Before KS#1 got a hold of me and taught me the ways, before I started blogging and had to care about grooming as well as clothing, BFF introduced me to the amazing Beauty Bible by Paula Begoun. The blurb on Amazon explains the premise of the book quite handily so I’ll skip the description and share instead my personal takeaway from having read it: a clearer understanding of what to put and what not to put on my face to preserve my skin as best as I can without resorting to surgery.
At the time, I was primarily concerned with cleansing and moisturizing and protecting. I was nearing forty and beginning to notice The Signs. (Previous to this, I was washing my face in the shower with whatever my body wash du jour, moisturizing with perfumed hand lotions and leaving the house bare-faced with no thought to sunscreen or antioxidants. Hell, I didn’t even know what an antioxidant was!)
My parameters were very specific, however. Yes, I wanted the best product for my skin (dry to very dry and prone to eczema) but I also didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for very little. I also didn’t want to have to plan a special trip to the mall to procure the goods; I needed them easily accessible, preferably online.
And at the risk of sounding like a sucker or a secret promoter (which I’m not), I ended up choosing Paula’s own facial beauty products, specifically items from the Skin Recovery line. I’ve been using them now for over four years and I can safely say that they are totally HGB.
Today, I want to highlight the toner, which is Step 1 of my regimen. I don’t actually use Paula’s cleanser (I’ve talked about my choice of that here) so if you choose to invest, this will probably be your Step 2. Anyhow, I absolutely adore this toner because it’s odorless, refreshing and non-drying. You know that skin-tightening feeling you got using those astringent high school staples? Well, you get none of that with Paula’s Skin Recovery Toner. Also, not only does it make your face feel extra special clean and supple after application, it also feels as if it firms up my face as well. It really is a miracle in a bottle.
Speaking of bottles, a little goes a long way. I can keep an entire 6oz. going for a good 4-5 months, and that’s using it everyday and applying liberally into an absorbent cotton swab. And when I run out, it’s just a matter of reordering online direct from Paula’s website.
At $18 a bottle, it’s already a steal, but if you wait for the frequent sales and free shipping offers, it really becomes a deal you can’t afford to pass up. I usually stock up on several bottles when these come rolling around.