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One of the most important things any woman can do for younger looking skin is to constantly moisturize their skin.  There are a multitude of moisturizers on the market in every price range imaginable.  Some women are willing to pay out big bucks for products that will magically slow down or stop the aging process.  “It is believed that the Americans are obsessed with anti aging concepts because the number of men and women put together who buy anti aging products is more than 9 million.  It doesn’t need to be that way though, youthful looking skin need not break the bank. 

Moisturizing the skin after cleansing and exfoliating can be budget friendly if a person knows what to look for.  There are a few moisturizing products that I just swear by and keep in the house at all times.  One cream that might work for all skin types is “St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer”.  This cream comes in a white jar with purple lettering and is usually found on bottom shelf at most Wal-Mart’s and Walgreens stores.  Another product I use quite a bit is “Jergens All Purpose Face Cream” that can be found at most Wal-Mart’s and Walgreens stores.  It comes in a pink and white jar with a pink lid and is designed more dry and mature skin.  This cream can be used as a makeup remover or moisturizer with equal success.  “Pond’s rejuveness” is yet another moisturizing product that is wonderful for dry or mature skin.  It is also in most discount stores and drugstores.  Last but not least, the heaviest cream that is good for nighttime moisturizing is “Nivea Cream” that comes in a dark blue jar and can be found at most discount stores as well as many drugstore.

Like most people I am always on the look out for economical moisturizers that will keep that aging clock at slow or stop.  One thing that will get my attention very quickly is anything natural so I don’t have to worry about allergic reactions to ingredients only a chemist could pronounce.  One of the best moisturizers that can be found in many kitchens is “olive oil”.  There are different grades of olive oil, but the one grade that is best for face and body moisturizing is “Extra Virgin First Cold Press Olive Oil”.  This should be kept at every woman’s makeup table as well as in the shower.  A few drops can be applied to the face and neck, morning and evening using cotton balls and allowed to soak into the skin.  Olive oil can also be used as a body moisturizer in the shower and allowed to soak into the skin 2 or 3 minutes before a final rinse.  After getting out of the shower skin will be nice and soft.        

Another oil that may already be in many kitchens just waiting for our use in any beauty routine is “Coconut Oil”.  When applied to the hair and covered with a shower cap or plastic bag coconut oil makes a wonderful deep hair conditioner.  Follow this with normal shampooing and conditioning.  Coconut oil also makes a good skin conditioner and doesn’t include any chemicals we can’t pronounce. 

Last but not least, “Jojoba oil”, (pronounced ho-HO-ba), is said to closely match the chemical makeup of hair and skin so it won’t irritate sensitive skin.  This oil can be found in most health food stores but the shopper needs to check labels to find the pure oil.  Since jojoba oil can mimic the skin into thinking plenty of oil has already been produced this may not be emollient enough for all skin types.  The shopper is advised to buy a small amount at first to see if it will work for their particular skin.  

Whether we choose to use department store moisturizers, drugstore moisturizers, or more pure oils skin needs to be moisturized on a regular basis for a youthful healthy looking appearance.  So find a couple of moisturizers that work well with your particular skin type and use them twice a day. 

I would like to encourage readers to share their choice of hair and skin moisturizers as well as the success they’ve had.

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Women should cleanse their skin every morning and every evening whether they wear makeup or not.  This is especially true if we wear foundation, waterproof mascara, or eye makeup of any kind.  At no time, however, should any woman use soap on her face, neck, or chest area since regular soap is much too irritating and drying.  At the same time a woman should never use a cleansing product that costs a week’s wages, or contains ingredients only someone with a PHD in science could pronounce.  So what is a woman supposed to use in order to cut through all that makeup without overly drying the skin?

There is a wide array of products on the market designed to properly cleanse the skin and I’ve tried many of them.  Some of the products I’ve used almost broke the budget while others couldn’t remove the waterproof makeup in just one pass.  A few of the cleansers I used took care of the waterproof makeup but left my face and neck dry and irritated for hours.  So some months ago I went on a quest to find products that met four requirements.  First, the cleanser and moisturizer had to be extremely affordable for my limited income.  Second, the products had to be free of any ingredients I couldn’t easily pronounce.  Third, any cleanser and moisturizer I was to use couldn’t dry out my mature combination skin.  Fourth, and most importantly the products would have to remove even waterproof makeup in just one pass, without drying out my skin.  My quest for proper skin care revealed many really good products but in keeping with my promise to recommend only those products I personally used and found exceptional, very few of those products will be mentioned here.  

One of the very best products I’ve ever used on my skin and one that I will now continue to use, that can cut through all kinds of waterproof makeup without drying my mature skin is Cetaphil.  I had heard of Cetaphil many times but decided that if it was gentle enough for mature skin it couldn’t possibly remove waterproof makeup.  How very wrong I was!  This stuff is a miracle worker when it comes to cutting through waterproof makeup in just one use.  Yes, this cleanser is even gentle enough for the eye area so a separate eye makeup remover isn’t needed.  After using this stuff for a few months I’ve decided that Cetaphil will be my go to cleanser, regardless of what type of makeup I use.  If the price of the name brand Cetaphil is a bit much for some budgets these days, there are many stores that carry their own store brand version of Cetaphil, which is usually a few dollars cheaper.  The bottom line is I am so impressed with this product that I am convinced there should be a bottle of Cetaphil, or the store brand equivalent, at every woman’s washbasin, in every woman’s shower, and at every woman’s makeup table at all times.  (more…)

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I’m one who has mature skin along with a few flaws that I’d prefer the world don’t see.  Things like laugh lines along the mouth, bags under the eyes, expression lines on the forehead, to mention a few.  I’ve discovered that this is where a good concealer and good blending techniques come in. 

One of my favorite brands of makeup these past years has been Max Factor.  For some women this entire line of makeup is too heavy and some even complained that it didn’t blend well.  Even I admit that a heavy hand could produce less than desirable results.  With a light hand though and practice blending, I was very happy with the results.  I had noticed for some time though that the entire Max Factor line of makeup was increasingly hard to find.  As I did a google search for other sources of this makeup I discovered that as of a year or so ago sales in the U.S has been discontinued. 

Since then I’ve been on a search for a new line of makeup that would perform as well as Max Factor at drugstore prices.  It hasn’t been an easy task since I prefer a little more coverage than simple tinted moisturizer.  I’ve tried brands like Cover Girl, L’Oreal, Revlon, and others but still wished I could find Max Factor makeup.

The only makeup I’ve found to date that even comes close to the performance of Max Factor, at least for me, is Cover Girl “Simply Ageless“.  Even at that I’m a bit skeptical because I’ve yet to find anyone who used Max Factor and now uses Simply Ageless with impressive results.

As for concealer, which I use on top of my foundation, I have found one I’m at least somewhat impressed with.  That is Neutrogena “3in1 Concealer SPF 20“.  This Neutrogena concealer is made specifically for the eyes and so my quest to find a good overall concealer continues.

I would be very interested in anyone else’s suggestions and opinions of other foundations and concealers, that are designed for dry mature skin, and gives more than just tinted moisturizer type coverage.

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One thing the Baby Boomer generation must deal with if we want wrinkle free skin is proper moisturizing.  To accomplish this we must first know what type of skin we have.  If we did our homework when deciding on the proper cleansers for our skin then we already know if we have oily skin, combination skin with parts being a bit oily and other parts being dry, or whether have all dry skin.  Refer to First Things First for help on deciding what skin type a person has and what products to cleanse with.  Different skin types will require different moisturizers to keep the face and neck in optimum wrinkle free condition.

The eyes requires a special moisturizer all its own while the face and neck requires a different moisturizer.  One thing ALL skin types need every day is SUNSCREEN.  A person should NEVER go outside without a good moisturizing SUNSCREEN that will protect a person against UVA and UVB rays.  One of the best facial moisturizers I’ve used that also has an SPF 15 in it is Equate Beauty Lotion from Wal-Mart.  This is great as a day time moisturizer under makeup.  I also like Equate Advanced Firming & Anti Wrinkle cream if I’m going to be home or don’t feel like wearing makeup that day.

For the eyes I really like the Equate Regenerating Serum that can be bought online or in some stores.

For night-time moisturing I like L’Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Night Cream and Equate Night Time Firming Cream.

As the reader can see, having a well moisturized face and neck is  certainly possible and very affordable.  One of the best moisturizer a person can get is even more affordable, per use, than any of these products.  It’s a product I keep in the house at all times and use every night, especially around the eyes and facial wrinkles.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be and often is used for eating, cooking, and for years has been used as a wonderful moisturizer.  There are different grades of Olive Oil and the best type a person can get is Extra Virgin Olive Oil the “First Cold Press”.  The first pressing means there will be less impurities in the olive oil, which will certainly benefit our skin. 

I keep some of the “First Cold Press” Extra Virgin Olive Oil, at my makeup table, in an empty medication bottle or other small container that has a very tight-fitting lid.  Apply the Olive Oil with a cotton ball all over the face or just on areas that needs a little more moisturizing.

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Every Baby Boomer is increasingly aware of those little lines and wrinkles that show up seemingly overnight.  Women want to know the best, simplest, and cheapest way of dealing with and getting rid of those lines and wrinkles.  Short of cosmetic surgery there is no way to simply get rid of the lines and wrinkles we already have.  There are, however, ways of preventing even more lines and wrinkles by simply taking good care of our skin.  In future articles I will discuss some of the methods of camouflaging those lines and wrinkles but First Things First.  The first and most important step to having beautiful wrinkle free skin is to properly cleanse our skin.  This is a multi-step process that should be followed religiously. 

Regardless of age, every woman should follow these four steps in cleansing, toning, and moisturizing their skin.  The only thing that should change is the type of products we use and that of course will be determined by the type of skin we have.  For example, I have sensitive combination skin so I would use different products than say someone who has oily skin, or someone who has dry skin.  I can’t personally speak to oily skin products but I can tell my reading audience about those skin care products that I use on a daily basis. 

The four steps every woman should follow every single day are as follows:

Cleanse  –  Take off as much makeup as possible in this step

Exfoliation  –  Clean out those pores so dirt doesn’t form blackheads and pimples later

Tone  –  This cleans the last traces of makeup and also tightens up the pores of our skin

Moisturize  –  This step replaces the moisture we’ve taken away when cleansing the face (more…)

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