When it comes to skincare, I have literally tried so many brands I have a drawer full of products that said they would deliver and never did. My biggest concern is something that helps fight the aging process, the lovely signs of getting older and gravity (what once was up – eventually sags down). Most women that are around 40 and older all say the same things.
The issue with me over my grownup life is I was lazy and I mean lazy a lot! Did I wash off my makeup every night? Umm, nope! I was a busy Mom in college and working with two small children. I was either at a church function, a ball game or a recital – or practices for everything in between.
I was in my 40’s before I started being consistent in my routines and still had to make myself at times. For all you younger girls, trust me when I say – you need to take care of your skin daily! Start now in your younger years and when you are in your late 40’s, 50’s and beyond you will be much happier with your skin.
My Nightly Routine
I love Rodan and Fields, but I also love a lot of other products. I have never been product loyal unless it gave me the results that I was loving. If it works, I tend to continue to use the product, although, since I am a skincare junkie now – I still try all kinds of products. I will read reviews and do a lot of research on something, especially if I am going to splurge on a product.
Step 1: Wipe That Makeup OFF!
The very best makeup wipes I have ever used, from expensive to inexpensive- Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes have always topped the list. I have literally run to Walmart or Target to buy these when I have tried other brands and they failed to do the job.
Step 2: Wash Your Face!
Why do I like these products?
I like the Daily Cleansing Mask because it’s a clay mask that pulls the impurities out of your skin. This helps reduce pores and exfoliating your skin and gives you younger-looking and younger-feeling skin. Can you tell this one has been used? It has!
I like the Foaming Cleanser because it makes my skin feel super clean and I like using it in the shower when I’m in a hurry at night and in the mornings. It’s a product that I have used for over 20 years and I’m still using it at least a few times during the week.
Step 3: Toner (Work it girls)
I use a few toners, so before I start talking about the two I use, let me explain why you need to use a toner. Using a toner gets any traces of dirt, oil or makeup that may be left after washing your face. It helps balances the pH of your skin, can help with acne, oily or dry skin. Some can also help minimize pores, loss of firmness and fine lines.
Toners I Am Currently Loving!
My day to day toner has been the Pore Minimizing Toner, I like this one because I do not need a lot and this one gives a lot of bang for the buck. It helps reduce the look of pores, fine lines and helps with firmness. At 50 years old – this is essential in fighting the gravity issue and fine lines.
In the winter months, I can tell that my skin needs hydrating constantly so I have been using Fresh Rose Deep Hydrating Facial Toner. I can tell a big difference in my skin, especially in the cheek area. They seem more hydrated and plump. I will take plump over sagging any day! This one uses rose water, hyaluronic acid, and angelica leaf extract to draw in moisture and keep it in place. This one also has over 120K loves on the review- that should tell you something!
Step 4: Moisturize Your Face
You can probably tell that I normally use the Redefine Regimen, which I do and I love these products. As an Influencer, I get a box of items every 3 months filled with products that I try out and review – and some of these products have been awesome! Products that I have fallen in love with and I am still using, plus I have been asked recently what my skincare regimen was like. So in the era of transparency – I am sharing it all!
Regardless of age, everyone wants their skin to look glowy, radiant, and plump. As your skin begins to produce less oil and there is a breakdown of elastic and collagen fibers, “the skin becomes drier and thinner with more laxity.” Generally, this means a proper skin-care regimen needs to include “products that strengthen and thicken the dermis, provide moisture retention and barrier renewal, yet are not too harsh or abrasive.”
My Favorite Moisturizers (Moisturize to Look Younger!)
Best Drugstore Moisturizer I Have Used
Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer is a great drugstore brand that I have on hand in my bathroom and my travel bag. I liked that it absorbed quickly, didn’t irritate (even with retinol) and had little scent. Tests found that it firmed and moisturized, evened tone and could smooth fine lines over time.
My other favorite Drugstore Brand that I am loving is No. 7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi-Action Serum. No. 7 is one of the best selling brands in America, I have tried a few of their products, but this has been my favorite.
Clinically Proven Results
• Face: 95% had visibly reduced wrinkles
• Face: 93% had a noticeable lift
• Neck: 85% had visibly reduced crepiness
• Neck: 82% had improved firmness
Moisturizers Where I Have Splurged
As you can tell, I like the serums much better than a typical moisturizer. My daily nightly moisturizer is Overnight Restorative Cream ( this is a splurge unless you get the full regimen). I do not go without this product, but I have reviewed a few “splurges” and absolutely loved these also.
In fact, in one of my bathrooms I have my regimen that I use the most, but some nights I like to use serums only and skip a nightly moisturizer. My ultimate splurge product is Metacell Renewal B3 Skinceuticals Serum. These are SUPER hard to get, they stay Out of Stock because the demand is so high. There are few left here if interested. You can get on a waitlist here – trust me…it’s totally worth it!
This is designed to target, repair and prevent the visible signs of photo-aging. A 5% concentration of niacinamide diminishes hyperpigmentation while peptides and glycerin firm skin and smooth expression lines and deep wrinkles.
Next on my Splurge List is Charlotte Tilbury’s Charlotte’s Magic Cream. These do come from a .5 oz ($29) to a 1.7oz jar (this is what I have ($100).
What does this do?
It contains Charlotte Tilbury’s secret mix of patented, anti-aging, hydrating and youth-promoting ingredients that lift and transform tired skin in an instant. This moisturizer fights the aging process on all fronts, stimulating collagen production and cell energy while fighting free radicals to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Skin is penetrated with hydration and elasticity is restored, smoothing the surface and promoting healthy cell renewal. It’s ideal for anyone with tired, thirsty or lackluster skin.
Step 5: Eye Cream
Best Drugstore Eye Cream
My favorite is ROC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Eye Cream. This helps with dark circles under eyes, puffiness of under eyes, smoother appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Restores elasticity and gives your eyes a smoother look.
Splurging On My Eye Creams!
I use the Multi-function Eye Cream daily, I absolutely love it and freak out when I do not have it in the house. With that being said, I have found myself without any for the last few weeks, so my stand by has been carrying the load of stopping my fine lines and wrinkles.
I used this brand for years and somehow over time, I stopped buying it. I’m not sure why, but things like this happen. I received this product in an Influenster Box and I remember why I used to throw this on a charge card way back in the day – it was worth it! Lancome Absolue Revitalizing Eye Cream with Grand Rose Extracts!
Made with an exclusive blend of Grand Rose Extracts, this rejuvenating eye cream targets the delicate skin around the eyes. It reveals eye contours that look rested and rejuvenated for a brighter, younger-looking skin. Immediately after use, skin looks more radiant and feels intensely moisturized, softer and smoother. In just four hours, the skin is firmer and more toned. After one week, skin feels tighter. In four weeks, signs of fatigue appear diminished, the skin is denser and looks rejuvenated, with improved surface cell renewal.
These are the products that I have been using for at least 6 months, some as long as 3-4 years. What’s most important is to make sure we clean our face. Did you know your skin ages 7X faster if you do NOT remove your makeup nightly? That should give a little motivation lol!
What are your must-have skincare products?
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