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I Had Lunch With A Beauty Expert and Here's What She Told Me About Skin Care Products

I Had Lunch With A Beauty Expert and Here's What She Told Me About Skin Care Products

So what's the deal with skincare? What's the deal with makeup? What's the deal with cosmetic procedures? What's the real deal with sunscreen? Honestly, I wasn't sure either so I called in the big guns for a post about ALL OF IT. Emily Foley is a beauty expert who has spent YEARS writing about writing skincare. She knows her stuff and she's tried virtually every product in the market. You can take a peak into her bio here

I asked Emily if she'd be up to the task of answering questions that we all want real answers to. There were a ton of questions and Emily answered them all! I've broken them down into a few posts because WOAH do we have a lot to learn!

Is toner really necessary?
Emily says: YES, yes it is. Toner helps balance the pH of your skin, which is more important than you realize. You want to put products on top of the best possible foundation. If you’re dry or oily or whatever your skin type is, the toner will give you a great base for all of the products you put on your skin.

Emily picks:
Cosmedix Benefit Balance 
Tula Pro-Glycolic™ 10% pH Resurfacing Gel


What is your favorite skincare line?
Emily says: Cosmedix hands down. It’s basically where natural meets science, and they are phenomenally effective products!

Emily picks: Keep reading for all my favorite Cosmedix products!


What is the proper order for skincare products for day and for night?
Emily says: the rule here is- go from thinnest to thickest! For day: face wash, toner, moisturizer, eye cream and then start with makeup. For night: makeup remover, face wash, serums, moisturizer


What is the best moisturizer for aging skin?
Emily says: As we age, we need we need serums. Unfortunately, the best products you need for aging skin, the ones that will really make a difference, aren’t cheap. That said, some are cheaper than others so here are some on the lower end of the price spectrum.

Emily picks:
Caudalie Vine[Activ] Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Serum 
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkles Recovery Overnight Serum 


What are your favorite drugstore skincare products?
Emily picks:
Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic 
Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm 
Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo 
Maybelline Dream Fresh Bb Cream


What is your favorite exfoliant?
Emily says: You want to tailor exfoliants to your skin. There are 2 kinds of exfoliants: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants have a gritty texture and chemical have an acid (like a fruit acid or glycolic) in it. People with sensitive skin need to be careful when they exfoliate either way, but for acne (especially chin acne), physical exfoliants are going to be better. For aging skin, you’ll want a chemical exfoliant.

Emily picks:
Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub
Juice Beauty Brightening Emulsion


What is the best mask?
Emily says: There is literally a mask for every skin problem! So it’s hard to say the ‘best’ mask. But the good news is that while some masks may be more effective, none are really going to do you any harm. You’ll always feel great after any mask. By the way, I’m a crazy mask lady! If I could have one skincare product for ever and ever, it would be masks.

Emily picks:
For acne: Cosmedix Clear 
For hydration: Freeman Beauty Hydrating Sheet Mask 
For detoxing: Queen Helene Mint Julep mask


What are the best Vitamin C serums?
Emily says: Vitamin C is an absolute must but I really prefer the powder. If you buy it in powder form, you can combine it with other things like your anti-aging serum and save yourself a step/maximize the ingredients you’re putting on your skin!

Emily picks:
Philosophy turbo booster c powder
Cosmedix Vitamin C Mixing Crystals


What is the best face wash? Rodan Fields is too expensive for me.
Emily says: Face wash is something you do NOT need to spend a lot of money on. Drugstore products are just as good. The face wash you want depends on your skin type! 

Emily picks:
Acne-prone: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Dry skin: Dove Dry Skin Relief Face Wash
Sensitive Skin:  Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Cleansing Milk


Is it true that if a face wash breaks you out immediately, it’s just gunk coming out of your pores and to the surface or is it a sign you should switch?
Emily says: You really shouldn’t be breaking out with face wash. That might ring true for serums but NOT face wash. If you break out with face wash, I would try something different.

Is La Mer worth it?
Emily says: It’s not a sham. La Mer is great if you can afford it! La Mer does incredible things for your skin and if you have the money, GO FOR IT! There are other, more affordable ways to take care of your skin though, if La Mer breaks the budget.

What do you think of Ole Henriksen? I want to try Truth Serum.
Emily says: I think it’s a great brand that works really well!

Didn't see your question here? Don't you fret, we're just getting started! We've got TWO more rounds of Emily says + Emily picks to go.

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