Retin A. Eternal youth?

 

Hey guys,

So I’m hitting a sensitive subject for many today.  Growing old!  I’m not going to get into the age thing, at the end of the day we are as old as we feel.  Some wish to age gracefully and some wish to prolong that youthful look at all lengths.  I hit 40 last year and I think I’ve been blessed with reasonable skin for that age but obviously all of us see close up changes that we are not entirely happy with.  Pores enlarging, wrinkles forming and more hooded eyes.

Anyhow, somewhere I managed to stumble across a seemingly affordable answer without getting into surgery or needles….enter Retin A.  Otherwise known as Tretinoin Cream.  It’s usually prescribed by a dermatologist for Acne or in the U.S. they sell it to the ladies that want to drink from the fountain of youth.  It is a form of retinoic acid.  The beauty of this cream is not only is it good for acne but when used regularly over time it can reduce the appearance of fine lines, sun spot damage and overall better the smoothness of your skin.

Therefore, after a lot of research I decided this is something I wanted to commit to and purchased myself a tube of the 0.05%.  They come in three strengths, 0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%.  It is recommended to start on the smallest strength but whatever you do, you have to be exceedingly careful with the application.  Before applying, clean and wash your face, I use a gentle cleanser.  Then very important leave your face to dry for at least 10 minutes, after this time get a PEA size amount and pat or gently rub into your cheeks and forehead.  Then wash your hands.

It is really drying, so be prepared for your skin to take some adjusting.  Start by applying just once a week and just use a regular moisturizer the other day.  I started using mine at approx beginning of February, may of been earlier actually and just last week I’ve got to the point where I now apply it every other night.

It removes layers of the outer cells and increases the amount of collagen that is found in the layers of skin so it does create flaking skin.  This at times can be VERY frustrating.  In general people say, it only lasts up to 6 weeks but I still get the flaking occasionally.  I do not put the cream on my chin or nose as it seems to get into your skin and spread around itself but if you directly put it there it will flake badly.  This makes makeup impossible to put on at times.  The other thing you must do is wear a sunscreen preferably 60+spf, mine is currently 30+spf so i definitely need to up this as we have started to get warmer weather this month.  This is necessary due to the increased sensitivity to the sun you get with the cream.  If you don’t wear it you will basically undo any of what you are trying to achieve.

Does it bring eternal youth?  Well, I can honestly say if you look at some people on You Tube that have used it religiously over time they look fantastic.  There was a 61 year old woman that I saw a video of today who has used it for 28 years!!  She looked A-mazing.  No wrinkles at all.  We all know that no treatment unless you have surgery is permanent, and that has risks, likewise, if you stop using retin A your skin will over time revert to normal.  But I definitely think you lose nothing by trying it.

I wanted to take pictures at the beginning of my journey but even now I shall look back in a year and see if its worth it.  Do any of you lovely readers use this?  Or perhaps you haven’t heard of it yet.  I’d love to hear what you think.

 

Love Em xx

 

Marching on to new things to try

I can’t believe where this month is going.  Is it just as I get older that time goes faster?  Or are you feeling how are we in March already too?

One thing I told you guys I’d love to try but just don’t have the cash was the Artis brushes.  However, I accidentally came across a similar shaped one on eBay for pennies.  I think it was £2.75 which for that if I don’t like it can just chuck it in the bin.  It’s really dense and small.  It’s rather bizarre as expected but only tried it once so am holding judgement until I’ve used it a bit.

 

The other thing I have heard alot about is Vitamin C serum being super for your skin.  I picked mine up from Amazon.  It’s not as thick as I imagined it to be.  But again I’ll try and include it in my skin care routine and see how it goes.  If it does impressive things I shall let you know!

 

I also love the Rimmel wake me up concealer so have fancied trying a drug store foundation too for a while and when I saw this on offer in Asda for £5  i thought I’d give it a go.   Have any of you got this?  Infallible seems really popular but I’ve heard good things about Borjouis Healthy Serum too.  I mean how many foundations does a girl actually need?? But in my defence they are my favourite beauty product at the moment.  I also got a free 7 day trial of YSL foundation…not sure when that offer finishes but great way to try it.

I got a new Mac lippie Ruby Woo to add to my collection.

 

I picked up a bomber jacket from Boohoo.  I thought it would be great to take on holiday as it’s alot lighter than my regular coat but still padded and has warmth to it.  A steal at £20.00 with free delivery.   And i picked up some black jeggings from M&S for £22.50 which I thought was really good value as the material is great but they have belt hoops and a button which make them feel more like jeans.

I also discovered Depop!  Am I really late joining the bandwaggon on this?  I managed to pick up a Coloured Raine matte lipstick in Marshmallow which reminds me of something.  It’s got a grey undertone to it, I’m not sure what it will be like on :-/ and I got a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Very Victoria to try.  That is one app I will have to be careful with..there you can actually get the Becca highlighter by Jacyln Hill but I am not spending anymore this month so maybe next.

Also, has anyone seen that my favorite make up brand Urban Decay have just released some highlighters, bronzers and new shades of foundation in the good ole USA.  When are we getting it here??? They have one called sin which just looks so gorgeous and is a champagne colour.  I’ve seen their pictures under Instagram if you were wondering.

 

Have you had any good finds or new bits this month?

Love Em x

 

Night Skin Care Routine

 I wanted to share with you my skin care routine…to be honest its pretty basic but these are tried and tested products that I love on my face.  My skin is oily combination and I am still prone to a few spots!!  This drives me mad at my age when they should be a thing of the past but oily skin does stay more youthful looking I’ve been told, so I’m working on that reasoning.

 I bought a Magnitone Barefaced Vibra-sonic Daily Cleansing from The Hut in the UK.  Managed to get it for £50 when they are normally £70 and came with a free shower holder.  | have to say its a great little brush.  Its a really good size to hold in your hand, it easy to charge and the battery lasts forever…I’ve only ever charged it once.  Another thing is its completely waterproof which they are not all like that in this price bracket.

  I start at night by using the Garnier Micellar Water with cotton wool which is also super at removing makeup including eye makeup.  Gentle for sensitive skin, dry skin…for the price its brilliant.  Then I go in with the Michael Todd Oat and Honey Gentle Daily Cleanser,   using a couple of pumps on my brush.  The brilliance of these face brushes is that you cant overcleanse as they have little buzzers that go off after a few seconds.  so you get one side of your face done, BUZZ, then the other side, BUZZ, then forehead, BUZZ off.  😉

The ethos behind Michael Todd is rather fab as its natural skin care without cheap water fillers, parabens, sulfates, artificial colours or synthetic fragrances.  It doesn’t pretend to be something fancy other than it is.  It leaves my skin refreshed and shifts the dirt out my pores that the Micellar Water misses.  I follow twice a week with the JoJoba Charcoal Facial Scrub which again is really gentle.  And then to moisturise.  Everyone has their own favourites but I stumbled accross Embryolisse just over a year ago and it is perfect for me.   It can be found in the UK on Beauty Bay which is where I purchase it.  I have dry patches at times due to Winter, central-heating or another cream im using.  I also have oily skin and spots occasionally.  But however my skin is it dosent matter.  it leaves no oily residue on my face, its like a perfect PH balance, no dryness, just smooth hydrating skin.  Its won lots of awards and if you are looking for a new one its definatley in the affordable bracket as it lasts so long.  Give it a try!

 

Thanks for reading.  Love Em x