Firstly, I do agree with Fiona at Straight Talking Mama that a lot of what happens to your skin is genetic, and with Kim at The Kim Show that wearing sunscreen is another massive influence. I also really liked what Ina at Good Rockin' Baby said on a previous post that "You should not treat your face as you do the kitchen floor" (ie. scrubbing at it!).
I do also believe that a lot of what happens to your exterior, comes from within so I don't smoke, only drink very moderately and eat healthily (most of the time!). As I said in my previous post, I know I have pretty good skin for my age - but I want to keep it that was for as long as possible! I also mentioned that I have very sensitive skin, prone to allergic reactions left right and centre so I usually have to patch test anything new I try to make sure I don't come out in hives....oh the Glamour! This is what I use skincare wise;
My main moisturiser is good old Nivea Creme;
I've been using this for years. Its cheap, hypo allergenic and its been around for 100 years or so...
Some nice vintage Nivea Ads I found
Simple face wipes (and the Simple anti wrinkle eye cream I posted about yesterday). If you have sensitive skin, you cant go wrong with Simple products.
Johnson & Johnson bodywash. PH neutral and this is the big brand name when it comes to baby stuff so I know it will be skin gentle
Another staple for years - E45. Fab as hypoallergenic moisturiser for all over.
And make-up wise, I may be a general thrifty cheapskate (!!) but I dont like cheap make-up. I don't wear loads anyway, so what I do wear, I figure its worth spending a bit more on things that are nice and good quality (apart from Nail Varnish where anything goes!) This is what I use;
Maybelline Minerals Powder foundation. I'm so glad that all this minerals stuff came out a few years ago - it really is a godsend for sensitive skin! I also hate liquid/mousse foundations so this is ideal.
Benefit Dallas powder blusher. I love Benefit! As you will see....
Benefit Brow Zings - One is a tinted wax to shape, one is a brow powder. A great kit that lasts for ages. I do like getting my brows tinted and waxed but can't be bothered all the time so this kit is great for inbetween times.
Benefit It Stick. The magical concealer! I also have used Benefit Boi-ing concealer too. Great for those pesky eyebags!
MAC eyeshadows. Nice colours and they stay put without irritation...
As do Clinique eyeshadows. I always choose soft shimmer shades in browns/bronze/gold type colours, and I also like silvery greys.
And finally Benefit Bad Gal mascara. Its a good standard mascara, its jet black and doesnt flake. So thats what I use!