My “Less is More” Skincare Routine

March 20, 2019

I used to relish in my long nightly skincare routine before bed. It was my ritual, how I’d wind down and prep myself for the evening. It was relaxing, soothing and stress-relieving. My morning routine was the same, peaceful, relaxing and setting me up for the start of a new day.

Then I had a kid.

Mornings leave me very little time to for some fancy skincare routine, and by nighttime, I’m tired. I still love my nightly skincare routine, but I want it to be quick, effective and easy so I can get in bed and go to sleep earlier or read a book! It’s funny how priorities change over the years, isn’t it?

Over the past few months I’ve introduced several new things in my ongoing attempt to get healthy, radiant and glowing skin—more of which I’m sharing in a post later this month. I’m a firm believer that our skin needs different things at different times, and switching up your routine here and there can be good for you, just don’t switch it up every other week or month.

What I’ve found lately is that mine has needed gentle, healing support—so, that’s what I’m giving it!

Here’s my simplified, healing and gentle skincare routine for both morning and night:


Rinse instead of wash

This is new to me, but I can’t believe how much it’s helped. Instead of washing my face in the morning, I simply rinse it with warm water. It helps wake me up, but doesn’t immediately strip my skin of all the good oils. I pat it dry and move onto the next step.

Balancing Mist

I spritz this balancing mist all over my face. I find that it helps balance oil production throughout the day and helps absorb my moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated. Another good option is to mix witch hazel with a few drops of tea tree (oily/breakout prone skin) or frankincense (all skin types) essential oils in a spray bottle and spritz that on your face.


A few weeks ago, I shared my recipes for face serums, and my “Clear” serum has been acting as my moisturizer for the past month. I drop about 3-5 drops onto clean fingers and massage into my skin while my face is still a little bit damp from the mist. I do it this way so it spreads around my face easier without me having to pull too hard. Can’t be giving myself any more wrinkles!

If you’re not into DIYing or don’t want to invest in the essential oils, one of my other favorite moisturizers is the Countermatch Adaptive moisturizer. It adapts to your skin and is really lightweight! I absolutely love it! Rob uses it everyday as well and he has dry skin.

If you’re looking for an oil, the No.1 Brightening face oil is great for all skin types and you can get a free travel size one with purchases of $125 or more this month (details at the bottom of this post). If you have oily skin, the No.3 balancing oil would be perfect for you!

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Eye Cream

Last, but not least—my favorite Rejuvenating Eye Cream. This stuff is so amazing! It helps with fine lines and puffiness and has caffeine to help make your eyes look more awake in the morning.


I’ve been using my amethyst roller every other morning (simply because I don’t remember to do it every morning) to help with puffiness and lymphatic drainage. I keep it in the fridge and it always feels so good to roll on my face in the morning. It’s great to do at night as well!


Remove Makeup

I’m big on the double cleansing method over here, and if you’re not doing it yet, you should start today. First step is to remove your makeup, FULLY. I used to just wash my face and assume the makeup was coming off, but then I’d dry it and there would still be makeup on the towel—so gross! Just think about how much dirt and grime I was leaving on my skin?!

I typically use these makeup removing wipes or this cleansing balm. If I have a heavier makeup day, I’ll actually do both, just to insure that all my makeup is removed before I wash my face. Probably that’s overkill, but if you have breakouts, you know that sometimes a little extra step is worth it to not breakout.

If I haven’t worn any makeup that day, I just use the cleansing balm before washing. I often leave the cleansing balm on for 10-15 minutes as a hydrating mask—leaves your skin feeling SILKY soft!

Wash your Face

For the past month or two, I’ve been washing my face with manuka honey. I actually tried this a few years ago, but I’m happy I tried it again because it’s seriously done wonders for my skin. Raw honey in general is really great for your skin. It’s antibacterial, soothing and calming which means it helps fight bacteria, calm inflammation and keep your complexion looking pretty wonderful! Manuka is a specific type of honey that’s been praised for it’s high amounts of healing properties, even more so than regular ole raw honey. It’s more expensive, but you don’t need much and a little tub ($30) should last you several months.

If you don’t want to buy manuka, raw honey is still great, just make sure you’re getting RAW and not the honey that comes in the bear (that stuff is no bueno!). If you can find it, creamed raw honey is best as standard raw honey tends to crystallize and can be rough on your skin and cause more damage than good.

And, if you have no interest in my hippie ways, I highly recommend this nourishing cream cleanser. It’s safe, effective and gentle and great for just about every skin type out there!

Spritz Again!

Next, I spritz again with the same balancing mist! This helps everything else absorb and leaves skin feeling balanced.

I add a little more moisture at night than I do in the morning. I put a small amount of aloe vera gel on my fingers and massage that in. Aloe is really soothing and great for acne/breakouts/scarring! Then, while my face is still slightly damp, I use my homemade serum again! I’m working on a new recipe that includes some ingredients to combat hyperpigmentation, but for now, my “Clear” recipe is doing wonders!

Most nights, that’s it, but every other night, I use the Resurfacing Peel which is seriously magical. I always wake up and can’t believe how nice and bright my skin looks after using it. Definitely worth adding to your beauty cabinet.

I use the same eye cream again at night too! Just put it on your ring fingers and dab gently under your eyes and around your orbital one (that hole shaped bone where your eyeball sits).

Less is More

Okay, so if you have a really simple skincare routine, this might not seem like that much less, but for me, it is—especially the morning routine!

I’m finding that using less products and doing less manual exfoliating and scrubbing, the better off my skin looks. It’s a good reminder that our bodies know exactly how to heal themselves, we just need to get out of the way a bit! But, of course, using the right products for our skin type can do wonders in healing and preserving our youthful glow!

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If you’re not sure what else to get for your skin type, fill out my skin type questionnaire and I’ll get back to you with suggestions!

I’d love to hear your morning and nightly skincare routines? Do you use a lot of products or just a few? What are your favorites?!

BTW, my skin journey, and is your foundation toxic?

I’ll admit it- I’m 20-something years old and obsessed with anti-aging. I mean it, obsessed– it’s not an understatement by any stretch of the imagination. I even abandoned my career in the psychology field and delved into the world of beauty (my true passion), becoming a Licensed Esthetician. I scrutinize every line on my forehead or even the smallest trace of crow’s feet on my face. With this fixation comes an addiction for anti-aging skin care products. Let’s get one thing straight: there is no miracle in a jar or any magical pill that will prevent the inevitable from happening- aging. However, SPF is your first line of defense from premature aging and sun damage.

When I was first introduced to the Mario Badescu Skin Care line, you can imagine my heart skipped a beat when I got our Vitamin C Serum. But that wasn’t enough for me. I had to have the Cellufirm Drops coupled with the Cellufirm Moisturizer. Oh, and don’t forget the Glycolic Eye Cream, Hyaluronic Eye Cream and the Herbal Hydrating Serum. That’s just half of it. You think I’m kidding? No ma’am or sir. I was piling all the products on my face like it was nobody’s business. Amid the product overload frenzy, something happened…my skin broke out. But being the vain lady that I am, it was as if the world was coming to an end. But I knew better and came to my senses. I had a chat with a fellow skin care expert here at Mario Badescu and she gave me some tough love and agreed that I had overdone it with the products.

You’ve heard it before- too much of a good thing can be bad. You’ve heard the old adage before- less is more. So I cut back on some of the products that my skin type didn’t really need anyway. Sure enough, within a few days my skin cleared up. Hallelujah. Lesson learned. Am I still consumed with hanging onto my youth for my dear life? Absolutely- so much so that I might shed a tear or two while lying in a fetal position when I turn the big 3-0. But as we speak my skin is looking pretty good thanks to using Mario Badescu Skin Care and fewer products.

Author: Lee Ann

I am a Licensed Esthetician and Freelance Professional Makeup Artist based in the Princeton, New Jersey area. My passions are all things beauty and I have an unhealthy obsession for anti-aging. When I’m not writing a plethora of articles, I enjoy indulging in shopping, music, fine dining and catching up on the latest celebrity gossip from the E channel to People Magazine. Email me if you have questions Feel free to visit my Google+ page.

Unfiltered selfie snapped on my iPhone on the last day of shows. Glowing skin thanks to TWO products, the Biologique Recherche P50 and Vintner’s Daughter serum.

It’s no secret I am a skincare fanatic, I will try anything in the pursuit of perfect skin. I once prided myself on a ridiculous 13-step nightly skincare routine that took half and hour each evening. But a different product for each part of the face, neck and chest cost a fortune not to mention was nearly impossible to travel with. I tried for years to simplify this routine but never found anything that worked. I hated being high maintenance and wanted desperately to find an easy three step routine (cleanse, tone and moisturizer) as my family, work and social schedule became more hectic with time. And trust me when I say I tried EVERYTHING. Well it took me years but I believe I have finally found the perfect night time routine that takes a mere 3 steps with only a few key products! Read on to see how you can simplify your beauty routine, save precious time and money, plus look years younger.


I love cleansing oils but they wreak havoc on my lash extensions. I now use Beauty Bioscience Balancing Cleanser– it is a gel formula that washes my make up off without a trace, replacing the double make up remover + cleansing steps. A few times a week I also use it with Clarisonic Mia Fit brush for a deeper cleanse. But I don’t recommend using the Clarisonic daily- it could be harsh on sensitive skin.

Beauty Bioscience Balancing Cleanser (on Amazon for $35)

Clarisonic Mia Fit (at Bloomingdales for $219)


I will never forget the first time I tried Biologique Recherche P50 1970 (original formula)- it burned and stung like crazy but I was HOOKED! My skin was immediately smoother and brighter as if I had a peel! The main ingredient is Phenol, an acidic component that is both antiseptic and a mild anesthetic (so you’re numb before you feel the burn). It has been shown to posses skin-lightening properties as well (I cut out my pigmentation serum because this did double duty). Then there is lactic acid and sulfur which explains the disgusting sour milk scent (don’t worry you’ll get used to the smell). I love lactic acid, it’s less irritating than other forms of hydroxy acids but it’s more effective (at least for me). It is also more hydrating than glycolic acids (I cut out my nightly glycolic acid peel thanks to this) and it offers hyper pigmentation lightening benefits. I now can’t live without my P50 exfoliating toner, and I just started the new P50 PIGM 400 which specifically treats pigmentation in addition to exfoliation and fighting wrinkles. A few drops on a cotton pad to dab all over face, neck and chest each night (never rub as it may irritate sensitive areas) is all you need (you can work up to twice a day as I have). I promise you will fall in love at the first burn. Every single person I turned this on to LOVES it.

Biologique Recherche P50 sold at Joule Spa– email, or call (+1) 214-748-1300 to order.

Pro Tip: Once or twice a week I drench two cotton pads and leave it on my face for 20min as a deep penetrating peel/mask to help with pigmentation and fine lines. It’s like an at home peel!


Do you believe in miracles? I don’t. But when I was told that this one single product from Vintner’s Daughter outsells most skin care brands with multiple products I had to try for myself. The first few days of use I felt it was just another overhyped organic oil (I need science and chemicals!) – it smelled nice but I didn’t really see any difference. I continued using it as I like to give new products at least 3-4 weeks before a review. A week went by, nothing. At two weeks, my skin seemed more even but again, nothing drastic (I missed my chemicals!). By the third week I was ready to give up but noticed that my pores seemed smaller even though I haven’t had a facial in a month and my face definitely looked brighter. I went to NYFW at the one month mark and only brought this serum and an eye cream for my night treatment. It was during NYFW that I noticed my skin had completely changed. No more dullness from lack of sleep (possibly caused by 13 products on my face?!) and the velvety bright texture was better than my skin at age 25! Everyone marveled at my skin, many calling me Benjamin Button and accused me of aging in reverse. I am now hooked! So what’s in Vintner’s Daughter if not chemicals? 22 active botanic organic ingredients that work together to completely change your skin’s texture and elasticity while treating wrinkles, acne, minimize pores and a multitude of problems, leaving your skin radiant. The best part? With none of the toxic fillers found in almost every product in my beauty stash! For $185 it replaced my expensive serums, night creams and oils. To apply: a third of the dropper into your palm, warm between both palms and hold your hands over both sides of your face in upward massage motion, lightly massage with ring finger around eyes, press onto neck and chest areas as well as your forehead. I have never felt more strongly about a single product in my entire life! Seriously, try this and report back to me (you can thank me with a bottle of bubbly). Give it at least 3-4 weeks! Available at Need Supply Co. for $185.

Vintner’s Daughter also available at Forty Five Ten Dallas and Houston. Email or call Brandon (+1) 214-559-4510 to order!

Note: this is NOT a sponsored post! I really believe in these products and think you will love them as well!

This one’s a highly-coveted brand amongst the Western beauty sphere as well. The brand is founded by Okran Chung, a pharmacist who runs the largest naturally fermented vinegar brewery in Korea. She discovered that specially aged vinegar with 20 oriental herbs optimally produces a desirable amount of essential amino acids that rebuilds and repairs damaged skin. Best used after cleaning, simply apply this hydrating water to the face to calm irritation and rehydrate the skin. Klavuu White Pearlsation Ideal Actress Backstage Cream SPF30 PA++, US$22.50 (S$30.50)
This makeup base prides itself on providing, well, ideal actress-like flawless skin. Available in three different colours to target various skin tone corrections, it condenses five-steps worth of skincare into one. It’s basically slathering on sunscreen, primer, a makeup base, a tone-up cream, and a colour corrector simultaneously. Neogen Vita Duo Cream (Joan Day and Night), Price Unavailable
The brand recently teamed up with Korean YouTuber Joan Kim on this day and night cream that is packaged in one tub. Inside, the day cream is formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea to protect and vitamin C to brighten and energise tired-looking complexions. The night cream, which comes in a gel-type texture, contains lavender and vitamin E to soothe and strengthen the skin’s barrier. Cosrx One Step Green Hero Calming Pad, 17,500 won (S$20)
It’s no secret that the highly-raved-about skincare pads from Cosrx are gentle, effective, and hydrating. The brand has just revealed a new version, which is meant to soothe and calm skin. It is made with dandelion leaf, centella asiatica, witch hazel, tea tree leaf, and green tea water to soothe and gently exfoliate. Banila Co. Clean It Zero, $22
With one sold approximately every 4.8 seconds, it is no wonder this is one of the most popular products that beauty junkies stock up on when in Seoul. Needless to say, it has a soft gel-like texture that dissolves all traces of makeup while maintaining a bouncy, cushion-like barrier that makes cleansing feel comfortable. Beyond that, it is also enriched with papaya extract, which helps to eliminate dead skin cells and refine the appearance of pores to produce softer, smoother skin over time. Espoir Taping Concealer Foundation, $43
While many of us might equate Korean foundations to those that promise a radiant and dewy effect, this one from Espoir will make you rethink Korean makeup. Promising a full coverage with a matte finish, it has a surprisingly thin and blendable texture. A little bit goes a long way so one tube will last you at least several months. Best part? Once it’s applied, it adheres closely to your skin’s surface for round-the-clock wear without drying, caking or sinking into pores and fine lines. IOPE Live Lift Serum, $67
Developed for women in their 30s and beyond, this firming serum targets the loss of elasticity — a problem most prominent around the cheeks which results in nasolabial folds and jowls. Referred by the brand as “the ribbon zone”, this area refers to the entire cheek area from just below the eyes to the jawline. And since Asian women are more prone to sagging than lines and wrinkles as we age, this serum is formulated with peptides, plant extracts and sugars to improve skin resilience and elasticity. To apply, smooth onto face and neck twice a day and expect facial contours to become more defined and sculpted. A by BOM Cosmetics 2-Step Ultra Royal Leaf Mask, $62 for a box of 10
After cleansing your face, apply the Royal Leaf Patch directly onto the top of your cheekbones, where fine lines and crow’s feet first appear. This patch is infused with soothing and wrinkle-smoothing ingredients for a plumped appearance. Next, follow with the Ultra Royal Leaf Mask. Made of a unique materials called Trans TENCEL Sheet, it feels soft and malleable so it fits around your facial contours to boost product penetration while enabling your skin to breathe. Within 20 minutes, your skin drinks up all of its goodness, which includes hydrating, brightening, energising and strengthening active ingredients derived from plants and royal jelly. Skinmiso Pore Purifying Toner, 15,000 won (S$18)
This hydrating toner is super gentle and helps soothe sensitive and irritated complexions. It also restores the skin’s pH balance to an optimal level while removing dead skin cells. Son & Park Beauty Gel, 25,000 won (S$30)
Perfect for those with oily and combination skin types, this lightweight moisturiser helps to soothe and cool skin while minimising the appearance of pores. Additionally, it acts as a primer to prep skin for makeup application. Son & Park Beauty Water, 25,000 won (S$30)
This isn’t just an ordinary toner, it cleanses, tones, hydrates and exfoliates. More importantly, this has a pH value of 4.5, which is similar to that of our skin. After cleansing, our skin’s pH levels may be altered and it’s crucial to always bring it back to a mildly acidic state (more specifically, pH 4-6) to allow our skin’s barrier function to work effectively. For those who are used to having two different toners – one to rebalance the skin’s pH level and the other to hydrate – you only need to use one now. Cosrx Low pH BHA Overnight Sleeping Mask, 18,000 won (S$21)
Blemishes, dark spots and an overall dull complexion are common concerns. This is made with 0.9 per cent BHA (a chemical exfoliant) to buff away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion the next morning. It is even formulated with centella asiatica to soothe and calm irritated skin. Cosrx Low pH PHA Barrier Mist, 18,000 won (S$21)
What do we like about this mist? It’s super fine and sprays evenly onto the skin. It is infused with 98.10 per cent coconut fruit extract and 0.5 per cent PHA (polyhydroxy acids, which is a very gentle chemical exfoliant) to maintain skin’s pH level. This is crucial as once our skin is at an optimal pH level, it will work better to improve our skin’s overall condition. A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream, 9,000 won (S$11)
Formulated with centella asiatica leaf water and madecassoside, this soothes and repairs irritated and damaged skin. It is also made with niacinamide (vitamin B3) and witch hazel extract to hydrate and brighten. Its gel consistency makes it ideal for those with combination or oily, acne-prone skin. Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad, 17,000 won (S$21)
These pre-soaked pads are super gentle and ideal for those with sensitive skin. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica, the concentrated formula calms, hydrates, reduce redness and promotes collagen production. Wakemake Lip Paint, 9,000 won (S$11)
While some lip tints may be quite drying, this isn’t. It is formulated with a host of hydrating ingredients to nourish and moisturise puckers. It also sits comfortably on lips and is ultra pigmented as well. Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, 22,900 won (S$28)
Whether you prefer exfoliating your skin manually or with chemicals, these pads are perfect for you. It uses a unique three-layer pad technology that deeply penetrates into skin to clean out pore-clogging debris and gently remove dead skin cells without irritating skin. Its star ingredient, antioxidant-rich resveratrol, is derived from red wine and is fermented with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with the exfoliation process while slowing down signs of ageing and protects skin from free radical damage. P/S: Remember to rinse your face after using the product, else, it may cause further damage and irritation.

Now, this machine looked impressive, but despite the good bit of digging I did after the appointment, I could not find an independent analysis of its clinical value. The website for the company that manufactures the machine states, among other things, that the company has “deployed complexion-analysis software as a sales tool to promote” brands of cosmetic products, that it “impressively increases business in all of your skin-care services,” and that the machine “was never intended for clinical trials.” Reading between the lines (or, actually, simply reading the lines), it seemed the company viewed this machine as a way to move product. So there were reasons to be dubious about the meaning and relevance of the results.

Still, the premise of the device, taking pictures of my face to assess its condition, was not far-fetched. I went with the flow.

The good news: My wrinkle situation was great. For my age and ethnicity, I had fewer wrinkles than about 95 percent of the population. The bad news: “You have the worst pores I have seen in over eight years,” Marie told me with a shake of her head. I stifled the sudden impulse to dash out of the room to scrub my face with an industrial-strength solvent.

I left Marie’s office with a bag full of high-end beauty products, including a cleansing-exfoliation gel that was designed to decongest aging skin, another cleaning lotion to control bacteria, a nighttime moisturizer that claims to be specifically designed for bad pores, and a morning moisturizer that doubles as a sunblock. The plan was to use these products morning and night for three months.

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The beauty industry is, of course, massive. It involves everything from teeth-whitening toothpaste to ridiculously expensive shampoo that will transform your hair from “ordinary to extraordinary,” if you believe an advertisement for a product that contains white truffles and caviar and costs more than $60 for an 8.5-ounce bottle. It involves celebrity-endorsed cosmetics, perfumes, and a host of fashion products. And it involves numerous fitness and slimming gimmicks. I will make no attempt to undertake a comprehensive analysis of every allegedly beautifying product that is touched by a celebrity. The number is infinite. It’s enough to know that the beauty industry is a huge cultural force in a tight, symbiotic relationship with celebrities and the celebrity-oriented media. The size and influence of this industry creates challenges for anyone seeking to get to the truth about the products it makes and promotes.

In my research I worked hard to find experts who could provide a reasonably independent view of the alleged benefits of the myriad beauty and anti-aging products and services. This proved to be much more difficult than I anticipated. Many experts I found were not independent scientists, but dermatologists who also had a clinical practice and, as such, benefit (some greatly) from a thriving industry. I am not saying that physicians knowingly twist information about the efficacy of beauty treatments, but there is ample evidence that such conflicts of interest can have an impact on how research is presented and interpreted.

A Guide to Taking Care of Your Skin

There are ways to tackle skin problems without damaging your skin. Just remember the number one rule of skin care: Don’t pick! Picking at acne, blackheads, scabs, or other skin problems can cause open wounds or darker skin spots known as hyperpigmentation. Open wounds can lead to infections, more acne, or scars. The deeper the wound, the more likely your skin will scar.

Here are some scientifically backed ways to treat problem areas.


Acne treatment depends on how deep or serious your acne is. Overall skin care is the most important step in treating acne, but for mild acne you can use nonprescription products from your local drugstore such as:

  • salicylic acid (Stridex maximum strength acne pads)
  • benzoyl peroxide (Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 acne medication)
  • alpha hydroxy acids
  • adapalene
  • tea tree oil

Always apply sunscreen after using these products in the morning, since they can cause extra skin sensitivity.

A photo posted by Danica Borromeo (@daneekwang) on Sep 22, 2015 at 1:11pm PDT

For immediate, inflamed, and individual pimples, you can also try acne patches or stickers. These are clear, thick patches that work as spot treatments to help promote blemish healing and prevent infections. Like blister bandages, acne patches pull out the fluid, sometimes overnight. It’s best to use these before you sleep as makeup can’t cover them.

Sebaceous filaments

Sebaceous filaments are tiny, cylinder-like tubes in your pores that are whitish yellow. These are often confused with blackheads, but blackheads are actually a type of acne that’s oxidized. Sebaceous filaments can make your pores look bigger, and you may be tempted to remove them by pinching your skin or using pore strips. But these methods may have more side effects than benefits for your skin, especially if you don’t do them properly.

Overtime, you can also cause:

  • irritation
  • open pores and infection
  • dryness
  • redness
  • peeling

Topical preparations containing retinol or retinoids can help keep pores clear and clean. You may also find benefits from massaging your face with mineral or castor oil for one minute.

Another way of removing sebaceous filaments is with an extraction tool. This is a small metal instrument with a tiny circle at the end.

A photo posted by Sugaring SugarLove + Skincare (@jessaesthetician) on Nov 7, 2014 at 10:38pm PST

The safest method is to have an esthetician or dermatologist remove them for you, but you can also do this at home:

  1. Start with a clean face and instrument.
  2. Gently press the circle around the bump to see if the filament comes out. Be careful as excessive pressure can cause bruising and scarring.
  3. Treat the area with toner and moisturizer after.
  4. Always sanitize your instrument with rubbing alcohol before and after use to prevention infections.

You may also see extra benefits by applying benzoyl peroxide after washing before extraction.

Blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation

Blemishes, scars, and dark spots can take anywhere from a few weeks to six months to heal and fade. Immediate treatment for scars and blemishes include using makeup and sunscreen to avoid further sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Other ingredients known to help fade scars include:

Silicone: Studies show that topical silicone can improve scar thickness, color, and texture. You can apply silicone gel for eight to 24 hours per day. Look for products with silicone dioxide listed as an ingredient.

Honey: Preliminary studies show that honey can heal wounds and scars. You may want to use honey if you’re looking for home treatment.

Vitamin C: Look for this ingredient when shopping for creams and moisturizers. Vitamin C works better when combined with other lightening ingredients like soy and licorice.

Niacinamide: Studies show that niacinamide can help reduce blemishes and dark spots, especially from acne. Topical two percent to five percent niacinamide is effective for people with lighter skin tones. An affordable option is The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum, which costs $5.90.

Retinoic acid: One study found that acne scars improved in 91.4 percent of people who applied a combination of retinoic acid and glycolic acid. The Ordinary also has a product that’s two percent retinoid for $9.80. Use products with this ingredient only at night.

Look for products with these ingredients and add them to your routine after washing your face. Don’t forget to always wear sunscreen after application to avoid sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Less is more skin care

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