How I Embraced Makeup Free Skin at 38

Acne, wrinkles, dark spots, lack of eyebrows/eyelashes are just a few of the wonderful things that happen as we age. This makes it increasingly necessary to layer on makeup every day. Of course, this can exacerbate the issues and create a never-ending cycle of concealing and covering. In turn, creating even more problems we need to cover up. As a mom of 3 girls, finding time to get ready daily is laughable. Equally so, the idea of makeup free skin used to give me anxiety.

Luckily, I’ve found some incredible products and services that, used together, have allowed me to feel confident for the first time (at almost 40) in makeup free skin. I’ll be posting a miracle product or service weekly. I hope you find some useful information and bring that sexy back Mama!

This is my VERY FAVORITE facial product for bright and glowy skin after just one use.

This anti-aging extra strength peel is a freaking superstar. It comes in packets you can take anywhere with you for a 2-minute skin glow. It is good for all skin types and treats symptoms such as

  • dullness/uneven texture
  • acne
  • large pores
  • sun/aging spots and
  • fine lines and wrinkles!

There is no recovery time and you can use it daily, although 2 to 3 times a week is great for me.

This treatment is the peel dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross uses on his patients in his New York City practice.

This peel contains seven acids that deliver improved texture and brightness, smaller pores, diminished acne and sun spots and creates a crazy overall glow. Just be sure to use consistently (2-7 times a week) for maximum and ongoing results. This is a chemical exfoliator. Using this product in conjunction with a manual exfoliator (ie: a finely beaded scrub between chemical peels) delivers an unbelievable skin-brightening punch. If I’m totally on my game, I’ll do the following routine, and IT SHOWS:

Day 1: Peel

Day 2: Scrub

Day 3: Mild cleanser

Day 4: Peel

Day 5: Scrub

Day 6: Mild cleanser

and so on.

These products are extra-awesome, as they are vegan, cruelty free and free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

This is my favorite scrub, Vasanti Brighten Up. It speeds up cell turnover, mimics a professional microdermabrasion and gets rid of layers of dead skin. Brighten Up!

Side Note: I have tinted moisturizer on in these photos, and they are completely unfiltered and un-retouched. These are my results in part from consistent use of both of these exfoliation products.