I might be okay with the average grocery/drugstore products when it comes to facewash, hair care and any lotion that doesn't go on my face—but for keeping away wrinkles, I turn to the department store alchemists known as Origins, Clinique, Clarins, Estee Lauder, and Dior.
Dramatically Different Moisturizer—not just a great lotion, but also the most likely to be found in Clinique's free "gift" promotions (a major perk in the cash-strapped days of youth). I used Cetaphil to wash my face, kept a tube of Clearasil in my makeup bag, and felt like my skin would be forever young and firm.
Well, we all know what happened after that....
|Hello Thirties! Here I am at 32—and no makeup?!|
I entered my Thirties, where it quickly became clear that I needed to step up the moisturizer—my cheeks became a desert of dry, chafed sadness that prompted looks of sorrow from women working at spas when I got the occasional facial. I had to face the fact that the aging process might require a bit more care and maintenance than I had previously felt was required.
I started using Origins products, falling particularly hard for the A Perfect World line with White Tea moisturizers and the "Guardian" that is used before putting on the moisturizer. An added benefit to the Origins creams is that they smell so incredibly good. Ask my husband—I think he still wishes I wore this as perfume.
Clinique's body tinted lotion is a great one (that I sadly became sensitive to after almost two years of using and had to stop using), but Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is my current go-to brand (for the past six years or so, anyway). It's a gel that is extremely easy to rub in and you don't have to hang out without any trousers while you wait for it to dry. Really, though, it's my favorite because providing you have exfoliated your knees and ankles with your scrubby poof and shaved your legs beforehand, it always makes your legs look perfectly and realistically tanned.
|Working a New Year's costume at 35.|
for Face and Décolleté and that you have to exfoliate your face before using tanning lotion on it, too. I've used several exfoliating scrubs over the years and while most are adequate, I have to say that Strivectin makes a stellar Instant Retexturizing Scrub that I am sadly going to have to pay for myself very soon when I finally squeeze the last bits out of the tube that I got in the swag bag from the last SocialLuxe Lounge party in NYC at BlogHer '10. Yes, I've been using it for almost two years and it STILL hasn't run out. You have to make it last when it costs $45 a tube, y'all.
|This was taken at my 39th birthday party.|
|I never leave home without them.|
|Forty years old and still able to leave the house without makeup.|
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert on skin care, this post is based solely on my experience as a woman who has spent entirely too much on beauty products over the years in a quest to stave off the evidence of time.
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