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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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As stated in my last article I’ve been recovering from a stomach virus and a touch of food poisoning.  It took plenty of time but I think I’m pretty much back to normal now and can resume my beauty product reviews. 

I have plenty to tell my readers because rather than waste my recovery time I tried out some new products that my mature and sensitive skin readers might find useful.  I tried everything from a couple of moisturizers that you just have to try, to some make up products.  Most of what I tried out was specifically meant for dry, sensitive, combination mature skin.  So there will be something for almost everyone who is looking for new products to try out.     

Of course the first place to start with any beauty improvement or make over is from the inside out.  In other words, a good diet and the right vitamins and supplements will do more to improve a person’s skin than all the beauty products put together can do.  That is not to say there isn’t a place for the right skin care products and makeup but starting from the inside is always best with any beauty regime. 

With that concept of inner beauty in mind, I want to introduce a few ideas for vitamins and supplements that should help maintain and improve mature, dry, and sensitive skin.  I’ve tried to pick items that can easily be purchased at major retailers across the country such as K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens.  It’s my hope that by watching for sales everyone’s budget can afford those products needed to enhance and maintain a beautiful person on the inside and outside.  So let’s get started.

The first thing a person should do is look into taking a multi- vitamin that has plenty of minerals and other supplements specifically meant for us Baby Boomers.  I would strongly suggest that a person visit’s their primary care taker to see what vitamins and minerals would be appropriate for you personally.  Each person is different and some medical conditions might cause adverse affects if certain vitamins and minerals are used without medical supervision.  I’m not a doctor or doctor’s assistant so I can’t speak to this issue with any certainty, I’m simply stating that the possibility exists for adverse affects.  Please check with a doctor before beginning any taking any supplement of any kind.

One of the best multi-vitamins I’ve found is Walgreens Advanced Formula A Thru Z Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement.  This vitamin comes in a 250 tablet bottle for about $12.  This vitamin and mineral comes in a 250-tablet bottle for approximately $12 as well as a 400-tablet bottle for about $16.  Of course the 400-tablet bottle will be more economical but be sure to watch for sales or the buy one-get one free sales.   Nature Made brand also has a good vitamin and mineral formula called Nature Made Multi for Her 50+ Vitamin/Mineral Tablets that comes in a 90 tablet bottle for approximately $11.  There is also a formula called   Nature Made Multi For Him 50+ Tablets that comes in a 90 tablet bottle for about $11.

One other thing I take by Doctors Orders is a Calcium and Vitamin D supplement.  Apparently, our bodies do not store Vitamin D very well as we age and of course we need Calcium for good healthy bones.  The only way people can protect themselves from a potential fall is to have strong bones and that is where Calcium comes in.  For those of us who are Lactose intolerant the need for Calcium is especially important.  

Another vitamin that is good for everyone’s immune system is Vitamin C.  There is a pretty good Nature Made brand as well as a Walgreens brand that a person can choose from.  The only difference I see is the Nature Made brand is chewable, which some people may prefer.  The Nature Made Vitamin C 500 mg Chewable Tablets Orange comes in a 150 tablet bottle for approximately $16 and can sometimes be found on a buy one-get one free sale.  Walgreens Vitamin C 500 mg Dietary Supplement Tablets comes in a 250 tablet bottle for about $8 and can also be found on a buy one-get one free sale.  Since the body doesn’t store Vitamin C very well it may not hurt to take a so-called Megadose of Vitamin C, meaning 200% or 300%.  A doctor would be the best determination of such vitamin doses. 

A supplement that I take daily is Fish Oil, which is touted as being good for a person’s skin as well as heart health.  Some formulas are taken once a day whereas other formulas are taken two or three times a day.  One such formula is Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Softgels and there is also Walgreens Omega-3 Fish Oil Concentrate 1000 mg Dietary Supplement Softgels.  

Something I found at Wal-Mart meant specifically for the skin is Sanar Collagen Skin Care Spring Valley also makes a Hair, Skin & Nails Collagen supplement that comes in a 120 Caplets bottle for about $7.  

Be sure to check all web sites for product availability at stores in your particular area.  Purchasing any or all these products online might be more convenient for some people though.  As with all online purchases shipping charges must be taken into consideration.  Shipping charges that are added to each item could be very costly so watch for shipping charges that are only added to the entire purchase, especially if multiple items are purchased at one time.

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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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Cleansing the skin

Some men and women would rather keep their skin care routines as natural as possible. They would prefer to get their facial products from the kitchen instead of a makeup counter.  There are others, myself included, who don’t mind using some chemicals but only if those chemicals won’t hurt or otherwise adversely affect the body and especially the face.  So I’d like to include some notes and thoughts on items from the kitchen as well as mild products from the store that clean and moisturize the face and body. 

To clean the clean the facial skin I’ve used oatmeal with enough warm water added to make a loose paste and used this to clean my face.  The long cooking oatmeal is best because it still has the vitamins and minerals in it.  The instant cooking oatmeal should only be used temporarily, until a person can get to the store. 

Some women have sworn by Pond’s Cold Cream for years and this too can be used to clean the face with near natural results.

Exfoliate

To exfoliate the facial skin and leave it clean and soft, I’ve used the oatmeal paste with sugar added – I have combination to dry skin.

For those with oily, acne prone skin, they should use this loose oatmeal mixture with salt added.  It won’t take much but the salt will help dry up the acne.  A person can also use a Hydrogen Peroxide Topical Solution to help control acne or other blemishes.

Also the Pond’s Cold Cream with either salt or sugar added can be used quite successfully to exfoliate the skin.  Use either tissue, an exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelette to remove the Pond’s mixture, or a washcloth rinsed in warm water.

Toner

I have never used this type of toner but a friend of mine has and claims it is as close to natural as you can get, plus she claims it works great.  For oily skin use straight a Hydrogen Peroxide Topical Solution to clear any last traces of makeup as well as clo0se up those pores. 

For dry skin use a solution of 1 part Peroxide to 1 part water and apply to the face with cotton balls.  If your skin feels a little tighter than you’d like then rinse with clear cool to cold water.

Natural Makeup Removal Recipes

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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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