How to keep your skin glowing on A budget!

Believe it or not I have never had a facial treatment.  I am not frugal, but we needed the money for other things. This Christmas we got a gift card for Massage Envy from my daughter, who is working now and can support herself.  We went there for what I thought would be a onetime facial as a treat to myself and a Swedish massage for my husband. We both felt rejuvenated and relaxed after the treatment.  I was a bit skeptical when the Manager started talking to me about a membership, but there was a glowing happy couple next to me and I thought, I’ll just treat myself for the next 12-months.  That was few months ago…. We continue to go there monthly. I often wait for my husband while he gets his massage in the tranquility room.  It is relaxing and for $60 a month we both feel good, connected and rejuvenated after each session.

Always Getting Compliments on Your Skin?

I’ve been getting compliments about my clear skin since I was a child, I have never had any problems with my skin thanks to genetics. I try to keep my routine fairly simple and inexpensive. I’ve started using products when I was in my 30’s. I am using natural products and every Sunday I try to dedicate some time to focus on me by making a mask that my grandmother taught me. As I am getting closer to 50 I see the impact of aging. I have been using mostly natural products to manage my sensitive skin. I am very selective on the products I use on my skin while trying to stay on budget.

Natural Products and Zinc Oxide

Years ago I was using Yves Rocher’s  products to protect my skin from the daily impact of the sun, cold, polluted air and other unnatural byproducts. Once I hit my 40’s I decided to use all natural products. One of the many products that I swear by is pure virgin olive oil.

The Italian sex symbol and Oscar winner Sophia Loren who still looks great in her 80’s, is uses 2 table spoons of olive oil in her food. She also rubs olive oil onto her skin for glossy glow, according to Glamour.  One of her secrets is using Penaten Baby Cream. Penaten has been used for decades successfully for the treatment of diaper rash, sunburn, scalds, dermatitis and the relief of itching due to eczema, and relieves rash caused by heat and perspiration.

Beauty Style Sophia Loren
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This skin-soothing wonder for babies and adults does miracle to your skin. Why, what I the secret?  The secret is Zinc Oxide, yes Zinc!

Penaten Cream Zinc Skin Health
Penaten Cream

Zinc Oxide is one of the key ingredients in sunscreen formulations. It is known for its superior sun protection capabilities and preventing skin damage. In fact, it is the safest and most effective ingredient that protects the skin against long wave UVA rays. FDA has been approved zinc oxide as active ingredients to use in sunscreens.
As we got older, we cannot stop wrinkles from appearing on the skin. However, zinc oxide component will help us to reduce some wrinkles on the skin and make us look younger. Zinc oxide is a chemical that used in skin care treatment. The fiber regeneration leads to relieve the wrinkle appearance. The topical zinc oxide when applied has many advantages to the skin.  It is better to apply this cream at night, because the cream has a heavy consistency and needs time to be absorbed by your skin.  This cream is great also to keep down my Rosacea and eczema breakouts.

Wash Your Face at the Right Time

I love Salma Hayek, she has perfect skin? Do you agree? One of her secrets and mine is: Always wash your face before you go to bed. It’s very important to cleanse at night. She is using chamomile cleanser if I haven’t been wearing makeup, and an oil cleanser if she was wearing makeup. I am using Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser, Fragrance Free from my local CVS.
Her rule number two: Never wash your face in the morning. Your skin regenerates during the night. Before you go out apply your Moisturizing cream and you make up. Don’t forget the lipstick.

In the morning I am using CeraVe® 3 oz. AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 (with hidden Zinc). It is formulated to increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture for long periods of time and forms a protective layer over your skin. I am applying this cream twice per day.

Great Life After 50
Products that I swear by
Why you Should use Retinol?

Anti-aging ingredients come and go, but Retinol(retinoids) has been major players for decades. From what I know retinoids boost the production of collagen (one of the skin’s primary support structures) and prevent its breakdown as they work their way into deeper skin layers. There are many commercials and products, but one that works for me and is not expensive is CVS Retinol Deep Wrinkle Serum, 1 OZ. I am using Retinol Serum before I go to bed after I do my new NuFace procedure. To help your skin heal and rejuvenate avoid collagen killers: smoking, too much sun, poor nutrition, stress. Drink at least few glasses of water a day or tea.

Your Eyes Need Attention!

I have been using CeraVe Eye Repair Cream eye cream for a couple years now. My skin is sensitive and I love it because there is no fragrance, it is gentle, affordable, and the skin around my eyes is retaining its youthfulness.

Ancient Beauty Secret

The best beauty secret I have ever learned is from my grandmother, who had long and healthy life. She was using herbs and natural remedies to cure us and maintain her skin, body and mind.  She was using honey for everything from hair treatments to sore throat, cracked lips and her face. Her favorite mask was honey, egg and yogurt. I have been using the same mask for years. After I leave the mask for 20 minutes, I am applying a  second mask with the egg white that I did not use in the first around my eyes and my neckline. It helps in  reducing puffiness and a double chin.

I also like coconut oil not only to cook, but on my hands, nails and skin.

Stay tuned for my article about natural remedies to keep your skin healthy and reguvinated.

How do you keep your skin healthy and glowing? Share your tips.