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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Time to Get Your Skin Ready for Spring

We are all getting our homes ready for Spring and really enjoying all the fluffing and cleaning we are doing.  So looking forward to Spring and warm days, beautiful breezes and gorgeous flowers. This is the time of year that we also get out all those Spring and Summer clothes and see what we need to add.  Well just like our homes and wardrobes need a good cleaning and sprucing, so does our skin after all the affects of the winter weather.

As a teenager I grew up on the beach in La Jolla California.  I would burn and tan and burn and tan every single weekend without one thought as to what it was doing to my skin.  Then as a single mom raising 3 children, I used the excuse that I didn't have the money and the time to primp.  All those years have done a real number on my skin.  It is more like leather than anything else, my pores are huge, and the wrinkles are more related to crevices.  Now in my 70's I try to take a little bit better care of my skin, but I am still not a primper.  I look for things I can do once a week or something I can do in 5 to 10 minutes a day.  I did just have a facial and a day at the spa, but that will probably only happen once every few years if that often.  So I have a few things that I try to do at home.

I do try to use an Exfoliating Body Scrub at least once a week.  I use this one on my face also, always leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth.  Find something you like and try to use it every week, it doesn't have to be expensive and there are even a lot of homemade receipes that work.


We all know about these two products.  I use the Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Serum every night and every morning.  I also use the Lancome Renergie Lift Contour under my makeup.  The deep wrinkle serum makes my crevices feel sooooo soft,  love that.  The lift contour seems to tighten my skin especially around the eyes.


 When we were heading to Maui in Oct. I bought this little travel size of Aveeno to go in my suitcase.  It is a great little moisturizer.  It is one I will use more often.  The price is super, so give it a try if you havn't. I keep one of these small ones in my purse all the time.  Perfect for your hands and arms if they feel dry.


 With older skin I find that I need make up that gives off a soft glow.  Anything matte just seems to make me look even older and tired, but a little glow looks fresh and vibrant.  L'Oreal Visible Lift gives off a really soft glow to my skin and there are several shades to choose from, so it is easy to match your skin tone.  I think less is definitely more and only use this under the eyes and around the nose and mouth.  Blend in well.


 This is a little bit of magic in a bottle.  Whenever you are feeling especially tired and look especially drained, a little bit of this gives some extra glow to your face and seems to erase all of the dreary blahs.  It really perks up the eyes.

I love this stuff to add a little bit of sunshine to my face.  Lack of suntan during the winter makes me look so washed out and this adds just the right amount of sun to my face.


 Nothing shiny, just a glow and a touch of sunshine, works wonders for the skin, and those wrinkles look so much softer.

Now I am definitley not a beauty or a beauty expert, but I think we can all do a few things to make us feel and look better.  So while you are fluffing the house, remember to take a long hot soaking bubble bath and treat your skin to a little pampering too.  It doesn't have to be expensive, drug store items work really well .  (I am not associated with or paid by any of these products, just things that I found that work for me)

So, what are your beauty secrets and what works for you.  Share so we can all try something new.

25 comments:

  1. thanks for the reminder to care for ourselves like we do our house. I've learned that exfoliating (sp?) is probably the key to healthy skin for me.

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  2. This is great advice. I also grew up in SoCal and sort of ruined my skin in the sun too. I appreciate your help.

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  3. I love to use 50/50 baking soda and salt to scrub with.. I still have oily skin and so this works for me. For dry skin-- I dont think it would be good. I warm a few drops of olive oil in the micro for 5 seconds and that gets massaged in after I wash.. most days I work from home so- scrub//olive oil morning and again at night..

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  4. Marty you always look beautiful!! Both my mom and I love using Bare Minerals as our foundation.

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  5. Great tips. My go to product that has worked so well is Roc daily moisturizer with spf 15 and the nighttime treatment, too. I also started using Clinique spot remover and it really did improve the dark spots. They don't go completely away, but they are way lighter.

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  6. Marty, would you please share who makes the wild honey exfoliating scrub and where we can find it. I did a google search with no luck. Thanks much!

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    1. I bought 3 jars of it last year at CVS drug store and this is my last jar. I havn't looked, but hopefully they atill have it. I think any kind of good body scrub will work so long as it isn't really harsh. There are all kinds of brands out there, this is just one that I have used for a long time. Hugs, Marty

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    2. OH thank you Marty. I will continue my search. Such a great blog!

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  7. I use Oil of Oily or Aveeno moisturizer and adore Bare Mineral makeup.

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  8. Great tips, Marty. I recently began using the L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation, and I love it. I need to get a good scrub and start using it. I'm just like you~when I was younger, I never thought I needed to worry about my skin. Wish now that I had. Thanks for the information. laurie

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  9. I'm not as much a "primper" as I used to be either. I have dry skin, so moisturizing is high on my list. I use cetaphil cream (not lotion) after I shower, all over. I use Oil of Olay w/sunscreen daily on my face and Night of Olay cream on my face at night. I wash my face with the Olay face wash too. My mom always used that brand, so I followed suit. In the shower I use Dove soap because my dermatologist suggested it years ago. It works great. I'm in my late 40's so I'm already noticing changes in my skin. Not too happy with the aging process. I'll just have to make changes as they are needed, I guess. You made some good suggestions with your skin care too.

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  10. Great tips, Marty. I always love seeing what other women use. One of my favorite beauty tricks (especially at night) is plain old chapstick. It makes a huge difference in the wintertime!

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  11. Great tips, Marty. I always love seeing what other women use. One of my favorite beauty tricks (especially at night) is plain old chapstick. It makes a huge difference in the wintertime!

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  12. Great info Marty! I've been hearing a lot about Visible Lift. I don't do much with my skin, but I do use Bare Minerals foundation nearly every day.

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  13. An unexpected, but helpful post. Thanks for all the commenters too. Great tips and we all can use helpful women in our lives, right? Bloggers and their readers are the best!

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  14. Bobbie Brown products are the best! For those of us with "old" skin, They have the answers.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this info, Marty!!! :)

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  16. Marty, I think you are a beauty! I am bookmarking this post. I've never heard of a couple of the products you highlight, so I will check them out. I will be 50 next year so I know I am entering a new era of skin care needs. I am lucky for a redhead--I am 1/32 Cherokee, so my skin is not quite so fair as it would otherwise be. I grew up spending a lot of time outdoors in the summertime, but in the Southeast it was too HOT to be outside all the time. I'm sure that growing up in California enticed you to be out in the sunshine a lot.

    One thing I do now that works really well is to re-use my make-up (liquid foundation) bottles. When they get to be almost empty, I fill them up with moisturizer and end up with tinted moisturizer in a nice little bottle. :)

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  17. Hello
    Brilliant post, I went through the post ,I found it very informative
    Thank you!

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  18. Great post, Marty.We all need to take better care of our skin. Mine has always been dry so I have to use lots of moisturizer. I have been using Clinique since I was 19.
    Laura

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  19. Merci pour vos bons conseils... depuis des années (20) j'utilise la gamme Clinique car j'ai énormément d'allergie. gros bisous

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  20. Great tips my go to products is the Philosophy line I love their stuff I have everything including body scrubs.

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  21. Great product tips, Marty! Funny... I was planning a post about my own skin care. Now, I think I'll do it. This was good info.

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