This is the part-two edit of My Skin posts…I kinda did them back to front – for some strange reason I started with primers 😉
Now, I get asked all the time about what I’m using on my 50+yr-old skin?
This shocks me.
Because, all I see when I look in the mirror, is dry skin and wrinkles.
I do however appreciate that other people will see me differently – we are after all, our own worst critics.
These days I mostly have my beauty routine down pat.
I like that I now know my skin well – it means I can still trial new products without causing too much damage to the balance.
Before I go any further though, you need to know my skin is extremely dry.
You know what dryness equals don’t you? Even more bloody wrinkles.
More than a 50-year-old should have to deal with, if you ask me!
To add insult to injury, in times of stress my skin is also tormented by psoriasis which makes my skin sensitive, sore to touch and not very attractive to look at.
So what works on my skin, might not necessarily work on yours.
Finding the right products can be costly and very much a trail and error process.
My belief is simple, if a skin care company believes their product is good, they will happily give you a sample.
Buying skin care means building a relationship between you and the company you are investing in – this step is through the consultant.
Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask to try before you buy. Because it you’re happy with the product/service you’re more than likely to return and share your positive thoughts about the brand.
But, before I go any further, its important that we are all on the same page when it comes to topical products.
No matter how loud skin care companies shout, we all know that topical products can only do so much.
In saying that, I am a product whore – seriously I am.
My skin takes some looking after and the right skin care is a top priority for me. I’m also a realist though and I don’t expect a topical product to work a miracle.
If my products offer me a high level of (non-greasy) moisture and supple skin without any reaction – I’m a happy bunny.
After that, Botox does the rest. I top up my Botox on a regular basis.
I do it Just. For. Me.
You can read about my Botox journey here.
When I have my Botox injections, I only ever ask for a natural look.
If you are considering Botox, at the very least do your research.
Go to someone with a good reputation – after all, you’re far too precious to have inferiour products injected into your system.
The other culprit along with dry skin for causing wrinkles is sun damage.
At this point you probably want to curl over giggling as dear old Blighty doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to summer and sunshine. They’re often words not used in the same sentence.
Although, as a child of the sixties I can remember glorious day of continual sun – without a bottle of sun protection in sight.
Yes, we all got burnt. Damage was done.
Then Bergasol, Ambre Solaire and Piz Buin came to the rescue…well not sure you could really call factor 2 the rescue, but it was way better than nothing.
Even after everything I have put my skin through, I have been told it’s in pretty good nick – I’m happy with that.
So here’s what I get up to on a daily basis in the skin dept.
I’m obsessed by clean skin. Stat.
Cleansing your skin of the days make-up and general grime, is super important to me. I love the feeling of squeaky clean skin.
It’s also a step that I used to ignore – because I’m a lazy-ass, especially when it comes to my daily-date with the other love in my life – my bed.
Grumpy Mumma Bear has nothing on me 😉
Every night I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (link to Priceline) – I love this stuff (oops forgot to photograph this).
Every morning in the shower, I either use my Clarisonic Mia (link to Adore Beauty) with my Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Lotion (link to Adore) or I will use the cleanser on its own. I also use a scrub every couple of days to remove the dead skin, for a brighter complexion.
How did I ever cope without serum?
I have also just trialled Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum which I loved (will probably buy this one next time) and Medik8 Hydr8 Skin Rehydration Serum – this was also fabulous.
My daily moisturiser can change depending on the season. This summer I have tried Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance for the first time – this has worked well, but I think I prefer Dermalogica Age Smart Super Rich Repair which I used before.
Both offer a hit of moisture, but I feel the Super Rich Repair kept my skin supple for the whole day.
Some nights I use Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (link to Priceline) just on its own.
I always replace this when I run out.
My skin likes it…I only tend to use it on the evening before a hair wash day though, because I don’t like what the oily-ness does to my fringe!
One other thing I am totally committed to, is water.
I don’t drink tea or coffee – I know, how can I possible live in Australia without loving Coffee eh?
So,water is naturally a big part of my life.
Skin loves water – so I’m guessing this helps heaps too!
What’s your skin care routine like? Are you a stickler or a lazy-ass?