Monday, June 6, 2022

What Works

I have been using skin care products (moisturizers, eye creams, etc.) religiously for years. By “religiously” I mean that I apply the products every day whether I will be in girl mode or not.

I have tried many products over the years. Some worked better than others and some did not work at all. After nearly 20 years of trying different things, I settled on three products because they work! That’s not to say that I don’t try anything new – I do, but I have not found anything that beats the products I am using.

Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System is a product that I have been using the longest. (All links lead to Amazon.)

Being an Avon lady, I occasionally receive free samples. After I received a sample of a product to deal with wrinkles around the eyes, I looked in the mirror at the wrinkles developing around my eyes and decided to try the sample.

After a week or so, the wrinkles were less noticeable. After a few weeks, I had to examine my eyes closely to find the wrinkles. So, I was sold on the eye cream, have been using it ever since and have managed to tame the wrinkles around my eyes.

Olay Complete Daily Moisturizer is the moisturizer that I have used almost as long as the eye cream. I prefer it because it gives my face a nice smooth feeling that lasts all day. Also they sell it everywhere so it is easy to buy.

Avon Solutions Dramatic Firming Cream is a miracle product, in my opinion.

I have sun damage on the sides of my neck. All of the foundations I have used only cover the damage temporarily and sooner or later (usually sooner), the red skin shows through.

Visiting Sephora a few years ago, I asked a sales rep what they had to correct the problem. The rep suggested using a color correcting foundation primer from Smashbox. It is green and it goes on where needed under your normal foundation.

I bought the primer and used it on a few occasions, but I was not impressed with its performance and abandoned it resigning myself to depending on the coverage my foundation provided.

Perusing the Avon catalog one day, their Dramatic Firming Cream caught my eye and I bought a tub to try on my neck. Using it daily for a few weeks, I noticed some improvement – the redness was less red. Using it daily for a few months, the redness is gone! Wow! Like I wrote above, it is a miracle product.

After using skin care products for over 18 years, my wrinkles are hardly noticeable and my skin is smoother, more supple and healthier-looking. My makeup goes on easier and looks better. Professional makeup consultants have complimented me on my complexion. And I can achieve that “feminine best” look.

I cannot emphasize enough the need to maintain your skin on a daily basis. You cannot look your feminine best unless you take care of your face everyday.

So what works for you? Let us know in the Comments below.

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  1. AnonymousJune 06, 2022

    Hi Stana,
    I use good 'ol coconut oil on my face at night. It's cheap and readily available. During the day, a product from City beauty called Multi-Acting Sculpting Cream under my foundation. The foundation I use is nothing more than a lightly tinted moisturizer sun screen SPF50+, works well for me.
    I also have have a lot of sun damage on my face & neck and I find the coconut oil softens the skin and over a period of time seems to have reduced the redness.
    Cheers Pamela

  2. Hi!
    Stana, I use regular Olay moisturizer day and night.

  3. AnonymousJune 06, 2022

    Hydration. Very critical, and much cheaper than all the snake oil.
    Gendre Amore

  4. AnonymousJune 06, 2022

    Yes hydration is very critical. I found that out the hard way once. Cerave is the moisturizer I use.

  5. AnonymousJune 06, 2022

    I've been using jojoba oil as an aftershave, and putting a little on the corners of my eyes as well, which seems to help. For those readers who shave, do you have any recommendations?