Post # 1
I’m looking for advice on whether I should be switching up my skincare routine.
I am getting married in July and obviously want to look my best. I’m 33 and my skincare routine has been the same since my early 20’s. I wear sunscreen or primer with sunscreen daily; wash makeup off with organic almond oil and a soy-based face wash; exfoliate gently maybe once every two weeks; apply a face mask (alternate between evanhealy red clay mask and dermatologica age smart line); and moisturize night and day with an organic natural ingredient type cream (Shea butter and essential oils). So basically my approach is based on sun protection and keeping moisturized.
I don’t really have any major complaints skin-wise. I have the occasional breakout before my period, and am starting to get very fine lines around my eyes, but otherwise my skin is even-toned and not usually oily, dry, or flaky. People are usually surprised when they learn my age, though I think this has more to do with context than my appearance tho- my fiancé is 5 years younger and people assume we’re the same age or he’s a little older.
So I think my routine is more or less working, but I’m wondering if I should be more proactive about warding off the aging process now that I’m in my thirties. Also, is there anything I should be doing now to have the best possible skin for the wedding? My skin is very sensitive – I break out immediately if I deviate from my routine- so I figure if I need to make any changes, I should start now, so I can get through the awkward phase before the big day.
Post # 2
If your routine is working for you, I 100% recommend you stick to it especially with your wedding being only 3 months away. If you had like a year or something maybe you could change it up, you would have time to fix any issues with a new skincare routine (like allergies, rashes, etc.).
Do you get facials? One thing that could help is getting a regular facial, like once a month, just to give your skin that extra oomph. Since you mentioned you are using Dermalogica, you could seek out a facialist who uses Dermalogica products to minimize the risk of any adverse issues.
After the wedding, you could try adding a retinol to your routine. I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant one since January and I really like it. My skin definitely looks fresher and smoother, texture has also improved. Be forewarned that this will dry your skin out significantly, so I tend to use it mixed with a hydrating serum (like their B-Hydra) or an oil (like their marula oil), and then applied together, then layer on top a heavier duty moisturizer. Only do this like 2-3x a week because it wasn’t the first time using retinol but this is very strong and my skin literally peeled (like pretty much fell off) for the first 2 weeks.
Post # 3
thank you for the suggestion. No, I have never gotten a facial but would be interested in trying it out. Where would I go to get one? I know some hair/ beauty salons offer them… do I just look for one that carries the products I’m interested in?
Post # 4
Personally… I would NOT do a facial before the wedding. You don’t walk away from a facial with glowing skin. I usually go away with greasy looking skin and red marks. Then break out after. Eventually my skin looks better, but it isn’t an overnight thing. I wouldn’t rock the boat and risk a purge breakout this close.
If anything maybe just add a night cream for your eye area.
Sleep a lot, cut down on alcohol and sugar and drink tons of water. Those things will do more for your complexion than most products.
Post # 5
So Clinique makes a serum that helps with both fine lines and acne. It kept my pre period acne at Bay for quite a while.
Last year I started getting oiler so I started using their acne line and it is amazing. The clarifying lotion (it’s really a toner, I don’t know why they call it a lotion) is the best thing I have ever used for my acne and I basically just don’t get pimples anymore.
If you decide to try the acne line Sephora sells a sample kit for $25 or something that’ll last you at least a month, maybe 2 depending on use.
Post # 6
Honestly I wouldn’t ask an online forum for skincare advice. A lot of well-meaning people who know very little about skin and skincare products give bad advice and recommendations. I would see a medical esthetician or dermatologist and they can recommend a skincare regimen for you and treatments that will make you glow for your wedding.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall
Your routine sounds good and if it’s worling well for you, I’d stick with it. The only thing I’d recommend is to start using an eye cream if you aren’t already.
The skin around your eyes is very thin/delicate, you want to keep it moisturized with a specially formulated cream to avoid premature wrinkles and signs of aging. You may not think you need it now, but you’ll probably thank yourself when you’re in your 40s and 50s. And for the love of G, pat it on, don’t rub it on to avoid pulling on that delicate skin.
Post # 8
The only thing I’d suggest looking into is an eye cream. I’m early 30s and my esthetician suggests a good moisturizer, sunscreen, and eye cream for a daily routine.
Post # 9
You should check yelp for local places that have good reviews. I wouldn’t go to a hair salon that offers facials, but a specialist place or a spa.
I agree with you. Personally I’ve been running a beauty blog for over 10 years and I’ve used thousands of beauty products that PR people and companies send me, so I’m speaking from my experience. However I would absolutely agree that you should do your own research and also a professional to get the best assessment.
it depends on the type of facial you get. If you get extractions you will probably purge, but not facials will purge your skin.
Post # 10
Thanks. I forgot to include this in my OP, but I do use an eye cream. In the mornings I use the dermatologica eye firming cream, and at nights I use a thick homemade concoction of Shea butter, jojoba oil, and frankincense oil. Can’t say I see better results from the expensive store bought product over the homemade one, but it’s a little less oily under makeup.
I guess the best next step is to see a dermatologist and go from there. I just feel a little silly going to a doctor when I don’t really have a problem.
Post # 11
Do you have a good dermatologist? Probably a good idea to make an appointment and take your concerns to her. There’s a lot of stuff out there, retinoids, hyaluronic acid, hydroquinone, the list goes on. No one here can look at your skin which is what really needs to happen before advising you to use this or that. I will say drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, and if you smoke all is lost, you’re going to age before your time no matter what you slather on your face.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t risk a facial too close to the wedding, especially if you have very sensitive skin.
I don’t think you mentioned anything about drinking water and following a diet that is good for skin. I’m in my 40s, but noticed a difference after I made a tremendous effort to drink more water, less alcohol, and also to eat more foods that are good for the skin. And making sure I get enough sleep every night.
Post # 13
I agree about the facial. I don’t think 3 months out is too close to wedding to get one. I would consider a good hydrofacial. Staying hydrated and maybe mixing a nice oil into your nightly moisterizer. A marula oil or aragon oil. A little extra hydration probably won’t hurt! And a good eye cream too!
Post # 14
I would definitely use a retinol serum in the pm before you moisturize. I am concerned about aging, and even though I’m only 26, I’ve been using retinol. It has been really amazing for my skin (even skin tone and glowy) and there are a lot of good ones you can buy at all different price points. I use Paula’s choice resist retinol serum, but The Ordinary has one that is highly rated and inexpensive. Only a couple things to consider before you start using it:
-use only at night. Retinol is essentially de activated with light and makes your skin more sensitive to UV, so dermatologists recommend using at nighttime.
-when I first started using it, I had bad breakouts for the first 6 weeks or so. This is common and it has something to do with the fact that retinol increases cell turnover, so it will push any breakouts to the surface. As long as you start using it soon, you will be clear for your wedding. Though if that thought stresses you out too much, I’d just start using it after 🙂
Post # 15
I don’t know where you live but Where I am you can usually book in with a medical esthetician for a consultation and they will look at your skin and recommend products/treatments based on what they see and the information you provide them. Just say exactly what you said to us. My Derm office has medical esthetician and so do medi spas usually. Good skincare is expensive but it is worth it. Google over the counter skincare vs medical grade skincare to see why. You often get what you pay for in the esthetics/beauty world so don’t go price shopping if you do decide to get any treatments, look for a reputable business with good reviews. Good luck!