The Masks and Scrubs

Face Masks & Scrubs


  1. May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver
  2. Nude Skincare Miracle Mask
  3. L’Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Face Mask
  4. Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
  5. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
  6. Estée Lauder Idealist Refinishing Treatment
  7. Erborian Perfecting Morning BB Mask
  8. Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask
  9. Caudalie Moisturizing Mask
  10. Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme
  11. Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask
  12. Arcane Wine Hydrating Mask
  13. Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Mask
  14. Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliation Treatment
  15. Arcona Tea Tree Mask
  16. Fresh Beauty Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask
  17. Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
  18. Pixi Glow Mud Mask
  19. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
  20. Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask
  21. Nude Purify Deep Cleansing Mask
  22. Nude Advance Renewal Overnight Mask
  23. Fresh Beauty Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
  24. Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulphur Mask
  25. Fresh Beauty Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  26. Oskia Renaissance Mask
  27. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
  28. Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant

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:

PM Fall & Winter Skincare – Over 40

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.

First Cleanse

Purity Made Simple

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.

Second 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 BalmElemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing BalmREN 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.

REN, Darphin, Elemis
Cleansing Balms – Ren, Darphin, and Elemis


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!

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads
Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads

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.

REN Radiance Perfection Serum
REN Radiance Perfection Serum


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!

REN Rose O12 Moisture Defence Oil
REN Rose O12 Moisture Defense Oil

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?

REN V-Cense Revitalizing Night Cream
REN V-Cense Revitalizing Night Cream

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?