Spring Cleaning

With spring comes better weather, swapping out my winter closet (mostly consisting of black), and changing up my skincare routine to adjust to the new climate. While certain staples stay year round (Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant), I like to switch up my cleansers because our skin becomes acclimated to things over time and some products may not work as well as they did after the first few of months of use. This season, I am adding Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic Cleanser, Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Cleanser, and Rodan and Fields’ Daily Cleansing Mask to my collection of products to use.

The Bioglycolic Cleanser is an old favorite of mine that I used years ago and it got lost in my insane (borderline hoarder) surplus of skincare products. This creamy cleanser is unlike anything else I’ve used and it's my favorite of the three. It is perfect for all skin types (even rosacea) and is applied to a dry face. You spread it on as if you’re applying a thick cream and gently massage in circles for a minute or two. It contains 12 percent glycolic acid as well as naturally derived humectants to keep your skin hydrated to counteract all the exfoliation you get from the glycolic. After rinsing the product off with a warm washcloth, your skin is immediately brighter and noticeably softer. This product has been known as the “gateway drug” to Jan Marini products. While this cleanser is only $29, most of the products in this technologically advanced skincare line can cost up to $60.

Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More cleanser is a great back up cleanser to have on hand. This foaming gel cleanser is great for reducing the appearance of pores (like the ones on my nose that seem to be expanding by the minute), and uses tea tree oil, willow bark, and salicylic acid to gently decongest pores and remove impurities from the skin. I like to use this twice a week (or on days when I wear a heavier foundation) and I feel like a cream cleanser just isn’t enough to remove everything on my face.

Lastly, I have added Rodan and Fields’ Daily Cleansing Mask into my spring face wash party. This creamy cleanser is kaolin clay-based and dries in a few minutes after applying it with wet fingertips onto dry skin. This cleansing mask has tiny microbeads that help slough off flaky, dry skin. What I love about this cleanser is that while it’s clay based, it still leaves the skin feeling baby soft and hydrated, almost as if there is a light oil left after cleansing. It took a while to get used to the feeling of not having a squeaky clean finish, but the results have won me over. 

Find Jan Marini products at Faust Salon and Spa in Scotts Valley, Calif., or online here.