Jasmin Sun, RealBeauty.com Stringer
Jasmin's beauty stats: 20; sensitive combination skin with an oily, acne-prone T-zone and dry cheeks.
"I've spent the better part of my teenage years trying to appease my temperamental skin. Luckily, I've aged past the worst of my acne flare-ups, but the T-zone oiliness and seemingly permanent collection of blackheads on my nose are guests that continue to overstay their welcome. I've consulted all possible resources and tried potions and powders from nearly every skin-care company. I've finally settled on a few key items, and more importantly, when and how to apply them."
Shu Uemura Limited Edition Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O
"After discovering that stripping oil from your face actually encourages it to produce extra oil, my acne-fighting exceptionally drying facial cleanser went straight into the trash. I've replaced it with Shu Uemura's Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O. It might seem counterintuitive to clean the face with oil at first, but once you get the emulsifying technique down, your skin will never feel nearly as clean and perfectly moisturized at the same time. I use this day and night; the light watermelon scent is a comforting pick-me-up, and the cute designs on the limited-edition bottle really brighten up my bathroom sink."
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream
"In keeping with the adequate-moisture-is-good-for-preventing-excess-oil mantra, I've started using a night cream. I hate moisturizers that sit heavily on the skin and make me feel like I'm wearing a grease mask, so this Garnier night cream was a lucky find. It absorbs into your skin instantly after you apply it, and hey, a little preventive action for future wrinkles can't hurt, right?"
Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer
"This is my absolute favorite daily moisturizer of all time. I can't believe I've only just discovered this wonder recently. I might be a little biased since I generally love Korres for its all-natural products that not only smell yummy but are super-effective as well. This lotion seems to be especially tailored for my everyday needs. It absorbs quickly, mattifies, and has SPF."
Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion
"Although I rely heavily on my Korres moisturizer, when that time of the month comes, even it can't stop my T-zone from becoming an oily wreck. That's when I whip out this magical concoction. It keeps my skin oil-free for the entire day. It's extra-useful for a night out on the town I didn't even look greasy even after hours of dancing in a club."
Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10
"I've been using this for years to keep my T-zone acne at bay. It's pretty strong, so applying it straight on makes my skin flake after a few days. To remedy this, I mix a little bit of it with moisturizer between my fingers before I put it on this prevents my skin from overdrying and helps to keep it matte way into the afternoon. At around $6 a tube, it's very effective bang for your buck."
Paula Dorf Pressed Powder Compact
"To seal in everything I've applied on my face and to give it that 'finished' look, I grab this pressed powder. I never have to worry about my face looking like a chalky mask with this one. I apply it quickly with a giant fluffy brush and I'm out the door velvety-smooth skin in tow."