Skin care is very important. I spent most of my 20’s getting carded or just being told I look so young in general. Even the best, clearest, healthiest skin ages because of exposure to the sun, smoking and drinking, free radicals – whatever those are, but you get the idea. For my own skincare routine, I’ve always followed the 3 step method: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. For moisturizers, I’ve tried several and I like a few, but I just don’t ever trust that what I am doing is helping. A lot of people, bloggers giving reviews, dermatologists and aestheticians, are generally trying to sell products. And, because I’ve never needed to address skin issues with a doctor, and I’m way too cheap to visit a spa for a facial, I’ve never consulted a dermatologist. I just don’t know who to trust, so I decided to come up with my own routine based on some rudimentary Internet research and some discriminating evaluations of reviews.
My search started with what is the key ingredient to anti-aging formulas and what is the best vehicle to get it into my skin. Vitamin A is the winner. In its prescription strength, Vitamin A is known as Retin-A. For over the counter anti-aging products, it can be found in a lower dose, Retinol. Retinol has apparently been found to have the best results for over the counter products at reducing fine lines and the signs of aging. Retinol concentrations that are considered effective can be found in the form of a serum or a lotion. I am not a cosmetologist or dermatologist. I am not going into more science here, but that is the general idea of where I started. Also, because Retinol products can cause skin irritation and make it more susceptible to sun damage, it should only be used at night. I recently saw an aesthetician’s vlog where she was saying the moisturizer is not where the money should go, the retinol serum underneath is. Now, here’s my grain of salt, she’s selling the products she uses in her salon. So, I will take that info and go elsewhere for product recommendations. Thanks and no thanks!
Now I need a night moisturizer as well. I am totally going to take her advice here and look for an affordable yet respectable moisturizer. Neutrogena, Aveeno and Olay have always been my go-to drugstore skincare brands. Why not look to my old faithfuls?! All have products that I considered are highly rated by reviewers on Amazon.com as well as other online retailers. All are extremely affordable and can be found in my local drugstore or my good ole fav, Amazon. Which one will I try first? Whichever one I want and I will try them all at one point in time or another.
So, a nighttime routine changes it is. Because I am going to be adding a fairly harsh addition to my skincare regimen, the retinol, this will be the only change to my current routine. Unless I have a harsh reaction to the retinol products, I will give it the 6-8 weeks to see if it’s worth the extra effort and money. Then, I can start work on my day routine.
In case you’re wondering about the specific products, I think I’m going to start with the Philosophy Save Me and the Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Night Cream with Natural Shiitake Complex combination. After I use the Philosophy tube up, barring any adverse reaction, I will move to a 0.5 Retinol formula. That way my skin can get used to the Retinol. Wish me luck on my new regimen and let me know if you see any improvements!
P.S. I forgot to add a warning in case anyone decided to try facial products containing Retinol. When using Retinol products, you MUST wear a broad spectrum SPF lotion during the day! These products do make skin photo sensitive. Also, if you have a reaction using it nightly, use it 2-3 times a week until your skin adjusts to the product, increasing frequency if symptoms subside, stopping if symptoms persist. Happy fighting!