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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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I hope everyone will try to understand and forgive me for taking so long to update my blog.  It’s indeed been weeks since I’ve added information for my readers.  It’s been an eventful few weeks though so I have by no means been idol all this entire time. 

Like many of you I have a family that I dearly love and adore.  As many of my readers know, from personal experience, our families sometimes call on us for help.  Of course when that call for help comes in, like many of you, I drop everything and go. 

After the minor or major crisis is over then it is a return to our “normal routine”, whatever that means.  At “39 and holding” it sometimes takes a day or two of rest to return to that daily schedule we call usual.     

Even with a crisis or two I’ve been busy this entire time researching some natural products for really good skin and hair care.  In the end, I’ve come up with some really interesting and useful ideas for caring for ourselves while using less chemicals. 

Of course I’ve kept the original promise I made to my readers that I personally try all products on myself before recommending anything to anyone else.   That isn’t to say I won’t write about a variety of items and products, instead I simply won’t recommend those items I haven’t personally tested.

There are some items that proved much too time consuming and others that didn’t perform as I hoped they would or as touted on various web sites.  In the end though I think I have some interesting products to recommend especially to those looking for good skin and hair care items that don’t include as many chemicals as some store bought items have. 

So stay tuned and I will be passing on some out of the ordinary and useful information that will save money and improve our daily lives.

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When I started this blog I made three promises to the reader.  One, that I was on a quest to find the best “drugstore makeup and skin care products” available.  Drugstore makeup is so named because it can be bought at most drugstores and discount stores across the country.  Two, that I wouldn’t report on any product I hadn’t personally used.  I knew at the time this alone would restrict what I could report on, nut I also knew such information would be useful to many.  Three, that I would report truthfully on whatever products I had success or failure with recently.

As it stands now I have used most of the Avon “Anew Ultimate” products as well as other “dry skin” and  “mature skin” products in the Avon product line.  The skin care products are fine, although I would not describe any of Avon’s products as being “groundbreaking” by any means.  The moisturizers and other products meant to “erase years from the look of your skin”, as it was described in a recent campaign book, do moisturize the skin quite nicely.  On the other hand, there are other less expensive, per use, products that I personally think do at least as well as Avon at much less cost.  I will go into detail about each of the alternative “moisturizing” and “skin renewing” products that I always have on hand in future articles. 

For now I will just state that “Ponds” cold cream is one of the best makeup removers on the market.  It can be brought in almost any drugstore, grocery store, or discount store across the country and comes at a very reasonable cost.  The Dry Skin moisturizers are some of the best on the market but depending on how dry or oily a person’s skin is it should be used sparingly, which makes this product line even more cost affective. 

The Avon makeup line for dry and mature skin is just as disappointing as the skin care line has been to this writer.  Some people apparently swear by Avon and I must so the delivery to my door was a nice addition and was one selling factor for me even trying these makeup products.  There are a few products this writer found very useful and I will do a review on those specific products in the future. 

Overall though I was not at all impressed with the Avon skin care product lines or much of the makeup.  So this writer will be rushing back to tried and true skin care and makeup lines that I know will still serve me well.  So look for my next article on what I consider “tried and true”.

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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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