After many questions what my own skincare regime is, I decided to make it public. Even though I have to underline that even if it might work for me it is no guarantee that it'll work for you.
My skincare regime is based on thorough scientific reasarch of many years and it changes constantly according to the latest researches.
I divided my regime into 3 categories:
Thorough cleansing is a must for good skin.
I prefer MDFormulations Glycolic cleanser with 14% AHA at PM. (But it might be too harsh for someone with sensitive skin). Morning: I use a light rinse-off cleanser (curently Clinique: Redness Solutions).
I don't use toners. They are a waste of money and if they contain alcohol they can be very drying.
1. Use a mix of 20% Azaleic acid+ 12% AHA+ 12% stable Vit. C in a light cream. (This is a potent anti-oxidant coctail, made by myself).
2. Use a thin layer of a serum (which I made myself) silicone based with 15% pure Olive-leaf extract (high in antioxidants).
Use Cllinique Continous Rescue AntiOxidant Moisturizer (rich in EUKARION-134 and Ferulic acid: antioxidants). I choose the formula that fits the day (since in Scandinavia in the winter you`ll need a richer consistency than in the warmer months).
I use a sunscreen SPF50, UVA 32 (full UVA prot. up to 400nm)(designed by myself, produced at the manufacturer) which is based on TinosorbM+S filters, Avobenzone, micronized TiO2 and ZnO (not micronized). It is extremely light fast drying fluid which leaves the skin mat with a very nice sheen. Do hope one day all of you will be able to use this sunscreen as well (working very hard on it!)
But til then the closest you`ll get to it by using Nivea Light Sensation Sunscreen.
Sometimes I use an inorganic sunscreen blend (designed by me) which is based on silicone with micronized TiO2+ non-micro. ZnO. (SPF50, UVA 20-full UVA prot. up to 520nm).
I don't wear make up (like foundation). (Don't need to).
First thing after cleansing I`ll apply Retin-A (0,05% tretinoin) in a thin layer every night. It'll repair the damage that occurred during the day.
After 20 min:
I`ll apply Prevage MD (1% idebenone which was proven to be a good antioxidant and hydrator).
If I am dry (sometimes) I'll additionally use a light moisturizer with 5% stable Vit.-C.
Am almost 38 but it is very rare that people judge me over 25. It can of course, be a hassle as well since it is more difficult to take one seriously when one is/ looks young.
Have used sunscreens (mainly TiO2+ZnO) all my life (thanks God to a maniac biochemist father) which I am now very greatfull for
Retin-A I have used for almost 10 years every day.
When I was screened for UV damage 2 weeks ago, there was none! The quality of my skin (judged by a practiced dermatologist) was 18 years old.
So if it is not enough to convince anyone to use a good sunscreen and Retin-A every day, you tell me what is!
Edited by Eva Victoria, 24 February 2008 - 06:15 PM.