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Your Best Skin Ever

Caring for the Skin You’re In

Bowl of fresh rasperries Found on
Found on via Pinterest

You might recall that during the latter part of last year I was reading a book on makeup and skincare for the over 50 woman. While many of us are aware of the changes our skin goes through as we age, unfortunately our skincare and makeup routines are seldom altered to benefit us as we go through these changes.

In the book, “Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+,” Andrea Q. Robinson offers great insight from her vast experience as a cosmetics professional. By using less makeup, colors and formulas suited to our evolving skin, strategic application and a complimentary skin care regimen we can achieve our most fabulous 50+ look. It all begins with a great foundation (and not foundation as in cosmetics rather how we care for the skin we are in).

I think it’s important for us to understand that there are NO miracle cures for aging skin (unless of course you’re counting plastic surgery). And all those claims of ridding the face of wrinkles, bags, sagging skin and turning back the clock in decades are nothing more than claims but this doesn’t mean we can’t look our absolute fabulous best even if we are over 50. I dare say this is the time for us to revel in who we are and why not? We’ve made it this far, we’ve earned it!

What is this Foundation Business?

The foundation to healthy skin is in part the same as a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep, exercise, avoiding sun exposure (without sunscreen), hydration and healthy eating go a long way in maintaining healthy skin. In addition sunscreen, edible and topical antioxidants, retinoids, alpha hydroxy or salicylic acids, moisturizers and cleansers help to keep our skin soft, supple and vibrant.

Glass of water splashing over the edges from a lemon slice being dropped in. Found on Buzzfeed via Pinterest
Found on Buzzfeed via Pinterest

A word on edible antioxidants – I found a list of what is calling the 10 best antioxidant rich foods to add to your diet. To view the article you can click the link to the Medical Daily website however for your reference following are the foods:

  1. Prunes
  2. Raspberries
  3. Cloves
  4. Strawberries
  5. Cranberries
  6. Walnuts
  7. Blueberries
  8. Pinto Beans
  9. Blackberries
  10. Small Red Beans

For the topical skin care products (sunscreen, antioxidants, retinoids, alpha hydroxy or salicylic acids, moisturizers and cleansers) I compiled a list of each type of product at three price points from lowest to highest in each category. All the products listed are free from animal testing and are rated the Best on Paula’s Choice Beautypedia:

  • Sunscreens – are essential for skin care day in and day out every day of the year.
  1. Sun Shield For Faces Extra Sensitive Skin SPF 25 by Physicians Formula
  2. Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA +++ by Murad
  3. Marini Physical Protectant 45 by Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.
Bottle of Sun Shield For Faces Extra Sensitive Skin SPF 25 Found on Google
Sun Shield For Faces Extra Sensitive Skin SPF 25 Found on Google
  • Antioxidants – help fight environmental damage and stimulates healthy collagen production.
  1. Luminous Eye Serum by Andalou Naturals
  2. Reclaim Age Braker Line Breaker Serum by Principal Secret  Reclaim
  3. Juno Body Transformation Lipid Serum by Sunday Riley
  • Retinoids – Retinol a derivative of vitamin A helps our skin cells to be healthy again.
  1. Resist Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment by Paula’s Choice Skincare Resist
  2. Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles by Murad
  3. Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair by ZO Skin Health
Bottle alongside its box DISROBE BODY LOTION by Sunday Riley image found on Google
by Sunday Riley Image found on Google
  • AHA Alpha Hydroxy – Exfoliant mainly used for dry skin.
  1. Oil-Free Formula 10% Glycolic AHA Anti-Wrinkle by Alpha Hydrox
  2. Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid by Paula’s Choice Skincare  Resist
  3. Disrobe Body Lotion by Sunday Riley
  • BHA (salicylic acid) – Exfoliant mainly used for oily skin and/or blackheads.
  1. Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion by Paula’s Choice Skincare Skin Perfecting
  2. Clarifying Night Cream by Proactiv & Proactiv+
  3. Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment by Smashbox
  • Moisturizers (without sunscreen) – Helps skin fight environmental damage, increases healthy collagen production, improves skin texture and hydration.
  1. Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM by CeraVe
  2. Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment by Josie Maran Cosmetics
  3. Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme by ZO Skin Health
  • Cleansers – Remove oil and makeup without stripping the skin, rinse without residue.
  1. Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Lotion by Boots Expert
  2. Delicate Balance Calming Cleanser by Merle Norman
  3. Soothe Gentle Cream Wash by Rodan and Fields Soothe
Bottle of Delicate Balance Calming Cleanser by Merle Norman Image found on Google
Delicate Balance Calming Cleanser by Merle Norman Image found on Google

Even though I currently do not use topical antioxidants or retinoids, I’ve noticed that since I changed my skincare regimen my skin is softer, clearer and it seems that my freckles have faded. Over the summer I tried using an AHA exfoliant but it was too strong for my skin so I had to go with a BHA that seems to be working out great. Both my moisturizer and foundation contain sunscreen for my face. I’ll have to give you the down low on my foundation change on another day but I’m very happy with the results of the new stuff.

The journey to appearing our absolute best begins with a proper skin care program. As I said earlier in this post while there are no magical solutions to issues that come about from aging with great care we can minimize some of the effects.

Always remember – when you feel good, you look good!

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Have a great week!!

“I know who I am. I am not perfect. I’m not the most beautiful woman in the world. But I’m one of them.” ~Mary J. Blige


7 thoughts on “Your Best Skin Ever

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  2. Very informative (for a random hippy 😉 Actually I have a question. I use a sunscreen where the only two ingredients are Titanium Oxide and Zinc. I’ve been told this is better (mineral barriers) than the chemical barriers in most sunscreen. Any light (pun intended!) to shed on this topic? Great post, Steph!

    1. Great question Stephanie and fuel for an upcoming post. Let me look into this and get back to you. Thx

    1. Thank you Fatmatta 🙂

      1. You’re welcome!

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