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There is SO MUCH to choose from when it comes to makeup these days.  And there are lotions and powders and liners and shadows of every shade and brand, enough to fill a suitcase!  However, I’ve found that unless we have good skin care, it doesn’t matter how good our makeup is.  We need to care for the skin we have, before applying the glam. 

So…the question to our panel was about skin care, what they use, and why they like it:

I recently purchased a Lumi-Spa skin care system and I love it. My skin looks and feels better than it has in a long time.  I really like that it’s waterproof so I can use it in the shower, which is when I wash my face in the morning. My skin feels very soft, looks smoother, and my pores appear smaller after using it.  It’s by Nuskin.

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My facial routine is pretty basic.  In the past, I used some expensive products but honestly could not see a big difference.  I also have sensitive skin, so I have just been staying with my normal routine.  I use Neutrogena products, mostly.  I cleanse my skin with a cleanser called HydroPeptide - it doesn't break my face out. 

 

In the mornings, I then use the Neutrogena moisturizer that has sunscreen in it and then I use Almay makeup.  At night I use a facial wipe to clean makeup off and then I use the same cleanser and a night time moisturizer.  I try to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day!  I wish I had started using sunscreen as a young person, because I have a million sun spots but -  oh well - that is just how it is.

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I wash my face with IS Clinical Cleansing Gel twice a day.  It was recommended by an anesthesiologist many years ago and I order it online.  I use a Clarisonic brush twice a week especially in the hot humid summer months.  When I worked, I applied Lancome moisturizer daily and then foundation.  Now that I don’t work, I used a tinted sunscreen/moisturizer combo that I absolutely love called Elta MD UV Physical. I do not do well at keeping lotion on the rest of me.  I just get in a rush…

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I dry brush my skin several times a week and use essential oil soap a friend of mine makes to wash my face. I like avocado and coconut oil for my moisturizer. I put the essential oils in the avocado/coconut oil. I know it sounds weird, but it works for me. I also rub just a drop of coconut oil on the lower half of my hair after shampooing. It makes it soft and helps with grey wiry hair. You may want to put it in after using a straightener or curling iron.

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My husband has skin issues due to a medication he takes, so his skin itches and breaks out on the arms and face, and even his head.  My sister read bout Bend Soap Company and all their testimonials (which are amazing) so we ordered some.  My husband LOVES it and uses their soap on his hair and the lotion on his skin.  He has seen marked improvement!

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Super simple, due to ultra sensitive skin, that’s my routine. I use only goat milk soap for face and all-over cleanser, Canus Caprina soap from Amazon, and diluted ORIGINAL Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo for eye make-up remover. Coconut oil is my facial moisturizer. Body moisturizer is Alba Botanica super emollient lotion. These have been my regulars for 20+ years. If I have to be in the sun, I use Neutrogena 100spf.

I have allergies but I did not realize at first how much they affected my skin. I used lotion daily for years and then my skin started to be so dry and itchy, I tried all the unscented, healing kinds of products. But nothing worked. So, I stopped all lotions and googled natural remedies. What they recommended was in my kitchen! I use 2 T extra virgin olive oil mixed with 4 drops of fresh lemon juice. I only have to use this occasionally when my skin starts to get dry and that’s not very often. I mix enough for about a week, about two tablespoons full, and I mix it in this fun bottle we got on a trip through Montana. It does not take much, and I use it on my face and body. I just put a small amount on my fingers and rub it in. I also do an occasional yogurt face mask…just plain yogurt from the container!

 

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I have shared this threesome before in another post, but Gruene Witch Apothecary in New Braunfels, Texas has a coffee facial bar, a witch hazel toner, and an anti-aging moisturizer that when used faithfully together makes a difference.  I have seen age spots fade, and my skin feels tighter and smoother…and the scent is amazing!

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I just use organic cooking avocado and coconut oil. Sometimes just organic coconut. I use a hand held dry brush from Eco-tools. Makes my skin feel so good!! With the oil, I add about 5 drops each of frankincense and lavender essential oils in a travel size bottle. It lasts for a long time.

 

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by Marcy Lytle

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