Welcome to our latest collaboration. Five of my favorite bloggers are sharing their go-to skincare and beauty products. For those of you who don’t know me, I am 63 (soon to be 64). I need all the help I can get to combat and camouflage my aging skin. Today, I am joining Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home, Brenda Kinsel from Brenda Kinsel, Annie from Most Lovely Things and Kristy and Beth from Design Chic. I can’t wait to hear about their favorites. Here are my must-have skincare and beauty products for women over 50.
Here are the seven skin care products that currently work best for me.
I should have started using this years ago before all the sun and acne damage. It is considered the gold standard for fighting acne, combating wrinkles, and sagging skin. You need a prescription for the 5%, but if you are just starting out you might want to try one of the milder over the counter formulations. Check out the links below for the most highly rated.
Currently, I get a facial once a month from an esthetician my dermatologist recommended. If you are local her name is Carol Rosenthal and she works for the California Skin Institute. She works in Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach. Interestingly enough years ago I staged Carol’s home. I have not taken care of my skin, I baked in the sun, and until recently did not take my skin care seriously. Carol is my age and knows her stuff. She does a dermasweep facial on me and it has seriously helped my damaged skin. If you are looking for a facialist and live in the area give her a call at the California Skin Institute in Monterey.
I have tried many more expensive versions and I always come back to this. My skin is still prone to an occasional breakout, can you believe it? I can’t use heavy creams on my face for that reason. This is a great product, especially for the money.
Another drugstore favorite. I have other expensive products that I have tried that I don’t like as well. This works well for my particular skin.
This has the exact composition of one of the most touted on the market for a third the price. I cleared this with Carol. It stinks, all vitamin C products do. If you have an aversion to the smell you are out of luck apparently!
I use this one at night because it has Retin A in it.
This product is highly rated and recommended by most dermatologists. The California Skin Institute packages their own so you can buy it there a little more reasonably. I use it during the day. I am going to try the Triple Action Eye Serum from Amazon when this runs out. It is organic and contains caffeine which is known to combat puffiness. Has anyone tried it? If so I would love to hear about it.
I keep this by my bedside and use it at night. My aging lips are always dry. This product is one of the most highly rated and least expensive.
There are always other products that I am on the lookout for but these are my current go tos. Of course sunscreen is a must as well but that is another complete post! What skincare products do you currently have in your arsenal?
Below are my five must-have makeup products. A few might surprise you.
I did not include sunscreen on my list because that requires it’s own post!
One of the few areas that isn’t too much of a problem is my under-eye area. A salesperson in Ulta tipped me that this doubles as an under foundation concealer. Bingo a two in one product! This stuff stays on like glue. It is great for covering the oh so lovely dark skin patches created by the sun.
I had been using the Bye Bye Illuminating CC Cream for several years. Carol (my skincare guru) hinted that my makeup could look a little more “au natural”. I randomly tried this and it is my new best friend! It covers but doesn’t look cakey. It stays on and also has an SPF of 15. If you forget to apply sunscreen first you have some protection.
Most experts concur that aging skin needs “illuminating”. When I ditched the CC Cream I had to search for another product. Powders lie in the wrinkles so I add a few drops of this to my foundation and I am good to go. It is pricey but lasts a long time.
#4 Maybelline Eye Shadow (I use it for blush)
I have been reluctant to admit this, but I have substituted this for blush for years. I have olive skin and most of the bronzers turn orange on me. I have tried many and I always go back to this. This is actually an appropriate size because we aren’t covering our bodies with it, are we? Have you ever finished one of those compacts before you pitched it? One of these lasts me until I throw it away. Another bonus…it is $2.99.
I have tried more expensive versions and this is my favorite. It is not a dry powder that collects in your lines. My face is still a bit oily so I can’t wear a creme version as suggested for women our age. If I do it disappears in about an hour. IJust a light swipe of flashy fuschia works on my olive skin, and it has great staying power.
I am constantly experimenting with new products, but these are my current favorites. I can take a shower, wash and dry my hair, apply my makeup, and be out the door in 45 minutes. I like to keep my routine simple. I plan to do a post on lip and eye products soon. Lips are a challenge for those of us over 50. The dreaded wrinkles around the mouth are a constant battle. Stop by and visit the other five bloggers who are joining us. I can’t wait to hear what they are sharing.
If you would like more makeup tips and tricks for women over 50 check out my Pinterest Board Beauty Tips and Tricks for Women Over 50.