Do I really need more than hot water and Ivory soap to keep the skin on my face clean and healthy? Are any of the more expensive cosmetics brands really worth the extra money?
I'm 42, so you'd think I'd have the answers to life, the universe, and skin care. But I've never paid attention to the "health and beauty" products out there, and I'm starting to wonder if any of them do what they promise, and, if so, do I need them.
My skin is pretty much normal; I don't get any kind of acne or cysts or oily skin except during my menstrual cycle. Now that I've entered my 40's, however, I'm curious as to whether there's anything on the market that I should be using. Cosmetics is a multi-billion dollar industry, so I don't believe that all these and scrubs and primers and toners and sheer tinted moisturizing sun-blocks and vitamin creams are worth the plastic tubs they are packaged in. On the other hand, I don't believe that none
of them is worthwhile.
I've never been a sun-bather, and I don't smoke (at all) or drink (other than an occasional glass of wine), so that's been a great help. So:
Women of MetaFilter, especially those in your early 40's: are there skin-care products on the market that are worth using? Do I want things like i.d.'s bareVitamins skin rever-upper Murad's Oil-Free Sunblock SPF15 Sheer Tint? Sephora's Age defy eye cream? Dr. Brandt's lineless cream age-inhibitor complex? Exfoliant scrubs? Avocado masks? Toners? And, for those creams/gels/serums that are meant to be used overnight—how do you keep them from smearing all over your pillows?
I can't afford to try all of these out—especially for the length of time it takes to "see results," so I'm hoping some of you have had terrible (or awful) experiences that you can relate.
I'm starting to wear a bit of makeup (job interviews, etc.). Do I want/need mineral-powder makeup? Is the mineral powder craze built on hype, or built on product performance? Will I see a far more attractive face if I splurge on Cargo and Smashbox and MAC eyeshadow and blush, or can I just grab Cover Girl extra-fair foundation, black mascara, and sheer lipgloss at Walgreens, and have done with it?
I've been really impressed with how the women look when Carmindy uses that spray foundation applied with non-latex sponges on What Not to Wear,
but the big silver bottle is always positioned so that you can't see the brand. I looked at the spray foundations in her own cosmetics line, and… it's clearly not that product.
Also, the vast majority of eyeshadow on the market is iridescent, and that settles into the (recent) wrinkles and folds in my eyelids like nobody's business, but I've had a really hard time finding matte eye shadows. Plus, there are pencil eyeliners, liquid eyeliners, cream eyeliners that come in a little pot and include a brush… ARGH.
What do I use to take all of this off? I've noticed Ivory soap will not
do the job when it comes to mascara....
I'd like to not have to spend a fortune on my skin care and beauty regimen, but it's come to the point where I need a some help choosing worthwhile products, even if they cost a little more.
tl;dr: have any of you of you found a beauty/skin-care product that does exactly what it says on the tin, and do you find that it's made a big
difference, or even a tiny, noticeable change?
I've read this ask,
and this ask,
and this ask,
but, while they have some good info, none of them cover the specific kind of answers I'm looking for.
Any help out there?