30+ skin

December 19, 2007 at 3:39 pm 5 comments

I have tried to deny it for a while, but I recently celebrated another birthday and here is the truth: I am definitely (way) over thirty now.


clinique 3 stepSince my late teenage years I have always, without thinking and without a complaint, used the Clinique 3-step skincare range. Only in the mornings of course – in the evenings I was usually way to lazy (or drunk) to do much more than brush my teeth and take the pill (or 2, just in case). So for over a decade, during my usual morning shower (in Holland we generally shower in the morning; baths are evening occasions) I ritually washed my face with the Clinique Facial Soap ( which used to come in a bar in a clumsy drawer-like case and was thankfully changed into an easier-to-use liquid soap with pump). After, I would use the Clarifying Lotion, and lastly the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (which used to come in beautiful, real frosted glass bottles but were regrettably changed into plastic ones). Easy as 1,2,3.

Lately, however, I’ve been having the feeling that my skin has somehow changed; it has become a bit dryer (especially around the eyes) and tighter maybe. This is when I started to count my years and ouch – were these maybe the first signs of aging skin?
I decided I needed to change my skincare (no time to loose!!). I needed something richer! Unfortunately, the latter doesn’t reflect my financial situation so here I am – on a quest for affordable, easy-to-use skincare products suitable for 30+ skin.

Any recommendations (30+ or not!)?? I could use some help!

In the meantime I can share with you these two discoveries that I have made in the cleansers section:
shu-uemura1.gif Shu Uemura2Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil. Fantastic for evenings!! It’s an oil that is massaged in the skin, then ‘loosened’ with a little water and finally rinsed off with plenty of water.
For mornings, I like Shu Uemura’s Foaming Cleansing Water. It’s great for when you’re in a hurry or dealing with screaming children and have no time for a shower (it happens). It’s refreshing, has a beautiful scent, and is easy to use because it is applied without water and foams on the skin. Rinse off with water.

In Amsterdam Shu Uemura products can only be bought at Magna Plaza. In the UK I know Space NK sells it, and in the states you can buy it online, (much cheaper as always), sigh…

P.S. Courtney shared a little secret with me: the Shu Uemura eyelash curler is the absolute best!

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  • 1. Michela  |  December 19, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Just checked… you can get Shu Uemura at La Rinascente in Milan and there’s a Boutique in Via Brera n.2. I might check out the range….and who knows, even the eyelash curler (never used one in my life I must admit)!!!

  • 2. Courtney  |  December 19, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    It really is THE best eyelash curler (and I’ve tried many). And as for cleansers… I use (and really love) the Dermatalogica range (which has loads of different options for different skin types).

  • 3. Emilie  |  December 19, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    I so know what you mean. I had a facial today and was told that I really should start looking after my wrinkles!?!?! I swear I was 21 a second ago…..
    My tip are the NUXE products, you can get them in most pharmacies here and I am pretty sure you can get them at Space NK in the UK. I will find out about Italy and the Netherlands.

  • 4. Kim  |  December 19, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Life is over after 30 ;-), turning 36 next month (oh no, 40 is just around the corner!) and 6 months pregnant and my skin is as dry as parchment!

    For Emily in Paris: There is this fantastic brand called Natura Brasil (www.naturabrasil.fr). They have a store close to the Bon Marche, which does fantastic creams for the body & face (especially EKOS body cream is lovely). Also they just released a new range for pregnant women & babies.

    The store is also beautifully designed and for environmentally conscious people: they do very clever designed refills.

  • 5. Karin  |  December 20, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    LL Regeneration by Annemarie Borlind
    Organic, healthy and very good!!
    (this summer in Vegas they asked me for my ID in order to get a drink :)… and I’m almost 36+! )
    I did do Dermalogica and Clinique 3 step for a short time but it gave me (and my friends) red and even dryer skin.
    I guess it’s a personal thing…

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