Two Faced: Medical Grade Skincare vs Natural Skincare

IMG_1702While the term “two faced” generally has a negative connotation, lately I’ve had the thought that if only I really did have two faces, and unlimited funds, I could treat one face with medical grade skincare products and the other face with natural grade products to see which face fared the best in the long run.  

As it is, I am recently torn between both worlds and part of the week I use one set of products while the other part of the week I treat with the other set.  So basically, because I’m obsessed with both worlds at the moment, I alternate days…one day medical grade, the next natural grade.  

Medical Grade Skincare

I have tried a host of medical grade products in the last few years, but if I had to pare it down to my most loved items, I would choose the following products:


-Obagi Tretinoin Cream

-Skinceutical’s CE Ferulic

-Epionce Lite Lytic Tx

-Skinceutical’s Resveratrol B E 

-Skinmedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

-Skinceutical’s AOX Eye Gel

-Skinceutical’s A.G.E. Interrupter 

I have literally witnessed the improvement in the health and beauty of my skin from using these medical grade products. There are also a few medical grade products I am currently using where I believe in the science behind them, but since I have kept my skin in pretty good shape with a regular regimen incorporating the products mentioned above, I haven’t been able to see major improvement, rather I just have faith that using these products regularly is slowing the aging process.  I hope to talk about some of these products in a later post.

Natural/Green Skincare

I have only just started dabbling in the natural side of skincare, but it hasn’t taken long for me to reap some amazing rewards.  As I mentioned already, I incorporate natural skincare in my regimen approximately every other night.  I bet you can guess which nights I look forward to!  In the short time I’ve been using these products, the only physical improvements I can definitely attest to are the calming effects on irritated skin.  Oh, but the sensory benefits are numerous!  I have completely fallen for most of the products I have been trying.  There are two brands I am putting through my skincare trials right now: Indie Lee and May Lindstrom.  Sunday Riley, a fellow Texan, is a brand generally comprised of a mixture of natural and synthetic ingredients.  I love her products and have repurchased several already.  Sunday Riley was my gateway brand into the natural realm of skincare.

Following are the products I have tested and adore from these three brands:

-Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

-IL CoQ10 Toner

-IL Swiss Apple Facial Serum

-IL Calendula Eye Balm

-IL Squalane Facial Oil

(The above products are my full routine on some days)

-May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden Mist

-ML Blue Cocoon

-Sunday Riley Good Genes

-SR Start Over Eye Cream

-SR Luna and Flora Oils

-SR Bionic Cream

I plan to write a separate review on each product, or group of products, that I mentioned in this post, so please come back and see why I love each of these skincare greats.  I also hope to conclude the series with a comprehensive post featuring a showdown between the two categories of skincare.  I want to finalize with this conclusive entry because I need to satisfy the scientific nerd in me, and settle on the best avenue of skincare for my mature skin.

Thank you for listening to this introduction to my skincare journey through my mature years❤️