Okay, I am probably the only one, calling it the year of skin care. I am nearing 50, although, I don’t like to admit that. It sounds so old. But with that being said, of course, I know quite a few people in the 40-50 age range. We are all noticing a few changes in our skin health and some are noticing a lot of changes in every aspect. They aren’t happy moments of realization, I assure you.
Some of us are just hoping the eye sight (which is starting to go a bit) gets worse so we can be in blissfully ignorance as to the changes. I, however, have a 10x to 15x mirror. So, I don’t think I am going to be enjoying the bliss anytime soon.
If you haven’t done any skin care in the past, except for normal hygiene, you may wonder where to start? There are so many products and you don’t want to waste your money. There is some trial and error, I will be honest. Not every skin type is the same and not everyone will have the same results.
Let me suggest the CeraVe line, I have suggested this line before and then I have friends finally tried it and tell me why didn’t you have me try it before. (I believe, I suggested it many times).
I think because it is such an affordable line of products, this brand is looked at as it doesn’t work or it isn’t as good as the more expensive brands. IT IS. It is a simple ingredient line for sure. However, they are proven ingredients and there is no fragrance. The products aren’t irritating so it is gentle on sensitive skin. There isn’t a lot of trendy ingredients in their products, but everything works.
Cleanser – it is the where to start
The most important, even more important, than sunscreen. Well, they are kind of even. CLEANSING. You must cleanse your skin whether you wear makeup or not. It doesn’t matter your gender or age, you need to cleanse.
SA Face Cleanser
CeraVe has some very good cleansers. I would suggest the CeraVe Renewing SA Face Cleanser. This cleanser contains one of my favorite ingredients, Salicylic acid. I like this acid because it cleans out pores (great for acne), but the best part is that it starts working almost on contact. Some cleansers have great ingredients, but then they are washed down the sink and don’t end up doing anything for your skin.
I have used this cleanser to clean my makeup sponges. It does the best job but it is more expensive then my Zote soap, so I will just stick with that to clean my sponges for now. However, this is a great test of a cleanser, if it can clean those sponges. You know it can really clean your face.
Hydrating Facial Cleanser
It is not as hydrating of a cleanser as the next one I am going to suggest, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. Now this is a classic cleanser. It hydrates and cleans with no residue and no fragrance. You also don’t have to use water with it, you can just wipe it off. I, like most people, prefer to rinse it off with water. However, I have taken this bottle camping and for long car trips when I didn’t have water available and it works beautifully to clean the skin.
Sunscreen, makeup removal
It removes sunscreen, which sometimes is a difficult thing to do. You don’t see it but you feel it and this removes it. I haven’t tried it on my waterproof mascara, to be honest, because I use the double cleanse method.
Foaming Facial Cleanser
CeraVe also has CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. I haven’t tried this one. From looking at the ingredients, it should be great for oily skin. I used to have that skin type and I do miss it, in a way. Now, I have normal skin type with an oily T-zone. If you have the oily skin type, why not try this cleanser? More than likely you have tried everything else, because oily skin types can be tricky.
If you are thinking this lady is always recommending CeraVe, it is because it works. No, I am not sponsored in any way by this brand. I think it is a great line of products for the money. It was recommended to me by my Dermatologist’s office.
Why not give the cleanser that best suits your skin type in this line a try? They are accepted by the National Eczema Association. If you really don’t like this line or want other suggestions, I will be posting about other hydrating cleansers for the winter months in upcoming posts. They will have other price points and will be good for sensitive skin as well.
All of these cleansers are in the $10.00 to $15.00 range for 8 to 16 ounces.
Lotion is another must in skin care, but this post is getting pretty long. I will blog more about this line and others, in future, posts. But if you want to know more about the CeraVe Moisturizing lotion, I have posted about it in a previous post.
One brand skincare
If you like using only one brand for your skin care, this brand is it. They have a whole range of products to suit your needs, as stated above, I will post more at a different time.
The point is to have fabulous skin in 2020.
If you like an ingredients list, see below. This will only list the ingredients in the Hydrating cleanser. A lot of these ingredients will be in all of their cleansers and other products.
Glycerin – is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. If you have overdone it with the exfoliation of your skin you can apply glycerin directly on your skin to help seal in moisture, but it is kind of sticky and you will have tremendous shine on your face
Cetearyl Alcohol – it is a fatty alcohol that is used as an emollient stabilizer and is combined with a number of emollients in products. It is one of the most common alcohols in skin care and doesn’t seem to have the drying affect as some alcohols.
Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1- Now these are little gems in skin care or even skin repair. They are already a natural component of our skin. All four layers of our epidermis contain them. Our skin has a barrier that keeps the moisture, water, reduces infection, ceramides are important part of keeping that barrier healthy.
Hyaluronic Acid – is found naturally in the skin (eyes, joints, fluid in the body, and connective tissue) as well. It has a very high capacity for holding water. That is why it has become so popular in skincare products in recent years. It has the ability to hold moisture and water content in your skin.
Cholesterol – this ingredient also helps to maintain proper function of the epidermis or the skin barrier. It is found naturally in the skin and in the body (however, it is different than cholesterol that is so commonly referred to in body function and in your blood work). It works to help strengthen the outer structure of the skin and protect it from dehydration.
Polysorbate 20 – it emulsifies the skin. It also adds fragrance and it is a surfactant (reduces surface tension) in a product.
Potassium Phosphate – It is also a ph level adjuster and buffering agent. So it helps with irritation for the skin.
Dipotassium Phosphate – water soluble salt that is most common used as a buffering agent.
Sodium Lauroyl lactylate – it is an all natural surfactant and emollient, mostly derived from milk or coconut oil. It penetrates the skin quite easily.
Cetyl alcohol – a fatty alcohol. It really isn’t an alcohol it is more of a waxy substance. It is used as an emollient.
Disodium EDTA – in cosmetics products, it is used as a preservative or stabilizer for a product.
Phytosphingosine – it is a fatty alcohol that is water binding for the skin.
It seems this ingredient can also be a skin-restoring ingredient, so it helps restore the skin barrier as well.
Carbomer – thickening agent
Xanthan Gum – it is a thickening agent and helps with stability of ingredients