collaborative post // Are you wondering where to start with your skincare routine? Or maybe you think it needs a shakeup. Is some issue not getting addressed with the routine you have? If that sounds familiar, maybe you need our guide to skincare, arranged by issue. Take a look at our suggestions for that clear skincare look you’ve always been looking for.


Aging is an irritatingly vague term when it comes to skincare. For one thing, aging is no crime, but for another, trying to determine what you’re trying to avoid when it comes to anti-aging skincare encompasses rough skin, wrinkles, and dark spots.

The best all-encompassing item, believe it or not, is SPF. You will protect from the sun, which will avoid dark spots, wrinkles, and uneven skin tones. You might also want to try the City Skin Clinic’s Obagi C system to prevent signs of aging on top of redness, uneven skin tone, sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Dark spots

Speaking of hyperpigmentation, it’s essentially a long word for all those dark areas of your skin that don’t match the rest of your skin tone. It can be a patch or area, or you could have almost entirely red face – or thighs, elbows, or any other area of your body covered by skin.

You might want to look into retinol, which has the ability to speed up cell turnover so that your skin clears and brightens. But remember to prevent future dark spots with your SPF every day – and the stuff in your moisturizer isn’t enough.


Unfortunately, acne comes in many forms, for even more reasons. They could be hormonal reasons, climate reasons, and a million other things. So, while determining the underlying cause will go a long way to solving the problem, there is also the causes as in what’s literally happening on your face. Think about simplifying your cleansing products down to just Dove soap and micellar water.

As for the extra stuff, you might want to look into toners that exfoliate dead skin away like witch hazel and glycolic acid, and serums that open and unclog pores like salicylic acid and niacinamide.


If you’re noticing a lot of redness, a flare up or breakout after using a new product, itching, red bumps, or burning, you might be allergic to the products you’re using. This might need to be treated with a little experimentation.

A “hypoallergenic” label on the bottle won’t guarantee that you won’t have a bad reaction. A good rule of thumb is to avoid products with fragrance in them, since they can be an irritant. Another issue might be the format it’s in. Consider switching from cream to gel moisturizers for example.

Dark circles

The sad fact of the matter is that dark circles under the eyes is caused by just about existing. It can be caused by not enough sleep, too much salt in the diet, and sheer stress. Pretty sure that applies to everyone.

The good news is that a lot of remedies for dark under eyes don’t require science-sounding acids and serums and are more like ice cubes, green tea bags and more sleep. If you are looking for a serum, however, you might want to look into Vitamin C.


  1. This is a wonderful post. I am careful not to use too many harmful chemical based products, the information that you have provided in this post will help me select skin care products wisely.

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