I’ve talked about what I use on my face in this space for a while and January always seems like a good time to talk about it. Forty-something skin is no joke, winter always shows on my face and I need to slightly adjust my routine to accommodate, it’ll change again in the summer…
As I’ve settled into my forties, I’m find I’m less concerned about the lines and wrinkles, I still feel that I look like me. I am deeply offended by the chin hairs, no one tells you that the difference between old ladies with chin hair and those without, is the application of tweezers, Ma did warn me but I just thought it wouldn’t happen to me! Far worse are the spots, I wasn’t spotty teenager so to have them now seems like a punishment for something….
(oh and all of these photos were taken with my iphone after 9pm on a rough Monday night , they are not great I know it. I know I should do better but it may never happen…)
They seem to be hormonal as they mostly pop up two weeks before my period, on my chin and mostly on the right side of my face, Like all spots, they are better when I drink lot of water and worse if I’m not taking my make up off properly. I make sure I do both and thoroughly wash my face at night, with either Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter (still) or Waitrose Pure Hydration Hot Cloth Cleanser which is fantastic. I use a flannel to take it off and I change them every day. My skin doesn’t feel tight afterwards and it really helps keep my skin in good health, in the morning I use Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Facial Wash.
The second thing I do is put freederm on the spots, it’s the best stuff for reducing the redness and inflammation of the little red blighters and lasts a long time.
Finally, one of the things that does help is using Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Pads once a day and Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel once a week, I didn’t start using them to help reduce the spots, I just noticed that it helped, it also makes my skin feel great.Finally, this year, someone suggested that folic acid might help. I have never knowingly taken folic acid, I’m not pregnant and never planned to be, but I thought I’d give it a try I’ve been taking it since the end of December and so far, so good. I’ll report back in a couple of months to see if it sticks or survives PMT fortnight!
When three people with very different attitudes to skin care but all with good skin, recommend a face cream which has also been mentioned by Sali Hughes, I go and buy it. The face cream in question is Superdrug’s Optimum Phytodeluxe Day Cream. It is really lovely to use, moisturising but not greasy, and the packaging is lovely! I liked it so much that I bought the night cream too.Then when they was on offer, the serum and the eye cream, I thought it was time to commit to using eye cream but I’m still not sure that it’s helping, I still have dark circles but it’s only been three weeks so it might need more time and I to use them for a while to work out if they are working and if the serum is worth replacing my usual serum for.
The great thing about Superdrug’s ranges is how often they go on offer, currently the Optimum range is on buy one get one free, but when I bought them in December they were half price. I’d like to say that price doesn’t make a difference but it does and putting something on my face that feels good and doesn’t bankrupt me is important to me and probably to lots of other people too! The truth is though that the most important things are the cheapest – drinking lots of water and washing your face throughly, so do that if all of this feels like too much money but a month in my skin seems to be in better condition. My make up goes on better and generally when it’s not working or I’m not looking after it, a sure sign is that my foundation won’t go on well and sits on my face. It looks less natural, more Elizabeth I!
Has the New Year inspired you to change your skin care routine at all or do you have the perfect face products and use them well?