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Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

Because of my concern for our environment, I have been using skin care products that are solid (very little packaging) or organic in nature, that I tried to buy in glass and up until the last little while I have been happy with my choices. However, lately I have become concerned about the amount of wrinkles that are showing up on my face. I have always looked after my skin especially when I was young and worked in a pharmacy, I loved to try all the new skin care and makeup but with age, maturity and spending money on more important things like a mortgage and food, I switched to using very simple skin care, a cleanser and a moisturiser and I would always ask for a good quality eye cream for my birthday or Christmas present.

That continued until I became more concerned about the environment and less about the way I looked, at that stage my skin was still looking good, a few laugh lines and wrinkles around my eyes, I could cope with those. Fast forward a few years and now every time I look in the mirror I am seeing more and more wrinkles and saggy skin and on Saturday I had just about enough of that. I was in my car driving out to Strathpine to have my sewing machine looked at. I caught sight of my face in the rear view mirror in the sun and couldn't believe what I was looking at, not just lines and wrinkles but the whole texture of my skin looked terrible, very dry and old looking.

After getting back into Redcliffe I headed down to Chemist Warehouse to have a look at some skin care that was designed for....cough....mature skin. I settled on L'oreal's Age Perfect range and bought myself a cleanser, day cream, night cream, scrub, serum, eye cream, foundation and concealer. It was good timing too as that pharmacy was having a big sale on all skin care and makeup. I haven't done anything like that in a very long time, splurging on trivial and superfluous products, but I have to say my skin already looks and feels better.

So, for right now, at this time of my life, the wrinkles won and because some of the products I bought are packed in plastic, plus the actual packaging was wrapped in a kind of cellophane, the environment has lost. Is there a win, win kind of situation?

Okay, lovely readers, hit me, are you worried about the way you're ageing? What skin care products are you currently using?

Have a lovely day,

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  1. I am incredibly slack when it comes to beauty routines, Fi. I wash my face with a simple soap and apply a moisturiser ( I use Sukin currently.) I rarely wear make up except if I am going somewhere special whoch is very rare. I gwt pisitive comments about my skin and I think that's down to how much water I drink.

    Lately though, I have been feeling older because of my hair. It's so grey. I have resisted, so far, dyeing it would mean covering it in chemicals, I have no desire to get on a maintenance treadmill, it's expensive and hubby usually cuts my hair. What to do?? I have been looking at more natural dyes on Biome website that can be applied at home. Perhaps, if I ever get round to it, I'll try that. Meg😊

  2. Clarins. Expensive but you only need to use it sparingly. Blackmores Vitamin E cream is a very old favourite

  3. Your skin is glowing! I love good skincare but keep it pretty simple. I don't believe that you have to spend a lot. My battle is with oily skin so I adore La Roche Posay products. You can pick them up on sale at Chemist Warehouse. I'm out of their moisturiser at the moment, and I can really tell the difference.

    I am also growing out blonde highlights so I put a dark blonde rinse through my hair every few months - Clairol Natural Instincts for $10. If I do buy a failed product then I'll try to find another way to use it. So a "too-thick" face cream becomes a leg moisturiser!

  4. In the last few years I have moved from coastal Brisbane to near Toowoomba on the Darling Downs and have found I had to adjust my skincare to cater for the drier climate. I now use Cetaphil cream and their gentle cleanser as well. Its good value for money and it is one product for morning and night. I have also been watching Youtube videos recently and found Dr Davin Lim, a dermatologist from Brisbane, who has some advice for simple and good value products to use.

  5. Your skin looks great in the photograph Fiona. The trade off between packaging and good quality products is a difficult one isn't it. Over the years my mother has given me lots of Clarins products(often smaller trial sizes she has been given at the pharmacy) and I am currently using them up. I love them - but I can't ordinarily afford them. I use Nivea or Olay usually. My skin is losing its elasticity as I age particularly on my neck - in winter I often wear a scarf to cover the horrors but in summer it's just too hot. I prioritise sleep, drink lots of water, moisturise all the time and slap on a smile! Hopefully people will see that rather than saggy skin!

  6. I got to the point where I decided that I'd supported the beauty and pharmaceutical industries enough and now only use natural soap for washing me, hair and face with a small amount of moisturiser from the supermarket that contains very few ingredients. Those big companies will do just fine without me - because trying to stop ageing is like trying to stop the sun from coming up.

  7. I use MooGoo MSM cream for my face, and it's really lovely. Although it's a bit heavy for summer, but I'm yet to find something I like to replace it when it's too hot. Any sort of humidity and I sweat it right off. I think it's helped my crepey neck I noticed I was getting last year. And I don't use a cleanser, just a warm face washer. best of luck with your hunt.