(from my book “beauty glamour and personality” by ern & bud westmore 1947)
Do you ever get to the point where you’ve had about enough? And you just can’t handle all the hype, marketing, lies, expense involved with preserving your youthful, or not so youthful, appearance anymore? Well, I hit that point about a month ago. I made some drastic decisions regarding my skin care and you know what? So far, I am really glad I did.
I’ve never been one to spend oodles of money for skin care products but some of my choices have been pricey. I’ve done Estee Lauder, BeautiControl, Sibu Beauty, L’Occitane, etc. as well as drugstore brands like Cetaphil and Oil of Olay. Here is what I have going for me (and this is an important point to this entire post because I know many do have issues so please don’t think I am advocating a cure-all)…I don’t have “problem” skin so I can get away with using almost anything. What I do know, and strictly practice, is that cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating my skin are very important. My skin, thank goodness, has not limited me in which products I can use to follow these basic steps. However! I do not want to be putting crap on my skin either. I do a lot of research before I buy into promises or products. I can thank www.beautipedia.com for making that easy. And the book, “The Truth About Beauty” by Kat James. Paula and Kat are my two most favorite women in the entire beauty industry (cyber xx). Before you buy a product, check Paula’s reviews. If you want an excellent source book about beauty and skin care through a holistic, “start from within” approach, buy Kat’s book today.
How have I simplified my routine? Well, I have used the Sibu Beauty products for the past 4 months. And while I have been happy with them I certainly have not noticed the raving results I had read about through reviews. In fact, I was not impressed with the night cream at all since I was waking in the morning to the wonder of sleep wrinkles all over my face. Just gorgeous. Once I realized my supply was depleting I knew I had to decide if I was going to reorder or start something else.
My first change came with the night cream. One night as I was prepping for bed my eye caught on my bottle of almond oil sitting on my counter. I have used almond oil as a body moisturizer for over a year now and I will never go back to body lotions. Why? First, it works. Second, it is 100% almond oil–nothing else. You could eat it if you want. NO CHEMICALS. The less chemicals in my life, the happier I am especially after I read articles like this:
(yes, I know sunscreen is mentioned–sometimes we have to choose the better of the evils)
Anywho, I thought, if it works on my body why not my face? That night the Almond Oil became my night-time moisturizer. And guess what? From day ONE I have seen the difference. Starting with no more sleep wrinkles to now a more even skin tone. Interesting, non? Take a bow, Almond Oil:
As for cleansing (I’m kind of going backwards here, aren’t I?), I decided to stick with the Sibu Beauty Cleansing Bar. It easily washes away my make-up including mascara. Plus I can use my sonic face brush with it for a deeper cleaning.
My daytime moisturizer has changed back to Jason Vitamin C Ester serum*. I use that under my tinted moisturizer and the effects are wonderful. I had used Vitamin C Ester serum in the past and loved it. I gave it up when I started using Sibu but now I am happy to be back to it.
One to two times a week I exfoliate either using a microderm abrasion scrub or those multi-acid resurfacing peel pads. I need to research this more since I am trying to use up a product I have had for a while and I want to be informed before it has to be replaced.
So to review, this is what I do for a simple skin care routine:
Splash with cold water.
Apply Jason Vitamin C Ester Serum.
Apply either Jane Iredale or BeautiControl SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer (in the summer I add more SPF)
Cleanse with Sibu Beauty Bar
Apply Almond Oil to face, neck and decollatage (lightly in T-zone).
And that is all.
I do think lifestyle plays a big part in the aging of the skin. So I do drink my water…lots of it…, exercise, get good sleep, eat eggs and fish weekly, lots of fruits and veggies, and take supplements like Fish Oil, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C and CoQ10 (all these are recommended by Dr. Perricone for better skin plus obvious other health benefits–I don’t buy his brand but their equivalents). And I have never smoked and don’t sunbathe…these are skin killers.
What do you do to take care of your skin? Are you happy with your routine? Is there a beauty product you absolutely swear by?
*Jason has changed the formula of the Vitamin C Ester which I did not realize when I first drafted this a few days ago. I thought I was going “back” to what I knew and loved. It is different and my verdict is still out on it.