Above & Below: In addition to a facial moisturiser (below), I also like to use a moisturizing/treatment product that targets the eye area. I am currently using one or the other of the above products to accomplish that.
Below: What I consider to be the most important and beneficial products in my skin care routine, Flax Seed and Fish Oil capsules.
I try to post about other beauty-related topics and products/reviews at least once a week, but with all of these new nail polish collections and the QRS polishes lately, I've gotten a bit off schedule. I'll get back to the QRS polish swatches later on in the day, so rest assured that if you come here to see nail polish, you will see nail polish!
I've been using a product for about a month now and it really does seem to make a difference in the appearance of my skin. I was going to simply review that product, but it got me thinking about skin care routines in general, so I've broadened the topic a bit. As we go through different periods in our life both chronologically and otherwise (stress, environmental factors, diet), our skin reflects those changes. Sometimes we need to change what we're using based on how our skin is reacting to these changes and find something that works for us on a day-to-day basis as well. My skin stays fairly consistent, but when I'm under a lot of stress, or the weather is very hot and humid, I have to step things up a bit.
My regular skin care routine consists of washing my face in the morning with a cleanser containing micro beads for exfoliating purposes. It's important to gently remove and renew the layers of dead skin from your face, so that's why I choose one with micro beads. My skin is less oily as I age, so I don't feel the need to use a toner anymore, although I did use one for many years. Every other day I use the product that originated my idea for this post, Avon's Clinical Advanced Retuxturing Peel. The directions say to use it every other day, morning or night. I use it in the morning as my first facial product after I've showered. It stings ever so slightly, but it's all in the name of beauty, so we suffer a bit! It contains glycolic acid and natural soothing and skin-refining botanicals such as glycerin to lock in moisture and various natural extracts including honey, wheat germ, pineapple, papaya, cucumber and more. I am starting to appreciate natural products more and more and next month I'll be doing several posts about organic/green beauty. This product "safely peels away dullness, reduces signs of aging and helps your skin to self-neutralize...all in just one step". I've noticed a more even skin tone and texture, and my skin seems to not only glow a bit more, but the fine lines are starting to disappear and look less defined. It runs about $25.00 for a jar containing 30 pads, which should last you 2 months. It's often on sale, and I think mine was a 'buy one get one half off' special.
I then follow with a treatment/moisturizer targeted for the eye area, and finish up my skin care routine with a facial moisturizer. I'm satisfied with how these products are working together for me, but I'm always on the lookout for the latest and greatest. It's a never-ending quest, isn't it? If I had to pick just one item that I think does my skin the most good, I'd have to say that it's not a cosmetic item, but a natural dietary supplement. Actually two supplements, Flax Seed Oil capsules and Fish Oil/Omega 3 capsules. If you're not familiar with their benefits, and there are many...not just for your skin and nails, but for your entire body and its' health, Google search their benefits and you'll see what I mean. If I miss taking these for a day, I find myself looking in the mirror at my skin and wondering why it looks dry and dull. I then realize I forgot to take these supplements. Do you have a product or two that you just can't live without when it comes to skin care?