“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams,

Live the life you've always imagined.”

-Henry David Thoreau

TIA first published my daily regimen last August. I thought perhaps it was about time to dust it off and offer it again for summer. I am more than a year older, but more pertinent- eight months from 60. I feel more confident than ever that I am on the right path where my skin is concerned. I do look in the mirror and see an older self. How could I not. But along with my actual regimen, I’ve also worked hard at emotional acceptance. I don’t have this part nailed yet. My inner child wants to look 45 until my 70s- or longer!  But on sane days, I can simply accept that I am doing an okay job.

Let me share some things about my facial philosophy. Firstly, my products are always open to change- I try not to become too attached (difficult task), the manufacturer might discontinue my product next year. Secondly, less is more. I strive to use just what it takes to achieve my purpose. I think there’s a danger of applying too much on your face/neck. I mean this both when applying products in layers and when using a single potion and not using too much of it in a single use. Third, I really don’t like to traditionally wash my face. I think there’s a danger in doing this as we age. I don’t want to mess with my natural sebum. My skin reacts much better, is more resilient and plumper toned, since I backed off from conventional cleansers- no matter how mild. Recently I tested a half dozen cleansers (again) because the marketing was so seductive, and I am human. But the results remained the same- My face felt stripped, older; wrinkles exposed. (Do not give in to your inner junkie!) Many of you know how much I love Burt’s Bees Orange Essence and how I use it. This is my face cleanser of choice- I love it! Lastly, I’m a tightwad. I wish I could afford to try some of the high end potions and products. There are a few (gloTheraputics, Skin Nutrition Cell CPR, Osmotics Anti-Radical Age Defense Barrier, the Baby Quaser, etc.) that I’d really fancy a go at. I do, however, believe I’ve found the Best on a Budget and I do not skimp on quality.

If you read my May article, you know how I feel about hydration. It’s an important part of keeping me together; inside and out. Especially my skin. I drink two quarts of water daily. It took until 56 to get myself doing this in a dedicated manner. Although we all have heard how important it is to drink plenty of water; it’s not as easy as it sounds. Find a good container that fits and feels good in your hand. I found a 2-quart container called WaterU which can be found at www.wateruonline.com. If the water is always handy, I’m more apt to drink. Common sense and a battle against the Lazies! As to the supplements I take that I think aide my skin, there is Flax seed gel caps, CoQ10 w Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL, and Vitamin D3. Soak your skin from the outside! Don’t forget to Shower, Shower, Shower!

So- my Daily Regimen.

Wakeup: Whenever I wake up: 8am or noon; I use a microfiber cloth and hot water to soak my face. Then swab a soaked cotton ball with one of three toner type products: Skinn’s Pure Energy Replenishing Mineral Bath, KaplanMD toner (a sample bottle), or Dermalogica AGE Smart Antioxidant Mist all over my face. I then apply either Skinn Triple Action Crease and Release Day Cream or YBF Boost.

Showertime: This practice often takes place midday, as I keep no sane schedule. If I’m not washing my hair, I use my Tassi and hop in a running shower. Hold my hands to wet them, turn my back to the shower and open my tube of Burt’s Bees orange essence. I squish a quarter size blob into my left palm (put the tube away) and rub my palms together and then lightly rub the essence on my face and neck. With the remainder, I smear on my arms from wrist to above the elbow, also smoothing the oil over the backs of my hands. I go back to my face and lightly massage the essence into my worrisome spots. With what’s left on my hands I apply to my collarbone and chest. I leave all this to soak in while I cleanse the remainder of my body. I use non-specific body washes that are as organic as I can find. I haven’t found “The One” yet. Then I lightly rinse Burt’s off. I’ve never felt greasy from use of this product. When I exfoliate, I use YBF Prep- perhaps every three weeks to once a month. I use it “before” Burt’s essence.

Stepping out of the shower, I apply Skinn Hydro Surge (to entire face/neck- used as toner, it firms skin and remarkably readies it to absorb whatever follows). This is the Serum phase of the regimen. I am in flux, and am scrambling around using this and that. (i.e. I do not have a good serum at the moment, but one is on order!) We’ll move on. YBF Correct for my eye area ($150 in TIA store). I cannot stress how valuable, to me, Correct has been! I might have the residue of dark circles, but I have few wrinkles and zero bags or sag anywhere in my eye area. I’m very pleased. Lastly, I apply a good coat of Skinn Crease and Release Triple Action Day Cream to my neck and face, followed with a good application to the backs of my hands and up my arms.

Bedtime: My microfiber cloth comes into play again at night. I love these cloths. They’re soft and hold a lot of water. I drench my cloth and hold it against my face, particularly the lower half of my face; cheeks, chin, jowls. Pat dry and immediately swab the skin with a *waiting* cotton ball soaked with toner product. I’ve used Skinn Wrinkle Balm Night Treatment for a while now. But as in all things me- I began research over a month ago for a parallel product. A nighttime potion that was a little thicker than daytime allows. Something with nourishing ingredients. Something with “convincing” marketing. I found these three variables in Dermalogica’s AGE SMART Super Rich Repair. I also found a good price on Amazon. Of course, as I waited its arrival I went through all sorts of near panic attacks, as well. Not to worry. My nighttime regimen just got much simpler and remarkably more successful. This potion works like a dream at night time repair. And it wants to work alone. Clean face and super rich repair. Currently, for night eyes I’m using HydroPeptide Eye ($60). I work a little around the entire eye including the brow bone, then I dab some more along my undereye circles to soak in overnight. I finish with YBF’s Quench. I’ve never found a lip product that didn’t “chap” my lips. Quench is unbelievably gorgeous and never chaps!

Now it’s time to find my pillow and attempt to sleep on my back- again. Not easy for a lifelong side sleeper. Of course I fail, but sleep’s the thing. During sleep is when our skin works hardest to repair.

My Mission Statement: To age gracefully. I’m going to have wrinkles. I don’t mind some crow’s feet around the eyes when I laugh- I think they’re charming. My forehead is going to have horizontal lines, but doesn’t that show just how much thought I've put to problems over the years, worried for my loved ones? My neck? I thought worrying about turkey neck was going to be the bane of my existence until my cheeks decided to slide off my jaw. Now I just look at my neck and shrug. It’s all going to happen. I just want to push it all back, especially my chin/jaw/cheeks- the marionette lines. No one wants to look like Howdy Doodie. I won’t for as long as possible.

We owe this much to ourselves! Peace ~