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Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol Treatment review

estee lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol Treatment review

pictured: Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol treatment c/o Estee Lauder /

As someone who has celebrated the anniversary of her 39th birthday for a few years now. . .a-hem. . .my skin is at a phase in life where fine lines, and dark spots, are starting to be visible. As much as I would like to pretend none of this is on my face, it is! I can’t ignore it when I look in the mirror.

Although I have decided to stay 39 forever, my skin knows my true age has a four in front of it. A-hem, pretend you didn’t read that. Anyway. . . retinol is one of the most effective treatments in combating wrinkles and helping one’s skin defy age. Since I aim to defy my age, this is a treatment with my name written all over it!

Estee Lauder has been one of my favorite go-to skin care and makeup brands since I was in high school. They always use advanced technology to create the most amazing products which actually work! I’m currently addicted to their eye cream, which I swear, has reduced fine lines around my eyes over time. Since their eye cream works magical wonders on my skin, I was excited when Estee Lauder sent me their Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol treatment to test out; I knew it would be fabulous!!

When using a retinol treatment, it is good to avoid going out in the sun. This is the one good thing about all the grey, rainy weather we have been having over the past month. Since there are zero sunny days, it has been the perfect time to use this Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol treatment on my facial skin. Of course, even if the sun isn’t shining, it is important to use a strong SPF on your skin during the day because the rays can still get through the clouds and you will need to protect your skin while using a retinol treatment even more; but I digress, back to this fabulous product!

I have fallen in love with Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol treatment. It has evened out my skin tone, reducing dark spots so that they can hardly be seen. This is really important for me since I shy away from wearing foundation, preferring a foundation powder in my daily makeup routine. I want my skin to have a clean, even look. This product helps me keep that up!

The Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol treatment is a great item to keep in your beauty arsenal if you have dark spots and/or fine lines/wrinkles. I’m all about using products, rather than getting injections, to keep skin looking it’s best. So, if you like to be natural too, this is a must have!

You can find the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol treatment online here.

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Have you tried retinol before? What did you think?

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Elemis Superfood skin care masks and more

elemis superfood skincare review

from left: skin care products c/o Elemis / Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask / Elemis Superfood Kefir-Tea Mist / Elemis Superfood Berry Boost Mask / Elemis Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator /

I’m so excited about these new Superfood products from Elemis! As you know, I am a huge fan of Elemis skin care products. Their Marine cream is my holy grail, go-to cream for daytime skin care. So, when Elemis sent me their new skin care products from the Elemis Superfood collection, I was thrilled!

The new additions to the Superfood skin care collection include two masks, one exfoliator, and a fabulous mist which will be perfect for the upcoming warm weather season. I love using a mist after I have been out in the sun, and when my skin is unusually dry. This new Elemis Superfood Kefir-Tea Mist will be a life-saver for dry skin this spring and summer!

There are two new masks and an exfoliator in the Superfood collection. The Elemis Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator is a fabulous mask for leaving your skin feeling smooth and clean. It’s really gentle, and smells like a jelly sandwich. Yum!

The Elemis Superfood Berry Boost mask absorbs excess oil, which is perfect for my oily skin. It too smells like a jelly sandwich. I’m getting hungry! haha.

Lastly, the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask brightens skin. This is the perfect mask for refreshing your skin when you are tired or dehydrated. It really freshens up your face!

What I love about the Elemis Superfood skin care collection is that it is made with sustainably-sourced, organic, natural ingredients. They use pre-biotics which fuel and feed your skin’s microbiome; helping to keep your skin healthy and fresh. The vegan-friendly ingredients are filled with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your skin craves. It’s like food for your skin. Love that!

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*thank you to Elemis for partnering on this post. all thoughts and opinions are my own

Winter 2019 skin care routine

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from left: hand cream / eye cream / face cream / neck cream /

Winter is here! This means cold weather, drying indoor heat, wind, and dry skin. When my skin is dry, I try to keep my skin care routine simple so that my pores are not loaded up with junk. By using a small amount of the right products, I can keep winter dry skin at bay, and keep my skin looking as normal as possible.

First off, these pictures are not perfect. That is because I photographed products which I currently use. These are not pictures of products I have not opened yet, or not tried yet; these are my go-to skin care products for the winter! Some are new, and one I have been using for over fifteen years.

Skin care over 40

genx skin care over 40

Let’s face it, this GenX mother of three needs quality skin care over 40. That means my skin is over 40 years old; um, did I really just type that? Inside my head I am still 39 😉 anyhoo. . .

When you are over 40, or even under 30, or 20, it is important to take care of your skin. See that neck cream in the photo above? I have been going through one jar of it every six months for the last fifteen years. I started using this neck cream when I was in my late 20’s, and I have not tried anything else; I love it! Not to brag or anything. . . but. . .my neck looks pretty for a GenX gal. Just sayin’

If you are in your 20’s, snag this neck cream; and if you are over 30, over 40, over 50, etc. I promise it is worth every penny, and you will love, love love it!

The Elemis face cream has become an addiction of mine over the past two years. Their PR team sent it to me originally, and I threw it into my NYFW suitcase shortly after receiving the PR package. It was a February fashion week when the temperatures can dip below zero, and dry air was at it’s peak. I was thrilled to have Elemis in my arsenal! I am hooked, and have been using it everyday since. I especially love it during the dry months, and in the winter. I’m on my fourth jar of it, and pretty soon I will need to buy a fifth jar! It’s so good. I cannot imagine using any other face cream when the air is dry. It adds the right amount of moisture while providing the anti-aging power my over 40 skin needs. Ugh, did I just admit to being over 40 again? I’m 39. . . 39 ya hear! (only in my head, a-hem)

Estee Lauder’s eye cream is more of a gel-cream. I started using it earlier this year and have found it works really well when the air is dry. I love how my under-eye skin is reacting to it this season. It really is adding moisture without adding shine or other problems to my skin. Also, my fine lines seem diminished; so I am hooked!

I just started using Colleen Rothschild’s hand cream a few months ago. I have noticed I need less hand cream applications during the day since I started to use it. This hand cream has really helped my hands a lot! I only need it in the morning, and before bed. No amount of house cleaning, and hand washing, can break the seal this hand cream creates. I think it must be repairing my skin, because my hand skin is not getting as dry as it used to. Not sure this will work for everyone, but for me, I am addicted and hooked for life! I suggest trying it if your hands get dry!

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What are your favorite skin care products this time of year?

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