I've got some funky skin. Although in my mid 40s, I don't have many wrinkles, I do have old acne scarring and red spots. I prefer full coverage foundation. It makes me feel better about myself.
I love Texas but it's hot probably about 7-8 months of the year. Recently, the temps have recently broke into the 100s. I'm very grateful I don't have to spend much time out of the A/C.
Because it's so hot, I feel I need to wear a lighter foundation with some SPF but still want full coverage.
In better times, I would use a more prestigious foundation. To be honest, they wouldn't give the coverage I needed. One day, I walked into Walgreens and took a chance of some Rimmel. I wasn't able to test the product, so took a stab at a color I thought was a good match and the ligther shade in case I need to mix. That day, they were buy one, get 1/2 off the other so it was a good deal!
To my surprise, the coverage was great! It is VERY thick though. A little goes a long way.
Last week, I got the idea to mix a bit of the foundation with my regular Neutrogena primer.
Seems like the same great coverage! I can also use less of the foundation. I also have dark circles, so I began using the lighter foundation under my eyes as a concealer. This also works for me!
NOW, I'm no make up artist. I'm probably doing something wrong here, but I really like this combination, I set it with my setting powder and finish the rest of my make up routine.
Growing up and in my teens, I never had more than one pimple at a time. All of a sudden in my 20's, I got acne. I tried many things to no avail. I never had cystic acne, but went so far as to obtain the medicine commonly prescribed for cystic acne. I never took it because I chickened out. The medicine came with so many warnings, including one for women considering having children. I wasn't ready to have children at that time, but I did worry about the long lasting side effects so I didn't take it.
I've tried many skin smoothing treatments and products. They may have smoothed over a tiny part of my skin, but it still looks pitted.
Oddly enough, the thing that I've found that helps me the most is good old Noxzema.
When our finances took a downturn, I needed something effective to remove all of my make up including the black eyeliner and mascara I wear instead of the expensive make up wipes I had been using. Classic Noxzema did the trick.
I smear it on, massage it into my face then wipe off the cream with an unscented baby wipe. I shower at night, so I follow up with a cleanser to get off any residue left behind.
I had been seeing an esthetician for a while, doing some skin peels, facials, etc. in efforts to smooth my skin. The time I saw him after I had begun to use Noxzema, he told me my skin looked good and asked what I had been doing. In the salon, I couldn't think of anything, but later realized that Noxzema was the only thing I had thrown in with the skin regimen that he had recommended for me.
Now, I never told him that. Soon after, he and his boyfriend, who is my hairdresser, broke up and he cut off all contact with anyone who was associated with my hairdresser.
No hard feelings.
I did some research and found one woman whose 80 year old grandma didn't have a wrinkle on her face because she would sleep with it on her face all night long. I tried it for a night but couldn't keep up that routine if I wanted a love life with my husband. I did find that it dried on my face about 1/2 an hour after I applied it. I started that routine every night.
Then I moved it to the morning time. I don't always have time for that. I use it every night to remove make up and when I have time on the weekends, do a 30 minute mask. It leaves my face moisturized.
I do miss it when I run out. It's just not at the top of my list when I run out. I forget until it's time to take my make up off, but not at the store. After a couple of days, I notice my skin starts getting itchy-signs for me that I'm about to break out. That's when I remember and make a bee line to the store!!
Current Skin Routine
I've simplified my skin routine. I have combo skin and use a Neutrogena moisturizer with a drop of frankincense at night after I shower while my face is still wet. Frankincense is said to have great properties for the skin. The scent also relaxes me.
In the morning, I swab my face with witch hazel and another drop of frankincense. Then I use a bit of moisturizer, concentrated under my eyes because I know I'm about to put primer on.
It's working for me. My teen daughter doesn't Noxzema because she is a vegan. I am starting to incorporate it into my 11 y.o. son's routine. It worked great for his recent sunburn also. In fact, anytime a skin issue arises, I slap a little Noxzema onto it and it seems to help.
Not an ad but I wish it were!!
Soon I will show my skin with and without makeup. Not today.