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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.

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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.

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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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gilberte

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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. 













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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.



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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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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.

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2016, 10:51:28 PM »
I am changing my routine and trying new things.  I will post once I have a better handle of things.  LOL! 
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Styyna

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2016, 01:22:51 PM »
After reading about cara4art's success with Curology and reading about it elsewhere I decided to give it a try. I've only used it for three nights but I already like it. My blend contains tretinoin (a very small dose), niacinamide, and vitamin C. I know it's too early for the tretinion to show results but something in that blend has helped lighten my rosacea. I'm pleased so far!
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cara4art

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2016, 02:28:09 PM »
@Styyna: That sounds great already!:) With other results, they take more time to appear(many months in some cases depending)but they will happen.

Styyna

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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2016, 06:00:10 PM »
cara4art, thanks for your input and comments about Curology across all three posts. :)

I am heeding your advice to proceed with caution, even though I haven't typically had very sensitive skin up to now. I figure it doesn't hurt to take it slow to start.
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silverstreak

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2016, 10:14:36 AM »
I've added cleansing my face once a week with my Monsia Sonic 3 facial cleansing brush. I make my own scrub with aloe vera gel mixed with rice flour.

I am going to be using a face mask once a week as well. I will make it with sandalwood powder mixed with rose water, will let you ladies know how this works in a couple of weeks, I'm waiting for the sandalwood powder to arrive from amazon, UK.

UPDATE:   23rd Jan 2017 The face mask was OK, nothing to write home about. Will not bother making it again. I'll look for a bought one. The sandalwood smell is very strong and quite overpowering.
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Styyna

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2016, 10:41:59 AM »
Silverstreak, your DIY scrub and mask are intriguing. Please do let us know how they work for you!
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Styyna

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« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2016, 04:40:35 PM »
Cara - Two things...I just learned about the Curology referral program. I'm so sorry that I didn't know about it when I signed up or I would have given you credit.

And I wanted to let you know that I'm proceeding very cautiously. My skin has been a little sensitive so I'm alternating days and using moisturizer in conjunction with it. I also discontinued it for over a week before I had my eyebrows waxed today. So far so good though. :)
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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2016, 07:30:56 AM »
@Styyna: No problem about the referral program! Since I don't have contact with a lot of people, I've only gotten referral benefits a couple times myself LOL!
Yes, do be cautious - Rx can sneak up on you as far as sensitivity. Alternating days is a good plan right now - don't increase frequency until you feel absolutely comfortable with that. Then, one can do 2 nights on, 1 off, until one feels used to that, and so on working up gradually to nightly use. A couple of things to remember - wait a full 30 minutes after cleansing face to apply the formula, and then wait another 30 minutes before applying moisturizer. The reason for the first tip is that any kind of dampness on face will INCREASE the potential for irritation. The reason for the second tip is that one wants to have the medication by itself on the skin for a bit before buffering it with any moisturizer. And do use a very gentle moisturizer for this purpose - I've found that CeraVe PM topped by Aquaphor really works great. By the way, Aquaphor can help one tolerate the Rx better as it's a healing ointment. With this combo my skin has not been dry or inordinately sensitive. That's saying something given my various skin disasters in the past.

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2016, 05:07:43 AM »
Silverstreak, your DIY scrub and mask are intriguing. Please do let us know how they work for you!

It worked OK but quite honestly the smell was overpowering and it was no better than any other mask. I think I will look at the Japanese or Korean masks. The aloe vera and rice flour scrub works really well for me but I am always looking for other ones.
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« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2016, 02:32:51 PM »
Thanks for updating with your experience, Silverstreak. Good luck with your further testing on Korean or Japanese masks!
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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #25 on: November 09, 2016, 07:38:31 AM »
Silverstreak, your DIY scrub and mask are intriguing. Please do let us know how they work for you!

The scrub works really well but the mask was a disappointment. Apart from the great smell of sandalwood it didn't do too much. I think natural yogurt with honey might be better will do more searching the web.
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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2016, 01:48:06 AM »
I use wet wipes often and wear light weight makeups.

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« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2016, 10:25:08 PM »
Here's my current night time routine:

I start off with MULTI VITAMIN A+C+E MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
for dull and stressed skins
by PHYTORELAX LABORATORIES

Here's some info:  The first Multivitamin line was created by the Phytorelax Laboratories; cosmetic products made from fresh juices of Oranges, Carrots and Lemons that contribute three VITAMINS which are essential for the health and beauty of your skin: A+C+E.  We use fresh juices obtained through a centrifugation process that keeps vitamins unchanged and makes them available for the skin.  The multivitamin cosmetic products by Phytorelax are especially for dull, mature and stressed skins since they help reinforce the skin's natural function as a barrier, for a luminous and radiant look.

The Micellar Cleansing Water is a 100% non-alcoholic product formulated for cleansing dull and stressed skins.  Plant surfacants delicately remove makeup and impurities.  The fresh juices contribute the precious pool of Vitamins A+C+E with antioxidant properties that hydrate, refresh and give vitality even to the most delicate and dull skins. 

Made in Italy
Website:  Phytorelax.it
by Harbor Natural Cosmetics

Secondly:  I use the ALL CLEAN BALM by heimish
No paraben / No Synthetic perfume / No Artificial pigment
Good for cleansing thick make-up
hypoallergenic ingredients included for sensitive skin type
Balm type cleanser but when it touches water, the texture is changed to oil cleanser

Third:  I use the Facial Yogurt Foam by Happy Bath (part of the Amore Pacific Line)
This is my second tube of this facial cleanser and I don't plan on switching from this anytime soon. I have very dry skin and it gives my face a dewy look and feel.


Fourth: I use Natural Life Oatmeal Therapy Peeling Gel

About the Product
Oatmeal Therapy Peeling Gel - helps to clear skin and prevent blemishes.
Oatmeal Gel removes dirt and excess oil from the skin's surface and unclogs the pores.
Advanced natural formula provides less skin irritation. Oatmeal extract makes skin clean and moisturized. Moringa extract removes heavy metals, toxins, germs and makes skin clean and soft. Organic nutrients from 7 kind of organic vegetables make skin calm and moisturized. It boosts immunity of skin and makes skin healthy and bright.

To be continued.........
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Styyna

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2016, 12:39:30 PM »
Wow, Barbara, lots of info! Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to the next installment.

It's hard, actually nearly impossible, to make out the third product. Is it Yogurt Facial Foam by Happy Bath or something like that? The yellow text is, unfortunately, very difficult to read on the background of the forum. Your description of the product makes it sound like something I might like to try.

Another question: Do you use all three cleansers every night? Or do you switch up? I don't wear makeup very often so don't feel that I need a lot of cleansing.
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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2016, 02:52:05 PM »
I don't wear a lot of make-up, but I always double-cleanse before going to bed.
At the moment I am using the Toleriane Cleanser by La Roche Posay, Una Brennen's Radiance Vitamin C oil and a Avene gentle toner. At night I use the oil first, then  cleanse with the Toleriane and follow with the toner. I am not using a night cream regularly: if my skin feels tight I use a Bioderma cream for dry skin. In the morning I just use Toleriane and toner and Vichy Novaderm moisturiser if I am at home; if I am going out or working outside and it is windy/cold, I use the Bioderma cream.

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« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2016, 08:47:35 PM »
I think that I am happy with my current skincare routine:

Toner - day and night: Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

Day: After Toner
1. Niacinamide Vitamin B3 Cream Serum
2. Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
3. Paula's Choice Day Moisturizer with 50SPF

Night: After Toner
1. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
2. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
3.Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream w/four drops of Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

Facial mask at least 4-5 days a week.

 :cry: Majority of the items are on the expensive side but gosh, after a week of this regiment, my face has been baby soft and I see some of my dark spots are getting lighter and a couple have already vanished.   I hate spending the money but it's just amazing how wonderful my skin feels each day. Makeup seems to look better and had many compliments from the young ones!
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Styyna

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #31 on: January 01, 2017, 07:29:09 AM »
Wow, this seems to be a lot different from the products you were using 6 or 8 months ago, isn't it? I'm glad you're so happy with your routine!

What facial mask(s) do you use?

I'm not familiar with Sunday Riley at all. Is that a HE line at department stores?

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To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness. - Mary Stuart

SusieQ

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2017, 10:12:31 AM »
Wow, this seems to be a lot different from the products you were using 6 or 8 months ago, isn't it? I'm glad you're so happy with your routine!

What facial mask(s) do you use?

I'm not familiar with Sunday Riley at all. Is that a HE line at department stores?
Yup..totally different from my last skincare routine.  And, I am loving this one.  I hope that it continues to be the One.  :lol:

Facial Masks:
I use many but the stand outs are:
1. Peter Thomas Roth: Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask;Pumpkin Enzyme Mask; Cucumber Gel Mask.  If you never tried his mask, i recommend them and here's nice kit to try all for a very reasonable price: http://www.sephora.com/mask-sampler-kit-P409063?skuId=1833110&icid2=products%20grid:p409063

2. Origin: Modern Friction™ Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion - highly recommend this one!

3. Farmacy: New Dawn Mask Medley - I love gel mask as they hug your face and so far these are the only ones that I've been able to find. The sheet masks tend to slid off your face but the gel ones stays on until you take them off no matter what you are doing. 

 Various other ones but the ones above are my favorite and do recommend.

I'm sure that Sunday Riley is found everywhere but it looks like Sephora carries more products from this line: http://www.sephora.com/sunday-riley
I have not tried all the products from this line because they are so expensive. But, I tried their duo kit that included the blue night oil and the Good Genes and my skin loved both.  I don't want to try anything else because of the prices.  :)
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Styyna

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2017, 03:47:57 PM »
Thanks for the mask recommendations and the links, Susie. I bet your skin is smooth as silk!
  • Complexion: NW10; slight rosacea; dry
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hairl3ss

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2017, 05:57:31 AM »
I'm having trouble finding a good exfoliator. Everything I use seems to hurt my skin.

Any recommendations for very light exfoliators that still get the job done?

silverstreak

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Re: Skin care routines
« Reply #35 on: January 06, 2017, 09:15:28 AM »
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).

Yet another such obvious tip, thank you again!
Incidentally, I had run out of toner over the X'mas, NY break but found some witchhazel and aloe vera juice in my "beauty" cupboard so I mixed 1:1 and it was great - SO CHEAP!
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