When it comes to skincare, I find I’m no longer easily seduced merely by the cachet of some brands. I want to spend my money where it’s truly effective. I’m always up to try something new, but the products I tend to stick with are those that a) feel good on my skin and b) deliver visible results. And making the shift to cruelty-free products has become a high priority for me as well.
Treat And Protect
Probably the most effective part of my regime is prescription Retin-A. I use a .025% formula and apply 3-4x per week at night after cleansing and before any other steps. I avoid any other products with retinols so as not to stress my skin too much.
Vitamin C is another ingredient that has some proven benefits: stimulating collagen and reducing sun damage. I started using Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum a few weeks ago and like it so far.
I also get an annual IPL treatment from a dermatologist, which has been effective in reducing sun damage, dark spots and pigmented lesions (what my Grandmother used to call “liver spots”). One side benefit of IPL is that it noticeably firms and plumps the skin, and stimulates collagen according to Dr. A.
Which leads me to…sunscreen! I’m still loving the Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen for most days. It claims to soothe inflammation which isn’t really an issue for me, but my dermatologist really prefers sunscreens with a mineral/barrier component. They make tinted versions too if you prefer, but I often find these go a little to yellow/orange on me.
I think I’ve learned to be pretty realistic/skeptical about what most non-medical products can actually deliver, so when I find something that actually produces noticeable results, I’m thrilled. These three products from Makeover Workshop are always on my reorder list:
- Re-Creation Lip Treatment. I’ve been using this for a couple of years now, and notice a difference if I run out and go more than a few days without it. It smoothes and plumps my lips, and really does keep them from chapping and flaking. I use 2-3x per day. (Allow to soak in a few minutes before applying lip color.)
- Illuminate & Contour Eye Treatment. I don’t have a lot of issues with puffiness or dark circles, but I do have crepey skin on my lids. Using this treatment day and evening really smooths out and brightens the skin around my eyes.
- Firming Neck and Throat Creme. While I guess “firming” is relative at my age, this does noticeably smooth the skin and reduces the puckered effect. Also use this twice daily.
As far as moisturizers go, I’m not looking for a lot more than….moisture. And some Hyaluronic acid and peptides. I want something that feels like it soaks in rather than sitting on top of my skin. I’ve been using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream which I like a lot, but am still looking for a lower cost brand that has the consistency I like and that isn’t tested on animals.
Since I’ve begun wearing softer clothing colors, I’m finding that I want to wear softer makeup as well. Not that I wear a lot of makeup, but with lip color especially, I’ve dialed it back a little. The color I’ve been wearing daily is Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in “Stoned Rose.” It’s a warmer shade, pink that leans a little brown/orange.
And when I do wear eyeliner, I’ve switched from black, which has begun to feel a little harsh, to an espresso brown. I was a participant yesterday in a video shoot for Makeover Workshop, and the eyeliner Brian gave me to use was “Brownstone” which I liked a lot. I may also try the “Fig,” as purple-toned shades are supposed to be good with green eyes.
I also tried the “Dahlia” creme cheek color which I liked a lot. (It’s not as orange as it looks online, just FYI.) And for a travel-friendly product, I love the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in “Moon Beach.” (Also a warm-toned color.)
I’m still using the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation (#3 Fair) most days, or the Makeover Workshop Tinted Primer when I want a little extra SPF.
Have you switched up your skincare or makeup routine lately?