Good morning! Happy Wednesday to you! Sorry I did not get this post out on Monday, as is my usual, but was caught up with salon appointments and conference calls. As Psoriasis is a component for most of us with Psoriatic Arthritis, I get many questions about how I care for my skin, especially on my face. Reluctant to tout any product names, I've always avoided getting specific. But recently, I've switched to a one-step beauty routine. It sounds crazy, right?!
I have to tell you I firmly believe that we only have so much control over young looking skin, because genetics plays a big role. I come from a family of smokers and sun worshippers, so my skin never looked like the other women in my family, even when they were younger. If you are looking for a soothing skin care routine, I will share mine with you, but make no promises about youthfulness. Also, my skin is dry. If you have oily skin, you may not love my routine.
One step??!!! I've got to be kidding, right? I am not. I am a few months away from my 49th birthday, and with both my grandmothers and my Mom gone, I have decided to try one of their favorite products. In the past, I have used skin care product lines from the drug store, department store, essential oil-based and specialty beauty store skin care products. I even used to be a Mary Kay lady, once upon a time! I used to love the multi-step routines they recommended for clear, youthful skin. Many of these irritated my skin to the point of cystic acne and, most recently, subclinical acne.
My secret? Cold cream! I was inspired when my husband and I started watching "Feud: Bette and Joan" on FX. For years I had seen glamorous movie stars remove their makeup on screen with cold cream. My grandmothers and Mom always had a jar on their dresser or in their medicine cabinet. You see, I've tried every routine there is, both for anti-aging and for dry skin, and no matter what, I always woke up with flaky patches in my brows and on my face, even after using a special "night moisturizer". I decided to start using cold cream at night before bed. I smooth a thin layer over my face, brows, eyelids and throat, massaging in an upward motion, then use a warm washcloth to wipe off. Surprise! I woke up looking fresh as a daisy, with no flakes or tightness.
I decided, if this is good at night, why not use in the morning, before makeup? I use the same technique, dry my face and apply my makeup, as usual. The cold cream did not cause my CC cream to smear, at all, and provided a smooth surface for my makeup. It makes me wonder, with this product popular for so many years, why folks would use anything else. Also, I love how it makes me feel connected to my Nana, Gram and Mom.
Chime in and leave me a message about a skin care product you love!