Oh, it’s not Wednesday? That’s ok. It still applies.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times. “You’re 62?? What do you use on your skin? You have no wrinkles.”
So, first of all, it’s true. Fewer wrinkles than my peers. But it’s mostly genetics. My parents had very few wrinkles.
But it’s also staying out of the sun. It’s been maybe 20 years since I’ve “laid out in the sun,” although in my 20s and 30s I was an inveterate sun-bunny.
Now, I’m on a med that makes me photosensitive and I absolutely can not be in the sun without a rash.
And finally: yes, I have a skin care regimen that I’m faithful to. But not fanatical about. So, here’s what I do. None of this is sponsored, but really, it should be. Because I’ve sold more of this stuff on behalf of these cosmetic companies than some of their sales reps. So shall we get started?
You probably think I get regular facials. Nope. It’s been a few years since I’ve had one and really, I don’t like to get them. Lavender is a favorite among aestheticians and since a trip to Provence years ago I can’t abide the smell. People messing with my skin using products that stink? Yuck. Plus, I’ve never thought facials did anything for my skin. Or that they were relaxing.
I do exfoliate my face in the shower, usually weekly, using a sample of Clinique’s 7-Day scrub. When I think about it. That goes in spurts. I’ve never actually bought a scrub. But here’s something else I use at home:
I use this fabulous peel-off mineral-rich, clay mask on cleansed skin weekly. It’s black and looks like tar, but its consistency is far thinner. It comes off more easily if you apply it thickly, especially around the edges. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, then simply peel it off and rinse your face. Keep the mask away from the sensitive eye area because it does pull a little when it comes off and I don’t know about you but the skin in my eye area is tissue thin. Actually, I have super-sensitive skin overall, so you know that these products are way gentle.
Here’s what the black mask looks like on my face. Note that I really am very conservative about applying to the thinner skin of my under-eye area.
I figured you’d want to see that I’ve still not mastered the selfie; in real life I am not at all cross-eyed. Honest. I’m not.
Ok, now that you’ve had your laugh, let’s move on to my next step.
After peeling once a week, or after my morning shower, I moisturize, which always begins with Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Serum, ever since it came out in 2008. I love this stuff and even if I apply no other skin product, I’ll smooth this on. The clever new dropper preloads, so there’s always just enough to cover. This is such great stuff that I credit it with maintaining the complexion my parents gave me.
It takes at least two minutes for the product to sink in and so I wait before applying my next product. Argan oil. At a Berber pharmacy in Morocco a few years ago we learned about the argan nut and argan oil. Once I tried some, I was sold.
Josie Maran makes a pure argan oil with no scent (some cheaper versions stink).
It’s an oil, which means it’s very oily (duh) and a little goes a long way. My aging skin is dry, I live in dry northern California and I find this layer of facial oil is helpful. Again, I let it penetrate a few minutes before my final step.
Clinique was my very first cosmetic brand. Over the years it has aged with us Baby Boomers and it now offers some really good products for aging skin. I’ve been using Even Better (on the left) for the past six months. It’s a pretty emollient moisturizer and I’ve been happy with it. But I was running low and dropped by Macy’s the other day. The sales woman suggested I try Super Defense. It works as well, it’s just not as rich.
That’s it. That’s all I do. Oh, I’ve used a variety of gentle facial cleansers–Philosophy’s milky cleanser is a favorite–but I’ve settled into Cetaphil, which I get at Costco. It’s gentle and does a good job. Why pay more?
Skin care for aging skin is critically important. If you’ve got a skin-care regimen you’d like to share, I hope you’ll do so in the comments.