Every Painting Must Start With a Clean Canvas
I love makeup! I see it as an art form that comes from learning and practice. There are so many do’s and don’ts in applying makeup…especially for women over 50. Makeup, however, is useless without proper preparation of your skin. I’m going to go ahead and say it…shame on you if you’re not washing your face every morning before applying your moisturizer and makeup and every night before you go to bed (even if you don’t wear makeup).
As our skin matures, it gets drier. You may already notice that the foaming face wash you used in your youth is making your skin dull and dry. That’s because the oil we once had in our skin is typically not there anymore. I never had oily skin…very thankful for that in my teen years…but I’ve noticed that it’s even drier past the age of 50. Then I discovered oil cleanser! What a game changer for my skin!
Another important part of our skin care routine is exfoliating. It is necessary to remove the dead skin from our face to improve the overall appearance and smoothness of our skin. This especially becomes a necessity as we start to see wrinkles and larger pores. We don’t, however, want to do this more than once a week.
Ingredients Are Important
There are some specific ingredients you’ll want to look for whenever researching and/or shopping for the best skin care product for over 50. These ingredients include hyaluronic acid, peptides, collagen, vitamin C, retinol, and niacinamide. I know…these are some big words…but basically they help to brighten, firm, plump, and hydrate the skin and smooth out lines. You can research each ingredient in detail to learn their benefits. I don’t want to get too technical on you, but it is important to know and understand what you are putting on your skin. Partly because you don’t want to damage your skin, but also because you don’t want to waste your money on products that don’t work on your specific needs.
Some of these ingredients will be in your moisturizer and some of them may be in your toner or serum. I’ll mainly discuss cleanser and moisturizer in this post and go into detail about toner and serum at a later date.
I will say that toner and serum are very beneficial to your overall skin care routine, so be looking for my next post.
AM and PM Routines
You will most likely have a different routine and/or use different products for your am and pm routines. As mentioned earlier, be sure to wash your face in the morning and at night. It is so important, especially at night when your skin is in repair mode. Your products should reflect your lifestyle as well…there is no one routine fits all when it comes to skin care.
For instance…your morning routine. While most foundations and some moisturizers have sunscreen in them, it is a good idea to wear a separate sunscreen designed for the face if you’re going to be out in the sun. I have to admit that I don’t usually wear one because I’m inside most of the time, but I have used one on occasion. Another factor when in the sun (like at the ball field or beach) is to avoid using vitamin C if you have sensitive skin as it can cause irritation or sunburn. I recommend testing it on a small portion of your face…maybe your forehead…if you do have sensitive skin and want to use vitamin C in the morning. It does have many benefits, so I wouldn’t discount it all together without trying it first. I’ll go into the benefits in my next post as I discuss serums.
You will want to use a different moisturizer at night since this is a critical time of repair for your skin. Just like how sleep repairs so many parts of your mind and body, it is also the same with your skin . You may have been thinking this is all a ploy to get you to buy two different products, but our skin really does have different needs for day and night. This is especially true as our skin matures. Your PM routine is also when you will want to exfoliate…after washing your face of course. I even use a different moisturizer on the nights I exfoliate just to change it up a bit.
Products I Use
The Japanese are good at many things and skin care is no exception! My current love and in my experience, the products that work best for skin care over 50 are from DHC. I have been completely satisfied with every DHC product that I’ve used. Now, I’m not one to be stuck on one particular brand for everything…it’s just that I was so blown away with the first product I used that I’ve continued trying their products as I’ve run out of my other items. The big deal…and I’m sure what you want to know…is that I have seen the biggest difference in my skin since using these products. My lines and pores are less visible and my skin looks healthier and younger. The DHC products that I am using…and have reordered by the way…are available at Amazon (see links below):
- Deep Cleansing Oil (first one I tried)
- Super Collagen (day moisturizer)
- Extra Nightime Moisture (night moisturizer)
- Concentrated Eye Cream
I use the Water Sleeping Mask by Laneige on the nights I exfoliate. It helps put moisture back into my skin and hold it there overnight. It feels funny the next morning because it is a mask, but oh boy how smooth my skin is when I wash it off.
The Bottom Line
There are many products out there…some good, some not so good. Everyone has different skin and different needs, so mostly the best way to determine what works best for you too is by trial and error. I’ve been there and spent a lot of money in the process. That’s why I’m here sharing my experiences with you. I will say one more good thing about DHC…it doesn’t break the bank. The cost is slightly more than what you pay for some products (but I always say you get what you pay for…), but not as costly as some higher end products or those you get through an independent consultant.
I purposely didn’t get technical and state facts and all because, in my opinion, results is what we’re really looking for…right? So…if you have any questions or would like to know more details just drop me a line or two in the comments and I’ll be happy to respond.
Thanks for allowing me to share with you!