You can tell the season by looking at my hands. Really, you can. Now that I'm older, I'm also seeing a difference in the skin on my face. The moisturizers I used before aren't quite keeping up with the effects of the cold. So I've made a few adjustments and so far so good. I should probably also mention that I'm well into my 40's, have combination skin for the most part, and still see an occasional breakout. Tell me, when does that go away?
I visit a dermatologist to treat the occasional breakouts. She prescribed Tretinoin Cream and it makes a huge difference in the quality of my skin. We are fortunate to have good insurance so refills are under $10. This stuff not only helps with breakouts, but also fine lines, age spots, and skin texture.
Cleanser - Because I use a retinol, my skins tends to be a little more sensitive to soaps. I've made the switch to cetaphil cleanser and my skin seems to approve. No more raw, flaky skin. It doesn't lather (I like a good lather), but I've gotten used to it.
Make-up Remover - Tugging on the eyes is never a good thing. After I splash my face with water, I use Clinique take the day off. It can be used on the eyes (lids & lashes) and lips. It doesn't tug and leaves no residue.
Exfoliating Scrub - I use this more often during the summer and only use this occasionally during the winter. When my skin begins to look dull, apricot scrub makes a noticable difference! My skin looks brighter and the fresh skin is revealed.
Facial Cream - Until recently I used cetaphil lotion (cream during winter) as my daily moisturizer. This winter it just hasn't been enough so I switched to Kiehl's ultra facial cream and love it! I use this cream twice a day, under my make-up then again at bedtime after cleansing.
Eye Cream - I've tried several eye creams and like this one the best. I use it twice daily over facial cream. A little goes a long way! I've also tried to stop sleeping on my side as much and can tell a difference in my appearance in the morning!
Midnight Recovery - I'm a huge fan of Kiehl's products! Mr. is in the industry and brings home samples for me to try. I rely heavily on recommendations and reviews before investing in new products, so freebies are such a treat! I've loved everything he has brought me from Kiehl's and have been using their products for a couple of years now. This is one of my favorite products (also mentioned here) and I use it when I need a little extra moisture at bedtime over the facial cream. I love how it feels on my skin and it smells amazing!
Lip Balm - My lips are extra dry during the winter. I apply this the minute I get out of the shower and reapply throughout the day. It works great under lip color without being too sticky or shiny.
Aqua Glycolic - My dermatologist shared this product with me. I was noticing a goose bump texture on my neck and chest which comes from
About those hands, this hand cream is doing the trick! If you have a skin care product you can't live without, please share in the comments. I love recommendations!