I would have thought that by the time I went through my teenage years, that I would no longer have to deal with acne. But, as I approach my mid-thirties, it's a fight I still struggle with. To make matters worse, with the aging skin and the climate in San Francisco, my skin can get dry if I use the wrong prodcuts.
It took me a while to figure out a good routine. If I cleansed my skin with the same soap I used in the morning, my nose would peel and my acne wouldn't be any better. This was discouraging. I tried many different products, but the result was always the same. Then I got to thinking, what would my grandmother have used? I had always seen Ponds Cold Cream, but never got around to trying it. Then one day, I saw a vintage blogger's post raving about Boots Cold Cream and toner. I thought I'd give it a try.
The line I chose has rose oil in it. I love the smell. It feels a bit greasy, as most cold creams do. So, at first I was a little aprehensive that it would make me break out more. But, after a week of using the product every night, followed by the toner, I saw a big difference in my skin. My nose stopped peeling. My acne started to clear up. I've been using this product for a couple years now. I notice a difference when I go a day or two without using it. I have tried another cold cream, but with my sensitive eyes, it actually makes them sting.
Since I have to order this product online, I haven't replenished my stock (I bought several jars at once). Sadly, the toner has been gone for a long time. But, in it's place I have been using witchhazel (not as pleasing of a smell), that works just as well, if not better. As an added bonus, witchhazel also is great for other skin irritations, such as razor burn.
With my sensitive eyes, I am limited to the brands I can use. I have found only certain products do not bother me. If I use the wrong product, I end up running up and down the hall screaming with my eyes clamped shut. Not a pretty sight.
With that being said, my skin care routine consists of:
2. Boots Cold Cream Rose
4. Oil of Olay Moisturizer (Now that I use cold cream, the type of moisturizer I use doesn't really matter. I choose this one because of the smell, and it's what I remember my grandmother using.)
And in the morning, I use Cetaphil Gentle Bar Soap.
The one thing lacking in my routine, though, is a good eye cream. I have yet to find one that works well with my sensitive eyes, and where I see a difference in the appearance of my eyes.
What are some of your favorite skin care products?