Every so often someone will ask me what I do to take care of my skin. I don’t think my skin looks particularly special like a babies bum but I’m happy with it and it feels good. With the care I put into it I expect it to be healthy. I don’t put on a lot of expensive creams but I put in some effort most of the time
Now, there is the knowledge that your skin will reflect how you take care of your insides…eat well and your skin will show it but sometimes there are things that can help your skin just generally look better. More importantly, there are things that can help your skin feel better.
Remove your day from your skin.
Makeup obviously should be removed but there are dirts and things from the day that settle into skin. Unless of course you live in a hermetically seal very clean box. Find a routine you like is probably the best way to keep up with it. I have a “must do” routine and the routine that takes me about 90 seconds longer.
My evening routine always consists of using one of my oils to remove makeup from my skin. I don’t use soap on my face unless there is a definite reason (like deep cleaning the barn).
Sweet Almond oil is usually what I use. I pay special attention to cleaning off my eyes but I apply it everywhere and then wipe off with soft baby washcloths. Then I use witch hazel on everything but eyes (using a clean corner of the baby washcloth). My cleaning portion is done there. That’s what I do every night. If I take 90 seconds more time I apply *Vitamin C serum, CoQ10 Serum, and then a heavy night lotion (yes, I like the Olay Regenerist line, smooth cream, ok fragrance, absorbs quickly). I don’t wait between each application. I just apply.
If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll add in an eye cream. The 2 little tubs I use as a night cream (I got them both as sample sales and they feel equally good), the roller bottle is an am application that I rarely use.
Why rarely? It’s a little stinging. It’s good at what it does. It reduces puffyness and bags. Because it doesn’t feel great but does a good job, I keep it around and use it on the days when I feel like I need the extra help.
I can’t apply another lotion on top of all this without letting what I just did dry. I have a bunch of different lotions that I really like. There isn’t necessarily any particular reason to do one over another… Honestly, if I had the ability to make a decent cream (I’ve tried and failed) with the oils and bits I like, I’d just make my own and use that almost exclusively. As it is, I have a lot of cream. These are a couple of my favorite extras.
Some are evening, some are day use.
In particular, I use the Regenerist and the CeraVe that I’m going to talk about next, almost interchangeably. Which bottle do I grab at first? When it comes to replace them, I’ll probably just stick with the CeraVe because it’s less pricey.
The morning routine…
Tone my face with Derma e. I don’t see a marked difference in the witch hazel and this. Again, I’ll probably go with the less expensive one. Particularly because my kids use witch hazel to remove their makeup too. I do an application of *Vitamin C Serum, then I apply face cream with SPF in it and and CeraVe or the thinner Regenerist Serum…. or sometimes I put on one from my extras. As my mood varies. When it’s all dry, I put on my primer and makeup. I don’t wait in-between lotion applications but I do wait for it to absorb before makeup. Usually in the morning I start to put on the “face care” while brushing my teeth and prepping for yoga then I do makeup after yoga. On days that I can’t do a full yoga practice I just occupy myself for 5 minutes (make coffee, brush teeth, get dressed, straighten my hair) or so and its enough time to dry.
Now – Sweet Almond Oil – I’ve been using this for years. Soap so rarely touches my face. I’m not sure why I don’t use coconut oil instead. It is slightly better for your skin but I do like this oil and will continue at least for the time being. The only time I use a different oil is when I use an oil I formulated for an Ayurvedic thing that I use on my whole body. Which is a couple of times a week.
Toner – Thayers Alcohol Free Witch Hazel with Cucumber and Derma E Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Toner. I like both but the Thayers is less expensive like I mentioned. Even if the kids didn’t use it, I haven’t felt a difference between them and would probably stick with Thayers.
Vitamin C Serum – Timeless – I have tried another brand and I have one more I want to try. I really liked the Timeless though. Vitamin C Serum has a shelf life so be careful where you get it from. It smells bad when it’s expired. I’ll try the other one I have that just arrived (because this one ran out) but if I don’t like the new one more, I will be going back to Timeless next month.
CoQ10 Serum – Timeless – This is the only one I’ve had and I like it so I’ll likely stick with this one.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Face Moisturizer – this is good, absorbs fast. Not my favorite fragrance but not bad and goes away fast. My face feels softer because of this… that’s good right?
Eye Cream – Bare Minerals and Clinique – I don’t know if either of these do anything for my eyes. I won’t likely bother with a specific eye cream at all once these are gone.
First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller – Stings a little at first but it does it’s job.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – so thick! Slow absorbing. I love love love this cream but it does extra time to absorb.
Rose Hip Oil – this is a gorgeous fragrance free oil. I keep meaning to make a mix of this, Evening Primrose, and Sweet Almond for my face then I’ll use it daily. This oil absorbs quickly and well leaving a little shine which is fine for an evening application.
CeraVe Renewing System, Skin Renewing Serum – I like the cream well enough but not sure where it fits in my menagerie of creams. Unless I figure it out, I won’t get it again.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Facial Serum – this one and the other next cream, I use interchangeably and because of that, this is likely my last bottle. I want to simplify now that I’ve tried a bunch
CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM – There is an AM and a PM version. The difference is the SPF. Since I use a high SPF in the Neutrogena I don’t need the AM version. I may try it when my bottles of Neutrogena wear out. I might not. I am happy with the Neutrogena.
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF – Its thick but it goes on well and absorbs quickly. I can’t tell you if the SPF is doing it’s job other than I haven’t had a burn on my face since I’ve been using this. Don’t get it too close to your eyes though, it is stingy at the eye area.