There’s nothing quite like a shocking before-and-after testimonial to get us to rethink every skin-care product we’re using and wonder if there’s something better out there we could be using. The latest jaw-dropping case to do just that? Reddit user NeverMeant125’s spot-free transformation, first spotted by Cosmopolitan.
“In high school and in to college, I tanned regularly,” writes NeverMeant125 in her post. “I never wore sunscreen OR moisturizer,” she added, explaining that four years ago (left photo) she decided to start a skin-care routine to “target the melasma and overall unevenness” of her skin. Fast-forward four years, she found a regimen that finally worked for her. Her results are seen in the shocking photo on the right.
Lucky for us—especially if your complexion is riddled with visible sun damage like hers once was—she shared her exact routine, and it’s one worth taking note of.
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In the morning, it’s a cleanse with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser ($16), then the Facelift Serum from Silk Naturals ($18), then First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 ($40). She notes in the comments that on the days she will be in the sun for more than an hour, she adds in the Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen SPF 110 ($8) for added protection.
At night, she cleanses with the same CeraVe cleanser, then switches off every other night between the Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner ($9) and MUAC Retinol .30% ($13). And always Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($47).
Not only can we learn the importance of sticking with a regimen from NeverMeant125’s journey, but also the unwavering need for sun protection. As any skin expert will tell you, wearing SPF daily—whether or not you’ll be in the sun—isn’t just a suggestion, but an unwavering rule for ageless skin.
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