Good Skincare Comes First
This is my newest skincare routine update, I love it! As signs of age become apparent, I make tweaks and adjustments to my skincare routine to keep my skin as best as it can be. I do keep products to a minimum without going overboard on anything. I want to look and feel my best at whatever age I am (currently 58), never trying to roll things backwards too far since that is unrealistic and frustrating. The few products that I do use give me quick and lasting results. I do not like close-ups at all! This image is not touched up. I have switched to a BB Cream instead of foundation, I will talk about that in a future post very soon.
Good skin comes first whether or not you choose to wear makeup. As several of you have requested, I will post my makeup routine soon, but the most important thing before makeup is to have good skin so that you have a good canvas to work with. In the past, I have tried complete "systems" from various direct sales brands which are good but can be a costly investment. After a lot of reading and research about key ingredients and effectiveness, I found several over-the-counter basic skincare products that are just as effective and are easy on the wallet.
My skin now changes with the season. It was oily as a teen and young adult. Now, it is normal with a very slightly oily t-zone. I still do get a few breakouts if I use anything with heavy oils, so looking at the ingredients list for "oil-free" or fruit oils on products is important. As our weather becomes cooler and drier, my skin becomes drier toward the hairline, so I just add a little bit of my nighttime moisturizer to my daytime routine which takes care of that without buying more products.
For year-round day and night skincare that really works for me without buying excessively, I use these 5 products:
Nighttime Skincare Routine
Note: Always remove your makeup with a warm washcloth for effective cleansing that is also gentle. The warm cloth helps the cleanser penetrate while working off everything at the same time. Follow up with a couple of final warm water splash rinses with your hands after the cloth.
Step 1: Remove eye makeup: I use Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion. It is a gentle non-residual creamy product that removes even waterproof eye makeup. It leaves the eye area conditioned and soothed, while smoothing lines and reducing puffiness. It has also helped my thinning eyebrows grow back, they are much thicker now! Gently massage the cleanser onto your eye makeup then work it off with a warm wash cloth.
Step 2: Remove facial makeup: I use Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Face Cleanser. It is a rich airy lather that is fragrance-free and does not leave your face feeling dry. With a small amount of water added to the foam, massage the cleanser into your skin then work it off with a warm wash cloth. Follow up with a couple of final warm water splash rinses with your hands after the cloth.
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Step 3: Apply nighttime serum and moisturizer: I mix a few drops of Eve Hansen Vitamin C Serum into my Palmer's Cocoa Butter Night Cream then work the combination onto my face, eyebrow arch area and down the entire neck and chest area. If the mixture feels too thick, I just dampen my fingertips with water to blend it smoothly.
Eve Hansen Vitamin C Serum is under $20 plus a $2.00 off coupon right now -- This is NOT a Retinol, which is too harsh on me.
This is a Vitamin C serum that contains hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C is a nutrient for the skin that also lightens spots and uneven skin tone with time. Products that contain hyaluronic are good for plumping your skin. This element is found naturally in the sub-layers of our skin that happens to diminish with aging. Don't be afraid of the term "acid", it does not burn at all, your skin will drink it in. It also takes care of redness in the skin. The redness in my cheeks disappears when I use hyaluronic products.
// Eve Hansen Vitamin C Serum // **Plus $2.00 off coupon at Amazon check-out with this link**
Daytime Skincare Routine
I use a small amount of Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Face Cleanser in the morning. Just a small amount of foaming cleanser rinsed off with a splash of water and followed by Palmer's Cocoa Butter Day Cream is best. Always wash your face in the morning, even if it feels clean and moisturized from the night before. Moisturizers, natural skin oils and dead skin are a combination that need to come off in the morning to keep your good skin cycle happy and start the day with a fresh canvas.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Moisturizer Set for day and night is excellent. It is safe on sensitive skin and contains anti-aging ingredients. This product is efficient enough to just use a little extra under the eyes, eliminating the need to buy a separate eye cream. (the day moisturizer shown in the 5-product picture above is not available any longer, so I use the 2-piece skin perfecting set shown below here)
Once Per Week Extra Skincare
Once per week, usually on the weekend or Friday night, I use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser. This product gently works off stubborn dry or rough skin that is back toward my drier hairline and jawline. It gives my skin a smooth polished appearance that also allows my serum and moisturizers to be most effective and penetrate fully into the skin.
Do's and Don'ts of Good Skincare
** Protect your face from the sun at all times! I grew up in Florida watching my mom being a sun worshiper. She was very fair and paid for it with multiple procedures for skin cancer in her 40s and beyond into the rest of her life. I always wore makeup or sunscreen at the beach with a brimmed hat of some type, it makes a big difference.
** A warm wash cloth is best for cleansing. Tissue is harsh on the skin, especially the eye area, and can leave mico-lacerations in the skin that weakens the texture and can cause bacteria.
** Never, never, never sleep in your makeup. At the end of the day, your makeup has done it's job and your skin needs to breathe. Even if you no longer experience breakouts or acne, your skin can appear aged and dull with a rough texture from not resting enough from makeup.
** Use a serum at nighttime that works for your particular need. Be sure to read ingredients and know what the serum will do. Some can be harsh, so choose wisely.
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