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Styyna

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Skin care routines
« on: December 15, 2015, 12:10:46 PM »
It's been a while since we discussed our skin care routines. I'm interested to know if anyone is trying anything new with success or if you are very happy with a tried and true routine. So, let's share our skin care routines. I'll start.

I'm still faithful to Paula's Choice products though I don't use as many as I once did. I like the Resist line of products for most of my products, even after playing around with some of the others. Here's what I use:

Resist Cleanser - this is creamy but very effective at cleansing my skin; it does as well or better than other PC cleasers I've tried and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry after

Resist Toner - I use this mostly at night when I want my face super hydrated when I go to bed; after patting my face dry I apply this and let it air dry just a moment before moving on to the next step

Resist daily exfoliant (5% AHA) - I use this every night; there is a 10% AHA product to be used once a week but I only use this one

Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment - my skin only tolerates this every other night

Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol - I use this at night every night

Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex (SPF 30) - my daytime moisturizer; I don't care for the Resist daytime moisturizer and it only has an SPF of 25

Lots of mornings I just use a warm washcloth on my face, some toner, and daytime moisturizer.

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milla

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2015, 02:09:36 PM »
At night, I use  Kiehl’s Ultra facial cleanser, followed by Boots Gentle Toner. Sometimes I use a facial oil; the one I am using at the moment is Una Brennan’s Superfacialist Vitamin C+Skin Renew  Cleansing Oil.  It is very good for facial massage, although I do not massage my face as often as I should. In the morning, it is the same, or I just use a hot face cloth.
I have not been using night cream for a while.  I have been using Vichy Neovadiol Day Cream since last  summer and it is good, but when I finished the pot , I  decided to give Cetaphil Moisturising cream a try. I like it, but it is probably a bit too rich, so I might go back to Vichy and keep the Cetaphil as a body cream. Under my eyes I use La Roche –Posay Hydraphase Eye gel , just a tiny bit.
Every morning, and every night I clean my eyes religiously and apply a warm cotton pad for a few minutes. Fingers cross, I have had no problems with my eyelids for a while,  I have even felt tempted to buy an eye shadow, but I really don’t want to tempt fate: got to accept the fact that eye make- up is no longer an option for me.
Other routines ? well I dry brush my skin every day  before I shower, and I always apply a body lotion.

cara4art

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2015, 07:51:01 PM »
Here's my routine:

AM:
Cleanser - CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Toner - CosMedix Benefit Balance(anti-oxidant hydrating toner that I've loved for almost 6 years now)
Basic rich moisturizer - Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Eye Cream - L'Oreal Revitalift Eye
Sunblock - CeraVe AM SPF 30(if I'm going to be outside or in stronger sun locales a Neutrogena physical block of at least SPF50)

PM:
Makeup removal - Trader Joe's coconut oil, excellent and cheap
Cleanser - CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Toner - same as morning
Rx - Curology(used to be PocketDerm) anti-aging formula that has 0.02% tretinoin+5% Vitamin C+4% niacinamide, used 4 nights on, 1 off now, a half-hour after cleansing and applying toner
Moisturizer: After waiting a half-hour after applying my Rx, CeraVe PM topped with Aquaphor on drier areas.

Extra treatment(a bit of exfoliation) - Aquaglycolic Facial Cleanser(12%AHA) left on dry face for a few minutes like a mini-mask, 2-3x a month.

I love that this routine is easily accessible, and very reasonable overall. The CosMedix product, and the Rx are the most expensive products. The rest are drugstore products.:) The Curology is only $19.95 a month which is very fair. Just one tube of Retin-A can run one $200 bucks and then one has to get the Vitamin C product and something with niacinamide besides. I'm very happy with the Curology formula - most of you know that I've had my skin woes with being sensitive, and also having sun spots. The latter are gradually fading, which I am more than happy to see. The gradual approach is better for me for sure than some "boot camp" for skin that would just trash it LOL! Even my husband is noticing the skin tone improvements and usually he thinks skin care is BS mostly because he doesn't do anything other than apply aloe vera after shaving(I got him onto that years ago off of that awful AquaVelva junk that's basically alcohol and he was wondering why even his somewhat oilier thicker skin was drying out LOL)

milla

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2015, 09:25:07 AM »
Sounds good, Cara. I have not heard of some of the products you mention, I guess not all of them are available in the UK.  What I am really loving this year is the Vitamin C Facial Oil by Una Brennen.  It normally retails at about £10, that is about s $15; I got it on special offer at £8. I love the citrus scent. I have a couple of smallish sun spots and I think they have faded slightly. I am afraid I do not wear sunscreen in London during the winter. When the weather brightens up, I use a Clarins sunscreen, which is supposed to be non-comedogenic,   but I must say I do not enjoy wearing sunscreen.

cara4art

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2015, 07:19:15 PM »
@milla: the CeraVe products are at every drugstore here, and get lots of love from both dermatologists and users alike because they're excellent, no-nonsense products that are also suitable for reactive skin types. But you might be able to order them on Amazon too but I don't know if the shipping would be worth it. I use the hydrating cleanser and the AM and PM lotions as detailed above. I was turned onto the CosMedix product when I went for a discounted facial at a good salon here almost 6 years ago(along with a couple of other products in the brand which I dropped out of due to expense). Curology is an online dermatology service that's answered prayers for those of us who can't get to a dermatologist and are licensed in most states here but not internationally. Their customer service has been great too - one is assigned one's own dermatologist who prescribes based on photos that one uploads as well as answering a comprehensive questionnaire. Given my sensitive skin history and the various disasters I've had, I was a little bit nervous about signing up and all, but at the same time I realized that in order to make inroads on my skin pigmentation problems as well as general anti-aging, a Rx, with bland skincare around that, was the way to go.

Fenice

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2015, 10:45:35 AM »
I've found that, for my skin, the fewer products the better. Paula's Choice has long been my go-to line. Right now I'm using:

A.M.
Resist cleanser
Line minimizer
Either Clear matte sunscreen or Resist TM/sunscreen & maybe a drop of Resist anti-red moisturizer
P.M.
Resist cleanser
Line minimizer
Retinol booster on neck & chest & maybe a drop of Resist anti-red moisturizer

The line minimizer is a relatively new product and I find it works well for me under my eyes. It took about 4 weeks or so to see results but there's a definite difference now.

One of the things that keeps me a loyal PC customers is the availability of samples at a very reasonable cost so I can try most products before I commit to a full size container. Saves me so much money in the long run.

silverstreak

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2015, 12:02:22 PM »
Daily Routine Product:   Monsia Skincare
AM
Apply daily facial cleanser gently rub into face and neck and very gently wipe off with a tissue.
Apply daily protection toner lotion to cotton wool and gently wipe face and neck
Then apply the intense moisturizing day cream gently around eyes and rest of face and neck.
PM
Apply daily facial cleanser gently rub into face and neck and very gently wipe off with a tissue. If I have worn any eye make up I take it off with jojoba oil, I find it removes mascara easily without having to scrub.
Apply daily protection toner lotion to cotton wool and gently wipe face and neck
I then apply the intense night repair cream liberally on face and neck and then the Vit E oil around eyes and neck (this is absorbed into the skin and is not greasy at all) and it locks in the moisture.
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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2015, 02:37:37 PM »
I like Paula's Choice, also, though current budget needs have pushed me into using less expensive BHAs.  The good news is that my recent budgeting has paid off and I've paid off my small debts plus will be able to live slightly more luxuriously in a month or so.  Woot!!!  But I'm still a hippie who takes public transport, wears thrift store clothes, and is pretty happy most of the time.

I use Retin-A almost every day, and buy it from international pharmacies so the cost is about $8 per small tube, which will last 3 months. I put it on my face, the backs of my hands, and my shoulders which are (or were) freckled.  I also buy a latisse dupe from the same place, for keeping my lashes and eyebrows thick.  And a BHA ointment which is basically vaseline with 6% bha; this removes flakes, clears pores and also is very emollient.  I don't know the pH (important for BHAs) or if the percentage is accurate, but it is very cheap ($6 a tube) and works well.

I use Stridex red jar BHA pads, which are 2% bha (the same as Paula's stronger BHA products) every day or so on my oilier places, and to get rid of the flakes from retin-A.

Sunscreen is my number one skincare purchase; I currently have a Korean product I love (Biore Aqua something) which feels like nothing on the skin, and also like certain drugstore sunscreens such as L'oreal and Neutrogena. 

I also use insect repellant around my ankles nearly every day ... found a 'natural' one from Skin Essential Actives which smells lovely so that's the current choice.  I'm super sensitive to mosquitos and fleas and they're nearly everywhere.

For cleansing I'm lazy and don't have special products; I use Bioderma sometimes, or other cleansing toners, for their ease, and also just wash my face with whatever soap I have in the shower.  I bought a Japanese exfoliating cloth, Salux, and use this all over my body and face gently.  I also rarely use moisturizers or body oils except for the BHA ointment mentioned above.  Because I'm lazy and I hate owning a ton of products; whenever I buy them I end up tossing them a year or 2 later, nearly unused.  I live in an area with relatively high humidity and my skin isn't dry.

The last year I started using Timeless' Vitamin C serum nearly every day; cannot honestly say it is making a ton of difference but perhaps it is?   I also bought a hyaluranic acid serum from Timeless and put it on my eye area once every few days; again cannot see much difference.  IMHO this ingredient is over-hyped.  Also I'm experimenting with niacinamide in a small spray bottle, misted on a time or 2 a day.  I bought this in powder form from Skin Essential Actives.

I also wear sunglasses and a hat with large brim when I'm out in the sun and also gardening gloves when I garden and these are so much easier than putting on, then washing off, creams for me. 













Angelcat47

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2016, 06:43:11 PM »
Just a tip for those who use toners: put your serum or cream on while the toner is still damp. Those products will absorb better and I have read it can also make them go deeper.
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milla

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2016, 11:05:09 AM »
At the moment my routine am and pm is
Cetaphil cleanser
L’Oreal Toner
Cetaphil moisturiser
Simple eye cream
I must say that despite not being at my best, my skin looks OK. I am sure that my  face  could do with  a mask and a massage and I have not got any qualms about 7 step routines; it is quite pleasant,  especially in the evening,  spending  some time pampering yourself. I have also used night creams with retinol and I have noticed a difference. I will probably use a night cream again at some stage.
But I cannot help thinking that people like this lady
http://www.carolinehirons.com/2016/02/top-5-things-american-girls-are-doing.html
 get it wrong.  Something about sledge hammers and nails…I am not quite sure if she is really knowledgeable and direct or just opinionated and mouthy. What do you think?
Anyway, she gave me idea:  this Lent I am giving up reading beauty blogs.



Angelcat47

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2016, 08:36:46 PM »
I'll go with opinionated and mouthy. It also seems her readers have made her a deity yet are a bit afraid to submit their own opinions.
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silverstreak

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2016, 12:18:46 PM »
Just a tip for those who use toners: put your serum or cream on while the toner is still damp. Those products will absorb better and I have read it can also make them go deeper.

Very good tip - I did it last night. I had to do one half of face at a time because the toner dries very quickly but you are so right, both the Monsia night repair cream and the Vit E oil were literally "sucked" in. Thank you.
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Angelcat47

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 06:07:47 PM »
I know this is quite late,but you're welcome, silverstreak. Another toner tip: I always dampen my cotton pad with water and ring it out before applying toner to it;it really saves on toner use(works with micellar water,too).
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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2016, 06:56:48 AM »
Personnally im using rosewater to fresh my skin after clean and some home remedies as skin care routines
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milla

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2016, 01:45:47 PM »
The only thing I have added to my routine is a retinol cream. I use it every night, have not noticed any adverse effects and I think that my skin tone has improved...but it has only been one month.
The cream is by La Roche Posay and it is called Redermic R.