Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My skin care routine

*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I did not get compensated in any way from any of these companies. These are just the products I like to use and all opinions about them are my own.

I have been using all of these products for quite awhile. My skin care routine hasn't changed much in the last 10 years. However,  during the past three years, I haven't been as diligent about following it as I was before my accident.  I have decided this is the year I get back on track.  I struggled a bit in February,  but so far March is going great.

My basic routine consists of  washing my face and using an anti wrinkle cream 3 days a week. I don't ever wear make up, so I'm not concerned with a daily make up removal.

I guess my routine actually starts with a daily shower.  I don't breakout often, but occasionally right before and during my cycle I will breakout on my chest, back and upper arms.  So to keep this at bay, I use the Nutrogena Body Clear bodywash that I get at Wal-Mart. It works great and I love the grapefruit smell!

Right after my shower I use Avon's Skin So Soft firm and restore body lotion. I have also used a firming lotion from Jergens and will probably buy it again after this one is gone. I like both,  but I don't always have contact with an Avon representative. 

I wash my face with this cleanser from Loreal. It's very gentle on my sensitive skin and the built in scrubber is nice. I also get this at Wal-Mart.

After my face is clean and dry, I apply this anti wrinkle cream from Olay. I like that it has sunscreen in it. I've been using wrinkle cream from Olay since I was about 25. I don't know if it "really" works or if Mother Nature is just kind to me....

...but do I look almost 50?

During the winter and windy seasons I keep these two handy.  They can both be used as all over body moisturizers. And can be used to treat target problem areas. I usually use the vitamin E cream on dry arms and hands. It's quick, easy and doesn't leave a greasy film. I also love using this on my cuticles.

If I get a dry spot on my feet or heals the coconut oil works wonders! I just apply it to my feet, put my socks on and go. Usually a few days of this and my feet are baby soft again.

I have used the coconut oil all over, but it doesn't soak in quickly. I have also used it as an oil treatment for my hair.  It works, but if you rinse in the shower afterwards,  be careful.  It will make your tub/shower very slick!

Last, but not least: sunscreen!
Because I'm a redhead with fair skin,  sunscreen is very important to me. If I'm going to be outside  (or in the car) for more than 15 minutes I cover up with sunscreen.  I use a few different ones but always with a minimum SPF of 50 and sometimes as high as SPF 100. A couple bad (think sick to your stomach,  water blisters) sunburns and that lesson was learned. I'd prefer not to go through that again. I think it's important for everyone to protect their skin from sun damage.

So, that's pretty much it. It may seem like a lot of products or a little overkill, but really it's not too bad. Just a little daily care with special care a few days a week. The rest is on an as needed basis.

There are a few new things on the market that I want to try after some of these are gone. But basically it's just different name brands.

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe you'll give one of these things a try. If so, I would love to know what you think. If you're already following a skin care routine,  let me know.  I'd love to see what you're doing.


  1. I swear by Olay! My mom used it, and I've tried other moisturizers but always come back to Olay with SPF. I use the Olay night cream too. I have very light skin and am also diligent about sunscreen. My stepkids make jokes about it, because I will chase them around with it when they don't want to put it on, but I know someday, when they still have nice skin, they will thank me :)

  2. I need to get into a skin care routine of my own