for skincare products, like how glycerin is great for the skin but only in specific quantities. I am looking to get some new skincare products for my wife and will certainly make sure I check out the ingredient list when I am making that decision. Your article does a great job of explaining how to find the best products.

  14. Ken Knox says:

    I have been looking for someone with an insight like yours for a while. Where can I find skincare facts?

    “For example, we know that hyaluronic acid , vitamin C, niacin, Retinol, Kojic acid among others are effective. We know because they’re backed by science.”

    Where can I find the results of these scientific studies?

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Ken, You can find all scientific studies on There’s also a free version called Pubmed central , but it contains less articles.

      • Afraz says:

        I love your site it is so informative and I’m learning a lot. Quick questions, are there any good eye creams you have come across and what do you think to clarins as a brand?

        • Luisa says:

          As fas as eye creams it depends on what’s your eye concern. Clarins has several products, some are okay some are not (the same applies to all brands).

  15. Anamika Samanta says:

    Hi Luisa
    your article is quite informative and it really needs courage to write all this ,when there is so much compition in cosmetic industries ….
    I am a crazy buyer of cosmetics ,starting from anti ageing cream and so on …but I hardly recomend any of these to anyone ,because all were not upto the my expectation ….
    Thanks to you now I know what to pick in the market
    with regards
    Anamika Samanta

    • Luisa says:

      I am not very familiar with that brand. With that being said, I looked up the Firmarine moisturizer which sells for $100. The first 3 ingredients are water, butylene glycol, and Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate. All these are cheap. These are followed by C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate and Glycerin. With glycerin being probably around 3/4% you’ll see how overpriced is this cream. Perhaps I picked the wrong one. Which one were you referring to? Have you noticed any benefit from the use?

  16. Ada says:

    Hi Luisa! Thank you so much for this post. It really helped me to differentiate between the products. One question tho. What do you think would be a great moisturizer for a rather oily skin? I am only 20 and was thinking of using a moisturizer for my skin, however I don’t know how to pick it because my skin can be either oily or dry sometimes.

    • Luisa says:

      Dear Ada, first I think you should use a micellar water as cleanser. As far as the moisturizer, I would suggest something with a very light texture. What’s your budget?

  17. Hv says:

    Hi Luisa,
    Thanks for an informative post.
    Need some help but can’t find any info online. I live in London currently and hardwater is really making my skin bad and lifeless, when I go to a place with soft water I can notice a ton of difference 😐 . What can I do to battle hard water effects.
    This is making me look older than I am 🙁

    • Robin Townsend says:

      Yes, hard water effects not only the skin but the hair, as well. You will need to install a water softening system in your home.
      In the meantime, exfoliate your skin and apply moisturizers generously. As for your hair, treat it after cleansing with hydrating hair mask and/or conditioners.

  18. Carmen says:

    Hi Luisa,

    Can you recommend me a good and affordable Sunscreen. As I am living in Singapore where the sun shines all year round, I am thinking at least a SPF90?

    Thank you and looking forward to your valuable advice.


  19. Anayat says:

    Hii Luisa, pls what’s your take on natural ingredients for acne.
    Also please what do u think about Makari product.

    • Luisa says:

      Their products mostly contain ingredients for skin brightening. If that’s what you’re looking for, give it a try. I am not familiar with that brand, but I went on their website and read their ingredients lists.

  20. Esme says:

    Hey Luisa,
    I am a 27 year old recently trying to get into a nice skincare regimen. What do you recommend for a combination skin(acne prone) for morning/night??

    Also what are your thoughts on Rejuvenique light oil by Monat?
    The ingredients list is as follows:
    Propanediol Dicaprylate/Caprate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool

    • Luisa says:

      I can’t give you specific advice on a skincare routine without having more background. For acne prone skin, I would avoid products containing squalene as it is comedogenic. I would also avoid cleansers that are too aggressive and switch to micellar water. I would then apply something (cream or serum) that contains small amounts of salicylic acid.
      The oil you mentioned is very expensive ($99 for 1 oz). There are similar products on the market for a fraction of the price.

  21. Ahmad ali says:

    One superb is that there don’t seem to be any superb Plexaderm aspect outcomes beyond the usual disclaimer that some human beings can also go through minor pores and skin irritation.

  22. Mariana says:


    thank yo, very enlightening!

    it would be great to have some examples of those products, by any chance you have written anything about it have you?

    thank you for the great post

  23. Mary says:

    Hey ,
    I am in my early twenties and developed acne around 13 , then it turned to keratosis pirosis in my late teens.
    It is in my lower and upper body , how can I fix this ?

  24. Fanny says:

    Hi Luisa I am 63 years old and I’ve been using Resilience Lift / Estée Lauder for years. I saw many ingredients in the label so after reading your I believe they are not very good products. What brand can you recommend me ? My skin is dry but in good shape .

    • Luisa says:

      For dry skin, I recommend the Clinique Dramatically different Cream. For the record, the Resilience Lift is not a bad product. It’s just that is so overpriced!

  25. lynn says:

    I like to thank you for your wonderful information… I like to know what you think of essential oils as anti aging… I understand that eating , exercise and sunscreen is a great start.. I have been using carrier oils coconut and Jojoba ..I feel they are genital to my skin and feel nice on my skin.. I feel essential oils are very harsh… They have books and companies advising that they work.. I do not see any vitamins in them but do note vitamins in carrier oils… I know the mighty dollar is all that these companies care about.. I like to know your take.. Thank you Lynn Rubinson my email is also

  26. Naila says:

    Hey luisa
    Thumbs up for such a great article. It was indeed very helpful and interesting.
    Kindly, can you tell me any home made skin products and what is your opinion about using baking soda for pimple treatment

  27. Esther says:

    Hi Luisa, I really enjoyed reading your article.
    What do you think of Shiseido WASO color-smart day moisturizer oil-free with SPF 30? Is this a good product? I have combination skin, oily tzone, and dryer cheeks. Is this a suitable product for me?
    Thank you!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Esther! The product you mentioned is a huge NO. The first 3 ingredients are water, cyclopentasiloxane, and alcohol. Alcohol in such high concentration in a moisturizer doesn’t make sense as it dries the skin.

  28. karen marsack says:

    I haveperioral dermatitis. Does that mean no makeup the rest of my life????? I am in my70’s but dont want to go out with a face of guck. I used a med from dr doesnt work.Please, some kind of answer. I am all alone and dont like myself much anymore.

  29. Estela says:

    How do I get information about what products have gotten clinical trials and the results? Is there a particular website or do I just google the name of the product and “clinical trial”?

  30. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the informative article. I was wondering if I could ask your opinion on a few different products? I have been using the 1st, my Mom the 2nd and I have started to be “hounded” to try the 3rd.
    1)Olay 7 signs of aging
    2)Reversa Radiance Cream
    3)Rodan and Fields products

    Thanks again for any information.

  31. Donna says:

    Can you list your top five best make up choices? I also have oily skin that is still at 62 acne-prone, I also have pop marks. I try to take excellent care of skin, vegetarian diet most of the time, exercise, yoga, all the good health care practices. None of these works. At the moment I use Chanel, as it doesn’t cause blisery breakouts. Thank you for your suggestions.

  32. Preethi says:

    Wow – what a great and thorough article. And just at a time I was wondering how I was going to keep affording my skin care. I’d like your opinion on 2 products I use but are expensive:
    Drunk Elephant Protini
    And especially Phloretin with Ferulic from Skinceuticals which is super expensive.

    Thx in advance!!

    • Luisa says:

      The protini cream is good, but it’s anti aging not moisturizing. The Skinceuticals product is okay as well. However, I believe there are much better ones (The ordinary, Paula’s Choice).

  33. Melissa says:


    I am 51 years old. My skin has changed over the last 2 years. I need suggestions on good skin care products. My pores are more visible, lines and wrinkles around eyes and mouth. My makeup doesn’t look natural anymore
    Please help! 🙂

  34. Tara says:

    I am 50 and my skin is looking dull, saggy and tired. I drink plenty of water. I’m wondering if you can point me in the direction of a skincare line that you love. I’m going to purchase your hyaluronic acid but someone mentioned I should do retinol and vitamin C, as well. Do you have any suggestions which ones I should use as well as a moisturizer (with and without spf), cleanser, etc. Do you have a favourite skin care line? I’m willing to spend a little if it is helpful (meaning I am not restricted to drug store brands).

    Thank you!

  35. Luisa says:

    Thank you for the article, it helps a lot! I just went to the Dermatologist and she recommended a bunch of expensive products, my skin has not gotten better after trying like 5 different products, which were expensive as well. I tried a professional face mask yesterday and I hope it gets better. I am going to see all the ingredients next time I buy something.

  36. Ragini says:

    Hi Luisa , I am from India , I would like to thank you for such nice article , I am 34 years old can you please suggest nice cream for skin tanning, and open pores and also something for glowing skin, , i have done microdermabrasion in past but not very satisfied with it, Thank you.

  37. Joan says:

    Hi, Luisa! Great article. I have been using Perricone products for years. Do you know anything about Sub D? I am 68, not a sun lover, so not too many wrinkles, but getting crepey arms and legs getting dry. What are got body creams? Thanks!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Joan, my uncle is an avid user of Perricone’s products, too! The Sub D is packed with active ingredients, good choice! For your dry skin, I would recommend the Bioderma atoderm line. Let me know how it works for you!

  38. Yolanda says:

    Thank you for this really helpful article! I really appreciate the layman’s explanation of what to look for in terms of ingredients that are (not) helpful or worth the money. I may have to write out a cheat sheet for myself, and my targeted conditions, for when I next go to buy products!

  39. Louisa Allen says:

    Dear Luisa, thank you for your generous advice to so many women. I’d like to ask your advice/thoughts on Hannah Sillitoe products. She recently created her own brand of cosmetics and I purchased the face cream on the basis of supporting a small company. I’m 43 years old with no brand loyalty but wondering if it would be better to use Clinique on the basis of their clinical trials etc? Thank you Louisa

  40. Fikriye Kurban says:

    Hi, thank you for the information. It helps a lot. I have used pretty expensive skin care products in the past and by coincidence discovered cerave. I really like their lotions and use it all over my body including my face. As my skin gets older I wonder if I need to switch to something else for a more bright texture. My face looks a bit dull. What do you think and what would you recommend?

  41. Kelli Hagstrom says:

    Hi Luisa thank you for your advice. I am 57 and looking into anti aging skin care. I have been using Lancôme genifique and 100% argan oil. Do you have any thoughts on Kate Somervilles’ skin care line or Kiehls apothecary? They were both recommended to me. Kate Somerville is a bit expensive. I appreciate your thoughts.. thank you.

      • Azure says:

        Hi Luisa, I have always had great results from Oil of Olay… I know its cheap but it moisturised my skin and didnt leave a greasy finish. But now I have dryer skin and need to think about something with more anti ageing ingredients. What ingredients and products should I look at…? Is there anything good thats non-greasy…? Thank you…!

          • Hilda says:

            Thanks luisa I’m 37 my skin looks so dull I have tried many expensive products I’m struggling with white heads

          • Luisa says:

            Expensive products may or may not be better than cheaper ones. Whiteheads are a form of acne. Make sure skin is clean – you can use a salicylic acid cleanser and avoid oil rich moisturizers.

  42. kate says:

    Hi! What is your opinion of the Oumere skin care line? can vitamin c have adverse effects on against? I currently use Mad Hippie products!

  43. Caroline says:

    Hi luisa , thanks for writing this informative and thorough article it really helps me to choose which cosmetics brand is best for my skin type and still within budget ofc. Do you also review and test korean skincare brand? Eg: Missha time revolution borabit ampoule. Whats your thoughts abt the active ingredients as it has a very long list of ingredients. Do you think it is as good as the reviews? Thanks n cheers

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Caroline, I personally don’t buy products with too many ingredients because I want a more targeted and powerful action. But if it works for you, you should buy it. It looks like it’s not super overpriced.

    • Luisa says:

      A lot of unsubstantiated claims. Before and after photos that are clearly fake. $83 for a product that has water, glycerin , pentylene glycol, and silicones as first ingredients…definitely a no!

  44. Taslim says:

    Hello Luisa, i found you through Quora. Thank you for your very informative article. I’m not that disciplined in my skincare routine buy i do try, i have combination skin and definitely as you stated food has been the main game changer for me, removing certain foods and drinking pleanty of water.
    I’ve been using Yves Rocher skincare products over the last 10 years along with some at home remedies (honey has worked miracles for me). Recently i have been hearing a lot about “Korean 8 or even 10 steps skin regimen”, they use a lot of serums, ampoules, essences. In your opinion, ¿Adding all this steps really works? ¿What do you think about Yves Rocher? (I´m sorry if there are any grammatical mistakes, English is not my first language)

    • Luisa says:

      You definitely don’t need a 10 or even 8 steps skincare routine. Like you said, removing certain foods makes a huge difference. The rest comes from using a few effective products and especially avoid harsh cleansers. If Yves Rocher works for you, I don’t see why change it.

  45. Christina says:

    Your website is very informative and I appreciate your direct response to questions. What is your opinion of cannabis in skin care products? Can CBD and/or THC help reduce puffiness in the skin around the eyes, smooth skin texture? Or do you recommend using products with niacin, for example, or a combination of both? Thank you!

      • Luisa says:

        There is no conclusive evidence CBD will reduce puffiness or smooth skin texture. CBD in skincare products is mainly used as anti-inflammatory and COULD help with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema , and rosacea. Again, studies are not conclusive. With that being said, the Sagely product is not overpriced as it contains quite expensive ingredients such as bakuchiol, CBD isolate, and sea buckthorn oil. Therefore, I would give it a try. It looks like the company has an ethical way of doing business.

  46. Ebere says:

    Hi luisa thanks for taking time to write this..i really do appreciate.
    I’m not into any skin care routine but I think it’s time I start because I noticed the area beneath my eyes is becoming more dark wasn’t like that before.i want you to pls recommend what to use, not an expensive product plus I want you to also recommend a good cleaners, moisturizer n May be tonner I don’t know how to go about it.i just want that glow all over not just on my face..i am dark skin ..thanks.

    • Luisa says:

      hi there! I would use a product with at least 10% Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. The Ordinary has one that’s affordable. You probably don’t need a toner. As far as cleanser and moisturizer, I think the Bioderma products are pretty good.

  47. Pihu Sarkar says:

    Hi Luisa,

    I have an otherwise good skin except for very light blemish marks on my cheeks. Can you please help me with the top ingredients that help in combatting blemish spots?

  48. Kim says:

    Hi Luisa
    Very informative article! What are your thoughts on Deciem’s NIOD copper amino isolate serum 2:1 and NIOD supervise dismutase saccharide mist? I wonder if Deciem’s higher priced line NIOD is any better than the lower priced The Ordinary. Also which vitamin C The Ordinary carries is good? And how does it compare to paula’s choice vitamin C booster? Thanks so much!

    • Luisa says:

      Deciem’s NIOD copper serum seems to have a higher concentration of actives (peptides) compared to the Ordinary. Higher cost is also due to this and the double packaging. The Ordinary vitamin C products are good expect for the ascorbic acid powder which is useless. Paula’s choice is the brand I always recommend.

  49. Nasima says:

    Hi I was wondering if u can help .i have a daughter of 22 she used lemon juice on her face n it did lighten her skin but discontinued using lemon juice n her skin has gotten very dark now actually worse than what it was before the use of lemon juice. What can she do to reverse the damage

  50. Cassandra Ramos says:

    Hi Luisa. Thanks for taking the time to write such an informative overview about choosing the right skin care product. Also, a bigger THANK YOU for taking more time to answer our questions. You seem to truly care and educate your extended friends. On that note, I’ve been on a quest to find my am/pm routine and generally google top rated skin care products. That brings me to Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. Over 20k, 5 star reviews on Google and basically on any other platform that sells this product.
    Based on your extensive experience and knowledge, is this product worth all the hype?

  51. Rona says:

    Hi Luisa, I am so impressed by your expertise, straightforwardness and ethicalness which are clearly conveyed by your writing style. I took lots of notes from what you’ve written. Thank you for taking the time to be so helpful. (I found you through Quora.)

  52. Jennie says:

    I really enjoyed reading articles and all the replies to queries. Easy to understand for end-users of products like me. I’m 56, have a pretty good skincare routine & exercise but still trying hard to fight signs of ageing. My concerns are dullness & starting to sag skin :(. Could do with a good but not sticky body moisturiser too. (I live in a tropical coutry). Could you kindly point me to some good drug store brands? Many tks!

  53. Claudia says:

    Hi Luisa,
    Great post! Really important information!
    Please, I would really appreciate your answer on 2 questions:
    1.- What do you think about Neutrogena’s hydro boost line?
    2.- How about applying pure glycerin for moisturization?
    I’m looking for products for my dull, dry skin but I don’t have many choices here (latin america)
    Thank you!!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Claudia. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost is a terrible product. I don’t recommend it. If you want to hydrate through hyaluronic acid , take a look at my serum that probably contains 10X the % of the Neutrogena product. Applying pure glycerin would be extremely uncomfortable as it’s an extremely tacky viscous liquid.

  54. Jerrie Olinger says:

    Hi Luisa, great info that I wished I had came across years ago!! I too have used many skin care products from Mary Kay to Proactiv and Roden Fields . I am now using Nu Glow which I like. It is very simple two steps and I am done. When I first got it I thought this will never last as long as they say but it is very concentrated. Seems like the uglier the packaging and smaller it is the better it works for me. Thanks again for your info and responding as you do. I too found you through Quora.

  55. Jerrie Olinger says:

    Hi again Luisa I meant to ask you in my earlier comment about your recommendation for a good toner or astringent. I currently am using Rodan Fields Brightening . I have oily skin and I like to use a astringent especially in the summertime it seems to make my face feel cleaner.

    • Luisa says:

      I actually do not recommend any toner. I think they’re a waste of money. They don’t serve any purpose as they’re extremely diluted. If you really want to use something, just use witch hazel as astringent.

  56. Michael Doyle says:

    Hello nice info on this blog. Do you have any skin care recommendations for my idian wife looking for blemish and wrinkle help.
    Also Im an African American male what should i look for in facial products for moisturizing, blemish, and wrinkle?

  57. vania muller says:

    Hi Luisa
    Thank you for providing such great info , I’m so happy o found your blog . Could you share your opinion about skin ceuticals ? Blemish age defense and CE feurulic ?
    Thank you so much

    • Luisa says:

      Thank you. Bleimish age defense: active ingredients are okay, but I don’t like the first ingredient being alcohol which is never optimal for the skin. CE ferulic is okay, but other vitamin c derivates are more stable (for example sodium ascorbyl phosphate).

  58. Ashley says:

    Wow, thanks for such an informative article! I knew some of this but there was a lot I didn’t know. I’m excited to investigate some of my favorite brands to see if they’re actually worth it!

  59. Flower s says:

    Hello firstly let me say thank you for your posts and this blog my dream since a young girl was to have my own cosmetic brand empire(lol im ambitious)i truly am passionate about it thats why i never really understand how some of these brands have so much money to thier disposal but decide to put out crappy formulas but bedside the point i have a question do extracts really work do they really do something for the skin? Example like willow bark extract ect thank you once again ?

    • Luisa says:

      It depends on several factors including but not limited to the extraction method, percentage in the formula, how the plants have been grown and harvested.

  60. Francheska says:

    Hi! What is an anti wrinkle cream for face and eyes you reccomened,? I heard retinol is great what are the best brands that are the most natural in terms of no perfume and dyes? Also what do you think of vegan products? Do you thing the cerave brand is good for face wash and moisturising? Thank you!

    • Luisa says:

      I recommend retinol if wrinkles are already deep and/or you’re older than 45. Otherwise I recommend my Hyaluoronic acid serum which works well in reducing the appearance of superficial wrinkles. As fas as the brands, I like Paula’s Choice. Vegan products are perfectly fine as most of the active ingredients are made in the lab and have no animal origin. Cerave makes pretty good products.

  61. Linda says:

    Hi I was using Lush brand products to cleanse and moisturize my skin but was shocked to recently find out some products contain parabens. I have combination skin (dry cheek area, oily forehead and nose). Is there a cleanser and moisturizer and eye cream you would recommend? I am 47, no wrinkles yet and blemishes only during my period. Very very dark circles. I really found you article very informative. Do you have a blog we can follow?

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Linda, I always recommend micellar water as cleanser. I like the Bioderma one. Moisturizer I recommend the Dramatically Different by Clinique. You want to avoid moisturizers that contain oils where you have oily skin. The way to go to moisturize these areas is by using an oil-free moisturizer and or an oil free serum.

  62. Louise says:

    I’m still getting lost in ingredient lists and don’t have access to all the brands mentioned…which is disappointing. Eucerin seems to be considered good where I live. I think I previously liked Eucerin’s Hyaluron Filler line (from previous use) but now the ingredient list looks suboptimal. Thoughts?

    (Thanks for all the articles!)

    • Luisa says:

      If you enjoyed using Eucerin Hyaluron filler, you’d see more even more results using a product like the serum I make and sell. It contains 1% of High molecular weight hyaluronic acid so way more compared to the Eucerin one.

  63. Elisabeth says:

    Hi. What do you think of Sulwahsoo products especially the radiance energy mask and first care activating serum? I’ve lost the info leaflet and list on product is in Korean. Thanks

    • Luisa says:

      A lot of natural extracts but how concentrated are they? How were the plants grown and harvested? Impossible to know…This is why I’m not a fan of natural extracts unless it is possible to know their origin. I also don’t like the fact alcohol is listed as third ingredient.

      • Flower s says:

        Hello so what your saying is extracts work if they are pure and extracted the right way? Im just confused a little also what way should they be extracted for it to be pure ? Im asking as im intrested in having my own line someday and want to know the truth because alot of people claim so much thing about extracts and i just want to know the truth

        • Luisa says:

          Yes, correct. It also depends on how the plants were grown and harvested, how the extract has been obtained, its amount in the formula and so on. Unfortunately, marketing always plays a role when it comes to extracts. Several products only contain 0.1% of aqueous plant extracts. Obviously they won’t do anything in these conditions. The only extracts I recommend are those from Alban Muller. If you want to create your skincare line you should take a look at my ebook

  64. Nichole says:

    Hello, I found you on Quora and find your notes rather insightful and would like your opinion on the following products (do you recommend anything better or are these ok?). late 30s, “normal” skin, occasional t-zone hormonal breakouts, but focused on minimizing lines, wrinkles and reducing that “dull skin” look and feel.

    1. Botanic Tree Glycolic Acid face wash exfoliating cleanser
    2. L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer
    3. TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face
    4. Ever Skincare Youthful eye cream
    5. Philosophy microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel pads

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Nichole. Here are my thoughts. 1. okay but to give glycolic acid the chance to work you should leave it on a few minutes. Since you’re already using #5 as chemical exfoliants, you could also switch to another cleanser with no acids. #2 is okay for the price. #3 seems good based on the ingredients list. However be aware that most of the products on Amazon are of poor quality and or diluted. Fake reviews are also very common. Marketing is everything to sell on Amazon. #4 is a waste of money. No real ingredients. I would suggest the eye cream by Navinka skincare instead. #5 seems good but alcohol will dry out the skin. If possible opt for an exfoliant that does not contain it.

  65. Diego says:

    Hello, Luisa
    I want to congratulate you for such a thorough-written article! I found you through the Nivea Crème question on Quora (a product I currently use during nighttime) and now that I read your article and some comments, I would like to know your opinion on some products I’m very fond of:
    1. Clinique for Men’s Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer
    2. Lancôme’s Hydra Zen Beauty Facial Essence
    3. Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream
    4. Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Cleanser
    5. Clinique for Men’s oil control cleanser
    I am a 24 yo man with combination skin (oily t-zone, normal cheeks) with a 4-step daily skincare routine. I also use a combination of rose water, witch hazel water and a bit of glycerin as toner.
    I appreciate the time given to this! Keep up the good work!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Diego. I took a quick look at the ingredient lists for those products. #1 and #5 are a no. While I do think Clinique products are generally good, these two aren’t. The moisturizer is not very moisturizing and the cleanser is too aggressive. It makes your skin produce even more oil. #2 is a facial essence…nice feel but not necessary. #3 and #4 are very good products you should maintain in your routine.

  66. Taise says:

    Olá, muito interessante o seu artigo… Alguns tipos de espinhas viram pequenas feridinhas que após sua cicatrização ficam manchinhas escuras, quais substâncias ou produtos são bons para a remoção dessas manchinhas?
    Desde já muito obrigada.

  67. Iryna says:

    Dear Luisa, your article is very interesting and valuable. I would like to read more information like this written by a real expert in cosmetics area. There are so many posts and videos everywhere on the internet, but one can not trust and rely on these posts anymore (as most of them are not true, posted in return of commissions). Your article has facts, is built on real scientific investigations. Please, keep writing! Big thank you for your work!

    Could you please help me to choose morning and evening routine? I am 29, my skin is oily in the T zone, my pores on nose and partly on cheeks (close to the nose) are visible, there are blackheads on my nose.

    Currently I am using Garnier Micellar Water, La Roche-Posay MICELLAR FOAMING WATER FACE CLEANSER, Clinique moisture surge 72-hour auto-replenishing hydrator. What do you think about these items?

    • Luisa says:

      Yes, your routine is fine. The Clinique moisturizer is okay for oily skin. Consider adding some blackheads patches or strips to your routine. This should be done every 7 to 10 days.

  68. Rose says:

    This is very interesting and helpful.
    Please i have been using fair and white gold 3 for long but it doesn’t remove spot although i don’t like brightening or lightening product. I’m considering olay or qei+ Paris. I’m 29.

    • Luisa says:

      unfortunately those products won’t work. Don’t waste your money. Spots cannot be removed just by using a cream. You probably need laser. However you can reduce their appearance with certain ingredients such as niacinamide and sodium ascorbyl phosphate.

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Lauren, ingredients are okay for a moisturizer. Considering it contains CBD , the product is not overpriced either. This kind of moisturizer works especially well for oily skin.

  69. Shantz says:

    Hi Luisa

    Absolutely great article. I feel so informed and gobsmacked that I fell for the marketing tac tics of these expensive brands.

    I’m 29, of indian descent and have combination skin. I have enlarged pores on my nose and the area of my skin surrounding my nose. I’ve tried micro needling and I feel like it made the pores slightly larger. I also have slight hyperpigmentation around my mouth, forehead and neck.

    I still need to do research and decide which would be the best product for me. I was hoping you could give me advice about which ingredients to look out for, particularly for the enlarged pores and pigmentation.

    Thank you for your time! Looking forward to browsing your site.

  70. Ayesha says:

    I’m 20 years old and also had acne
    I want clear skin but my skin had acne marks and now i feel wrinkles on my forehead and also on my cheaks ?

    • Luisa says:

      You can’t possibly have wrinkles at 20 ! As far as the acne, at your age, it’s mostly hormonal. It will probably go away by itself. In the meantime, reduce the amount of dairy you consume, use products that are oil free and suited for acne skin ( especially salicylic acid )

  71. Emma says:

    Hey Luisa,
    I’m 56, have a little dry skin but a bit oily on the nose, and prone to acne with any beauty cream, even those for acne prone. Looks like I can’t stand anything that is occlusive. In the following hour I have pimps around the mouth zone or nose.
    The only products I have lately found that don’t give me blemishes or acne and give me a nice hydrating feel and look -even if not enough- are two from AHAVA brand that works with Dead Sea extracts. What do you think of :
    And what would you suggest to hydrate without blemishes ?
    Thanks a lot.

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Emma. The moisturizer seems okay. The serum contains many different oils. Therefore, I would avoid it in the area where your skin is already oily. May I suggest you try out hyaluronic acid serum which is not occlusive and highly moisturizing?

  72. sam says:

    Hello! what do you think of these two products in Monat
    1)30 second miracle instant perfector ($90)
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol.

    2)rewind control nectar ($120)
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Sodium Phytate, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Dextran, Citric Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbet


    • Luisa says:

      Hi Sam. I agree. Both products are SUPER overpriced. Not worth the cost. All those “extracts” are basically nothing but fancy names for water …

  73. Kelly Budnik says:

    Hi, thank you for your candor about beauty products. I have recently undergone breast cancer surgery and have to take an estrogen inhibitor. I am trying to find a good toner. I have started using the Tatcha brand cleansing oil which is supposed to be less drying. I was using organic rosewater toner and found that to be too drying. I need all the ingredients to be organic and natural due to the cancer.

    Please let me know what you think. I have recently purchased your hyaluronic acid serum. I hope it adds moisture. The last one I used did not do what it claimed.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Kelly! I actually think toners are useless -but perhaps you mean a cleanser since you mentioned the Tatcha product. If you read the ingredients, you ‘ll see IT IS NOT natural. Therefore, you might want to try some other oil cleansers. We do make one, if interested.

  74. Kayleigh says:

    Heya luisa,

    This is such a helpful Great post! I have wasted so much on skincare and makeup that don’t work and it’s so frustrating. Please could you tell me if you would recommend nip and fab brand and murad.

    • Luisa says:

      You’re pretty good when it comes to choosing skincare products. As far as nip and fab , I would stick to the products they call “extreme” because the others are not as good. Murad retinol night cream is pretty good. You’ll see that the active ingredient retinol (retinyl propionate) is not confined at the end. Also they post photos that are actually real.

      • Kayleigh says:

        Thankyou for your expertise advice, ah thanks! I do a lot of research on the internet (that’s how I found your great post :). I have noticed since using nip and fab vitamin c my skin is a lot better. It’s not expensive so I do love it, I’m glad you said it’s a good brand, I’m going to stick to the nip and fab but look for the extreme sticker 🙂 I will invest in the murad followed by Paula’s choice as that was a skincare brand I’ve been looking at previously and have noticed it’s been mentioned here a lot. I noticed nip and fab does the quick small ingredients and the good stuff at the top** which I was pleased about as I didn’t have a clue about this until I read your post so I ran to the bathroom to check… it was good to see only three ingredients with the best first. Thanks for your fab post and your reply much appreciated

  75. Nicky says:

    Luisa, you are incredible! I recently found you on Quora and I’m in awe of how much of your time and expertise you offer for free. I wish I lived in the US so that I could buy your products! Instead, I’m scouring your writing for tips to figure out how to look after my skin.

    I’m 38 and haven’t paid any attention to the world of cosmetics until now. I never use soap, very rarely wear make up, and cleanse and moisturize mostly with cold pressed, organic jojoba oil. Sometimes I’ll add a few drops of essential oils to my face oil (highly diluted) or some almond or argan oil in the winter. Now that I’m noticing the start of wrinkles around my mouth and textured skin on my cheeks, I’m feeling the need to start some kind of routine.

    I always had sensitive, oily skin which I think kept me looking young, but recently I’m noticing a lot of flaky, dry skin around my nose. Based on reading your generous writing, I’ve decided on some items and would love your thoughts on others:

    Cleanser – Micellar water by Bioderma (not sure which one yet)
    Exfoliant – NeedCrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals, will probably use this in some jojoba oil
    Moisturizer – Here I’m a bit stuck. You mention Clinique and The Ordinary, but both of their moisturizers are mainly water. I’m hoping to find a serum/cream combination that includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Any suggestions please?

    All the best to you with your business!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Nicky, thank you for your comment. Where do you live? If you live in Europe, take a look at a brand called Bionike. They have very good products. The only Clinique Moisturizer I recommend is the “Dramatically different” one. All others are nothing special. It is a pure moisturizer meaning it is not going to help with anti aging. I would recommend the Barrier Repair with retinol moisturizer from Paula’s Choice. Feel free to send me an email if you can’t get any of these.

  76. Melanie Hillier says:

    Once again, thank you for your valuable time in answering our questions.
    I am 58 very dry skin with and new wrinkles appearing daily!

    What are your thoughts of applying a layer of oil (such as rose hip) before the moisturiser, do you think this is helpful or hinders the uptake of the moisturising product?

    Kind Regards

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Melanie, I think it’s helpful. I do it as well especially when I must apply foundation on top of everything. However, oils don’t really have any benefit besides making the outer layer of the skin soft.

  77. Flower s says:

    Hello i was wondering if you can give some honest advice as you seem very honest and genuine (thank you for that ?) i make my own soap using the cold process method ,someday i will like to sell it. Handmade soap has a higher ph as you may know however my family as well as i have used my soap and it has not cause any problems my question is since handmade soap is a wash of product will it still be ok to sell even though it has a natrually high ph i ask because i wouldnt want to harm any one who might us emy product and in my research i have learned about ph and the skin mantle ect and ive also learn that even water can disrupt the ph mantle for a while so i was wondering is naturally soap safe to sell and use thank you for your time?

      • Flower s says:

        Thank you for the response so its ok to sell as well right? what about babies is it ok to use it on them im asking because i will like to let people know because i hear read alot of things about how natural soap is bad for the skin is, is that true thank you.

  78. Flower s says:

    Thank you for the response so its ok to sell as well right? what about babies is it ok to use it on them im asking because i will like to let people know.

  79. Elsa says:

    Hi Luisa, many thanks for your article and your advice! I found you on Quora and I landed on this post, which was really interesting to read!

    I wanted to ask you some advice: I’m 35, some wrinkles and lines are starting to appear on my face, and I would like to act to minimize them. I usually use the products of La Roche-Posay for my skincare: Effaclar Gel Moussant to clean in the morning and at night, and Hydraphase UV Intense Legere as hydrating cream (what do you think of those products?). My skin type is mixed, but it gets drier in the cold seasons.
    I would like to start using an anti-aging cream and/or serum to minimize the formation of new wrinkles. I’ve seen your serum and I would give it a try if I were living in the US! Actually, I’ve read a lot about The Ordinary, which I can buy where I live (Switzerland), and I would like to ask if you have any recommendation about a good product of this brand for my skin and age.

    Thank you in advance!

  80. Cryshal says:

    What is your opinion on the decim brand products? I just purchased them. I need help with dry skin that also haelps redness. I have rosacea. I am also interesting I’m something with anti aging. Thank you!

  81. Diego says:

    Hello again, Luisa!
    I recently became interested on some serums I have seen and I was wondering if two of them were worth the price and the others just worthy at all. There’s also this facial cleanser I’d like to know if it’s any good. The products are:

    1. Dior Capture Youth age-delay plumping serum
    2. Dior Capture Youth Matte Mazimizer mattifying serum
    3. La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum
    4. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum
    5. Bioderma Sensibio mild cleansing foaming gel

    Thank you in advance for your helpful insights!

  82. Xavier Joaquin says:

    Hi thanks for the wonderful information on skin care, am Dini and am 28 am suffering from serious stretch marks on my skin this is due to the fact that I didn’t know my skin type and I was using the wrong lotions on my skin ,so pls can u help with some tips on how to know my skin type and some ingredients which can help reduce the appearance of these stretch marks. Thanks very much and may God bless u

  83. Yogic Wellness Secrets says:

    Any skin problems like acne or freckles are the external manifestation of internal disorder.
    Ayurveda says that one must check their Doshas to repair internally.
    Besides they can apply externally products (natural and homemade) to take extra care of the skin.

  84. Carine Bea says:

    OMG, I love this article. I always try to understand products and never pay a fortune for some moisturise, they will not make a miracle in my skin. Thanks for sharing Luisa beijo

  85. Tess says:

    Hi Luisa! I found you on Quora, thank you for the informative article. I am a 33 year old female, in a dry climate (Las Vegas, NV) and my skin tends to be dry. I am just now starting to get into skin care. I am interested in a regamine to help with fine lines and wrinkles as well as dark circles. In the past I did all of the wrong things; sleeping in makeup, washing my face with dove soap or even worse sometimes liquid hand soap, a lot of tanning beds and weight fluctuations. Over the past few years I have tried to do better, but I still don’t think I’m doing it right. The products I am currently using:
    Neutrogina make up remover wipes nightly
    Occasionally Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser
    CeraVe PM facial moisturizing lotion nightly
    Dermalogica intensive eye repair nightly
    Occasionally Dermalogica skin prep scrub
    And I just started using Dermalogica biolumin-c serum nightly
    Are these products good or are there other products that would be better?
    As far as a daily/nightly routine, what would you recommend?
    Thank you!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi there! Please remember that the real magic happens when you change your lifestyle. With that being said, I think most of the products you’re using are okay. I probably would replace the Biolumin c serum. I’ve seen vitamin C serums that are way more potent and less expensive (for example the Ordinary one).

  86. kirsten kessey says:

    great questions & answers!!! my questions: 1) if niacinamide is good for lightening dark spots why not just crush a pill & apply paste or add to cream to area at night? 2) as for desirable ingredients in a cream are there concentrated creams containing these ingredients & if not why? 3) are there professional treatments (facials/masks) that are intermittently used that are helpful? 4) is there any advantage to alternating products during the week? for example an ha product one night & b3/c the next? 5) is it true that if u take niacin at night after applying cream it improve absorption? thx 🙂 i am 62, try to eat healthy yet spent a lot of time in the sun in my youth. wear sunscreen faithfully, active & proactive on health.

    • Luisa says:

      1) Because active ingredients need to be solubilized in order to act. 2) Yes, there are. What particular ingredients are you referring to? 3) No. Professional treatments are the same as conventional treatments. Using something intermittently doesn’t work unless it’s intermittent fasting. 4) No, you need to stick to a product to see benefits for at least 30 days. 5) No, it’s a myth.

  87. Sophie says:

    Hi Luisa,

    I found your tips very helpful, but still very hard to just FIND the right products. I will order your hyaluronic acid serum, can’t wait to try it!

    Do you have any product recommendations for a moisturizer? I’ve been using Kiehl’s ultra face cream/cleanser and tonic for a while, what is your opinion on those products?

    And what is the best Vitamin C serum out there, in your opinion?

    Thanks for your time and effort!

    • Luisa says:

      The Kiehl’s cleanser is not a bad product, but personally I find it too harsh to be used every day. I still believe micellar water is mild and still cleans well. My favorite Vitamin C serum is from paula’s Choice – C15 super booster. As far as the moisturizer, we just launched one but don’t feel obligated to buy it. I do believe the Clinique dramatically different moisturizer is the best one (among competitors). Be safe and well!

  88. Sophie says:

    Hi Luisa,
    Thanks for commenting on these products via email. Posting it here so others can learn from it as well.

    The ordinary vitamin c serum

    Total fraud. In order to exert their action, ingredients MUST be solubilized. Powders particle size is just to big to penetrate the skin and do something.

    The ordinary retinoid 5pct

    Good product, recommended.

    The ordinary hyaluronic acid

    Low and medium molecular weight HA has been shown to be pro-inflammatory. This is why the HA serum I developed only contain high molecular weight HA which is the only ONE that works as humectant and occlusive.

    The ordinary sunscreen

    Nothing special, just a regular sunscreen. Since it is fairly priced, it’s a YES.

  89. Mark C. James says:

    I have incredibly dry skin also because of dermatitis. I would recommend castor oil, which I requested through Amazon. It’s sufficiently thick to remain on my skin like Vaseline however assimilates much better. I have likewise discovered containers of custom made skin creams at ranchers markets made with shea margarine and other normal oils and fundamental oils to be useful too.

    • Luisa says:

      Yes, but nobody likes to put plain oil or butter on the skin because of the greasiness. This is why cosmetic chemists come up with amazing formulations that feel good and also have benefits.

    • Pakeeza says:

      I loved your article. I would love to know your opinion on Caudalie products especially their hydrating serum. Thanks

      • Luisa says:

        It’s funny my mom asked me about Caudalie products this morning! The Vinosource hydrating serum doesn’t really contain anything special. Yes, there’s hyaluronic acid but the amount is low. I don’t think grape water hydrates the skin. Hydration comes from the presence of glycerin and butylene glycol, but why would you pay $49 for that? It’s overpriced.

        • Pakeeza says:

          Thank you for replying. I’m glad your mom is interested in caudalie as well. They have two serums -vinosource and vinoperfect. Is your opinion the same for the vinoperfect serum as well? Also what are your thoughts on the dermalogica daily exfoliant ? Thank you

        • Pakeeza says:

          Thank you for replying. I’m glad your mom is interested in caudalie as well. Caudalie has two serums- vinosource and vinoperfect. Is your opinion the same for vinoperfect as well. I checked to see and vinoperfect has less ingredients than vinosource. Also, I would like to know your thoughts on the dermalogica exfoliant and skin ceuticals Vitamin C serum. It is very expensive but I’m interested in the ingredients and it’s ability to do what it claims. Thank you

          • Luisa says:

            Dermalogica products are overpriced. The Skinceuticals vitamin C+E+ ferulic seems to be properly formulated. It is worth a try.

  90. Sumaira says:

    Hi Luisa
    I got you on quora.
    First of all thank you for your contributions in people’s wellbeing.
    We are looking forward more by you.
    I need your recommendations for products which are not expensive. As I belong to a third world country Pakistan. All the recommended products price in our country starts by 4000PKR. Here 1$=162PKR.
    So we cannot afford these products on daily basis.
    I am Sumaira. 36 years old having T zone oily and cheeks normal. I have acne on T zone and sometimes on cheeks.
    Kindly suggest affordable
    Micellar water

    Thanks and Regards

  91. Pranati says:

    Hey Luisa ! Your article was amazing ! I liked it a lot. Well I’m 21, from India and honestly, I’ve never faced anything bad that has happened to my skin. It’s clear and good. I just have too many freckles but I guess that’s okay. Should I start using proper skincare routine or not?

    • Luisa says:

      You’re a very lucky woman and we all envy you haha! Freckles are very cute, too. I would still use some basic skincare products if you feel you need to. For example a moisturizer when/if you feel your skin is a bit tight or a gentle cleanser.

  92. Valerie Jones says:

    Wow!! I’m in love with your honesty!! This is the info I’ve been searching for!! I was about to purchase the Ordinary entire line; so glad I read this first! Learning that a line can have good and bad products. I’m 55 and recently developed super super dry skin, but some breakouts which I’ve never had in my life. I’m blaming it on menopause! So rose oil has no long term effects? I just starting using it and it does help with the appearance of the dryness when using foundation. I used to have beautiful skin, and now I feel so ugly. Putting on makeup is totally frustrating it all looks bad. (Foundation that is) but my bare face is bad too because of these red spots from breakout. Derm put me on antibiotics and that helped breakouts, but the red spots are left over.
    Sorry to go on and on. I was wondering if there is any kind of chemical peel or some serious skin removal I can do at home? We are quarantined so I can’t go to derm…

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Valerie, thank you for leaving this comment! Menopause could definitely be the cause for the breakouts because of the hormonal rollercoaster. Removing the spots acne left using skincare products only is actually more difficult than getting rid of acne itself. Here’s what I do: exfoliate using alumina crystals that mimic microdermabrasion. Rose hip oil acts on your skin’s surface making it softer and lubricated. This is why it makes easier to apply foundation on top of that. However, it doesn’t do anything for the breakouts and it is not long term hydration. Since it looks like we have the same problem, I feel free to share what I do: before I apply the foundation, I use a green concealer. The green works with the red of the skin neutralizing it. Hope this helps!

      • Valerie Jones says:

        Oh thank you so much!!! 1 more quick question…what’s your opinion of Clarins Pore Control? I was told it has long term / lasting benefits for shrinking pores,; as a primer it doesn’t seem that great. What is your preferred primer?

  93. Karen Farmer says:

    Hi Luisa – I discovered you through Quora and found this information very helpful! I’m interested in your opinion about 4 particular products by Peter Thomas Roth:

    1. Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum

    2. FirmX360 Eye Renewal (I’m 55 and really looking for something that addresses crepey skin around the eyes)

    3. FirmXCollagen Moisturizer

    4. Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer (It almost has your top 3 No-nos for more than $10 as first 3 ingredients…)

    I like the ‘feel’ of these products more than many of the other brands that I’ve tried, and while I get better ‘deals’ by buying bundles of products on QVC than buying each item separately, I’m not sure that the money is being well spent. Thanks for any information!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Karen. I really like the first product you linked. Not many ingredients with a pretty high amount of retinol. Good choice. The second one doesn’t really contain any active ingredient beside a peptide- since you’re 55 I think you’ll see way more results using the first product. The third product is okay. They claim it contains collagen , but we know collagen is too big to pass the skin and be absorbed. Other than that, ingredients are okay. The claims on the 4th product are misleading as well. They make it sound like it contains 30% HA which is simply impossible. They probably used 30% of a 1% HA solution which brings the amount of HA to 0.3% (1/100*30= 0.3)—a little bit low. Anyway, if something works for you by any mean use it!

      • Karen E Farmer says:

        Thanks so much for your input Luisa! I remember that collagen was a ‘buzz ingredient’ about a decade ago and it seems to be making a comeback (marketing-wise) though I’d read, as you mention, that collagen is too large of a molecule to be absorbed so I don’t put much faith in that. Glad to hear that the retinol product sounds good. I’d heard from someone selling a yellow tinted retinol cream that a product had to be ‘yellow’ or the concentration of retinol wasn’t high enough to be effective…but I’d also read elsewhere that other ingredients can cause a cream to be ‘yellow’ so I doubted the claims of the person trying to sell me her yellow retinol cream, lol. I’m looking forward to more of your emails.

        • Luisa says:

          Hi Karen! Lol. That’s because retinol is yellow, but the final color depends on many different factors…and like you said some companies just add a drop of colorant.

  94. Caroline Giroux says:

    Hi Luisa, thank you for such a thorough review and the time you take to answer people’s comments!
    I’m 24 and live in Canada but regularly travel to Spain and Germany. I eat well and exercise a couple times per week. I chose Lush’s products because they are easy to find and many of them are zero waste or there is a possibility to recycle them. I also feel like their ingredients are in harmony with the environment and they treat their employees well.
    I have an oily T zone, and am still trying to find the best fit for me. I tried all of their face soaps (Coalface, Fresh Farmacy and Movis), I then apply their toner Tea Tree Water and then their Vanishing Cream to moisturize.
    Do you have any insight in their face soaps? Does my routine (washing-tonifying-moisturizing) makes sense to you?
    I know Lush is fancy but it’s the moment of the day where I feel like i really take care of myself. And maybe it’s because I didn’t do much before for my skin, but I have seen a difference since using their products and always respecting my skin care routine.
    What is your general opinion on Lush’s skin care products? Which face soap would be best? Are the toner and face cream I use any good?
    Thank you so much, I am looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Caroline, I was wondering why nobody asked about Lush! I really like their environmental friendly approach. The products are okay if you don’t have particular skin concerns. They’re fairly priced but don’t really contain actives to target some of the most common skin concerns. This is perfectly fine if you just want to have a skincare routine and are still too young to worry about wrinkles and stuff :))) I don’t think their soaps could work for oily skin. I do believe you should use micellar water instead. I also found Lush Tea tree toner that could help with your oily skin. Let me know!

  95. Christina says:

    Hi Luisa,
    Have loved reading your article and comments above, and since the Covid-19 lockdown I’ve had more time to do things I haven’t had before, one of which is to research and improve my skincare (36years old, combination, with sun damage) I have taken notes on the best products you highlighted, however I have been thinking about looking for even if just one product made in Spain (live in the southern Andalucia region) in aid of boosting the local economy. I have come across this ‘natural’ product, states it contains an endemic algae, plus hyaluronic acid & AHA’s, with SPF15. The ingredients below are for their oily skin type cream, would really appreciate your thoughts, thanks in advance. (p.s. i use caudalie premir precious oil , nivea moisturiser, and dove soap plus loreal pure clay glow facial scrub, and sometimes castor oil – all a bit random to be honest) – (therefore really want to get a grip on a good skincare routine, particularly with having hyperpigmentation from the sun out here!)


    • Luisa says:

      This is a okay product as sunscreen, but that’s it. It won’t do much besides protecting you from UV rays. It does contain some emollient ingredients which will make your skin feel soft, but it is not for long term hydration.

  96. Kiza says:

    Hi. I wanted to know your thoughts on these products.
    1. drunk elephant vitamin C serum
    2. Dr Dennis Gross universal peel
    3. Sunday Riley vitamin C serum.
    Thank you

    • Luisa says:

      #1 seems to be more effective than #3 as it contains pure vitamin C ascorbic acid. #2 seems effective, but they don’t declare the % of the acids in the product so I can’t really tell.

  97. Kim says:

    Hi Luisa! Thanks so much for an informative article! I just realized my moisturizer contained water , glycerin, and alcohol in the top 5 ingredients 🙁 So i’m looking for a new one with SPF in it which is cruelty free, could you recommend something for someone in their twenties with fair pale skin? I have easy skin 🙂 no acne problems, not oily, a bit dehydrated at times is all. But I live in Italy so I need constant SPF!

  98. Jenn says:

    Hi Luisa
    I’d love to get your thoughts on the following products:

    1) The Ordinary Alpha Arbutrin 2% + HA

    2) The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate 20% Solution in Vitamin F

    3) The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

    4) Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

    Also, do you suggest mineral sunscreens over the chemical ones? Do you have a sunscreen recommendation for the face?
    Thanks for your time!

    • Luisa says:

      hi! #1,2, and 3 are effective products. #4 , besides being overpriced, does not contain any valuable ingredient at a reasonable percentage. Therefore, I do not recommend that moisturizer at all.

  99. Tess says:

    Dear Luisa,
    Thank you for being such an amazing resource!
    I need a new, simple, inexpensive skin care regime. I am 55, live at 9000′ altitude, have always had oily/acne prone skin, and now it is also dry and wrinkly (lucky me!). Can you recommend a serum and a moisturizer that will plump but won’t clog my large pores? Anything else you would suggest? Thank you so much!

    • Luisa says:

      My hyaluronic acid serum plump and definitely does not clog pores. As a moisturizer for oily skin, I would recommend the Bioderma Sebium line. Do not buy my moisturizer because it is not intended for oily skin; it would be a waste of money.

      • Tess says:

        Dear Luisa,
        Thank you so much for your moisturizer recommendation and your forthrightness about the inappropriateness of your own product for my oily skin. I am so appreciative — will definitely put in an order for your hyaluronic acid serum. Thank you, again for your transparent and ethical approach to skincare!

  100. Flower says:

    Hello i asked this before but didnt provide some info so i hope you can help me my cold process soap has a ph of 9-10 what i use is 100 percent vegtable oil ex.olive oil and coconut oil i am wondering if that may be bad for my skin i will like to sell cold process soap but am worried about soap that are cold processed with lye because because of the ph mantel is it true cold process soap is bad for skin in general or is that a myth?thank you

  101. misadoll says:

    thank you for your informative blog and taking the time to answer our questions. i’m in my early 30s with sensitive combination skin with large pores. i was told by a skincare counter lady, who measured the hydration/moisture levels and texture of my skin with a machine, that i don’t really need to exfoliate because my skin seems to be shedding too quickly as it is.
    i want to plump and strengthen to prevent lines and improve texture. i’m considering microneedling. what do you recommend as the best product to apply immediately following a microneedling session to stimulate collagen etc production?
    i’ve been trying essences and ampoules with probiotics and recently propolis. i often look for products with squalene, hyuralonic acid and macadamia nut oil. in the warmer months i also try to use lighter products with centella, niacin.
    what do you think about these products? do you think it’s better to use multiple products of the same series together for better results or is it ok to use various ones from different lines with different ingredients? is it bad to change products even month or so?

    1. hera signia water & hera signia emulsion
    2. skinfood royal honey propolis enrich essence
    3. vichy aqualia thermal cream riche
    4. some by mi AHA BHA PHA centella 30 days miracle cream
    5. SUQQU moisture serum cream
    6. AHC ageless real eye cream for face
    7. manyo galactomy niacin essence
    8. manyo bifida complex ampoule

    thank you (*´ㅈ`*)♡

    • Luisa says:

      Hi there! I recommend our hyaluronic acid serum after microneedling procedure because it’s made with only high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. I would recommend to stick with one or two ingredients for at least 21 days. If you don’t see results, change product.

  102. marisa says:

    Hola, felicidades por tus valiosos comentarios.
    Tu opinión de los productos Mary Kay (cremas para el cuidado de la piel , y los de la linea de Anew (mascarilla en gel con acido hialuronico y antioxidantes)

      • Glenda Toon says:

        Love your article and helpful advice. I live in New Zealand and the sun has left its Mark’s on my skin now that I’m 70.
        My body is very dry and flaky and my face is dry.
        How do I tell if the skin is dehydrated or just dry?
        What type of product differentiates between the two conditions?

        • Luisa says:

          Dry skin peels off while dehydrated looks flaky, dull, thin, and with fine lines. For dehydrated skin I suggest you use my hyaluronic acid serum while you should use the moisturizer if it’s dry.

  103. Gerard says:

    Hi Luisa! I sent a comment before about Neora creams…. I guess that because I added a link maybe it was sent to the spam folder…. so… i just wanted to sent a new question without links so hopefully it goes to your inbox now. I’m really looking forward to your expert opinion on neora creams.

      • Gerard says:

        Thanks for the response.

        Well, in that case, I”ll like you to review the night cream, please =]

        Thanks so much! (And sorry for my english)

  104. Eva says:

    Hi Luisa – you are one refreshing intelligent smart informed voice in this immense cosmetic jungle!
    Applied knowledge – that makes for good skin care.
    Thoroughly enjoyed your patient responses to your followers’ questions.
    Now I have a question: I am 77 (and 1/4!) years old, my skin is in good condition due to diligent skincare.
    Been reading ingredient lists forever!
    Now my lower jawline is giving into gravity. Have started facial exercises, sometimes called Face Yoga .
    I believe in exercising but do scrunching and grinning movements of the face really tighten skin and contoures?

  105. Guru Tatineni says:

    Really nice post. Thanks for sharing such a informative post. I have a large collection of natural and organic skincare products. If anyone interested to buy natural skincare products online then visit our website and buy according to your choice.

  106. Natacha M says:

    Hi Luiza,

    I am a 31 year old black girl and I have normal skin type. I had been using Clinique for 10 years but I last year I started having sun damage and blemishes on my skin. I also started having periods pimples. Anyways, i came across this brand called Lavelier and started using their face peel, moisturizer and vitamin C. The blemishes have gone away and my skin feels and looks great. However this brand is expensive. The moisturizer is $300 and only lasts about 3 months and the vitamin C is $400. What brand would you recommend? How many products should One use? I don’t have a clear routine and know nothing about that. Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated.

    • Luisa says:

      Those products you mentioned are good , but definitely overpriced. I would suggest you look into Paula’s Choice and the Ordinary. You shouldn’t be using a lot of products. For example, a moisturizer is not always required.

  107. Leo says:

    Hi Luisa!
    I really apreciated your article and your hard work. Please continue posting more about beauty products in your blog!
    I usually do my research before buying products since most of the brands promises the same miracles, but with different costs.
    I always had my doubts about toners and eye creams. I’ve tried several times using different toners (Im using the Body Shop Aloe Vera toner) and my skin everytime breaks out, even without alcohol in the formula. Do you really think toners are essential? Everybody (including skin experts on the web) claims toners are indispensable step due to pH balance and that it helps absorb the next skin products, but I can’t find further information.
    My other question is: What’s the difference between face and eyes moisturizers that justify the huge price gap?. I used to spend a lot of money with eye creams. Recently I tried my serum (La roche Hyalu B5) on my eyes area, which the product recommends to avoid, and no adverse effects happened, and It felt good actually. Now Im using it with bepantol gel everyday.

    • Luisa says:

      Hi Leo, it’s funny because I say toners are useless…the skin cells regulate their pH through physiological mechanisms, they obviously don’t need a toner to do that! Sometimes a toner can be used if there’s still some dirt after cleansing, but it’s not always the case. Usually eye creams have a different pH as they need to be applied to the eye area, but nothing it is going to happen if you apply regular creams there. Think about sunscreen, we apply in that area with no issues or whatsoever so why would it be different for any other moisturizer? Since you like the HA serum by La Roche Posay, you might want to try the one I created as well. Take a look here

      • Leo says:

        Thanks Luisa!
        What about those thermal waters? Do you think it really makes any difference? Vichy launched the Mineral 89 which has concentrated thermal water with HA for +- 30 dollars (50ml) in Brazil.
        OBS: I really liked your products and certainly I would use them, but sadly I don’t live in US.

        • Luisa says:

          Leo, for some weird reasons I’ve always been a fan of those French thermal waters! I think their marketing resonates with me even though consciously I know they’re a gimmick. I am sure they somehow treat/purify the water thus making it losing its properties. Otherwise we could just use mountain spring water to make products…no , water needs to have a low level of contaminants, metals, and impurities. I doubt thermal water has naturally these characteristics if you know what I mean! 😉

  108. Sophia says:

    Hey Luisa!
    Thank you so much for your honesty and helping us make an informed choices. My youngest sister have wide acne dark spots that covered her cheeks. She is so conscious of it and it affects her self esteem. The medicine she was given were harsh to her skin and to this day she has continued to apply home remedies that I believe are making her condition worse.
    Your advice would mean the world to
    us. Thank you

  109. lindapuspita25 says:

    Hello, I’m a 20-year-old woman. I come from the continent of Asia (Indonesia). in the area I live in a tropical climate during the day the weather here is very hot and hot, so my skin becomes easily red, sweaty, oily, dull, and clogged pores in the cheeks and forehead area. Do you have a solution for my skin? and what type of skin type am I? feels oily on the outside but inside the skin feels dry so it looks like wrinkles on the outer layer of skin

    • Luisa says:

      Do you wear sunscreen? I hope you do. It seems to me your skin is dehydrated. Since the climate where you are is humid, I think a hyaluronic acid serum would work.

      • lindapuspita25 says:

        yes i use sunscreen, but what about my clogged pores? if I use salicylic acid, my skin will get dry ?

          • lindapuspita25 says:

            in what form is salicylic acid? wash your face, moisturizer or serum? and one more my skin feels dry when double cleansing using micelle water, do I have to clean twice as much even when doing activities at home? and do I have to use micelle water or milk cleanser as my first cleanser?

  110. Doris says:

    Thank you Luisa for this thorough insight in the industry.
    What products / treatment would you recommend for “strawberry legs”. I already switched from razor to waxing and started to exfoliate the legs which makes a difference. Some articles recommended salicylic toner and aloe vera for moisturizing. I am struggling to pick a good salicylic toner. I also have some scars/marks on the legs. What product could I use to make them disappear faster? Thank you!

  111. Elsa says:

    Hi Luisa,
    Many thanks for answering all your readers’ questions!

    I’d love to hear your opinion on the following “The Ordinary” products:
    1) “Buffet”
    2) Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
    3) Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
    4) 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
    They suggest to use them in the regimen for general signs of age on their website (, do you think it is a good skincare ritual? And what do you think of these products?

    • Luisa says:

      Wow you’re asking a lot of things here! It would be more practical to answer through a video so I’ll answer live on Wednesday on Instagram. Don’t worry if you can’t attend , you’ll find it later on my profile.

      • Elsa says:

        Thank you Luisa. Unfortunately I don’t use Instagram, so I would be very happy if you could please share the video also on your Facebook page or Youtube channel 🙂

        • Luisa says:

          Yes. I’ll be discussing this on Facebook as well. Live stays recorded on the page. I’ll talk about these products today 7.8.20 at 12 pm PST. Hope you can join.

  112. Emina says:

    Hi Luisa! As many here, I saw your answer on Quora, it was incredibly helpful so thank you for that! I have a quite specific problem… I’m now 31 years old and I was diagnosed with systematic schlerodermia in 2012. When I enter a drug store, all face creams pride themselves in containing collagen. If there’s one thing that I don’t need in my life, it’s more collagen. Because of my condition, my skin is dry (and is barely stretchable), but I have an oily T-zone. I’ve recently discovered CeraVe through Google search and it sounds promising. I haven’t seen it available in my country (Croatia), but I can purchase it online from international retailers if that’s something that would be good for me. Are there special ingredients that I should look for (or any other I should avoid considering my condition)? Thank you in advance! 🙂

    • Luisa says:

      I’m not familiar with your condition because I am not a dermatologist. I don’t feel comfortable giving advice on something I don’t know. Sor