Sunday, January 5, 2014

Skin care in your 30's - or - what the hell is happening to my face!

Week 1 Meaningful Beauty
My skin has changed. I keep telling myself that it's stress, winter weather or time for a change in my skin care routine. These are lies, or could be lies as maybe it really is just a matter of needing an update on my current skin care products. The thing is I've noticed a change in my skin over the last year. I didn't magically turn 30 last month and wake up with different skin, it's been a whole year of change. My skin is more dry now with the expected 30 years of a stressful life wrinkles. The wrinkles don't bug me at all, I can deal with those but the dryness and the occasional pimples that I've never had before in my life I don't want to deal with anymore.

Over the last year I've tried several facial programs and products. I used to be a #2 with the Clinque system, but it stopped helping so I tried #3 which was too harsh. From there I moved on to Burt's Bees Intense hydration with clary sage (mostly because I love sage) but the dryness and even the blemishes persisted. Last month thanks to Influenster I got a free sample of Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum, which I liked but didn't love. I loved it the first week, but the second I didn't really see any improvement. Week 3 my face started drying back out. No bueno.

The last two nights, I've tried Aveeno positively ageless lifting and firming night cream my face is noticeably softer, but who knows how long it will last!

The most frustrating part is that I don't wear cover up or foundation, and I don't want to feel like I have to. My skin has always been clear enough that I didn't feel like I had to hide blemishes because they were hardly noticeable or just never there. Now I see them and fixate. They make me crazy.

Week 3 Meaningful beauty.

It's driving me mad, plus it's expensive! What are your secrets to great skin? What lotions, washes or masks do you swear by?