The Cosmetics Restriction Diet in the New York Times (via TMN) is about letting go of all the expensive face creams and realizing that all you need is a good cleanser and sunscreen, and maybe a moisturizer or other treatment. They reference studies showing that often a $10 drugstore product works just as well as a $200 department store product. The Times article recommends Cetaphil cleanser (I use the version for oily skin) and the La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX sunscreen I mentioned a few days ago.
There is a related story, Drugstores Bank on Snob Appeal. They talk about CVS carrying higher-end skin care products, the La Roche-Posay line is again talked about. I want to mention that I like the Anthelios SX sunscreen not because it’s French, but because I can wear all day and doesn’t make me break out.
Paula Begoun‘s book The Beauty Bible covers the same ground, she debunks the miracle effects of expensive creams and shows how different lines of cosmetics are owned by the same companies and come from the same factories, the only difference is the fragrance and marketing. She also publishes a gigantic book called Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me where she gives a short review and rates all sorts of cosmetics, including top picks in the back. Paula Begoun has her own line of skin care and cosmetics and while the texture of her moisturizers doesn’t work for me, I absolutely love the toner and beta hydroxy liquid, both without added fragrance. She also has products specifically for those who have rosacia. There is also a book rating hair care products.