Have you found your holy grail of skincare products? Ones you swear by and remain loyal to day after day, year after year? My mom was a Noxema lover and that was that. I don’t remember her ever washing her face with anything else. I’m not that way. I treat my skin very carefully but I’m always interested to try the newest, highly rated products.
My only holy grails are Vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is the gold standard for speeding up our stalled cell turnover so I use Retin A every other night. Vitamin C is highly touted for its antioxidant and sun protection so I use it on my neck, chest, and the backs of hands every morning.
Here’s what else I’m loving now.
This is intense. It’s a 25% AHA blend which exfoliates and brightens like a salon peel. My fragile skin responds better to chemical exfoliation than manual now, so this is how I do a major slough off of dead skin cells, clear out my pores and remove all Retin-A flakes. It stings like crazy but leaves a smooth pink complexion that glows the next morning. This is by Drunk Elephant, a clean beauty line that is cruelty and additive free.
Drunk Elephant Products
Blue Tansy oil is all the rage. This essential oil is also known as Tanacetum annuum or Moroccan Chamomile. It’s highly moisturizing, detoxifies, anti-fungal and reduces inflammation. I was recently diagnosed with Rosacea…a new delight at my age! I also have eczema so this soothing oil is a double whammy for me. It also helps with Psoriasis which I luckily don’t have – yet. I’m currently loving this Lapis Oil which has lots of blue tansy plus high concentrations of Squaline, which is highly emollient and an exceptional hydrator.
Blue Tansy Products
I found these rollers in a roundabout way. Sheet masks are popular here but they’re an obsession in Japan. My daughter and I saw so many, we had to stock up on the way home. Of course, this made me curious about Japanese skincare. My dive down the rabbit hole of Google turned up facial rollers and face massage. These rollers have been around for centuries in jade but they now make them in Rose Quartz, Amethyst, etc. Each stone has unique crystal qualities but I chose Rose because I liked the color 🙂 They’re great for lymphatic drainage – much like a full body massage – and helps reduce facial puffiness. Besides all that, they feel wonderful. It’s relaxing to roll the cool quartz over my face, either over a sheet mask or clean moisturized skin. I’m not expecting miracles but this small delight feels luxurious and is relaxing.
I have very deep lines on my chin from years of sun damage. These aren’t wrinkles. They’re deep crevices from excessive photodamage. Nothing is softening them, not even 20 years of Retin A use so I’ve gone back to derma rolling… just on my chin, then applying this TNS Recovery Complex. My dermatologist swears this stuff is a miracle so I’ll let you know. I wrote a post about derma rolling here but gradually stopped using it. See above about sticking with things.
What new things are you trying?
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