Friday, October 4, 2013

Daylight saving and ramblings on skin care

Excuse the short post, it's been very busy at work and home this past week. Lots of good things, but hardly time to pause for more than a few minutes!
As a result, I've succumbed to a cold. I haven't had a cold for a long, long time, and was probably a bit too smug about this fact.... Anyway, I've got one now and I feel quit vile. Not vile enough to stay in bed, but vile enough to be annoying everyone with a poorly voice! 

Perhaps I've got man flu....

Anyway, this week I went to a conference and also took part in a rather exciting event which I'll post about next week.

In the meantime, a couple of outfits from Monday and Tuesday:


Paul Smith tweed skirt, black singlet and J crew Jackie cardie.


Grey American Apparel tee and J crew skirt:



The other thing I did this week before being overcome by snot was have a facial peel! I rarely have facials or other treatments, in fact up until quite recently I rarely bothered with much in the way of Skincare, apart from Cetaphil and sunblock.
However, my 45 year old face has started to fall off a bit, so I've gradually been adding a few recommended products to my arsenal of unctions:


Ocosmedics face peel, Embryolisse moisturiser (thanks Naomi for the rec) Estée Lauder Night Repair (gift from friend), Sukin rose hip oil, Emma Hardie cleansing balm and Sunday Riley Good Genes.

The above items seem to have made a difference in my skin, and the peel has made it feel very smooth and soft. There's no getting rid of the wrinkles, but I don't care much about them, I'm more concerned that pigmentation and sunspots are minimized. My inner sceptic thinks that most claims made by cosmetics companies are utter crap, but the Sunday Riley stuff and the Ocosmedics mask certainly make a big difference to my dry skin. The jury's out over the Estée Lauder stuff, though.

I have been reading Louise's blog 'Ingredients' avidly for months to find out the lowdown on chemicals in skincare, and I HIGHLY recommend a visit to her blog if you're interested in evidence-based science rather than marketing hype. Sorry no link to her blog, I'm on an iPad and it's just too hard, but here's the URL to copy and paste:
http://www.ingredientsofstyle.com

Do you buy cosmetics that promise (and cost) the earth? Or are you more minimal? I'm shocked how many things I now have - even 6 months ago I used just 3 products: Cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser and Hamilton sunblock!

In other news, daylight saving starts this weekend! Yay to longer days and more sunlight during waking hours. We're planning a picnic with friends if the weather holds and my snot isn't too abundant.

Hope your weekend is fab and snot-free!

32 comments:

  1. Wishes for a snot free Ruth! We switched to all natural products (makeup, cosmetics) and it is quite an adjustment to learn to read labels. Louise's blog has taught me a lot, explaining the whys of all the research I had done on my own. We are still trying out different laundry soaps, and house cleaners though.
    One thing that has really helped is the Clarisonic brush. I use it with a natural exfoliating ace wash and with goat's milk soap. You should try it, it's a little pricy but the results are amazing.

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    1. Thanks very much, AB! :-) I wrote a couple reviews on the Clarisonic brush. I used to use it daily but now have cut back to using it once every couple weeks. For laundry detergent and household cleaners, have you tried using Nature Clean? It is a Canadian brand, not sure if it is widely available in the U.S.

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  2. Oh dear, hope u feel better soon xx

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    1. Thanks Cilla! I'm still ailing, but managed to leave the house today which was nice.
      I hate colds. Miserable things... Grrrr

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  3. Sorry to hear that you have a cold! I hope you are feeling better soon. Hot tea with lemon and honey always helps. Excellent outfits as always, love the bright purple colour on you. Huge thanks for the link love, I really appreciate it!!! I am always happy to hear that people find the information useful. There is so much marketing hype in both conventional beauty products and green/eco-branded stuff. I am just trying to cut through all that.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Louise! Your blog is such a great resource... I love it and really appreciate the fact that you write it.

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  4. Hope you're feeling much better soon. I'm a skin care minimalist, which is primarily driven by laziness and the inability to schedule time for anything that takes longer than 5 minutes in the morning. I have a clarisonic which I use once a day, and use a Jurlique cleansing gel with it. Then I use the Ultraceuticals sunscreen/moisturiser. That's it. Every now and again I use the SKII eye masks, as they do wonders for dehydration based wrinkles.
    I can't say my skin is superb, but I tend to be quite sceptical about claims as well. I read in the papers this week that scientists have developed a plant based pill that in independent clinical trials increases collagen production and decreases wrinkles - the headline in the paper was something like "move over botox". It's still being developed, but that sounds like the sort of thing I'd be interested in longer term rather than a lotion that just makes you feel like you're doing something.
    Hope you're feeling better soon, love the outfits, and enjoy the sunshine and long weekend xx

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    1. Thanks Heidi, still feeling blah, but love a long weekend and daylight saving!
      I reckon minimalism is probably a good thing in Skincare, but I quite enjoy a bit of faffing from time it time.
      Those tablets sound like something I'd be interested in. Injections etc are not for me, but a tablet..... Hmmm
      Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  5. Get better soon! But ironically in my twenties I was fanatical. Women at the counters would try and stop me buying Creme de la mer which I shoulda listened to. I now feel that relaxing with basic cleansing and moisturising with simple creams is the best. But I am going to laser my freckles bc believe me nothing gets I'd of them but. Plus sunscreen!

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    1. Laser can work wonders - quite a few colleagues have had it done in their 50s to undo sun damage - you know how harsh the sun is here. I may well get it done one day too - it does really make an improvement.
      Freckles are lovely! Don't laser them off!

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  6. well, I take fanatical care of my skin, having had a large basal cell carcinoma removed from my face a few years ago (and yes, I had a plastic surgeon do the closure. You only get one face, and high necklines and long sleeves don't cover your face.)

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    1. Oh no Fred! that's major! I can totally understand your fanaticism! Absolutely vital to get those sorts of things done by a plastic surgeon! A girlfriend of mine had a BCC cut out of her nose recently, and thank god she had a very good plastic surgeon do it!

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  7. Hope you feel better Ruth - maybe you caught your cold from Dani - she has been miserable for a week!

    I don't do peels - my skin is SOOO sensitive and at this age, almost anything will inflame it!

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    1. Aha! Maybe it is Dani's cold!
      My skin used to be super sensitive, but these days it seems I can throw anything at it and it's fine. Strange!

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  8. I was thinking I did give you the cold! I lost my voice for a few days and now my germs have settled right in my bronchial tubes, they seem very happy there. Get lots of rest and drink gallons of tea!
    Reading Louise's blog is required for anyone who buys products, I rely on her too. She's awesome.
    My own routine consists of Nuxe products from France, the cream cleanser and moisturizers, twice a week I use the gentle exfoliation cream and one of their masks. I started in with this brand when I was in Paris last year, it's just sold in drugstores but I find it very effective, it smells amazing and it doesn't give me hives. Of course I wear a sunblock every day, the Clinique super city block spf 35 works for me. I think the sunscreen is the single best thing we can do?
    Feel better soon darling!

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    1. Oh poor you dani! I hope your germs vacate your bronchial tubes and bugger off once and for all soon. Mine are still in my noes and eyes, producing huge amount of yuck.

      Nuxe products are divine! They are hard to get here and v. V $$$, so not able to use them, unfortunately.
      Living in the harsh sun of Sydney! I wear SPF 30 every day. Aus sunscreens are very highly controlled, so I almost always buy Aus made ones!

      Hope you feel better soon too x

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  9. Totally off topic but there is a bar striped tee in XS online right now.

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    1. Thanks Shopping Celle! Unfortunately only the pink one is in stock. I really want the grey and blue one....

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    2. The gray was was available at the time I left a comment so keep watching for it to popback.

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  10. Hello Ruth, I hope your cold gets better soon. I love Louise's blog for explaining all the science behind skin care etc., and in addition I can also recommend another blog, written by a British beauty blogger, Caroline Hirons. She is a professional facialist and writes in a very no-nonsense, funny style. She gives excellent advice and I seem to remember that she rates Emma Hardie and Sunday Riley very highly. One of the biggest things I've taken away from her is to cleanse twice at night if you've been wearing make up, or even just SPF. Here's a link:
    http://www.carolinehirons.com/

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    1. Hi Patricia, thanks so much for visiting and commenting! I love Caroline Hiron's blog - I discovered it recently and she is very down to earth and informative.
      Her blog and Louise's one were what inspired me to add a few things to my very minimal skin care regime, hence the Emma Hardie balm. It's lovely - not at all drying!

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  11. Ho ruth,hopefully you feel better soon!
    The outfts are really nice,i esp like the tweed skirt.

    I am a minimalist when it comes to skincare and use all Kiehls products.
    Sunscreeen is a must for me daily,i use 50 SPF religiously(also from Kiehls).

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    1. Thanks Ina! I love Kiehls products too. Must try their sunblock one day!

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  12. Now I do get a facial peel 4-6 times a year, face, neck, chest, hands, and forearms. I know, but I would rather shed over 7 days than constantly be shedding by using RetinA (very hard on my skin). It also helps with the AKs I have forever popping up because of past sun damage. I wash face, put on a night cream (Nerium) and in the morning wash again and put on sunscreen. This has been my regimen for the last two years and I have noticed a remarkable difference in what used to be my red, dry, blotchy skin. I have always worn very little make up. Hope all the snot has blown out and you are enjoying your week end.

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    1. That's interesting, BB. I think peels are super effective of the right type of skin. Mine seems much less dry and flakey after this peel, so I'll probably have another before Christmas.

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  13. I love these outfits!!!! Feel better soon!!!

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  14. I hope you're feeling better!

    And it's Daylight Savings already?!

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  15. Thanks Lisa! Yup, daylight saving starts now and runs til April! I think!

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  16. I hope you're doing a lot better with that yucky, nasty cold. Looking very good in your outfits just the same.

    I'm minimal with my skincare, using just a couple things that are mostly plant oils and extracts. Think I'm done with peels and magic ingredients from a lab, doesn't make sense to me. Could be a post to come. ;)

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  17. I love both of your skirts- that pink hounds tooth is stunning!

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  18. My only moisturiser is coconut oil... Plain, simple BUT organic coconut oil... I use a milk to clean my face the evening and rinse it with water... I come from high maintenance, very expensive product to this very simple and basic routine... I believe that most of the aspect of your skin is due to what you put in your body not on your skin...

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