Looking for effective skincare can be a minefield of facts and information. It can be so harrowing, steering through the constant claims that brands make and deciding what to buy, and what to disregard.
We really are spoilt for choice. We all want our skin to look the best it can without breaking the bank. And, who has the time or energy for a twenty-step routine at the beginning and end of each and every day?
When I was growing up, I wish more information had been available to my younger self, and, that I had taken more notice…. I may have listened. Of course, nowadays, most of us know the biggest culprit is sun damage. Back then (showing my age, here), we relied on a handful of magazines that were our “holy grail”! My favourites were, “Jackie”, and then, later, of course, “Cosmopolitan”. This was all before “social media”, so you relied on the journalists of these magazines to give you clued-up advice.
Going forward to my forties, I was stuck in a skincare rut. So, I started to adapt my beauty routine. I began to use different products, especially the ones people were shouting about. I was seeking out anti-aging active ingredients that, allegedly, had been proven to work. Some were backed by independent research or scientific studies. I also watched vloggers on You tube, sticking to the ones I thought were giving a good, honest opinion and seemed to know what they were talking about – and didn’t talk endlessly before they got to the point! Plus, I read what the consumers themselves had to say in the reviews/comments.
So, it was time for action! I have tried quite a few products over the years – some have been a waste of time and money, but some have been my staple for a few years, now. I thought I would start to share with you the products I think are effective in my own current ‘anti-aging skincare’ routine, whilst also mentioning the ones I could take or leave!
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser 236ml – £9.50. CeraVe products are not tested on animals and are cruelty free.
I have regularly used this cleanser for approximately four years. I used to buy it on Amazon US, getting it shipped to the UK. So, it was great when Boots UK started to stock it. Thank goodness! I don’t use any soap or harsh detergents on my face.
CeraVe is a mild cleanser that doesn’t foam up and is more like a cleansing gel. It contains moisturising ceramides, hyaluronic acid and glycerine, so it doesn’t strip the moisture barrier. I have learnt that harsh soaps strip away the skin’s natural oils and can change the its natural pH balance.
After I wash my face, I gently pat my it, leaving it slightly damp – never rubbing! I immediately start applying my serum, then moisturising as skin is more absorbent when it’s slightly damp.
Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum 30ml / 1 fl. oz. £24.99 plus shipping. Cruelty free.
I have used this serum for about three years. I’ve tried other vitamin C serums, but always go back to this one. I love the fact the serum is combined with L-Ascorbic acid, vitamin E and Ferulic acid. It claims to be effective for collagen creation, whilst helping to fade age spots and surface roughness. I have found that my skin has improved using this – hence, it’s why I’m still using it, today
The only thing with vitamin C serum is it does oxidise after a little while (goes orange or brown) – it’s then no longer good to use. To avoid this, I always pop it in the fridge when received. I then get an old empty Vit C bottle and deposit one inch in the empty bottle. This is the one I keep by the sink for my morning routine. By separating the serum, I find it can last up to four months.
You can pay quite a lot for a Vitamin C serum. I haven’t tried them all, but, in my opinion, this one is good value for money – mainly for the ingredients, the price (of course), and efficiency. So, it’s still a winner for me.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm 50ml £32.50
A Clarins cult product, the “Beauty Flash Balm” is defined as the ultimate pick-me-up for tired skin. This is a best-selling radiant skin booster that claims to eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash. It has the accolade of cult status. This wasn’t the reason why I started to use it, many moons ago – as I never believe the hype.
Immediately, it suited my skin type, hence it’s become a staple product for me. It does indeed tighten and brighten the skin – you can feel the tingle on application. It’s one of those products that I quickly re-stock when I run out.
I like to use it after moisturising and before applying my foundation primer, which is the Laura Mercier radiance primer (which I also couldn’t be without).
This beauty balm has a few other advantages. It can also be used as a primer (if you wish) or a face mask – which is supposed to give good results. If you are tempted to give it a try, ask for a sample to see if it suits your skin type as I’ve read reviews where it isn’t suitable for oily skin.
CeraVe Cream Facial Moisturiser 52ml £12.00 – CeraVe products are not tested on animals and are cruelty free.
As you can see from the photographs (lots of empties), I like to try different moisturisers along with my everyday staple products. The only way I would discard a product is if it didn’t suit my skin type. I always use it up until empty.
I really recommend this moisturiser. It doesn’t contain sunscreen, but does have ceramides, niacinamide, glycerine, and hyaluronic acid.
The only negative is, I seem to go through it quickly. It doesn’t help that my family all love it. They ask, “have you got any of that nice cream I can borrow”!!