|This just made me smile. Dr. E. did not use sunscreen . . . .
One of my age-twin friends, Joni, is as gorgeous as she is kind and smart. I am not making this up – she is traffic-stopping beautiful, with swingy blond hair, blue eyes and more than a passing resemblance to Christie Brinkley.
Among thousands of other topics, Joni and I like to discuss beauty and style. I was flattered when she asked my about my skin care regimen, because as I said, girlfriend has it going on. It made me remember that I do have really nice skin – not too many age spots, good texture and slight rosy glow. (I am not counting the “dysplastic mole” I just had removed from my back and the resulting “Who stole my kidney?” scar).
So here’s my routine, simple but with two non-secret “secrets”: Retin-A and sunscreen. The rest is probably window dressing. And I exercise, and don’t drink too much alcohol, and the usual take-care of-oneself stuff.
Morning regimen: Rinse face well with warm water while in shower, no soap needed. I use Olay Regenerist Serum or Olay Microsculpting Serum, and let in dry while I do other things. Then I use a good 20+ sunscreen every day, all year round. My current is Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41. It’s got a light tint so it takes the place of foundation, too. The tint prevents it from being my chest and hand sunscreen, so I use a good Neutrogena there.
I chose Olay Regenerist as my base because its reviews and ingredients list suggest it may have some small benefit in skin repair. My reasoning is: if I’m going to rub something on my face, it might as well have a shot at improving my skin, not just keep it from drying out.
|Hope, I has it.
Evening regimen: I’m not fussy about soap. I’ll use any gentle liquid to wash my face. Baby wash is fine with me, and it’s $2 at the discount store. I use Retin-A .05% every night, all over my face, up to my eyes, hairline, and ears. I rub some on the back of my hands and my upper neck. Done.
If my skin were dryer, or if I lived in a cold climate, I’d add some simple moisture over the Retin-A, about 20 minutes later. I usually don’t need it here is Florida.
|This stuff – I am a true believer.
It’s not a lot, but it is a routine, as in: I stick to it. That’s one of the plusses of being mid-life; we have the know-how and discipline to take care of ourselves a bit better than when we were 20. Ah, but, falling asleep at 2AM with a face full of makeup was its own bliss, yeah?
Care to share any secrets of your own?