Skin Care Series: Mature Skin Part Two

These are some products that have really worked for my Mom and I.

1). Yuka Clothing Inc: “Wrinkle Attack” Miracle Facial Cream Wand

*Currently being sold on Groupon*

I finally received this in the mail today and I tried it on my Mom. The effects were amazing. It took five minutes and the wrinkles around her mouth disappeared and the bags under her eyes are more smooth.

2). DRMTLGY “Needle-ess Serum”:

This product really helps with deeper fine lines. It is expensive, so I haven’t been using it on her every night, but I got another bottle of it because it was on sale, so I am going to make a point to apply it every night. The results will be revealed in Part Three of this series.

Skin Care Series: the Magic Ingredient Has Been Here All Along

In my quest to keep my dry and often dehydrated skin as supple as possible in the middle of this pandemic while also dealing with the drying effects of the heat inside my home, I had a miracle cure hiding among me all along.

Olive oil.

One of my favorite people, Lisa Eldridge, mentioned that some people she knows use olive oil as their moisturizer for their nightly facial massages and swear by it. Not too long ago I saw a news headline that said something about how Jennifer Lopez says her key to the fountain of youth has been olive oil.

It turns out that her take on olive oil is deceptive:

While I agree that olive oil is definitely not the fountain of youth for me, it has definitely become the fountain of moisture that I have been missing for nearly my entire 30’s, an I am really kicking myself in the ass that I had not tried it eight years ago.

I have gone through so many deep conditioning moisturizers that I have lost count. Hyaluronic acid alone isn’t even enough for me. Due to the amount of allergy medication I have to take on an almost daily basis on top of the fact that we are still dealing with winter conditions outside and moisture-sucking heating on the inside (due to COVID restrictions), my skin gets down-right dehydrated with a capitol parched nowadays.

One night I was applying layer after layer of hyaluronic acid and my skin was still dehydrated, I thought to myself:

“This is ridiculous. I need some heavy duty moisture because my face is sucking in so much so fast that I feel like my skin is the pimp and hyaluronic acid is the hooker I’m beating while shouting ‘Where’s my money, bitch?!’ There has to be something around here I can use to fight this.”

So I sat and thought to myself. I mean I sat and thought about it. Winny the Pooh level deep thinking. Then I watched a Youtube video by Lisa Eldridge I had listened to at least a dozen times and heard her say that she has friends who use olive oil for their nightly moisturizer/face massages and swear by it. I had nothing to lose at that point. The hell with it!

I went into the kitchen and got out our squirt bottle of extra virgin olive oil that we decant from the big olive oil bottle we buy in bulk (we use a lot of olive oil for cooking around here). I put about a teaspoon worth in the palm of my hand and started massaging it into my face.

Immediately I felt my pores taking such big gulps of moisture that all the olive oil I had applied and thought would be enough to use to massage my face for five or ten minutes got sucked up in seconds. That is how dehydrated my skin was. It was a serious wake up call. I could not believe in a 100 years that my face could be that thirsty! So I drizzled another teaspoon of oil into my palm and started applying. This time the oil was on the surface of my face to the point that I had to wipe the excess oil off when I was done with my massage routine. After I had gotten rid of the excess oil, I kid you not: my face felt like a whole different face. It was like I was back in high school and only needed a drugstore tinted moisturizer.

Here’s the kicker:

My skin is not only dry AF, it is sensitive as all get-out. I inherited the dryness from my Mom and the sensitivity from my Dad. I have spent a LOT of money going through skin care products due to the fact that this one made me break out, that one made me break out, this moisturizer and their mother were determined to make my skin greasy and full of tiny whiteheads overnight. I was jaded and somewhat depressed, I dealt with that many failures.

Olive oil doesn’t make me break out at all.

Do you know how much money I’ll be able to save from this realization??!!

While I don’t call olive oil a replacement for Botox by any means, it has still become a miracle for my very dry skin. I highly recommend that my readers with skin as withered and rough as my face can feel try a teaspoon of it instead of their normal intense moisturizer. The results for myself have been amazing.

Skin Care Series: Teenage Years Part One

If you are a teenager, your sebaceous glands are probably running wild. My daughter will soon be 14 and started getting acne at 12. She doesn’t get any major breakouts, but she does get a lot of spots here and there, especially on her chin. I think that I have relatives with acne problems and she may have inherited it. It isn’t the end of the world, and it doesn’t seem to bother my kid, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting my kid to look her best. Plus, getting involved and creating her skin care routine is a fun bonding activity.

While she does have acne, she doesn’t seem to be oily or dry at all, so I suppose her complexion would be considered normal with acne.

I use Bioderma to clean her face, witch hazel for disinfecting, salicylic acid pads (once or twice a week depending on how her skin is), and generic Retin-A for her breakouts. I have not been keeping up with this routine lately because I wanted to give her skin a break to see what is and is not working. I think I will try washing her face, using witch hazel, and apply Retin-A and see what the does in a week and get back to you. I might add something to help her acne scaring as well.

Teen Acne: Prologue

(I am not going to ever show what my daughter’s acne looks like when it flares up because I don’t want her finding out later down the line that I posted pics of her with acne for everyone to see. You will only see her in makeup or whenever her skin clears.)

My daughter started getting pimples when she started her monthly cycle, and it seems to me that she has full on acne and not pimples here and there like I and her father had when we were her age.

That means I have to do some research and some trial and errors. So far I have been using witch hazel, retin A and benxyol peroxide on her, but I haven’t been putting anything on her lately because I wanted to see what her skin would be like if I did nothing at all to it.

She gets a lot of spots, but no cystic acne, which is a good sign. She does get acne scarring and is prone to white heads. I will be putting her back on her witch hazel and Retin A treatments (witch hazel morning and night, Retin A before bed) to see if that is really all I need to do or if I need more products to help her.

Dr. Pimple Popper

I am so mad that her show is going over to Discovery +. These “+” channels are getting on my nerves, and they have no reason to exist.

Anyway.

I love Dr. Sandra Lee, she’s always awesome with her patients and never let fame or power get to her. I know a specific doctor I used to go to who started a bigger practice than he had when he was when I knew him, and now he’s a total dick.

She also has her own skincare line. I think I’m going to get that for my sister’s birthday this year. It seems to help with acne, which is something my sis has had to deal with a lot more than I have.

Warning: The content gets graphic on this show!

Skin Care For Asian Complexions

Apparently Korea has a choke-hold on skin care for Asian complexions. No matter what angle I try to do research with, Korean beauty products dominate my findings.

Asian complexions are more prone to hyperpigmentation and acne due to their skin being more oily than their Caucasian counterparts. As I said in my previous post about oil: oil moisturizes the skin and helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines. According to beautycrew.com.au, Asian complexions only need a good cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Overloading your skin with a lot of anti-acne products, serums, lotions, and potions will cause more harm than good. The best way to combat oily skin for this type of skin is a toner with salicylic acid. This helps fight bacteria and cleanses the pores of debris. You do not need to have every product you use contain salicylic acid. This could overload your skin and cause additional breakouts.

Sunscreen and laser treatments help with combating hyperpigmentation.

I would suggest adding anti-aging products that are best suited for oily skin. A gel moisturizer is ideal. Clinique has a very good gel moisturizer.

Here are some toners to try out:

My favorite toner is anything with witch hazel:

Cleansers:

Skin Care Series: Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition that can happen to every skin color, man or woman. I inherited it from my mother, and I remember a black female classmate wound up getting rosacea back then (since black or brown skin cannot flush red, rosacea looks more like a combination of a rash with a cluster of pimples from what I remember).

The best over the counter ingredient for rosacea is an ingredient you are not going to like: sulfur. The first product I ever got specifically for rosacea is Prosacea.

It works fine, but it comes in a small tube and is rather expensive if you get rosacea breakouts like I have a tendency to have. I did some research and found out that buying the sulfur on its own is more effective and cheaper. The only drawback is, obviously, the smell.

I bought this on amazon:

I tried it as directed for a few weeks, and it works a lot better than the Prosacea. The only drawback is the slight rotten egg smell that comes with sulfur. It does fade, but I always try to only add just enough to cover my cheeks, nose, and chin.

Azelaic Acid and metronidazole are other active, less smelly ingredients. Azelaic Acid has anti-inflammatory properties, and metronidazole reduces redness and pimples caused by rosecea. From what I see, metronidazole is prescription only.

Anything with cucumber is great for rosecea.

Here are a few more over-the-counter products:

-Eucerin Redness Relief Night Creme

-Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer

-FaceTory Oats Calming Glow Weightless Facial Oil 

-Azelaic Acid 10% Facial Serum

Skin Care Series: Mature Skin: Part One

The number one thing you need to worry about with any skin type is moisture. Those with really oily skin are actually lucky in a way because that excess oil acts as a moisturizer in itself. Someone with really oily skin ages slower than someone like me, who’s skin can get dry to downright dehydrated. Lines, wrinkles, and elasticity are also factors to take into account.

The following ingredients are mostly naturally occurring properties in the skin that you lose more and more with age. There are other topical ingredients that do not occur naturally in one’s skin but are important. If you want to use products to avoid signs of aging instead of going to get a facial or any kind of plastic surgery, here are some tips.

When it comes to moisture, the number one ingredient that I have been using and my mother (who is in her 70’s) that has made a serious difference is hyaluronic acid. Don’t go for those tiny little one ounce dropper bottles that you see being advertised everywhere. You can get 8 oz size bottles of hyaluronic acid for very reasonable prices. I bought this brand because it came with a dropper. I refill the dropper and keep it in my skin care bag.

Retinol is a vitamin that belongs to the Vitamin A category. It smooths whatever wrinkles and fine lines you currently have and minimizes the chance of forming new wrinkles and fine lines. It is considered among all experts to be the most important topical anti-aging ingredient. The higher the dose the better.

Plant Stem Cells “have a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, helping to protect against sun damage and prevent wrinkles, according to dermatologist Dr. Sonoa Au. There is also evidence that stem cells can promote the production of new collagen, which can also make your skin appear more youthful.”

Plant Stem Cells

I use Beauty4Lyfe Apple Stem Cell Serum because it is the only plant stem cell serum that I could find that comes in an 8 oz size.

Vitamin C brightens dark spots and helps protect against sun damage.

“Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that brightens dark spots, smooths fine lines, and, importantly, scavenges free radicals from the environment, pollution, and UV radiation,” Sara Hogan, M.D., dermatologist at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Nine things you need to know about Vitamin C:

https://www.self.com/story/vitamin-c-for-skin-tips

Collagen helps your skin from sagging. It is an important ingredient because it helps slow down the signs of aging. It naturally occurs in your body, but as we get older, collagen production decreases. A certain collagen called hydrolyzed collagen is the best topical version. This is an ingredient that you have to keep using, as its effects are temporary. This ingredient seems to work best on dehydrated skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble and are mostly derived from sugary fruits or lactic acid. They help to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin. They also aid in reversing sun damage. If you have mature or sensitive skin, it is better to use this instead of a scrub because it will not be as abrasive. Salicylic acid is the most common and most affordable form of AHA. It exfoliates the skin and helps to prevent acne. Beta hydroxy acids are more efficient in that they get through deeper layers of dry skin and help remove excess sebum from your pores. Poly hydroxy acids are milder, which is good for sensitive skin. PHA’s also help with skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.

Peptides reside in the amino acid category and are considered to be an important ingredient. They help with developing certain proteins in the skin (mainly collagen and elastin).

Skin Care Series: Groupon

Groupon is the holy grail of spa’s and skincare products. I have saved thousands of dollars from using Groupon for the latest products I have had to purchase because I am very close to 40. I will be writing reviews of the products I have purchased there. Stay tuned!

Skin Care Series: Pale/Fair Skin

If you’re part Irish like I am, you already know that the most important thing one needs for pale skin care products that have the highest levels of SPF (sun block) you can get.

I may be a Jersey girl, but I gave up trying to tan naturally during the early years of high school. That is honestly so weird for me since I had no problem getting a tan when I was rather young. I went from easily getting a farmer tan to taking Dracula-like precautions when it came to staying out of direct sunlight.

One product I used in high school was Cover Girl’s tinted moisturizer. It was the first product with an SPF that did not make me break out. I have inherited my father’s sensitive skin, so any time I mention something does not make me break out, you really don’t have a choice but to believe me.

The version of CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer has been discontinued and is now sold as a “BB” cream (hover over picture to buy off of amazon.com). It unfortunately does not come in a big variety of colors, and wish it did.

When you do research to find what the best products for pale skin are, you are going to see a lot of Korean brands pop up. I believe it is because in Korea, when it comes to someone’s skin complexion, the fairer the better. I whole-heartily disagree there. If someone started a reputable skin care and makeup line specifically for darker completions (meaning foundation, powder and concealer), they would make a TON of money.

Here are some SPF products I found that have the best SPF while still being good for your skin (hover over the images to buy each item on amazon):

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