Now that I am no longer in my, ahem, teens I find that I more and more need regular moisturizer. I also have found that my once iron-tough skin is prone to angry redness that can be exacerbated by some products. Some can be just a little too much, and some can be too little. What’s a boy to do?
I’ve always been a fan of Erno Laszlo products: the original oils-and-black-soap method of face cleansing I have been doing for years and I do sort of think that my visage being able to present as less than 100 is equally genetics and care. I do like some of the creams: the Phormula 3-9 (now 4-9) is wonderful, but it’s not cheap.
Also on the not cheap side (understatement of the year) is Creme de la Mer. It’s supposedly made with some “miracle broth” of seaweed which is healing and blah, blah, blah. I admit to having a small jar of it and use it, but sparingly. I still find it a bit much but on a day when my skin is stressed (after a long day with the top down or outside in a winter wind) there’s literally nothing better that I know of.
Kiehl’s is also a go-to brand for me. A lot of the newer products they have introduced over the years have brought the brand thisclose to cosmeceutical (sp?) territory in reach and price, but I like what I like from the line. They don’t seem to make the one that I used to use, and the Ultra Facial Cream is now with Squalone and is kind of pricey. I do have the one with SPF in it and it’s a good every day don’t-think-about-it moisturizer
But this winter with it’s roller coaster weather (literally 90F one day and 60F the next) has made my face go a bit nuts. No breakouts (thank goodness) but my forehead, lip and chin will look like the angry red planet after washing and shaving and start flaking.
Something that seemed to do the trick is Tea Tree Oil Face cream by Majestic Pure. It was less than $15 at Amazon for an 8oz jar and while I was at first skeptical (it has kind of an odd texture and an almost minty scent that I can tell from experience can mean cooling or irritating. This time luckily the former.) it seemed after only a few applications to really start to do the trick: as you can see in the photo my skin is almost back to it’s normal beige. So all in all I’m happy with it.
Of course, I dare not and do not go out in the California sun without sunscreen. My natural skin color is glow-in-the-dark white; the color of my face is the product of over 30 years in the California sun. Or avoiding it. I have friends who find it endlessly amusing that I insist upon owning convertibles but look upon direct sunlight with the same expectant delight and gleeful anticipation as, say, Count Dracula, but there you are.
So the search of the perfect sunscreen, especially for the face is ongoing.
I do like the Kiehl’s Super Fluid blah-de-blah with 50+ SPF, mainly because it’s one that doesn’t seem to migrate into one eyeball as son as I hit the 101. But I really do prefer a higher SPF, soo.
I used to use La Roche-Posay Anthelios back in the day and liked it a lot. The main reason I stopped is that they weren’t that easy to find except retail and the main ingredient (Helioplex? Googleplex? Helicopterplex?) showed up in less expensive brands.
Like the one I’ve been using, Neutrogena Dry Touch 100+. I can goop it on pretty well and it won’t decide to come between me and my corneas the nano-second I hit 60 on that on-ramp. It is (or was) available at most drugstores (I think I got mine at the Trifty in Beverly Hills) for $10 give or take for 3 ounces, so I can stash one in the car for when driving.
Oh and note to Tonstant Weader- always have some sunscreen stashed in your car. Even in a closed one if your driving for more than 20 minutes half your face and your left forearm (or right, depending upon where you live) is in the sun. You don’t want to look like that truck driver in The Sun.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer Cream with SPF 30 is $33 for a 50ML jar, while the Super Fluid 50+ is $40 for a 1.7oz bottle, at the usual suspects.
Anthelios and other La Roche Posay products, Neutrogena products and Majestic Pure are available at Amazon.
Erno Laszlo products are available at Saks, Nordstrom and Erno Lazlo. Creme de la Mer is available at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman.
I purchased all of my products unless they were a gift with purchase. Photo of me is mine.