It happened one day. I saw a picture posted on Facebook that someone had taken of me at a party. I was clearly happy – laughing, relaxed, carefree. It was a great picture.
I looked….my age.
It was the first time that I noticed how old I looked. It is not a bad thing because I’ve lived a pretty awesome life so far and I look pretty darn good for my age if I do say so myself.
However, it was a good kick in the ol’ backside that I should probably start paying attention to a real, targeted skin care regime. The days of relying on Glossybox samples, gifts with purchase and the recommendations in whatever magazine I was reading.
So I did my research – literally digging down through the beauty marketing to the science and the user reviews. I went to different aestheticians. I bought a lot of products to test. And now I have a routine to which I am, mostly, faithful.
So here is what I do to feed my skin –
Daily Morning Routine:
I use a gentler cleanser in the morning – I just need something to wash off the sleep. Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
Honestly, I am still not convinced about the usefulness of toner but it feels good and at $3.99 it is little luxury I can afford. Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner (whole face)
Strivectin Tightening Face Serum (whole face)
I know this is probably overkill but I am convinced it works wonders on my droopy eyelid skin. Olay Regenerist Regenerating Eye Lifting Serum (eyelids only)
Strivectin 360 Tightening Eye Serum (under eye)
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-hour Auto-replenishing Hydrator (whole face)
I am a bit obsessed with not having a visibly aging neck. Right now I am concerned with tightening and reducing crepiness. Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream+ (neck only)
Daily Night Time Routine:
At night I use a cleanser that has the ability to remove my make-up and the grime of the day. Tatcha The Deep Cleanser
Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner (whole face)
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Eye Lifting Serum (eyelids only)
Dr. Brandt 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream (under eye)
Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream+ (neck only)
4 NIGHTS A WEEK – Strivectin Tightening Face Serum (whole face) / Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream (whole face)
3 NIGHTS A WEEK – Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum (whole face) [maybe my hands down fave product] / Clinique Moisture Surge 72-hour Auto-replenishing Hydrator (whole face)
Sunday Night Facial:
Prep: Not the best analogy but when you re-paint a room, you scrape down the old layers of paint so the new paint goes on smoothly – professional derma planing does the trick or there are tools to do it yourself – motor powered or non-motor powered (I use the motor one but I’m giving you options)
Cleanse: Tatcha The Deep Cleanser
Exfoliate: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate or Peter Thomas Roth Firm Peeling Gel (depending on the state/sensitivity of my skin)
Mask: Environ Skin EssentiA Hydrating Clay Mask
Pores: Clinique Blackhead Solutions Self-Heating Extractor
And the funny thing is, this is where the attention to detail ends – if I’m lucky I get out of the house with mascara on! Check out my Instagram to see for yourself!
Excellent!Love the mascara tag😅Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone