shortlist skincare
I’m sharing #Shortlist in my life as part of a Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars.

As you know, I'm on hiatus from any lasers, peels, micro needling etc. until the fall. Although those treatments are #life, they increase your skin's sensitivity to sun light to a degree that's nearly unmanageable during the summer months.

Like, put sunscreen on indoors just in case a ray of sun shines on you sensitive.

That being said, I greatly depend on the right products to keep my skin nourished, protected & on track to repair the damage and delay the signs of aging.

I wrote about Shortlist Beauty 30 days ago (you can catch up here) & I wanted to let you in on a little update.

First off, to say I'm picky about what I put on my skin is an understatement. So, if I'm writing about it, I'm serious about it.

Over the past year, I pretty much wrote off creams & serums because I wasn't getting enough moisture. Even the most "intense" creams didn't do the trick. I would use night creams during the day, which worked fine at first but, like clockwork, a few weeks in I'd notice dry skin around my chin and forehead.

This trial and error went on for YEARS, as I've always had very problematic skin. I got adult acne at age 20, oily skin but dry and flaking at the same time (still an issue if I'm not being proactive), hyper pigmentation, rosacea, the list goes on. 

It's been a rollercoaster but I've finally found solutions & I want to tell you all about them!
shortlist skincare
So, above all the other benefits of the serum and cream duo (which I'll go into in a second), they are the only products I've used in years that continually moisturize my skin. 

No exaggeration. If you've been following my content for a while, you've heard me complain about creams many times.

Even during travel. I get so dry after flying (flaking and breakouts) but I packed it with me on my trip to Spain & it never happened!

I LOVE how the serum and cream work together to support my skin.

The serum better prepares the face for the retinoid cream by strengthening the skin's moisture barrier. Did I mention it contains one of my favorite ingredients ever? - Hyaluronic acid. I've mentioned this at least once in each of my last 5 posts. Obsessed! 

If you don't know... Hyaluronic Acid can hold more than 1000 times its weight in water.

The cream has noticeably made my skin more firm and plump. I've seen the most difference in how smooth and defined my cheeks are. My skin is also tighter around my nasolabial folds (aka - smile lines) which compliments my lips & helps them to stand out more.
shortlist skincare
In my recent post, How To: Achieve a A dewy, Youthful Glow, I mentioned...

The first step to beautiful, youthful skin is keeping it hydrated. When skin is dry or dehydrated, any amount of wrinkling or flaws will look more exaggerated.

The moisture from the cream encourages surface cellular repair and reverses the visible signs of aging with the help of Glycerin (which provides long-lasting moisture) & Retinyl Propionate (which diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone). 

Most importantly, like it's name explains, there are only a few key ingredients in the serum & cream. They are made of simple, zero filler formulas that contain NO parabens, sulfates, colorants, fragrances, or mineral oils. Best of all, Shortlist is designed for ALL skin types and ethnicities. 

Remember, less is more!