I’m 35 years old and I’m pretty sure perfect skin doesn’t exist. I may sound a bit negative, but I have good reasons.
I have huge volcanic zits that don’t go away forever, dark circles under my eyes, and wrinkles that are here to stay…I am not happy about any of it. I have tried all sorts of cleansers, wrinkle cremes and facials, and nothing seems to be helping.
Please tell me I am not the only one with these problems.
Doesn’t every women want to age gracefully?
I decided to try some new treatments and skin care products that can be pricey, but I was able to wait for special discounts at my medical spa, so they were more affordable.
Here’s how it went:
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I decided this year I was going to try some new treatments and my friend Lynette is the perfect lady to help me. She is a medical laser technician and has been helping women for almost 20 years. She wants all women to look beautiful and feel special inside and out. Lynette has been giving me a treatment called Laser Genesis. It is a non-invasive laser treatment. This treatment is recommended for people with rosacea, large pores, acne scarring, uneven texture, and more. It is for all skin types. I have had 3 treatments in 3 months and so far it has helped with my acne and large pores. I am loving it.
It doesn’t hurt during the treatment and doesn’t peel after you are done. For best results remember to wear sunscreen everyday. When I get a facial it costs the same as laser genesis. A facial is relaxing but doesn’t really help my skin long term (price may vary in the place you live.)
How have I never heard about this product?
Lynette also introduced me to Skin Ceuticals. I am loving the SPF 50 Sunscreen and the Daily light weight moisturizer. In the summer you should switch to a light weight moisturizer and exfoliate less and in the fall exfoliate more to repair skin from the Summer sun. The sunscreen is around $30-$60 and daily moisturizer is about $60.
The Clarisonic uses technology to make skin healthier, smoother, and more radiant.
– It removes makeup 6x better than manual cleansing
-removes 2x more dirt and oil
-leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
-Gentle enough to use twice a day if needed
-Helps reduce oily areas, dry patches and blemishes
The cheaper alternative is the Pretika Sonic Dermabrasion Facial Brush. It is less than $40.00.
I talked to some of my friends to find out what their skin regime is and this is what they had to say….
-Use a mild cleanser and wash morning and night. Wash your hands before you wash your face.
-Use sunscreen on your face and neck everyday. Aveeno Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 is only $14.99 at drugstores
-Drink a lot of water
-Wear sunglasses and stay out of the sun around 10am-4pm
-Twice a week exfoliate your face to renew the cells and bring back moisture to the skin. Laura Mercier Face Polish is inexpensive and lasts a long time.
-Start wearing an eye creme daily. For dark circles, use one with vitamin C to brighten the eye area.
-Drink a lot of water – it keeps your body and skin hydrated.
-Cleansers. “Don’t spend a lot of money on something that you are going to wash off” says Sloan. Try Neutrogena or Cetaphil daily facial cleanser. They are soft for the skin and work great.
-Use a creamy cleanser morning and night Cetaphil is a favorite. 2-3 times a week use ROC Deep Wrinkle Retinol Cream.
-Don’t forget to use sunscreen on neck, arms, and back of hands
-Use a lip balm with sunscreen
-Once a week use a Dermilogica Daily resurfacer pad. It is gentle but get’s rid of the gunk.
-Drink a lot of water and have a healthy diet. Vitamin A,B,C, and E all keep your skin glowing and gorgeous.
“Pretty is as pretty does” Lori says.
Thanks for all the great tips ladies. They are all so inspiring. Read more about them here.
I love Cristi’s homemade peach facial. Peaches are packed with vitamins and great for hydrating the skin. Get the recipe here.
I know everyone has a different opinion on what works best for their skin. The most important thing to remember is everyone has different types of skin. What works best for me might not work for you. But overall, drinking water, wearing sunscreen, eating healthy and washing your face is all going to make a huge difference in making your face look fresh and fabulous.
What are your favorite skin care products,treatments and tips?
Ashley was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now lives in Henderson, Nevada. She studied in Germany and created a hand knit hat business in 1998–Mutze by Ashley (meaning hat in German). She is obsessed with her Husband, three daughters, fashion, coconut desserts, and garden gnomes.