In my last post, I covered eye care. Who knew about Johnson’s baby shampoo to clean your eyelids? Apparently, many did with the exception of yours truly. But—it’s never too late to learn—right?
Who knew that at 65 years the pro-ager, I would be returning to baby shampoo as part of my eye care routine!
But now, I wanna talk about skin care.
Pandemic skincare’s big “thing” these days is keeping your hands off your face. I get that. Ever since I was a child, though, my mother was constantly reminding me and my siblings to keep our hands off the face. And her constant badgering worked. At least for me it worked because I’m not prone to touch my face during the day. So, basically, this wasn’t anything new for a number of us.
Just a little reminder!
The other big thing is to wear a mask. I get that too. And I’ve been a “Mask-It Case” ever since it was recommended to wear one! And although the mask is a stellar protective device, it also brings on another issue. Bacteria inside the face protector that touches your face.
Call me a “Mask-It-Case” because I never leave home without one! Now–if only I could mask that dang turkey neck!
Trust me, I’ve had a couple of sizeable pimples in various places where the mask is worn. It’s not surprising at all. Think of the hot weather and the sweat that’s collecting in there. Makeup that’s rubbed off on the fabric adds to the bacterial issues. So is sneezing or laughing so hard that you spit bacteria into that little nugget of protection all add up—but, at least it’s your germs!
Although not this cute, bacteria can do a job on your face–and not the good job!
And therein lies the need for special attention to cleaning your face.
In my humble opinion, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars or go into debt for a facial cleanser. Clean is clean. Soap and water or a liquid cleanser and water are basically all you need. Save your money for travel when the ban is over. Save your money to enjoy a wonderful meal at a good restaurant when the time comes. But honestly, don’t spend it on pricey skin cleansing lotions or overpriced beauty bars.
Please. Save your money. Remember-Clean is Clean. You don’t have to spend a fortune.
Oh. And a makeup remover helps too. And you don’t need to spend a fortune on that either.
There hasn’t been a night I haven’t been faithful about cleaning my face. Oh. Wait. There is an exception. When I fly overnight but as soon as I get to where I’m going, I unpack then hit the bathroom to was my face.
Anyway, (because anywaysssss isn’t a word) during the winter, I wear more makeup than in the summer. And even though my summer face doesn’t wear much product. it does get a bit grimy from the mask. My summer face is generally bare of foundation, concealer, the contour. It’s merely a touch of blush or bronzer or both, eye makeup and lip gloss until it wears off then I keep the lips bare.
My winter face–aka my pre-pandemic face. I forgot how much makeup I wore before masking-it!
And through it all, I still scrub the face.
With the exception of eye makeup, there’s nothing on my face except that slight blemish on my chin!
When I arrive home from work every evening, I run upstairs and take the makeup off. I use Albolene, which I’ve written about in previous blog posts. This has been my go-to makeup remover for decades. A large tub runs about ten bucks. It is lard for the face and melts makeup off.
Since I’m not too fussy, the “‘Lene” gets wiped off with a tissue or three, then the cleansing fun begins.
Albolene first. Soap second. I love Albolene so much that I always have a backup on hand!
I have three ways of cleansing. I’ll either use an exfoliating face cloth, which I love. One side is rough—like a loofah for the face and the other side terry cloth. The one I have is so old that it’s falling apart and very soon, it’ll be time to purchase more.
This cloth is so old but works like a charm. This is the rough, exfoliating side..
The other side is softer but you can see that I’ve worn this baby out!
I ordered new cloths from Amazon! I’ll put the link for this in my Idea List at the bottom of this post. I love this new exfoliator because it really scrubs the face so well!
What I find exhilarating about this cloth is I can get as rough as possible and really dig into those crevices and spots that collect a ton of gunk. Literally, sometimes I feel as though I’m scrubbing the features of my face away! But thiese cloths work and does the job so well!
This is how well, I scrub my face!!!
There’s another cloth I also use. Oona got these for me perhaps four or five years ago. They were stuffed into my Christmas stocking. I have one in pink and one in black. It’s merely a washcloth that removes makeup wonderfully without hard scrubbing.
It’s long and fluffy and soft and does a stellar job in removing makeup. If you don’t want to lug products around while traveling, this is a great alternative!
But first—do you remember Clairol’s The Skin Machine? If you are around my age and were a teen in the late 1960’s through the ‘70’s, I’m sure you’re familiar with the palm-held device, and it’s brush attachment that you used to clean your face.
Remember this? Oh lordy, I loved my Skin Machine and used it for years! I can’t understand why this was placed out of production because it worked so darn well!
My mother purchased one for me during those years of being skin-challenged. The combination of The Skin Machine followed by Clearasil liquid toner and Clearasil cream in that weird tube did work to dry the skin. And sometimes worked a little too well in drying the skin.
Throwback time! This and the toner really dried up the skin. There’s no way we could use this now! Our skin would be the new Sahara!
Ok. A little over a month ago Duvolle sent to me a product to review. The product is their Radiance “Spin Care” brush set which is similar to The Skin Machine.
This is the Duvolle Spin Care System. The site’s price is somewhat expensive but if you are interested, use the code I was given : CATHERINE . This code will give you 70 percent off the original price bringing it to $28.50.
This set has various attachments for different uses:
Two brush attachments for your face. One is an exfoliating brush, the other a cleanser. Quite honestly, I don’t see much of a difference between the brushes. Both works very well to clean the face in a very soothing and relaxing way. It’s like a home-spa!
In all honesty, there’s not much difference between the brushes. The exfoliator brush is not as soft but both are excellent for cleaning your face in spa-fashion! It’s VERY comparable to The Skin Machine but packs more punch!
The pumice attachment is wonderful for smoothing those areas of the feet like heels and balls that can get calloused. It’s also great to smooth out rough spots on knees and elbows.
This is great for feet, elbows and knees. I’m tempted to use it on my chapped lips. You CAN use this in the shower, but I prefer not to.
And the oversized body brush is especially handy for applying fake tanner! Yes! I’m now using it to apply my tanning mousse!
The large body brush. Mine has acquired a golden hue because I’ve been using this specifically for applying fake tanner! It works!
Regardless, no matter how you clean your face—with a regular terry washcloth, an exfoliating cloth, a battery-operated brush or your hands to rub the soap in, it’s simply about cleaning!
My new normal. Eye makeup. A touch of gloss. Bare, clean skin. Showcasing freckles, lines and blemishes from hours of masking it. And a clean face feels so wonderful!
In a nutshell:
Take the makeup off every evening!
Take it off! Take it ALL off!
H2O blended with soap or any cleanser will get your skin clean.
Water. H2O. It’s free (well, except for a relatively inexpensive water bill that you pay four times a year) and it cleanses!
If you have very dry skin, you might want to go with a hydrating product. My skin is dry. I stick to Dove, Neutrogena, and, when I can find it, Le Petit Marsellais Orange Blossom soap bar. I shy away from soaps that dry the skin such as Ivory. Besides, I’ve had my mouth washed out on many occasions with Ivory. It doesn’t taste too bad but it does dry out the skin!
All three soaps are great for skin cleansing–and all three are inexpensive!
Follow up, if preferred, with a toner. But be sure to use one that’s gentle and pro-age friendly! When I remember, I use either generic Witch Hazel or an orange-blossom spray astringent that I purchased a while ago. Both inexpensive.
Witch Hazel. One of the best toners around. I use this often and it always makes me feel refreshed without drying my skin.
Another favorite is Orange Blossom water. This spray is fantastic because you can spritz your face from time to time during the day, feel clean and smell good too!
And now, you’re ready to hydrate your skin with your favorite moisturizer and make yourself even more beautiful than you are with a little bit o’ makeup.
Makeup or makeup-free–it’s the clean skin that counts!
Remember—it’s the clean skin that counts above all! If you are looking for ideas, I’ve created an idea list for you on my Amazon store. The link for you : Clean Your Skin!