My Product line up… for Now

“Cha cha cha changes” are not just the lyrics to a timeless David Bowie song… they are the story of my skin. So, if you remember anything about this post, remember that! Your product line up is going to change over the years, as your skin changes with age… and your products will change with the seasons and the climate. I can’t stress this enough. Also, what might be good for me, is not necessarily going to be good for you. Remember, everyone’s skin is completely different. There are different variables that play into what products each one of us can use, based upon allergies, sensitities, inflammatory issues, PH levels and hereditary issues. So… back to “changes”… if I were writing this blog post in my thirties, ┬áit would be a completely different scenario than what I would write in my forties, which is a drastically different pick of products that I use now in my fifties… and that is no joke!

I can remember in my thirties, slathering myself in the strongest dose of Retin A at night and using a glycolic based moisturizer in the morning, after cleansing and using a salicylic toner… if I did that now in my fifties, I would be dry, inflamed, red, peeling and down right miserable! I am laughing, because at the time, I thought those were my forever products. In my forties, I became much more dry… it happens with age for the vast majority of us, so my balance had to be changed… much less Retin A and glycolic and much more moisturizer. When I turned fifty, I remember thinking… cool… I’m doing pretty good… what’s all this “Yikes, I’m gonna fall apart at fifty stuff about!?” Well, that didn’t happen until 51… and the past year has been a total rearrangement for my body and my skin… this is what I mean by “changes.” I literally woke up one day, about a week after I turned 51, with planter fasciitis and mild Rosacea… you could say the changes hit me from head to toe. So, you readjust a few things, and move on. With all of that said, the products that I use today, vary based on the seasons and my sensitivities… and Lord knows what they will be next month… and as for my feet… well… that’s another story!

So, in the last year I have had to learned to deal with mild Rosacea, that can become irritated by too much exfoliation, amoung other things. With that said, my product line up is much more mild than it used to be. However, I am still able to use some exfoliating products… it’s just all about balance at this time. I cleanse with a prescription cleanser from my dermatologist that is extremely helpful for redness. Two nights a week I use Refissa, which is .05 Retin A (Tretinoin) in an emollient base. Every night, whether I use Retin A or not, I moistuize with Avene Skin Recovery Cream. I put two drops of Beauty Counter Soothing Oil in the moisturizer, before I apply, for added hydration and more redness control. I love this combination for sensitive skin. I am able to get the benefits of resurfacing with the Retin A and balance it with good hydration and soothing ingredients. For my eye area… hands down, my favorite eye cream is Neocutis Lumiere Riche. I have tried them all, trust me, and there is nothing available that offers the anti- aging benefits along with a balmy hydration, that is good for all skin types. It also allows concealer to glide on and not get dry and crepey! This eye cream is an A.M. And P.M. for me. In the morning after I cleanse, I use my Vitamin C serum on a damp face. This allows for better penetration. My choice is Obagi C- Clarifying Serum. It is 10% Vitamin C and 4% hydroquinone, so I get the antioxidant and brightening effect of the Vitamin C, and the lightening effect for any hyperpigmentation, with the hydroquinone. I love a product that kills two birds with one stone! My morning moisturizer is the same as evening… the Avene Skin Recovery Cream. If my skin feels dry, I add the drops of oil… on more humid days, I skip that step. Then, one of my “can’t live without” products…I finish with Intellishade by Revision. It is a lightly tinted moisturizer with healthy peptides and SPF 45. It also gives the skin a nice glow, and allows for minimal foundation. I am not a “foundation girl”… so this product, with a little concealer and bronzer creates a healthy, natural, glowy finish. So, those are my “go to” faves at this point in my “ever changing skin.” However, there is one other thing that is an every day, almost all day, before routine, after routine… you name it… Avene Thermal Spring Water. I can’t say enough about what this cooling, soothing, hydrating spritz does for the skin. This product could be a blog post in itself! Note to those who are frequent flyers… the travel size could be your best friend for that “post flight” skin. Yes… I am that girl on the plane that is spritzing my face… and I make no apologies for it!!

So, when you are working on your skincare line up… I would first recommend that you consult an Aesthetician or your Dermatologist to determine what is best for your skin, based on your skin type, lifestyle, skin issues and the particular season. It doesn’t have to be a complicated thing. Remember, from my last post, don’t let yourself be a victim of the “skincare junkie rabbit hole!” Stick with the basics, that are clinically proven to help your skin, that are safe and effective. And, no matter what stage or age your skin may be… it is all about balance. By this I mean, not too much exfoliation, which can cause irritation and dryness… and not too much hydration, which can cause clogged pores. Balance is key. My skin care line up may not be what is best for you, but should be able to give you some ideas as to where to start. Don’t forget, my friends… what is working for you at this time, may not be what works for you in the years to come… so as the lyrics of one of my favorite REO Speedwagon song says … be ready to “roll with the changes!”



  • Chrissy Jenkins
    Posted at 21:07h, 03 March Reply

    Mary – where do you get the Obagi product? I have read it no longer contains the hydroquinone. Thanks!

    • marymatts
      Posted at 17:44h, 12 March Reply

      Hi Chrissy,

      There are so many different Obagi products. I am assuming that you are referring to the Vitamin C serum. It is available with and without hydroquinone. There are a lot of sites that carry Obagi, such as Derm Store, or you can probably order directly from Obagi. I hope that helps.
      Thanks for following along!


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