Caring for our skin is as important as ever when we get older. A good skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive though. It’s easier than you might think with a simple routine and some good products. Follow this simple time skincare routine to keep your skin soft and glowing.
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Step 1 – Cleanse
The first step is always removing makeup and cleansing. I remove eye makeup with Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover. It instantly dissolves mascara plus it doesn’t leave an oily residue.
I take off my makeup and sunscreen with a good oil like Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil. It does an excellent job of removing both.
The next step is cleaning my face. If your skin is sensitive a gentle cleanser like Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser works well. I like it in the winter, but in hot humid months, I use Oil of Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser.
Step 2 – Moisturize
After that, while my skin is damp, I apply moisturizer on my entire face and neck. I love Mad Hippie Face Cream. It’s loaded with awesome skin-loving ingredients like Argan Oil, Niacinamide, Resveratrol, and Green tea.
The skin around our eyes is dryer than the rest of our facial skin so eye cream is a must. LaRoche Posay Substiane Anti-Aging Eye Cream is made for mature skin. It provides intense hydration and acts against sagging and loss of firmness.
Step 3 – Treatment
I use two treatment products at night. First, a good glycolic/lactic acid treatment is necessary because it exfoliates dead skin cells, and helps skincare products absorb better. The Ordinary 10% lactic acid serum has a reasonable price point and is effective. I use it several nights a week. When I use this product, I apply it before the moisturizer. It can be used daily if your skin gets used to it.
Secondly, I use Tretinoin cream. It’s the gold standard for anti-aging skin topicals. Only a pea-sized amount is needed for the entire face and neck. I use it on alternates night as the lactic acid serum. You can use it every night once your skin gets used to it. However, it’s a prescription product from a dermatologist.
Here’s the thing though, it requires an adjustment time to get used to. In the meantime, the side effects may be red, irritated, dry flaking skin. Using a very gentle cleanser helps with this.
If you’ve never used tretinoin before, you can start out with a milder, over-the-counter treatment like Cerave Skin Renewing Retinol Serum. It contains encapsulated retinol combined with the skin-loving ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to reduce wrinkles.
Retinols make the skin sensitive to sunlight so it’s most important to use a good sunscreen during the day. I’ve used Elta MD Broad Spectrum 41 for several years now and very happy with it. Not only does provide give good sun protection, but it also gives my skin a moist dewy look.
I think good skin care with inexpensive options is doable. Consistently using the right products for one’s skin is key. I switch out moisturizers and cleansers sometimes and enjoy trying new products, but the basic routine stays the same, cleanse, moisturize, and treatments.
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