Oddly enough my skin looks better now than when I was in my 20’s! In my 20’s I had late onset of pimples while everyone else had perfect skin. I was an oil slick at the time when matte shine-free skin was the norm. While my friends were done with pimples and troubled skin; I was having skin problems till I was about 26 years old! I've been to all types of dermatologists and facialists I can't remember who truly cleared up my skin. My teen skin was a different story, when my friends were all getting pimples my skin was plump and perfect! So you can say even my skin is a late bloomer!
Let me share with you my tips, tricks and favorite products when it comes to caring for my COMBINATION and TEMPERAMENTAL skin:
FIRST I cleanse – My favorite nigh time cleanser is the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Oil; at first it didn't make sense to me to clean an already oily face with oil, but it works so well I was hooked! It removes makeup and dirt so well you won't need to buy any other makeup remover for your eyes. MY favorite is the purple one. Whiteefficient clear brightening gentle cleansing oil as it clarifies, brightens and evens out my skin tone.
During the day I wash my face with Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming cleanser. Its light, refreshing and doesn't dry out my skin.
|NIGHT TIME CLEANSERS: Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing oil. The purple one works best for me! The green one is also good because of its anti-aging properties! |
|DAYTIME CLEANSER: This works so well even my husband loves it! He uses it as a shaving cream!|
|I transfer the contents into a spray bottle and spritz my face with Witch Hazel toner, and then wipe it all off with a square type cotton sheet. It freshens up my skin in an instant!|
I EXFOLIATE two to three times a week! My tried and tested exfoliating products are: St. Ives Apricot Scrub, CURE Natural Aqua Gel and an all natural KONJAC sponge. I use these alternately as they all work so well for me. I cannot choose just one!
|MY exfoliating team!! They all work so well I use them alternately! |
I HYDRATE and MOISTURIZE! For days when I know I won't be out in the sun I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. A new favorite is Aveeno's Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer. It does all that it claims, it makes my skin look dewy and fresh it even brightens my eyes! It seems to help even out my skin tone and it doesn't feel too heavy on my face. It also comes with SPF30!
During the DAY I make sure I use FACIAL SUN BLOCK no less than SPF 30 after I apply my moisturizer. My tried and tested favorite sunblocks are SHU UEMURA UV Armor and KIEHL's Ultra-light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA +++. I've tried both and they are light and non irritating but a bit expensive. I am also currently using and loving Faceshop's NATURAL SUN and it also works well for me.
|Old favorites that really worked well for me too!!|
|I love face oils because they are all-natural, effective and each bottle last so long, just a few drops a day and you are all covered!|
I also use eye cream every night! It helps moisturize my eye area, prevent puffiness, dark circles and more wrinkles from appearing!
I've also tried using Kiehl's Over Night Biological Peel, this is magic in a bottle! You leave it on over night and when you wake up you just rinse it off. I have noticed a marked improvement in the texture of my skin and my skin is tighter and firmer every time I use this. I've recently finished my bottle and I am due to buy my next one, again it is a bit pricey but it will last around 4 months!
|SKIN TREATS! Christian Dior's HYDRA LIFE Rehydrating Mask and Kiehl's Over Night Biological Peel work amazingly well I plan to use them well into my fifties! :)|
Don't forget your lips! I make an effort to slather on moisturizing lip gloss after my skin care routine to make sure I don't neglect my lips!
|Maybelline BABY LIPS and EOS all natural lip gloss are my go to basic lip moisturizers! Works well all year round!|
I'm not sure if I will reap the benefits of all these products, so do check back after ten years and I will let you know :)
|That's the 36-year-old me with Veegee! This "no filter" picture was taken a month ago, I only put on moisturizer, eyeliner, lip gloss and mascara! :)|