Madonna’s been in New York this week promoting her skin line, MDNA. MDNA has actually been available overseas for a while but she just launched at Barneys which is why, now that American outlets have access to it, she’s been getting so much coverage. There’s a face wash, serum, the rose mist, and more, but the chrome clay mask is the one that’s been called the “cornerstone of the collection” because it uses “volcanic clay from Montecatini in Italy”.

Anyway, some people are wondering, since Madonna’s had so many procedures – probably a lot of Botox and injections etc – if she should be the one to tell us about skin. The way I see it is that there’s nobody more obsessed with her skin than Madonna. Like, even people who get Botox and injections have to take care of their skin. In fact, I wonder if those people might take care of their skin even more. Because Botox and injections, for them, in combination with all kinds of exclusive and sometimes expensive products, is the way they maintain their faces. I’m not sure anyone who gets injected regularly leaves the clinic and is all like, oh now I don’t have to moisturise and put on antioxidants and do my eye cream at night for another 3 months until my next Botox appointment! If anything they’re using even more moisturiser and 8 different kinds of serum to protect the results of the Botox. My point is – Madonna can be an expert at plastic surgery AND at skin care products. Would you like her to be more forthcoming about how her products work WITH all the other treatments – invasive or otherwise – that she gets? That’s a different conversation. The conversation here is whether or not she knows her sh-t when it comes to masks and lotions and serums and etc. Why wouldn’t she? She’s been trying to find the magic potion for 30 years.

The thing about magic potions though is that it’s different for everyone. What works for me isn’t necessarily going to work for you. For example, I exfoliate every day. That might be too harsh for others. The most expensive skincare product I use is the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic antioxidant serum. It’s $170/bottle. It lasts 4 months. I apply in the morning right after exfoliating, before moisturiser. I’m obsessed with it. It’s brightened up my skin in the best way. But some people I know are sensitive to it. The cheapest skincare product I use is Aveeno body lotion – on my face. Every night. I love it. But you might find it too heavy. I’m always worried that my favourite products will be discontinued. This just happened 2 months ago. My favourite makeup removing pre-wipes were shut down. I’m down to my last pack and I haven’t been able to find a comparable wipe since. Madonna says this was the reason she decided to produce her own range of products:

“I got really tired and fed up of years and years of performing, being onstage, being filmed, being photographed and always having to grab one product and then another one, and then another one,” she explains. “And as soon as I liked a product it was discontinued. It always happens to me. When I liked a product they stopped making it. So that was really the germ of what started this whole process of why I wanted to create skin care.”

Well there’s something you can be mad at her for. When something I love gets discontinued, I just get to bitch about it. I don’t get to make my own, goddamn it.

Click here to read Racked’s product review of MDNA. Oh and one more thing, as I’ve gotten older? My personal approach is that products alone are not enough. A lot of it is diet. If I don’t have enough water or I’ve been drinking too much alcohol, my skin turns dull. Also if I skip oranges for two days in a row? Dull. Exercise lifts my skin tone for at least 48 hours. And, of course, facials. In my 20s, I didn’t believe in facials. Now though, I need the products AND the facials. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’m all about the microderm/cold gel laser double blast that I get from Lorinda Zimmerman at W Skin Care. You know who else goes to W Skin Care? Meghan Markle.