photography by PHUONG NGUYEN
There is a time to save (especially with these) and a time to splurge when it comes to skincare. But sometimes a product is so worthy of both the hype and the price tag,that it pays for itself in quality and use over time. Here’s a roundup of 19 products that are so worth it.
All of it, everything SK-II is worth it. Nothing quite works as effectively as their catalog of products, especially when looking to repair dry skin, and utilize anti-aging treatments with preventative and mature skin. But if I had to narrow it down, truly nothing works as well as the cult status Treatment Essence ($99). The R.N.A Power Eye Cream ($135) is also worth it and has the signature Pitera for ultimate anti-aging and hydration. The Treatment Oil ($150) must be hand-made by baby angels because it infuses your skin with an unheard of amount of intense hydration for a healthy glow. No one has ever regrets splurging on SK-II.
Escentric Molecule 01
Truly one of the most unique scents—it’s a little bit indescribable too—Escentric Molecule 01 ($135) smells kind of like clean laundry, or fresh flowers, but also kind of like nothing, because it reacts with your pheromones, changing the scent slightly for each wearer. The creator Geza Schoen said, “I wanted to create something unconventional, not too perfumistic, something for my friends who said they didn’t like fragrance.” It’s perfect, unisex, and worth every penny (and last about 6+ months on average anyway).
Handmade with the greatest of care in the Bregenz Forest in Austria, all Kaufmann products excel at luxe relaxation, and the Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath ($70) is especially soothing, and it supports the immune system. I could also sing from the Austrian mountaintops about her facial sunscreen ($107) that is water-repellent, mineral-based, and protects you from the sun, and also other free radicals in the environment.
This Advanced Protection Cream ($98) is cheaper than La Mer, but more effective with organic seaweed for ultimate moisturization. It's made in Malibu by an adorable family.
If you live your life by the WWLRD (What Would Linda Rodin Do) philosophy, then you fully know the effectiveness of this simple, lightweight Face Oil ($170) for moisturizing and preventative anti-aging. And using only a few drops at a time, it’ll last forever.
Anything, I’ll take anything this French master makes. Each scrub and mask is highly effective (I’m partial to the Sea Salt Scrub ($53) and Rassoul Clay Scrub ($53) for really deep cleans), and there is one for every single type of hair. No sulfates, parabens or gunk, just high quality products that make you into the equivalent of the noise ‘va-va-voom’.
We’ve been gifted here on Earth with Rose-Marie Swift, and she has subsequently gifted us with RMS products—all organic and oh so lovely. The Living Luminizer ($38) will literally give you supermodel cheekbones when placed on top of them as a highlighter, which makes sense because Rose-Marie is Giselle’s makeup artist. The Un-Cover Up ($36) is really something special too (I use it as a light foundation for everyday sheer coverage).
We’re all winners when we get to use Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser ($78), which is milky and soothing for all skin types, and Revitalizing Body Oil ($95) because it moisturizes like no other and can double as a scalp moisturizing mask.
C E Ferulic ($165) is way too busy working to have any friends in your skincare regime. Not to say he doesn’t play well with others, because he does. But he’s busy being the most effective worker bee in fighting aging and sun damage.
The quality of dermatologist-made products on the market is just ridiculous. We’re blessed with so many high-quality, well-made dermatologist brands that it’s difficult to list them all out. But let’s try. Some highlights include Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream ($215), which assures happy, moisturized skin. Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil ($150) is a soothing face oil that improves the texture and tone of skin overtime. NYDG Chem-Free SPF 30 ($98) is maybe the most effective and incredible mineral-based body sunscreen on the market. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peels ($88) are a revolutionary best-seller for a reason—chemical exfoliation immediately addresses uneven skin tone and texture, and in the long run helps fight aging and wrinkles.
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