Susie hickmans Susie hickmans
4 months ago

Skin Care Review + Effects of long term Computer use on Skin /

Hi

This Site is a great find full of good information so I am hoping you might be able to assist me.

I would like a bit of help as I have never really thought about my whole skincare routine…

I am in my mid 50’s and have combination Skin, my skin Hydration is about 71 ( I got this done in a store)

I have fines lines and my face can look tired - this is not only age but also I believe not helped by being in front of a computer Screen for up to 10 hours plus a day ( work)

This is what I thought I would start with

AM

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin OR Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

IMAGE Prevention+ Matte Moisturiser SPF 32

CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

PM

Drunk Elephant Been a Long Day

I was thinking maybe a brightening serum,a scrub and additional sunscreen for my face..

Would an Eye Creme be beneficial or even needed?

Any suggestions welcome

Many thanks

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Hello Susie, I hope our community can be of help to you!

I think you already have a grip on the most important part of skincare: sunscreen, cleanser & moisturizer. I personally only use a cleanser once per day in the PM, it helps to keep my skin more hydrated (less cleansing is better for skin barrier).

I'd not go for a scrub because physical exfoliation is not very effective and could even be harmful because the particles are uneven and they can damage the skin. Instead, you could go for a chemical exfoliant, ideally smth with PHAs (they are hydrating as well as exfoliating). For example, this product 2-3 times a week can be great for gentle exfoliation: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/lixirskin-night-switch-pha-aha-10.

As for a daily brightening serum / moisturizer for the PM, maybe something like this: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/skincare-by-dr-v-blemish-pm-gel-moisturiser. The main actives here are retinoids (retinol and retinal), plus a niacinamide and a vit C derivative that can help with the skin tone. Because it contains retinoids, it is wise to start using it every other night to let your skin get used to it and avoid irritation.

As for eye creams, it really depends how sensitive your skin is. If you are just looking for moisturization, you can absolutely use a normal gentle moisturizer all over the face.

For more anti-aging action, you might be able to use the above retinoid product in the eye area if you put in on top of a simple moisturizer (e.g. Cerave or ELF https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/e-l-f-e-f-happy-hydration-face-cream) (this would help to "buffer" the retinoids to decrease the irritation risk). In any case, do start slowly with retinoids in the eye area - maybe 2-3 times per week first). If you find that this product is too irritating for the eye area, you can try a dedicated retinoid eye cream like this: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/avene-physiolift-smoothing-eye-cream-for-ageing-skin.

And you can totally use your current sunscreen in the eye area in the AM.

For some additional protection against visible light and blue light from screens, you could go for a tinted sunscreen. Iron oxides in tinted products add the colour but they also offer some protection against the visible light. In terms of products, maybe smth like this: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/nudestix-nudescreen-daily-mineral-veil-spf30 or this: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/avene-tinted-mineral-sunscreen-fluid

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Many thanks for coming back to me you have beemn most helpful- I now dont clense in the morning.

Regards daily brightening serum / moisturizer which I really think something like this could help me - when I read the description it says it is can be used for Treating Acne but I dont have Acne Skincare by Dr V TRIO Blemish PM Gel Moisturiser - or can I use it even thought I dont have acne ?

Ref Lixirskin Night Switch PHA/AHA 10% I seem to be having trouble getting it - and it would seem you mix it with an emulsion - can you recommend something as good ..

Mnay thanks

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Yes, retinoids work against acne, for anti-aging and resolving pigmentation issues - so you can ignore the acne part of the description:).

And a few alternatives to the Lixirskin:

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/pestle-mortar-pestle-mortar-nmf-lactic-toner

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/no7-protect-perfect-intense-advanced-serum-activating-pads

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/garden-of-wisdom-pha-plus-serum

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