Thought I'd do a post on my current skin care routine since I have added some new products that I am excited about :)
Now, I had been using the SAME products for the past 7 years and have been very loyal to them... but over the past month, I have decided to add a few new products to the mix since I am a "thirty-something" (GASP) and figured it's about time I am proactive with my skin in terms of preventing wrinkles...
So you know the saying "less is more" ? Well... yeah... not in this case See picture below of all products currently being used!! lol
So, for comparison, here is what I had been using for the past 7 years....
From L to R : La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, HydraphaseUV SPF 30 ,Toleriane foaming wash, Toleriane Riche Cream, Vichy Purette Thermale Toner , Vichy Purete Thermal Eye makeup remover
As you can see.... I'm a big fan of La Roche Posay. I find it great for sensitive skin and if you look it up on Skin Deep, the "Toleriane" line is pretty low on the toxicityity level:) Even the "Purete Thermale" line from Vichy tests very well on the Skin Deep Database :)
Since I have been using the products above FOREVER... I can say that they do not irritate my skin (which can be sensitive) the eye makeup remover does not burn my eyes (many do) and the Sunscreen is by far the BEST I have every used and great for under makeup. These are my staples....and I can't imagine ever swapping these out for anything else.... HOWEVER that doesn't mean I cant ADD to my routine :)
So heading into "mid thirty" land... I thought I better start being a bit more proactive with my skin so I can look like J-Lo when I am 42 + ..... *Love*
I should mention, that knowing several people in the medical field... I have been told the same thing by them all: all you need is Retin-A and a good Moisturizer. So, although it may LOOK like I have a lot more going on, that is really the basis of my skin care. The extra products are for my eyes since you can't really use a retin-A on your delicate eye area :)
So, here are my Day Time Products:
From L to R (new products only): Prevage Eye Serum, Prevage Eye Cream SPF 15, Josie Maran 100% pure Argan Oil
I have only been using the Prevage stuff for about a month ( purchase inspired by Blushing Pixie), but I will say that it hasn't been irritating my eyes and my eyes feel so hydrated! I love that the eye cream has SPF in it, which is why it is my day time eye cream only. So far, two thumbs up! Note: Makeup goes on very nicely over both the serum and cream.
The Josie Maran Argan oil is total LOVE! It's so moisturizing and hasn't broken me out (knock on wood). Since it is a serum, it hydrates at a deeper level than a cream motorizer does ...I have noticed a big difference in my skin which can tend to be dehydrated most of the time.
.......and Night Time
From L to Right (new products only) YSL Temps Majeur Eye Cream, Retisole-A (Rentin-A prescription), Shiseido White Lucent spot targeting serum
The YSL eye cream was inspired by the MANY fantastic reviews on Makeup Alley (here) . So far I am really liking it. Super hydrating. I cant speak for how it works under makeup since I use it at night.... but I do love it. Note: I like thick eye creams :)
Sheseido White Lucent Serum. To be honest... I may as well have left this out. It's not that I hate it... but I havent noticed much of a difference and I feel like my Retin-A cream does a better job of evening out hyperpigmantation ... But I will use it until it's finished since it was a tad pricey ...
and the main one... Retin-A : I got a low grade prescription strenght (viva health care coverage!!) If you speak with dermatologists, many will say that all you need is Retin'A and a good Moisturizer. The main ingredient in many Anti Aging skin care lines is Rentin-A
The benefits are vast, but if you want to read more; take a look at this link. Warning: google before using... start very slow and moisturize like crazy! ( another reason I bought the Argan Oil)
I had been using Rentin-A in the past but stopped when I was pregnant. Even though I was told I could start again while nursing my little one, I decided not to until she was on milk. I have already noticed a big improvement in my skin. It is smooth and glowing... even the hubby noticed!
I hope this post helped some people .... :) Let me know if you want any extra info!!!
UPDATE: I noticed I may not have stressed HOW IMPORTANT it is to use a very strong sunscreen while using Rentin-A. Some people even prefer to use it only in the winter months, however i do not spend a lot of time in the sun and I always use a sunscreen. :)
Talk soon Everyone!!