The world of makeup and skin care is the ultimate ‘choose your own adventure’ game. Some days you do glitter eye shadow and red lipstick. The other days you only get your SPF. But we all know that one beauty choice prevails over all others: wear foundation or not (well, after the SPF part, it’s always # 1). For those days when you decide not to, a dermatologist says you can apply these skin care products for clear skin without foundation.
Below, two dermatologists share the skin care products to buy for a radiant look (minus the foundation). From alpha and beta hydroxy acids that increase cell turnover to antioxidant-rich sunscreens to vitamin C brightening serums, here’s everything you need to stock up on giving up your full coverage forever (or, of okay, as long as you want).
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Products to buy for clear skin without foundation
Revision Skincare Intellishade Original 1.7 oz. – $ 76.00
“I love Intellishad Review. It’s a hydrating sunscreen with anti-aging characteristics such as antioxidants and peptides that improve skin with continued use, and is also tinted for sheer coverage, so it’s a multi-tasking powerhouse, ”explains New York dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD. This product also contains vitamin C to brighten your complexion, as well as octinoxate and octisalate for UVB protection.
Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial AHA + BHA 0.5oz / 15ml Mini Mask – $ 28.00
According to Corey L. Hartman, MD, founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama, this product is a winner, regardless of your skin type. “It contains a blend of AHAs (glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric acids) and increases cell renewal. BHA, salicylic acid, unclogs pores for an overall non-irritating exfoliation with maximum hydration, ”he says.
Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2 BHA Liquid Exfoliant (4 fl. Oz.) – $ 30.00
This favorite liquid skin-care exfoliant is on Dr. Hartman’s list because it’s both sensitive and effective. “This product does not irritate the skin because it minimizes the appearance of large pores and smoothes the texture over time. You don’t need a lot because it just takes a little because it blends in with your skin, ”he says.
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