We've raved about Mad Hippie's budget-friendly vitamin C serum in the past, but their Antioxidant Facial Oil shouldn't be overlooked either. Powerful ingredients like organic argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, and sea buckthorn berry extract are packed in the vegan formula. Apply a few drops with the vitamin C serum (followed by sunscreen, of course) for a moisture-rich combo that will leave skin silky smooth.
Well, the Wander Beauty mascara is valued at $24 and the Model Co is actually a highlighting cream trio valued at $22. I don’t expect every box to just “get me.” There will always be hits and misses. There are no comparable boxes that provide full size high-end samples for $15. Not to mention, Allure then turns around and includes or mails out an additional full size sample often. Customer service is also speedy when ordering through Amazon. Beats the heck out of Sephora Play @ $10.

Four of our remaining wrinkle creams advertised sunscreen built in: L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Philosophy, and StriVectin. Retinoids degrade very quickly in the sunlight, losing their potency. More worryingly, the 2010 handbook of Cosmetic Dermatology Products and Procedures suggests that retinoids may release free radicals as they degrade — molecules that harm your skin rather than helping it. Because of this, the handbook concludes, “it is still recommended to avoid UV exposure when using topical retinoids” (312). Sunblock does slow retinoid degradation, according to a 2008 study, but the retinoids still degrade to some extent. Ultimately, this wasn’t a risk we felt comfortable taking. Until there’s been more extensive research on the topic, we’ve opted to skip all sunscreen-containing products.
I've been using the cream for about a year, and have really liked it. Honestly, I had real doubts about whether any of this stuff really worked, and let's face it: nothing really holds back time. But I have to admit: I think it has helped reduce some of the lines on my forehead, and on the rest of my face it's left my skin feeling really healthy and smooth. I've been using it as part of a routine with the night serum (which I also really like), and have been using the day serum/face moisturizer in the morning as well (the day serum may be the best of all of their products). When you put it all together, I think it's been worth the money (and I originally thought that $40 for a 2oz jar was INSANE: but what I didn't realize is that a 2oz jar lasts 4-6 months (or more), so really, the cost isn't a big deal. I just don't think men realize how to use this stuff: it's really a tiny amount each day).

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