19 September 2017

Anti-Aging Evening Skincare Routine (2017)

Last June, I wrote a post about my Evening Skin Care Routine for Women Over 50. Since then, I have changed several things in my p.m. routine that are working well for me, so I wanted to do an updated post.

Updated Anti-Aging Evening Skincare Routine (2017) - today I'm sharing an updated version of my evening anti-aging skincare routine. From cleansing to wrinkle/line prevention/treatment to moisturizing - it's all here!
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Mature skin offers its own set of issues, and sometimes those issues combine with the same ones you had when you were younger. Thanks, Mother Nature and Father Time! You can read all about my own particular skin care issues here, but briefly, I have combination, sensitive skin that is breakout prone. I have a few fine lines, and have recently been struggling with undereye issues (puffiness, dark circles, sunken tear troughs). I feel like the undereye issues are due to increased allergies and the onset of insomnia (and of course, age).

I am a two-step girl. I always remove my makeup prior to cleansing my face. I feel like my skin is cleaner that way, and then my active anti-aging products are going to work better. So, as I mentioned, I have added some new products to my routine, and eliminated others.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is the first step in my evening skincare routine!

1) The first product I use at night is still Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. I think it is the most awesome makeup remover ever because it removes waterproof makeup easily. I use this with exfoliating cotton pads. There are two versions of the micellar cleansing water - one has a pink cap and the other has a blue cap. I use the one with the blue cap because it's the one that removes waterproof makeup.

I Feel Pretty Pure & Pretty Clarifying Cleanser is one of my favorite cleansers!

2) Next, I cleanse my face with one of my favorite cleansers and a konjac sponge. My go-to cleanser is the Pure & Pretty Clarifying Cleanser from I Feel Pretty Products. I also use Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser. Both cleansers are gentle and don't strip my skin. A couple of days per week, I will use Acure Pore Clarifying Facial Scrub (a gentle scrub) to help get rid of any flakiness from the tretinoin.

Thayers Witch Hazel is alcohol-free!

3) Before applying any skin care products, I use a cotton pad to wipe my face with Thayers Witch Hazel. I use the original aloe vera formula, but there are several other versions available. I never used to use a toner of any sort because I felt it wasn't necessary if I was using 2-step cleansing, and a good number of toners (especially years ago) contained alcohol. Do I think I could leave this product out of my routine? Probably. I don't know that it is necessarily doing anything, but I like the way it feels on my skin, and I like the visual evidence of a clean cotton pad, showing me that all of my makeup is indeed removed.

I love the "Buffet" Multipeptide Serum from The Ordinary!

4) The fourth step is where my routine starts to vary depending upon the day of the week. Every day except one Wednesday per month, I now apply The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum. I haven't written a review of the Niacinamide+Zinc yet (I will once I finish the bottle), but so far, I like it. This is my second bottle of the Buffet serum, so you know I like that. I'll put a link to my review at the bottom of the post.

I use a 0.5mm dermaroller once a month in my anti-aging skincare routine!

Once a month, on a Wednesday, I use a 0.5mm dermaroller prior to applying The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum. I started dermarolling about 6-7 months ago, beginning with the 0.25mm weekly, and after 4 months, increasing to the 0.5mm once a month. I use fewer products on the day I use the dermaroller, basically just using those with a serum consistency. I do use Pretty Pearlfection Cream, but I wait at least 30 minutes after applying the serums.

Masking is an important part of my anti-aging skincare routine!

On Saturdays and the Wednesdays I don't use the dermaroller, I use a mask after applying the serums. I rotate through different masks - clarifying, firming, hydrating - it just depends on what I feel my skin needs. Some of my favorites: boscia Wakame Firming Hydrogel Mask, boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask, Tony Moly Snail Hydrogel Mask, TATCHA Violet-C Mask, Glamglow Bubblesheet™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, and Roloxin® LIFT instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask.

Tretinoin (Retin A) really is the gold standard in anti-aging skincare!

5) I started using tretinoin (Retin A) in March 2017, and have very slowly increased my usage. I am currently using it five days per week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If it is one of those days, I wait 20 minutes after applying the above serums, then I apply the tretinoin. After applying the tretinoin, I wait 30 minutes before moving on to the next product. Eventually, I will be using this daily. (Tip: If you want to use tretinoin and live in the USA, you will need a prescription. Depending upon your insurance, it may or may not be covered. Check sites like goodrx.com or singlecare.com - you can often find a card to give to the pharmacy that will greatly reduce your cost. My prescription would've been almost $100, but a card from goodrx reduced it to $28. I also recommend calling your pharmacy and asking them to run the codes on the card so you can verify your cost before going to pick up your prescription.)

I Feel Pretty's Pretty Pearlfection Cream has been a part of my anti-aging skincare routine for years!

6) On every day except "dermaroller Wednesday", I now apply Pretty Pearlfection Cream. This is another product that I make myself and sell on my website. It has been in my skincare routine for many years, and I can't imagine being without it. Not only is it a moisturizer, but it also helps heal my breakouts - sometimes overnight. I definitely see a difference in my skin if I don't use it.

I love First Aid Beauty's Anti-Redness Serum for healing breakouts and reducing redness!

7) On every day except "dermaroller Wednesday", the next product is First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum. I don't apply this all over my face. I only use it on any breakouts or red areas. This product is another one that is great at healing breakouts quickly. I find that using this and the Pearlfection Cream daily keeps my breakouts to a minimum.

CeraVe products are great because they contain cermides and hyaluronic acid!

8) The next product is a new one, so I don't know if it will be staying or not. After I use the entire tube, I will make a decision and do a review. The product is CeraVe Eye Repair Cream. My undereye area is very sensitive, and there are very few products I am able to use there. Most of the time, I don't bother using an "eye" product - whatever I use on my face, I also use under my eyes - but I do like CeraVe's products, so I decided to give this one a go. It's supposed to help with puffiness and dark circles.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is the last step in my anti-aging evening skincare routine!

9) On every day except "dermaroller Wednesday", the last product I apply at night is usually Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. It contains peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and niacinamide. Yes, I realize that I am using other products that also contain those ingredients, but this contains different peptides. It's too heavy for me to use during the day (I still tend to get oily in the T-zone), but it's great for use at night. I prefer the fragrance-free version. I have also used L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Moisturizer. I like the cream, but it's heavily fragranced and doesn't come in a fragrance-free version.

I know that seems like a lot of products and a complicated schedule! I'm committed to a good anti-aging skin care routine, so I'm willing to put in the effort. I keep a small calendar in my bathroom, and I have my skin care schedule written on it. I also utilize the timer on my phone to remind me when it's time to move on to the next product. Once my skin is acclimated to using tretinoin daily, I will move on to eliminating the 20 minute wait before applying it, so that will be one less complication.

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