Ahhh, I love fall. I love cooler weather. I am so glad to be done with the 95° plus temperatures (someone please remind me when I start bitching in February). But, with the weather change comes some rather unfortunate changes with my skin. Gone are the days of needing to blot & powder several times a day. Say hello to dehydrated, flaky skin which, by the way, still wants to have acne. My skin generally doesn't stay like this all winter, it just takes it time to get used to the abrupt change. It seems to be getting more severe as I age.
I have been tinkering, trying to find a suitable routine that will take care of the dry patches, flakes, lines & monthly breakouts while not causing new breakouts. It's been a lot of trial and error but here is what is currently working for me.
Step 1 - Boots No7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm - First off, 'defence' bugs the hell out of me.... maybe the Brits spell defense differently, like behaviour and paedophilia. This stuff costs around $9. In the morning, I don't really have anything to wash off my face but I do feel like it needs freshening up from the skincare products and laying on it all night. I use this on dry skin and rinse with warm water but you don't have to rinse. You can use a tissue or cotton pad to wipe it off. Best of all, it hasn't broken me out, will remove eye makeup and leave skin clean & supple.
Step 2 - Awake Exolizer - Everything they claim is true. A clarifying serum that removes dead surface cells, revealing a more luminous complexion. Smoothes skin texture and uncovers pure translucency. It exceeded my expectations. I had to start slowly because I started to peel a bit. It probably would not affect me that way in the summer. Bonus, it smells fabulous (like Cypress Oil). Retail = $45 but you can get it on Beauty.com and use a 20% off code when they have one.
Step 3 - Jack Black Protein Booster Skin Serum - This stuff has all kinds of good stuff in it and I don't care if I don't have the right "equipment" to be using it. It is loaded with Peptides, Antioxidants & Organic Omega-3. It sinks right into the skin and leaves your face smooth. It doesn't smell great - like broken vitamin e caps - but at least it doesn't smell fishy like I expected the Omega-3 to smell. I read all the
Step 4 - La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream - I never bought into the "miracle broth" hype but I really, REALLY like this moisturizer. It's the perfect one for me under foundation. It doesn't ball up, my skin can breathe through it and it thoroughly hydrates my face.
Step 5 - Shiseido Nutriperfect Eye Serum & Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Balm - I can't say that either have really made a difference in my undereye area except the Shiseido hydrates better than any other I've tried and immediately the fine lines are invisible. Doesn't seem to do much for bags or dark circles. I use the Bobbi Brown Eye Balm sort of as an undereye concealer primer.
Seeing how it's almost midnight, I'm going to keep this post to the morning routine and do another post tomorrow on the evening routine. :) Thanks for reading!