AM Fall and Winter Routine – Over 40 Skincare

Fall and Winter in Colorado can be very dry.   Even combination skin like mine suffers from dehydration in this climate. Plus, the process of aging robs the skin of necessary moisture. So, while in the warmer months I may use skincare products with less oils, in the winter I tend to add oils to my routine.


Cleansers from left to right: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Nude Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly , Eve Lom Morning Cleanser, Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser, Purifying Cleanser, Regenerating Cleanser

I cleanse once in the morning. I use oil cleansers and gel cleansers – depending on the needs of my skin.  If my skin is dehydrated I use Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser or Tacha’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Both are pure bliss for dry skin! For congested skin I use Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser (added perk? this one is exfoliating) or her Purifying Cleanser.

Tacha Camilla Cleanser
Tacha Pure One Step Camilla Cleansing Oil

For mornings when my skin is behaving I use Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser (this feels luxurious on skin), Nude Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly (again – just lush on skin) or Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.


Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask, Nude Skincare Miracle Mask, Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

I use a facial mask about three or four times per week and  mostly at night. There are a few I will use in the morning if time permits or, if the reflection in my mirror is really scary. Dermologica’s Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque for all around help (cue the scary reflection), Nude’s Purify Deep Cleansing Mask for decongested skin, and Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask for extra brightness.


Origins Modern Friction Instant Brightening Pads, Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads, Murad Essential C Toner, Pixi Glow Tonic
Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence, Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, May Coop Raw Sauce

I use the toning portion of my routine for two reasons – 1. to exfoliate (remove dead skin cells and help turn over new cells) and 2. to add moisture back into my skin from the exfoliation. Those exfoliating pads generally mean business! I use Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads if I have hormonal breakouts. Ugh, I loathe those things – just sitting there looking ugly! Origins Modern Friction Instant Brightening Pads provides some added brightness to dull skin. Pixi’s Glow Tonic – well, just bring on the glow!

After exfoliation I pat or spray on an essence or rosewater toner.  The essences usually adds brightness or provides some anti aging effects and the rose water is hydrating and smells fantastic.  I am currently enjoying Tata Harper’s Brightening Essence and her Hydrating Floral Essence, May Coop’s Raw Sauce (excellent under makeup), Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Murad’s Essential-C Toner.

Serum or Treatment

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum (sample), Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum, Ren Radiance Perfection Serum

Serum or Treatment depends on  my skin’s needs. If my skin is dry I use a hydrating serum.  If behaving, I use something else that provides benefits for my aging skin.  A few of my favorites are Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating  Serum and Boosted Contouring Serum for brightness and anti aging, and her Replenishing Nutrient Complex for hydration.  Ren’s Radiance Perfection Serum provides hydration and brightness.

Face Oils

I don’t use a face oil every day in my AM routine.  If I will be applying makeup I bypass the oils. I use oils for treatment or hydration or, in my PM routine.   A few of my favorites for day time are Tata Harper’s Beautifying Face Oil and Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Nude’s Rescue Oil, and Fresh Beauty’s Seaberry Moisturizing Oil. For my skin type a little goes a long way!

Nude Skincare Rescue Oil, Fresh Seaberry Moisturising Face Oil, Tata Harper Beautifying Oil


Ole Henriksen Truth Creme, Tata Harper Reparaitive Moisturizer, Fresh Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion

I rarely ever use a heavy moisturizer. I typically stick to gel or oil free moisturizers.  One of my all time favorite gel based moisturizer is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Gel Moisturizer.  I also enjoy Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer, Fresh Beauty’s Oil Free Lotion, and Ole Henriksen’s Truth Creme – a little heavier but does some good work when called upon.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

A few weeks ago I posted my PM Fall & Winter routine.  Read that post here:

Fall Haul – Bath and Body Works – Candles, Foaming Hand soap

My husband says we have a “candle problem” in our house.  Yes, when we are low on candles it is a problem.   I buy Yankee Candles from TJ Maxx all year round – they are much cheaper than going to the actual Yankee Candle store.  Whenever I visit TJ Maxx I set aside some time to smell the candles and usually end up bringing a few home with me. I don’t discriminate – if they smell good they get to come home with me.

Village Candle - Apples N Acorn

This one is from Village Candle via TJ Maxx. This one smells like fall.  It does not smell like apples and I am not even sure I know what acorns smell like but this smells like leaves.  And, according to my son, a little “cinnamony”.  The fragrance is lovely and its the homework candle.

Bath & Body Works Fall Candles
Bath & Body Works Fall Candles

Last week Bath & Body Works had their three wick candles on sale. They are usually $22.50 each.  They had them 2 for $24.00. I stocked on a all my Autumn favorites and a few just for fun. Don’t you just love the copper lids?

Leaves & Sweater Weather
Leaves & Sweater Weather

Leaves has been a favorite of mine ever since they released it.  You can get the one with the fall label or you can get the one pictured above with the more understated look. Bath & Body Works says this “smells like glittering golden nectar, red apple & spiced berries.”

Sweater Weather is also one of my favorites.  According to the Bath & Body works website you can “snuggle up with a cozy blend of aromatic eucalyptus, juniper berry & fresh sage”.  Now that I think about it … yes, thats what it smells like!

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I picked up the Mahogany and Teakwood for my son.  He loves this one for his bathroom. This one does smell a little warmer and has a more traditional masculine scent – mahogany, oak, and a soft lavender smell.

My niece quickly commanded the Apple Flower one for her room. She loves the mix of apple with a hint of citrus.


My husband and I commandeered this one for our bedroom. The Eucalyptus Spearmint aroma is really fresh and relaxing at the same time.

Three Wick Spooky Halloween Candle  The Spooky Vanilla smells like vanilla with a hint of something sweeter.  Our children will enjoy this packaging for Halloween.  The temperature was in the high 80″s in the greater Denver area today but my house smelled like fall!

This week I see they are having a sale on the medium candles – $7.00 each down from $12.50.  I see stocking stuffers!  They also have the mini ones on sale 3 for $12.00 down from $4.50 each.

Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap
Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap

These were my final purchases.  We can never have too Foaming Hand Soaps. What are your favorite fragrances from Bath & Body Works?