I’m reevaluating my skin care regimen. It’s a good idea to do this from time to time. It’s amazing how a product that gave you amazing results one year doesn’t the next. It’s not that the product isn’t working, your skin changes. Hormones and the aging process do their thing everyday. Then you add in environmental stress and diet–well you get the picture. You just need to reevaluate every so often.
I’m asking myself what I’ve had success with in the recent past and looking for products that specialize in that. What works for me is to exfoliate, protect from sun damage during the day, and followup with a great serum at night. I’m finding that most antiaging products seem to focus on wrinkles which is not my particular problem–knock on wood. I’ve had good luck with exfoliation.
I’ve tried both microdermabrasion and chemical peels. They do the same thing just in different ways. Dermabrasion is mechanical–you use a tool like the Clarisonic Skin Brush or a scrub to remove that dead layer of skin. Peels use chemicals–natural or synthetic–-to do the same thing. I’m not aware of many peels that are natural. If you decide to go that route I’d recommend Zia or Devita. I’ve used both and they’re great natural skin care brands.
I’m finding that there’s not one kit with everything I need in it, so I’m having to shop brands to get what I want. The product makers seem to be getting it–albeit slowly–that aging doesn’t just mean wrinkles. I’ve seen more products for adult acne in the last year than I have in the last decade. When I check out the skin of the women around me, I see a range of issues. Hyperpigmentation due to hormonal changes, insults to the skin such as adult acne and its resulting scars, on and on; but the focus of antiaging products remains on wrinkles.
Here’s what I’m looking for– Cleanser– Preferably herbal with MSM or DMAE thrown in for antiaging benefit. Toner – herbal, the more herbs the better and would love it to have witch hazel. Day Serum – should have SPF and something other than hydroquinone for a fader Night Serum – ton of herbs, more DMAE and MSM, maybe some Vitamin C. If the serum sucks, it’s a deal breaker for me. A good serum will work its magic during the night and have your skin looking gorgeous in the morning.