“beauty school drop-out, go back to high school.” anyone remember the popular musical this lyric is from? if you answered Grease, go to the head of the class. but who doesn’t feel like a beauty school drop-out from time to time with all of the beauty products slung our way? sometimes i feel as if i need a Ph.D. to sort through all of the ingredients listed on skincare products, makeup, or food labels. but it is important to educate ourselves, pick our Drs’ brains, and incorporate smart and healthy lifestyle choices. so i’m rounding up a few of my favorite anti-aging skincare products and routines to kick-off 2021. health and wellness are near and dear to my heart, which is why this blog and social channels are dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty.
there are so many fantastic anti-aging skincare products available in 2021. but i wanted to up the ante this year with the aid of cosmetic treatments. there are invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to choose from. honestly, i have a neutral stance on what’s best. if you think botox or fillers are the best choices for you, why not? cosmetic procedures don’t have to be one more topic where we take hard stances. for me, my aesthetic has always been do what’s necessary and natural. there’s a fine line between enhancing one’s appearance and going overboard. many of us have witnessed friends and family who no longer resemble their former selves. i have no interest in crossing that line. it isn’t important for me to look like i’m forty years old or even younger. but i do want to be the best version of sixty-two. so i’m exploring non-invasive treatments. IPL is first; then i will have a series of micro-needling treatments to enhance collagen production. all the details will be shared in future posts. but i am sharing my first round of IPL today.
if you follow my opens in a new windowInstagram channel and Stories, then you know i started a series of IPL treatments at the beginning of the year. IPL is short for intense pulsated light, which is a type of light therapy used to treat age spots, sun damage, and broken capillaries on your face. this treatment can also be used on your neck, decolletage, and hands. IPL is similar to a laser treatment, the difference being a laser focuses on one wavelength of light where IPL releases light of many different wavelengths – like a photo flash. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of the epidermis without harming the top layer. this procedure was originally scheduled last year, but then Covid paid a visit, and my dermatologist’s office closed then I had my knee replaced and yada, yada, yada. so this is the year i am finally addressing sun damage from my youth and teenage years.
the first photo was taken three days after my first round of IPL. i have makeup on (tinted moisturizer, blush, and lipstick), but you can see mild redness and swelling, especially underneath my eyes. the treated area of skin feels like a sunburn the first day and continues to be sensitive several days afterward. one of my kiddos called me Mrs. Potato Head as i looked pretty wonky for a few days…
here’s me a week after treatment with no makeup. the swelling and redness have disappeared, but you can still see a few age spots. it’s recommended to have a series of three IPL treatments, which i scheduled. some women just have one IPL therapy. the choice is yours. but i’m happy i listened and penciled in three appointments. i’m also adding treatments to my neck and chest as those areas have lots of sun damage too.
stay tuned to round two and three of IPL in february and march, respectively.
what i wore this weekend
recently, i’ve had lots of dm’s and comments asking about my everyday makeup routine. here’s what i’ve been using lately.
opens in a new windoweyeshadow true neutrals | opens in a new windoweye pencil mambo | opens in a new windowlash primer | opens in a new windowmascara | opens in a new windowfoundation | opens in a new window eyebrow pencil grey | opens in a new windowblush dusty rose | opens in a new window lip shade peony pink | opens in a new windowlip pencil
now onto a skincare routine. for both morning and evening, i incorporate five steps:
- toner to balance the ph in my skin
- anti-oxidant to fight off free radicals from pollution and foods
- sunscreen to prevent any further sun damage
three or four times a week, i use retinol, twice a week, i exfoliate my skin, and once a week, i use a masque and/or a peel.
retinols, sunscreen, and vitamin C are non-negotiables in my skincare routine. here’s why. retinoids are the class of vitamin A derived ingredients that includes retinol, which is a milder version of retin A. some of us have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate retin A but hopefully can use a retinol, which helps increase new cell turnover and activates natural collagen production, leaving us with firmer brighter skin. anti-oxidant vitamin C penetrates your skin, increasing the production of collagen (notice how collagen production is the most important factor in keeping our skin in tip-top shape), reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and brightening our skin tone. before i put on my makeup, i use sunscreen on my face, neck, chest, and hands.
now onto the products that make it into my shopping cart. as a blogger, i am privileged to test so many different products. it’s the best part of my job. so here’s a list in no particular order of a few of my favorite anti-aging skincare products and beauty tools.
and last but not least there are also lots of questions about what i eat in a day so i’m sharing my recent YouTube video that discusses that topic. happy sunday, ladies!