The last time I posted my monthly and daily skin care routine was in March 2008. Since then it has changed a fair bit, although there are still some old faithfuls that still make the grade despite stiff competition from new finds. At the same time, some of those new finds are really exciting. Something must be working because people are constantly telling me how well and relaxed I look.
An extremely important component of my regimen is a monthly visit to my esthetitian, Ildi Pekar. Since I posted in March, she has introduced LED to the treatment. A much younger friend has started the same treatments with Ildi in the run up to her wedding later this year and we both are, frankly, astonished. As she said, "if I hadn't seen the results with my own eyes, I would find it hard to believe that something could work this well". It really seems to firm the skin, diminish wrinkles and clarify. The 20 minute LED session is preceded by a little microdermabrasion and microcurrent.
Tracie Martyn's Amla Cleanser ($65) is still kicking off my daily routine. I have also tried out and use a couple of days a week (just for a change) Stem Organics Gentle Cleansing Milk ($36 for 4.2oz). The Stem Organics Exfoliator ($39) is now my gentle scrubber of choice and I use it a couple of times a week. On non-exfoliator days, I use the Clarisonic brush ($190) before cleansing.
Image Skincare Ageless Total Anti-aging Serum ($40 for 2oz) is not only still part of my routine, but seems to be a good compliment to the new products I've introduced. It is much more of a skin clarifier - due to the glycolic and lactic acids - than a wrinkle zapper. It is very good at giving me a healthy glow.
I still love the moisturizer by the same company, Ormedic Balancing Bio-peptide Crème ($40 for 1oz). However, I have found that I don't want to use it every day during the humid summer and it has become my night cream. On hot days, I am enjoying a spritz of Mychelle Mist ($27), which (like YBF mentioned next) has spin trap, a clever antioxidant.
One of the my best finds of the last few months has been an eye cream by Your Best Face. YBF Correct ($150 for 0.5oz) is by far the best eye cream I have ever used and the results in only a few weeks are very positive. This is definitely going to be one of my'anchor' products.
As for the general wrinkle raider, I have made two good finds recently: A&G Ageless Serum ($199 for 0.6oz) and Oraia. Results from A&G are marginally better, but they are both extremely good and arguably could both have a place in my life since A&G is better at attacking deep wrinkles and Oraia does a better job with fine lines.
I've just started to focus on neck and decolte and have been trying out an argan oil concoction called Kaeline. I might be on to something here and I shall be posting a proper review of it very soon.
I should also mention Dermalash, which is doing a very nice job of make sure that my eyebrows don't look moth eaten. Sunscreen this summer is Anthelios.