Friday, April 19, 2013

My Skin Care Routine


Being 40-ish, I am big on my skin care routine.  Well, honestly I always have been, but more so now that I am starting to show my age.  I think the best way to fight aging is to take super good care of your skin.  And hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  I thought it might be fun to share my skin care routine with you today.  I am no expert, but I am frequently told that I don’t look my age.  I hope the people who tell me that aren’t fibbing! My most problem area is my lip area, I am starting to notice fine lines above my lip, which I despise!  I also do have lines on my forehead.  Hate those suckers too!  I also have a double chin which makes me want to puke.  Thanks for that mom!  I have very dry skin, so moisturization is the key for me.  And don’t think for one second that I would not have some work done if I had the money.  I would love to have some small tweaks here and there.   The picture above is all of my beauty products, except for the Neutrogena facial soap and Buff Puff that I use in the shower, and the Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew anti puff eye roller.   Also, I love Mary Kay products, and sometimes I have more Mary Kay products than I currently have, but once in a while I try something else out.  Now is one of those times, but I always revert back to the Mary Kay because I heart it.  So here is my daily routine, in a nutshell. 

My morning routine:
I do not cleanse my face in the morning.  But I do moisturize before I put on my makeup.  In the spring months I use Jergen's Natural Glow to moisturize.  In the winter, I use Mary Kay’s Time wise.  I am a huge fan of Mary Kay.  Before I apply the moisturizer, I first use the eye roller on my under eye area to help with the bags I have under  my eyes when I wake up.  Those nasty bags appeared in the last year or so, damn them!  Then I apply my Mary Kay triple action lip enhancer on the fine lines around my lips.  After that I apply my moisturizer generously.  After that it is makeup as usual.  I love to wear makeup, maybe I will do another post about my makeup routine someday.  I always wear a foundation or a tinted moisturizer, and concealer, even if I don’t wear anything else.  In my younger days I went without these two products during summer, but I feel I need them as I get older.  I have it down to a science, and after I have used my foundation and concealer you can’t really even tell I have on makeup, but I feel that my skin looks so much more flawless.  I also use a hand moisturizer as one of the last things I do before leaving the house.  If I wash my hands, I simply must moisturize them, no ands, ifs, or buts about it. 

My night time routine:
This varies based on whether I take a shower or a bath at night.  Obviously, I take a shower on the days I wash my hair, which is about 3-4 times per week.  On the other days, I take a bubble bath.  The first thing I do is remove my eye makeup with the Equate eye makeup remover.  (I am planning on trying to make this on my own using a recipe that I pinned as soon as I run out of my current supply).  I use a cotton round to remove my eye makeup.  Just one.  I use half of it for one eye and the other half for the second eye.  I do not like to waste them!  My daughter uses two or three, and it annoys me because I think it is so wasteful!  So after I remove my eye makeup, I cleanse.  When I shower, I use the Neutrogena face soap and a buff puff or a sponge.  I rotate these every other time.  When I take a bath, I use the Burts Bees Orange Essence facial cleanser.  This is the one product that I would put above Mary Kay.  I discovered it last winter, and I fell madly in love with it!  It has the best orange scent, and it has a built in exfoliator, and it also warms as you apply it.  Heaven in a tube!  I remove the cleanser with a very hot, wet wash cloth.  I also go over the eye area with the hot cloth, to remove any residue.  Next, I apply the Mary Kay Triple action lip enhancer to my upper and lower lips.  Now it is time for my eye cream.  I cannot live without eye cream people!  So very important!  The one I currently have is in the small jar with the white lid in the picture.  It is also Burts Bees, and it has royal jelly in it.  The next thing I apply, is the Botanics Intensive Nourishing Serum.  At my age, I need a serum!  After that, I apply a heavy moisturizer.  The one I am currently using is Jason Age Renewal.  I do have to say, though, that although it does not irritate my skin, my daughter used it once and it burned her skin for some reason.  The next thing I do at night is use my Posh sugar scrub on my lips.  I am addicted to this stuff.  It is an exfoliator and a moisturizer all in one, and it tastes yummy!  And BTW, it is called make out magic!  Ooh la la!  I also use the Burts Bees lip balm religiously.  I have to have something on my lips at all times.  Another thing I do not have pictures is Vaseline.  Usually, I coat my lips really well with it before bed, even putting it way above and below my lips area.  I cannot go to sleep without stuff on my lips. 

I think that about sums it up!  I cannot stress enough how important skin care is to me.  It is the basis for all things beautific!  I hope you found this post helpful, or that it inspired you to try something new.  I have found that I have liked every Burts Bees product I have tried so far, and I only recently started trying their products.  I am not being paid to say any of this stuff, but I certainly would love to!  Hello Mary Kay, call me!  Burts Bees, are you there?

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