Welcome to Dressed for My Day’s first annual Beauty Week. All week I’ve been sharing my real, everyday skincare and makeup routines. My goal for skincare is to help my mature skin look and feel its best through minimal, healthy practices and products. The beauty routines I’ve shared have been for an everyday, natural look. You can find all of the Beauty Week posts here.
Today I’m wrapping up the posts that have to do with my face by sharing my evening skincare routine.
A Word About My Philosophy on Aging
Before I share my truly simple and minimal nighttime skincare regimen, I thought I’d say just a word or two about my overall philosophy on aging.
This past week I watched a YouTube video by a fashion and beauty vlogger I admire and follow that got me to thinking about my beauty goals. Her skincare routine (minus the makeup) takes about 20 minutes each morning and even longer in the evening. Honestly, when I finished watching her extensive video I felt somewhat embarrassed about my measly Beauty Week blog posts, and I wondered if what I was sharing was even valid or worth posting. I mean she does so much more than I do to protect and beautify her skin each day. And she truly has beautiful skin…at about the same age as me.
But then I reminded myself that my skincare process fits me. Yes, it has evolved with time, and as I learn new things about skincare I do make a few changes here and there. For instance, I took the advice of several of my readers on Monday’s post and ordered a jar of vitamin C to add to my regimen.
Here’s the thing. I am aging. I’ll turn 55 tomorrow. Also, due to ignorance or foolish youthfulness, I did some damage to my skin in my earlier days – mainly by lying out in the sun. I’ve birthed babies and now I’m peri-menopausal. I worried and squinted in the sun. I take medications that alter my skin somewhat. And I live in a dry climate at a high altitude. These are the facts of my life.
So I’m just not one to pour buckets of money into fighting the signs of aging. I’ll do what I can and I do invest in a few pricey products. But most nights I feel like I’m doing well just to wash my face and put on some moisturizer. Honest, it’s a struggle to even accomplish that plus brushing my teeth some evenings! You, too?
The bottom line is I’m going to do as little as I can get by with and still have healthy, nourished and somewhat pretty skin.
And then I’m going to do the other things that I believe make just as much an impact on my physical beauty as any pricey products or procedures ever will. I’m going to spend time praying and reading my Bible, so I don’t grow anxious and fretful. I’m going to exercise and get some fresh air each day. I’m going to laugh and smile and enjoy my people. I’m going to drink plenty of water and eat somewhat healthy. And I’m going to to be grateful…because I believe gratitude is a tonic that cures so many maladies of the heart and thus our bodies, too.
If you want to do more, spend more or try more to preserve and beautify your skin…I’m all for it. I will never judge you harshly for that. In fact, I’d still appreciate your input or tips. But just don’t expect an extensive skincare regimen from me. I’m just not that girl.
Ok, moving right along!
My Evening Skincare Routine
Like I said, it’s a challenge most every night to take the time to wash my face. But I do, by golly. I never go to bed with my makeup on. Never.
I love washing my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It’s a milky cleanser, and I usually use about two pumps. I wet my hands in warm water first, then pump out a little cleanser and apply it directly to my skin with my fingertips.
I love that this cleanser feels so gentle and has relatively no fragrance. It’s tough enough to remove most eye makeup, and a container this size lasts me several months. I’ve used other products off and on throughout the years, but it seems I always come back to this Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser.
After thoroughly washing my face, I clean off the cleanser and the grime with a dampened wash cloth. Then I use my Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner to get any remaining residue off.
I just apply a squirt of toner to a round cotton pad and wipe it all over my face.
I’m careful to gently rub around the hairline, the crooks and crannies around my nose, mouth and chin, along my neck and under my ears.
Last, I apply CeraVe SA (Salicylic acid) Cream for rough and bumpy skin. I put this thick cream all over my face, neck and decolletage.
I’ve been using this as my night cream for about two months now, and I’ve noticed a significant difference. For one thing, when I awaken in the morning, my skin still feels moisturized. That’s huge for this gal who lives at 4,500 feet altitude, especially since we’ve had a cold winter and the heat runs off and on all night, too.
CeraVe SA Cream has a unique formula that exfoliates and moisturizes while helping to restore the protective skin barrier. Salicylic acid exfoliates and softens to smooth rough skin. The lactic acid exfoliates to renew skin’s surface, and three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) help to restore the protective skin barrier. The cream is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
At one time I felt like maybe this cream was good for my neck, but that I needed something more “night creamy” for my face. But I ditched that notion and have been happy wearing this alone every night. I can’t recommend this product highly enough. Using this CeraVe overnight and the Retinol Advanced Firming Cream with the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Moisturizer in the day has significantly changed my skin over the past few months. It feels healthier and moisturized, plus I’ve noticed decreased wrinkles and age spots.
So that’s it! That’s all there is to my evening skincare routine…for now.
Thanks for being here today. I’d love to hear if you have products you love and recommend. And you’re welcome to share your personal philosophy on aging and skincare, too. If it’s different from mine, that’s perfectly fine. As long as we’re all gracious, varied opinions are always welcome here!
Don’t forget to check out the other Beauty Week posts, if you haven’t already. Tomorrow I’ll be posting an update on my nail care routine.
Blessed for My Day
Our bodies certainly change as we age. So do many other things. I’ve noticed, for instance, that my mind seems to work as little slower than it used to. Oh boy! Sometimes I worry that I won’t be able to keep up with our everchanging world as I get older. That can make me a little anxious if I dwell on it.
But one thing won’t change. God will always care for me and carry me through. Because my body is aging and my mind is slowing down, I can get very anxious. But because God is trustworthy and capable, I can live at peace. I do not have to be anxious over my future because I know the One who holds the future…and who holds me.
Even to your old age I will be the same,
And even to your graying years I will bear you!
I have done it, and I will carry you;
And I will bear you and I will deliver you. ~ Isaiah 46:4