Hey ladies!! I hope everyone has had a great start to a new week! I feel like I’m finally getting my stride back since going back to work. It has certainly been an uphill battle getting back in a solid routine, heck who am I kidding – I’ve had a tough time getting up before 7. But, I must say that I thoroughly enjoy my new gig and couldn’t be happier. I have been truly blessed with the opportunities that have popped up in my life the last few months, so I’m gonna give the Lord a HUGE shout out!!
Ok, so I’m talking about skincare today and why I changed my routine/products. A lot of you girls know that I was using Rodan + Fields prior to a year ago and changed up to the Limelife by Alcone skincare when I started using the Limelife by Alcone professional makeup. I do enjoy the LL and have had improvements in my skin by using some of the products, but I was starting to look dull a few months ago. You know what I’m talking about, I didn’t have a glow, my skin was starting to look matte. That’s the best way I can describe it. Not like it used to anyways, so I had to take steps to fix that; being almost 50, we women have to take our skincare serious.
I went to have the microdermabrasion facial, conducted by Melissa (to read that post click here and get your Promo Code) and I could immediately see a difference in my skin. After talking with Melissa, my esthetician, about my skin and what I wanted as far as results, I decided to go back with Rodan + Fields. I still use my Clairisonic Mia 2 at night while cleaning my face, and I added (or started back) using the Redefine Amp MD Derma-Roller with the entire Redefine Amp It Up System. Before I go any further I do want add that I DO use Retin-A and Glycolic Acid at night in my routine. You can get these from any dermatologist or your Day Spa ( Melissa carries a line that is awesome – at Renew Day Spa in Garner, NC). I got mine from Southeast Med Spa in Clayton, NC and the cost for both was around $320, if I’m not mistaken.
What was missing in my skincare routine? The ability to deep clean and slough off dead skin cells. Even though I used a mask once a week, I was still not getting the results I once was. Let me say this, I like the skincare line in LL, but I needed something that would take it up a notch or two considering my age and the loss of elasticity as we get older. For me, Rodan + Fields does the trick! Let me explain why.
- I needed something that was actually getting in and taking all my makeup off. Even with the Clairisonic, it didn’t feel like I was totally bare. You girls know what I mean, sometimes when you wash your face it still feels like it’s not totally clean or smooth. That’s where I was at, which led to the buildup of dead skin cells on my face and neck. (Quick fix to that was the microdermabrasion facial).
- I was using the Derma-Roller and I was seeing results, so I went back to using that Derma-Roller. As we get older, we ladies need all the help we can get and I’m all about looking and trying whats out there to give you girls the best reviews I can that are honest and true.
- I wasn’t using a Toner – now some people may say thats ok, but I personally felt that I needed that. It is a refreshing feeling when you wipe that cotton ball across your face and see no signs of residual makeup! I don’t know about you ladies, but with my skin – I’m playing catch up from years of half way sticking to a regimen. Sadly, I must admit that there were plenty of nights I hopped right in the bed with leftover makeup from that day still on my face. DON’T DO THAT!!!! Learn from my mistakes younger ladies. Don’t skip out on you skincare routine – it is imperative you take care of your skin at an early age. Prevent those fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin!! Cause before you know it, it will be staring you in the face and you’d wish you started sooner.
Those are my main reasons, as a maturing woman, I need something that not only stops or slows down the aging process, but will reverse it! I’m sure we all have bottles and jars of moisturizers, face creams, eye creams, etc. in a drawer somewhere that we didn’t see any fast results and we stopped using them. That’s money wasted! I am in this category – I threw away hundreds of dollars on different products over the years only to either stop using them because I saw no results or I was just too lazy to apply them daily. So they ended up in a drawer or a basket gathering dust – wasted money – I mean right down the drain wasted! Ugggg
So what is your skin worth to you? This was a HUGE obstacle for me. I personally did not want to spend a lot of money on any moisturizers, eye creams…heck, I didn’t want to spend any money on skincare. Now, I didn’t mind pumping it out for makeup, clothes, accessories or food haha. Then I had one lady ask me if I could go back and invest in my skincare and actually stick to a regimen, would I?…I immediately said YES!! So you ladies in your 20’s, 30’s or even early 40’s…start NOW! Start taking care of your skin now or you will be playing catch up and trust me – it is NOT easy nor fun!
My mom told me when I was in my teens to start using Oil of Olay lol! I used it, but not consistently. I was a slacker at times, I was a busy mom, hopping back and forth from work, school, ball games, choir practice, daycare, doctors and the list never stopped. I was tired and the last thing I wanted to do most nights was take 10 minutes to take care of the one thing everyone would be seeing for the rest of my life! There is no covering that face up girls, and one day you are going to wake up, look in a mirror and wonder what happened! What happened to that young girl and where did these bags come from, when did my neck start sagging, and what’s up with these lip lines! It’s coming and it’s coming with a vengeance! Prepare for the worst now so when time comes when you are seeing the 40 something faces out there, yours still looks like a 30 year old!
Seriously, being a Fashion and Beauty Blogger, I must keep it real with your girls. If something is working then I’m going to tell you, if I stop seeing results, I’m keeping it 100% real. As long as I am coming clean about skincare and aging, let me say that you can use these reverse and anti-aging products on your chest and your hands too! As we get older those pretty little hands turn into something thats not delicate looking anymore. I first noticed this when I was in my late 30’s, the backs of my hands was starting to show aging. Start pumping that moisturizer on your hands too. Lotion is not enough sometimes, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and exercise! These things are vital to keep your skin looking young.
Ok, I may have scared a few, but any of you girls that are around my age will know the struggle is REAL! If any of you have had success with products, please drop a comment below. I’d love to hear from you and see whats working for others. It’s all about sharing with other women here and helping a sista out! Stay safe and those that are in SC and NC, I pray that Florence loses strength or turns away. God Bless!!
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