It seems like every ten years or so, I’ve had to change or adjust my skin care routine. What worked at 35, no longer works at 65. I’ve researched, read about, and tried suggested products, aimed specifically for my skin type, and age group. After much disappointment, I finally found a program that’s right for me.
Sometimes our complexion can look and feel drier, due to an accumulation of dead skin cells. Just washing won’t remove them, so a mild exfoliation is recommended. Exfoliate Your Face
You can buy an exfoliation scrub cream, and apply it with a wet wash cloth, or buy a hand held micro-derm-abrasion applicator, with discs that already contain the scrub. I prefer the applicator because it’s much easier and less messy. Either way, here are a few tips to keep in mind to get the best results:
1. Splash your face with warm water; never apply exfoliation creams to dry skin.
2. Use slow, circular motions when applying, and don’t press down too hard.
3. Use care around the skin of your eyes. The area is very thin, and you don’t want to create more lines and wrinkles.
4. If this is your first application, use only for 1-2 minutes. There’s always a possibility you could be sensitive or allergic. The suggested time is 3-5 minutes, and I usually go for 4.
5. Rinse well with warm or tepid water, and finish with a splash of cold to close pores and eliminate redness.
6. Lightly pat dry, then apply serum toner, and moisturizer
Serum Toners VS. Moisturizers
Serum toners are to be applied after cleansing. Skin Toner Serum toners close pores, hydrate skin cells, and gently tighten and smooth your skin. Unless your face is very dry, you might want to just use a serum toner, instead of moisturizer, during the day. Facial Serum vs. Facial Moisturizer
Many contain vitamin C to help fade dark spots, and some contain hyaluronic acid . HYALURONIC ACID I started using it four months ago, and noticed an improvement in the texture and tone within one week.
After your exfoliation and serum, apply a foundation that closely matches your skin tone, and doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles. The best I’ve found is L’Oreal’s Magic Nude Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin . It goes on like a liquid but turns into a powder-like finish. It’s very natural looking, comes in many shades, and also has SPF 18.
I only brush on a light dusting of blush, and sweep it upwards. I apply it by swirling a large, soft powder brush in the blush, dab a bit on each cheek, then remove most of the remaining blush by running it lightly across the back of my hand. Putting brush back to cheek, I swirl it in wider circles, then sweep upwards.
Even though brows may be sparse, they still can accentuate your eyes. Use either a brow brush or pencil, and lightly fill in the thin areas with color. Don’t over-fill, or make them too dark. Just add a few strokes of the pencil at a time, where your natural brow line is.
Unless you’re attending a dressy event, keep eye shadow to a minimum. Use powders, not creams; creams settle in wrinkles. Stay away from bright colors, shimmers, and frosts, which makes lines and wrinkles more prominent.
Line upper and lower lids with same color as brows. You can also add a bit of liner to match your eyes.
Mascara is a must, just don’t cake it on. I keep a clean small mascara brush to separate lashes between applications.
Women our age are mature, marvelous, and beautiful! Enhance your beauty in positive ways; remember…less is more.