Posts Tagged 'Moisturizer'

My regimen is working: Jamaican-me 16!

Hello friends. Its been a bit. I apologize if you’ve been visiting and there’s been nothing freshly pressed for you. Alas, I was living up the island life in Jamaica. Which leads me to an important update. I really think my crazy skin care regimens are working! You can decide whether you agree with my evidence or not – and yes, it does relate to Jamaica.

As you know if you are reader, I am OB-SESSED with my skin and taking good care of it, and of course a slut for any good sounding  /smelling / feeling product. So, I have been testing all sorts of things on myself for a few months and I’ve decided that my Eye Hope (Philosophy) + general OCD of applying moisturizer is really paying off. Right now I am sticking with my Bliss (Click here for that post).

My evidence? Well, while in Jamaica, I was waiting at the bar to order some overly sugary frozen concoction when the bartender asked how old I was. I told him I was 29 and he said ” No mon, you look 16″. As my near and dear friends the Blumberg’s would say  (while they pump their fists) “Puh-POW”!. Score one for me! Take it as you will – but I took it as some good news.  For your viewing pleasure – a picture of our resort, and a picture of the evidence that my skin is looking silky smooth (yes, thats a Zohan reference).

On an un-related note, you will notice that I did decide to grow out the bangs. I am a hair chameleon! Thus far, happy with my decision (click here for previous bang debates!).

Don’t forget!

 I was thinking earlier today as I put on my moisturizer how very important it is to moisturize your neck. Insert rickety old lady voice, substituting “Don’t forget to moisturize your neck” in place of  “Don’t forget to wash behind your ears! ”

 I may sound like a whack job, but I do not have a Madonna-sized plastic surgery budget to work with and right now it’s all about preventive measures! The last thing I want for me and for you gorgeous lasses is to have turkey necks when we are in our 40s and 50s. Or, even fine lines. Gravity is ultimately going to win, but we can stave it off by taking good care of ourselves now! So, if you are making the efforts to apply moisturizer once or twice daily, make sure you get your neck too. It’s sensitive skin and prone to the same effects of aging as your face. I am a paranoid freak when it comes to this stuff but I am hoping all of my ruthless lotion vigilantism pays off for me in the long run!

My new hope

So, I am on the wrong end of 25 if you catch my drift and I was told by a wise friend when I was 23 that beautiful skin is all about maintenance and prevention. I was a lucky gal.  Now I have an obsession with finding the “PERFECT” moisturizer and I preach the importance of a good moisturizer every opportunity I get.

I did find my “best” moisturizer about three years ago. The problem is, I am no Kardashian/celebutant/trust fund baby. I am a regular gal getting by just doing my thing. The moisturizer that I will never ever forget and will hold in my mind as a miracle worker is La Praire cellular moisturizer. Don’t be fooled, I am not so much of a baller as to have tried the platinum collection, but I’ve dabbled with a few of their products in the past (moisturizer, eye cream and masks).

The price point is a bit tough for me to justify. I am not quite to the big 3-0 yet but it’s not far off. I will seriously consider investing in this caliber of moisturizer in the next few years but I am going to stick to my more affordable quest for now and see if I can find anything that comes close to my dream products.

Right now I have two moisturizers that I tend to go back to every time I try something new and it doesn’t stand up to my expectations. The first is Mario Badescu.  I was introduced to Mario by a woman who owns a local cosmetics store where I live. She used to be a buyer for Neimans (I believe) and opened up a precious store with all of her favorite products from her buying days. It is such a great spot and those gals knows their stuff.

Like anything you will need to consult with an esthetician on the right product for your skin. I usually roll with the Buttermilk moisturizer which is for combination skin. Given my new crazy lady tendencies I may move onto the Cellufirm anti-aging moisturizer – will let you know how it goes!

My other old faithful – I have gotten some grief from people over time – is Oil of Olay. Yes, it’s acquired the moniker “Oil of Old Lady” but it is seriously a really good moisturizer! I tend to use the Regenerist product. This is definitely a really accessable, affordable quality moisturizer for all us recessionistas out there. Both the cream and serum are really good. I like a cream for the Northeast winters but summertime I’m all about a serum, tinted moisturizer & out the door.

Right now – I have my sights set on Philosophy’s Hope line.  I’ve heard amazing things from a lot of people and I have Hope in a Jar and Eye Hope on my holiday wish list. Hopefully Santa will be good and I will have lots more to share on this topic in the upcoming months!