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Skin Care--FINALLY have a good system!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I'm 44. I've been pretty good about skin care since I was 30 and always use sunscreen and eat lots of fruit and veggies and drink water, which I still think are the most important things.

I finally found a way to do a little more without upsetting my sensitive skin and causing red bumps and without costing a fortune. In France, it is common to go to the beauty shop to have special treatments every month but that is way out of my price range. Last week I read one of the skin care experts talking about what you could do at home and I got up and tried it immediately and loved the results. And it is simple. Use what you already have at home. I dug out magazine samples, hotel samples and what I regularly use and had everything I needed.

This is for your face and neck, never neglect your neck, it can really show the stress and age.

Method for clean, very moistuized skin that didn't make me break out becuase it was too aggressive:

1. put hair back with a band. Wash face and neck well, not aggressively. I used one wipe, then washed with Cetaphil, THE BEST PRODUCT EVER, and wiped off with a wet washcloth.

2. Use a serum, let soak in for 2 minutes. This stuff can be more expensive but you don't at all need the fancy brands, and you use a tiny amount so it goes a long way. Great stuff though, super concentrated and makes a difference.

3. Use a moisturizing mask, let sit 15 minutes or so, mine wiped off with a damp washcloth. I had an inexpensive one and it worked just fine.

4. Rinse face with water and pat dry.

5. Apply moisturizer lightly. I avoided my chin, a trouble spot that has plenty of oil already but did the rest of my face and neck.

Total, about 20 minutes that I ran around cleaning btween steps.

Fantatstic results. Much softer, smoother skin, no breakouts, no blotches. People at work have been commenting. I can see the difference in two weeks.

I have done this twice a week for two weeks. I don't think more would be helpful for me. Remember to be gentle with all of the steps.

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    Thanks for your routine. I've been using DHC for awhile and it works well for me as I also have sensitive skin...but...it's kind of pricey. I've found just using plain Extra Virgin Olive Oil {EVOO) works well too... Sometimes for a toner I'll just use plain non-alcohol based Witch Hazel (they come in various scents - Rose, Cucumber, etc, and I like using it as a deodorant too - fairly inexpensive and lasts a long time.). While hand is wet from water and face still damp from the Witch Hazel, I put just a tiny dot or two of olive oil on my hands and spread it around on the palms of my hand to help apply it more evenly to my face. Don't want to rub or tug it on your skin too much - like you mentioned, being gentile!

    For an inexpensive scrub on my face 1 or 2 times a week, I use plain aspirin (lots of videos on YouTube describing this) - 4 - 6 tablets soaked in some water - doesn't take long. I just apply it on dry but some mentioned mixing it in with some honey or other stuff to help it stay stuck onto the face while you rub it in to gently scrub your face. I've also just worked it on with the EVOO since I have a bottle of it in my bath area, and that works well. Then just rinse it off. This is something I do more in the summer and less in the winter, since I have more oil in my "t-zones" in summer.

    But I am going to go get me another moisturizing mask - think I'm out. Good idea!!
    2696 days ago
    I am definitely trying this...lately I seem to have more dryness around the lmouth and eyes....which shows age...UHG! I too think I do a great job with taking care of my skin....but I think hormonal changes make us have to rethink skin care. Hey as for all over body skin care I slather baby oil on right out of my shower....allowing it 5-10 min to sink in. It is great...and I get compliments on how soft my skin is. I love hearing that from hubby. Even when my sons hug me...sometimes they even mention it! Good luck all....and thx for this suggestion.
    2701 days ago
    C'est tres bien. Merci beaucoup for the skin care suggesions. emoticon

    2708 days ago
    I do this about once a week and it works for me as well.
    2715 days ago
  • RENA1965
    Thanks for the info emoticon
    2716 days ago
  • AKASHA66
    Kelpie57 hit one of my weak points, why do I usually forget the body lotion? I could be so much better than I am. Probably laziness. I'm going to make a serious effort. I certainly have some to use right here right now.

    Dry skin-- I get dry skin in certain places, but never my face. Oily face is my problem.

    Does anyone have any good ideas for dry skin for PLAYBLUE22? When it is dry body skin for me I often use oils-- argan oil, almond oil, even peanut oil for cooking. And I really cut back on the baths I love to take. What about dry skin on faces though?
    2716 days ago
    Thanks for posting. I have sensitive skin too. What works today probably won't work tomorrow. Glad your routine is successful for you.
    2716 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    Yes, we can do a lot at home! I'm trying to remember to put body lotion on too....we put sunscreen and after sun on in the summer, but what about the rest of the year!
    2716 days ago
    Sweetie great info, got anything for dry skin?
    2716 days ago
    emoticon Looken Good!

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    2716 days ago
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