Here are the skin care products that I use and love to keep my mature skin looking and feeling as beautiful as possible (without spending a fortune).
The Importance of a Good Skin Care Routine
I have always been fastidious about skin care, but especially so now that I am in midlife (53 to be exact). With age, it is extremely important for us to take care of our skin. I’ve learned so many valuable and practical things about skin from my friend and dermatologist Dr. Jo Herzog. She has advised me on several of the DIY treatments that I reference below. Thanks to her, I do several things at home (with great results) that would’ve cost me tons more time and money at a spa.
My Favorite Beauty Products for Daily Skin Care
Daily skin care is important because it is the foundation of good skin. I firmly believe that in life (and in skin care), “it’s not what you do all day; it’s what you do every day.” (John Maxwell). It is the small, daily habits of cleansing, moisturizing, applying sunscreen, and staying OUT of the sun that make the biggest difference in the condition of our skin. Below are the best products (for me) for that daily routine.
- Makeup remover: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. This is my “Ponds but better” fave. It is soft, creamy, and removes all eye and face makeup easily.
- Face Cleansing: I love Maskcara Milk cleanser and use it every time I cleanse my face. It is milk based, gentle, and smells heavenly. The masque, cream and toner are also in my daily repertoire, as I have dry, sensitive skin and can’t use anything harsh or abrasive.
- Facial Scrub: I use Clinique 7-Day Scrub almost every time I wash. First, because I love the feel of exfoliation; second, because it leaves my skin slightly glowy. I use it along with my fave cleansing tool, below.
- I love my Mia Clarisonic. I use it every single day when I cleanse with Maskcara Milk and also when I use the 7-Day scrub. Exfoliation is my favorite thing:-)
- Toner. I want to make sure every trace of makeup is removed without stripping my dry skin. My #1 favorite toner is Paula’s Choice Moisturizing toner. My 2nd fave is the Maskcara Milk toner. They both do a fabulous job of removing makeup and gently hydrating the skin. The Paula’s Choice is less expensive, so it is my top pick.
- Cotton squares. These DHC Silky cotton pads are FAB; no lint that can get into eyes. I use them with the toner and always see a trace of makeup come off on the pad (which is why I love toner;-).
- Daily moisturizer with sunscreen. I’ve used this EltaMD UV 40 for almost a decade and love it. It has zinc oxide but goes on clear and smooth so that makeup applies flawlessly.
My Favorite Beauty Products for “Big Guns” Skin Care
There are several beauty products that I use for “bigger guns” skin care~the things that help prevent or minimize the effects of aging skin. Here are the products that I use and recommend.
- Vitamin C is part of my routine (I share why in this blog post). I use this one from Skinceuticals and also this one from Obagi (both recommended by Dr. Jo). I have and use both and can’t tell a difference.
- Micro-needling is one of my absolute fave ways to maintain better skin. I bought this micro-needle kit last year and have used it faithfully ever since. I share all the details about DIY micro-needling in this blog post). I’ve had tons of feedback from readers who’ve started DIY micro needling and who’ve seen similar good results.
- I use Retin-A (tretinoin) at night and get mine from Dr. Jo’s office (she has a compounded gel formula that I love). You can get retinoid products that work similarly.
- Epionce is my nightly moisturizer (after Retin-A). There are less expensive options, but this one is the BEST I’ve ever used. It feels like silk, smells heavenly, and lasts forever (it only takes a dab). The Maskcara Milk cream is less expensive and also a dreamy smelling, rich creamy option.
- Dermaplaning is another thing I tend to do at home (and occasionally at the spa). These disposable blades are my pick, and I use them every week or so.
My favorite spa treatments and cosmetic procedures.
I go to a local Med-Spa for a routine (once per month) hydra-facial (which I love) and occasional “reaction eyes and lips” treatment (although I really am not sure that this does anything significant). For cosmetic procedures, I love disport (a botox) and get occasional filler (for my sinking face). Also an occasional glycolic peel when I have time.
I hope this list is helpful. I’d love to hear from those of you who have favorite skin care products that you recommend. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed, and savvy day!!!