Morning and night skin care routine for the grown up woman ( a must if you are over 30).
Is Looking Our Age a Bad Thing?
In my most recent photos, I noticed that I definitely look 30. Which isn’t all that crazy, since I am almost in my mid-thirties. But somehow, in my head I still feel in my twenties.
My mom says that’s something that your mental state just never reconciles; our mental age just never seems to come to grips with what we physically see in the mirror. And our reflection is always a slight shock, kind of like seeing your body transform during pregnancy. I’m 37 weeks along, and I still do a double take when I see myself.
Are Genetics Enough for Good Skin?
Then another thought. My skin routine, which currently consists of Dove soap and Oil of Olay moisturizer also doesn’t reflect that I am no longer in my twenties.
Eating well, exercising and genetics have gotten me here, but what have I done to help keep face youthful? Not a thing. By Orange County standards, I’m at least 6 years behind on Botox and fillers, but perhaps such drastic measures are not necessary, quite yet?
A few months before I got pregnant I was obsessing over laugh lines, which I only noticed because I would develop foundation creases around my mouth. At the time my thought was to invest in a new primer, and then I read up on Retinol anti-aging benefits and found a random product via online reviews.
That’s the trouble with realizing that you need to upgrade your skin routine, it’s not as easy as just taking a stroll into a department store. So, to help get my grown woman on, I enlisted the help of a licensed esthetician.
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- A good skin care routine begins with a cleanser. I’m going to give Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Face Cleanser, a try. It’s $8 and the fresh scent feels comforting in the winter and energizing in the spring.
Update: I’ve actually switched to Tula Purifying Cleanser and I’ve been loving it.
- Next, is a serum tailored for the needs of your skin. For anti-aging benefits, an aesthetician suggests a serum with Vitamin C and for dehydrated skin a serum with hyaluronic acid is a good investment. I chose the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum because it’s also formulated with hyaluronic acid to retains my skin’s moisture in the winter, and claims to enhance firmness and elasticity—all things I feel my face would want.
Next is the eye balm. Admittedly, I haven’t been doing anything to keep the ever delicate skin around my eyes wrinkle free and subtle. I’m giving the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream a try because it has all natural products, and caffeine to help fight puffiness.
Update: I’ve switched to Kiehl’s avocado eye cream, currently on my third jar.
- Then you need a moisturizer and a sunblock. Regardless of the season, sunblock should be worn daily and should be at least 30SPF. You could use a moisturizer and then a sunblock, but I love the idea of combining these two, and found a perfect product I’m excited to try; Cetaphil’s DermaControl oil Control Moisturizer boasts a matte finish, which is precisely what my oily/combination skin needs.
To keep all the goodness I just put on my face intact, even while wearing makeup, the last step is to seal and protect my skin with a primer, and prep it for foundation. I like the Laura Mercier Primer.
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Here is What Skin Care Routine For The Grown Up Woman Should Look Like at Night:
- The one thing I figured out on my own, is that I needed a gentle eye make up remover, and one that wouldn’t leave the area around my eye red and irritated. I actually really love Salma Hayek’s Nuance dual phase makeup remover. It has chamomile & lavender extracts.
Switched to Garnier SkinActive Miscellar Skin Cleansing Water and now that’s the only thing I use to remove makeup and dirt ( essentially combining 1 & 2 items on this list.)
- To remove foundation and lipstick Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are great.
My aesthetician suggests using an exfoliator in the evening to cleanse your skin. I like the YES to Grapefruit Daily Scrub, not only are the ingredients all natural, but who can resist the smell of grapefruit?
Update: After seeing another aesthetician, I realized that exfoliating is actually not what I should be doing for my skin because of how sensitive my skin is and the abrasiveness of scrubs causes capillaries on my nose and cheek.
- For my nightly eye cream, I’m splurging a bit with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II.
To finish up, a night moisturizer that again would tackle your skin’s needs while you rest. For this, I’m going with Clinique’s Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer. Whatever it’s turning around, I’m into it.
- Most skin gets a little drier in the winter, so if you notice that it’s causing your skin to be uncomfortable or dull then definitely amp up your routine.
- If you are extra dry, a hydrating masque is always a nice way to get a little extra boost of hydration.
- Find products with quality ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E, and avoid products made with mineral oil.
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