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.
I am just realizing that skincare for a 40 something year old needs to be completely different from yesteryears. This is a fight – knock down, drawn out, no holds barred affair to keep my skin looking healthy. I am pretty sure that there are no potions that will completely stave off the inevitable aging but can we at least slow it down?
I did quite of bit of research, and by that I mean I’ve watched tons of YouTube videos and read oodles of blogs, in an effort to see what other women are doing to keep their skin as young looking and as healthy as possible. Turns out there are as many routines and “I swear by’s” as there are women.
I have combination/oily skin and I have figured out a routine that works for me – well a few routines really. This post will focus on my PM routine. As it turns out I had one thing really wrong. I thought because I had mostly oily skin I should avoid oils at all costs. Nope. Totally wrong.
I use a double cleanse routine I got from Caroline Hirons. I start in the shower with Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple to wash off all my makeup and/or sunblock. This I consider my 1st cleanse. Some say the shower is too hot for the face but I don’t take hot showers and I find it works just fine for my first cleanse.
Next I use a cleansing balm. I have tried three of these and they all work well. There are a few differences in texture, fragrance, and price. Since I have oily skin a simple rinse will not do to remove the residue from the cleansing balms. I use a warm washcloth to remove. Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Balm are the ones I have used. The REN retails for $48.00 and contains 5.1 oz. The Darphin was 67.99 on Amazon and the Elemis, also from Amazon, was $13.20 for 0.7 oz. I think I will stick with REN because its more economical and works beautifully.
Next in my PM Routine is toner. I use the Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads. This comes in a 4.35 oz package and cost $75.00. I would certainly not use this on sensitive skin. It does have a little sting but I figure that’s the good stuff working!
This is something that I recently added to my routine. Caroline Hirons says an acid toner is a must for women over 40. Its pretty much at the top of her list. I love what she has to say about Anti-Aging. OK – one more from Mrs. Hirons. She shoots from the hip and is hilarious! The last tip in this blog post really put some things into perspective.
I apply a serum every night after toner. Right now I am using REN Radiance Perfection Serum. This comes in a tiny bottle which holds 1.02 oz and cost $55.00. I only need a small amount of this to cover my entire face. I let the toner dry first and then apply to my face and neck.
I use two moisturizers. I use the REN Rose O12 Moisture Defense Oil. This is my favorite part. My cleansed skin gets to soak up this oil. The smell of this one is a little bit unpleasant even though it says “rose” in the name. This is a very small bottle. It has in only 1.02 oz and cost $80.00 but a little goes a long way and – it – feels – fabulous!
After I am done massaging in the oil I use the REN V-Cense Revitalizing Night Cream. This comes in a pump bottle that holds 1.7 oz and cost $55.00. Again this can be construed as a bit pricy but I apply it over the oil and I only have to use a tiny bit. This moisturizer also kills the smell of the oil. According to some blogs I’ve read, nothing penetrates the skin after applying oil. That makes sense to me but putting the moisturizer over the oil neutralizes the smell and it also makes your face less greasy. So… why not?
This is my PM routine and I love the way my skin is improving. Hopefully in another few weeks I will have turned back the clock. Is that asking too much?