A few links (The Ordinary skincare, Barre3, and a music video).

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The winter has dried out my skin and lips a lot.  While at work, I got so desperate for relief, I ended up taking a tube of moisturizer from the supply room at the hospital.  Surprisingly, it was hands down one of the most effective moisturizers I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot.  The other night, I wondered out loud to the BF why there weren’t more highly effective beauty products without all the gimmicky marketing features that drive up costs but add no real value.  Why aren’t there more products like the ones you can find at the hospital? Continue reading “A few links (The Ordinary skincare, Barre3, and a music video).”

​Beauty Review:  Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream​ is the best anti-aging facial cream I’ve used thus far.

Last year, after I turned 30, I began to get a twinge of terror when I looked in the mirror under bright light. I was getting wrinkles!  For the first time, I began to mentally prepare myself for the inevitable aging process.  At the time, I was using MyChelle Deep Repair Cream.  I loved this cream but didn’t use it long because I got complaints from my BF that it smelled like mustard, so I looked into Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, which I had read a lot about and noticed it had a sort of cult following for many years now, including J. Lo! And her skin is amazing!  I bought it on Amazon which was much cheaper than Whole Foods.  I loved the smell of it right away.  It felt really luxurious.  My only complaint is that it is a bit too thick.  I remedied that by wetting my hands before applying to thin it out a little.  Eight months later without even really paying attention, I realized that my skin looked like the way it used to! I wondered if I was going crazy last year when I noticed the wrinkles.  The wrinkles were never obvious in the first place but I do notice that my face feels as firm and smooth as it did >3 years ago.  Even though it is described as a day cream, I preferred to use it at night because it does feel a bit heavy and by the morning time the product has been fully absorbed and feels just right.  I’m almost out of the product and think next time I’ll buy the light version for easier application.  For comparison, other facial moisturizers I’ve used include:  Burt’s Bees, Oil of Olay, Clarins, Clinique, Kiss My Face, Avene, Shiseido, Roc, and Vanicream.  Dr. Hauschka is by far the best. What’s the best facial cream you’ve tried?  Would love to hear your thoughts.

Beauty: How to get the most out of your expensive night cream

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[Avene $54, Vanicream $13, Jojoba Oil $13]

Last year I shelled out over $50 on a teeny tiny tube of a particular night cream because I had read amazing reviews about how well it worked and was becoming concerned that at my age, I better take preventative measures and not have regrets later on.  But if I had used it as directed, I would have run out in 2 months.  It’s been a year now and I’m just running out now, so thought I’d share how I’ve made it last.

That particular night cream was Avene Retrinal 0.1%, made by a French manufacturer.  I searched pubmed (a subscription only medical journal database) for retinaldehyde (the active ingredient in Avene) and found an article detailing how retinaldehyde is a precursor to retinoic acid (from vitamin A).  It’s long been known that retinoic acid is extremely effective at increasing skin turnover to reveal more youthful skin at the expense of temporary horrible skin irritation, burning, and redness.  Retinaldehyde is thought to work similarly to retinoic acid but more slowly and gently.  The journal article showed that retinaldehyde was significantly more effective at reducing fine lines than placebo in just several weeks.  One disclaimer I have about the research though is that it was funded by the Avene company, so you have to take it with a grain of salt.  Anyway, the reviewers on Amazon were crazy about it so I gave it a try anyway.  It’s hard to say if it is truly effective for me because at my age, I have only the tiniest of fine lines.  But I do notice that my skin feels more supple the next day.

So finally, to get the most out of my night cream, I combine it with Vanicream and Jojoba Oil!

Vanicream is often prescribed by dermatologists as a moisturizer for people with allergies and very sensitive skin, but you can get it over the counter. Its ingredients are inert and serves as a great vehicle to deliver your night cream.  The jojoba oil, being an oil, is a great way to really lock in the moisture found naturally occurring in your skin, but also to lock in the water found in the Vanicream and your night cream.  Jojoba oil is thought to be the plant oil closest in chemical structure to your skin’s natural oil (sebum) and so generally it is not supposed to be irritating.

Recently, I spent a couple days out of town and forgot to bring this regimen with me and noticed that my skin looked significantly worse!  So at the very least I can attest to its short term effectiveness.  Yay.