Hello Everyone!!! Looks like it is officially “Pumpkin Everything” season. I, for one, am happy for the cooler temps. You can call me on this when I start bitching about how cold it is four months from now!!!!
I am pretty fanatical about skincare. As much as I love playing around/experimenting with makeup, I hardly ever deviate from my skin regiment. I just realized today that I have been using some of my products for over ten years. Hello Karen? Maybe you need to come in out of the darkness, and embrace some new innovations. Especially after I read my girl Bubbly Michelle’s post on her go-to skincare item. I do, however, want to give some love to my favorite prescription skincare products, as I’m sure they will still be my faithful staples as I wander through all the new advances in making your skin beautiful.
I have been using Obagi Medical products for years. They do not require a written “prescription”, but are only available in physician’s offices (dermatlolgists, plastic surgeons, medical day spas, primary care physicians). You cannot purchase from theirwebsite either, as their products can only be dispensed by a doctor. They warn against purchasing online, as you don’t know if you are getting the real product or counterfeit.
The Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream is amaze. It restores and firms the entire eye area, especially the “crepe-iness” that happens under your eyes as you age. I love this stuff, and I don’t think I will ever replace it. It also helps tighten up the upper lids. I use this in the evening.
This serum is everything the cream is, but in a light, almost gel-like formula. It has a roller-ball applicator that is oh-so-cooling-under-eye, and helps combat under eye puffiness with the addition of caffeine in the formula. My morning go-to. As the weather gets colder, I do use the serum in conjunction with the cream before bed.
I have only been diligent with sunscreen on my face for the last fifteen years. Until then, I was all about getting a “healthy” tan on my face, and baked my face unmercifully. Paying the price now.
I had a pretty big patch of melasma appear on my face on both sides of my upper cheek bones and along my jawline – thanks to abusing my skin. I ended up going to a plastic surgeon a year ago and getting Fraxel laser treatment to correct the hyper-pigmentation (three sessions). After my procedure, he recommended that I only use the Obagi Nu Derm Sunscreen, as your face is hyper-sensitive to the sun (considering the first layer of your skin is burned off). Let me tell you, this sunscreen is the bomb! It readily absorbs into the skin, has a matte finish, and does not not make your face white. I highly recommend it if you get laser treatment, but now that my skin has healed, my Neutrogena sun screen works just as well.
Last, but not least, my beloved Renova. I did not start using a true “anti-aging” product until my 30s. This one has served me well. I would recommend if you are in your late 20s, as now is a good time to start. Renova is a gentle retionoid, known as Tretinoin, and I have used the .02% for years. It is a wonder cream that (used consistently) will smooth the surface of the skin, diminish fine lines/wrinkles, and helps create cell turn-over, that results in fresher, younger looking skin. I may need to see about boosting up to the .05% once I use this tube up. It is really gentle, and you only need a pea-sized drop for your entire face. Squeeze out the said amount into your palm, and use your right finger tips to tap HALF the pea sized product onto half of your face. Same with the remaining half, but with your left hand for the other size of your face. Just tap, tap, tap it into your skin until it is absorbed, then rub your fingers across your face. You can use it around the eye area (not directly underneath the eyes). Blot a tissue across your face after, and in any product is found on the tissue, you’ve used too much. A teeeny bit goes a long way for fabulous results.
Renova is an anti-aging product that does actually require a prescription – you pick it up at the drugstore. It is the gentle-est retinoid, and I have been using this for overtwenty years. I know this tube looks awful, and almost all used up, but I swear, I have another year’s worth of use from this baby. Again, you use the tiniest drop.
That is the one complaint I have about prescription skincare. Yes, it is expensive, but you only need to use the teeeeeniest bit. And they put it in such a big package. I wish they made it in increments for 3 months use, making it more affordable, and not expiring before you finish.
Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo