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    I have been trying to find a facial cleanser and moisturizer that I like. But haven't found anything that I really like. I get frustrated trying to decide if all the hype about expensive products being better is true and what ingedients do what to help fix sun damage and prevent wrinkles. I hear never use anything with mineral oil, yet I know some older ladies with beautiful skin who have used products like ponds cold cream their whole life and it is full of mineral oil. I would love to hear what some of you use and why you like them. :-)

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    I just keep mine clean and put lotion for sensitive skin on it, not expensive stuff. I have a couple wrinkles but for 51 years old, my skin is ok :) Most people think I'm in my forties or so they say ;)

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    I use Mary Kay and have now for about 22 years.

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    I believe there is much more to it than just facial cleanser and moisturizer. It has a lot to do with your lifestyle over the years.....drinking, smoking, sun protection, allergies, etc. With that said, I have never found anything that I have just "loved". I have tried Mary Kay, Arbonne, Jafra, (very expensive) to cheap stuff from Walmart and they all seem to act the same. But it is better than nothing.

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    I use one of the Oil of Olay products. My husband calls it Oil of Old Lady !!!
    Used to use Mary Kay but a few years back they changed all their formulations and I couldnt use it any longer.
    Alot of it is genetics and like the previous poster said life style.

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    Now this is something we all are looking for the perfect face care items. I truely love the Dr. Wexler products, however they are expensive, sold at Bath and Body works. There is a complete kit for $45 or so to see if you like it,but it is only sample sizes. Makes your face feel like a baby's bum. Now I am trying the Cetaphil cleanser and it is wipe off or wash off. And a new cream the is promising called Youth Code by Loreal. I have tried Avon, Olay, Clariton, Mary Kay,just about all of them. And I believe it is individual preferences. I like a soft smooth skin and wrinkles are here to stay.....Good luck figuring out you perfect regimen.......

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    I like the Olay Regenerist in the red containers or L'Oreal's Revitalist in the blue jars in my price point. They seem very similar. I think the L'Oreal is a little better priced. I'll know tomorrow. I'll empty mine tonight.

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    I agree, it is mostly life style and genetics. My Mom had lovely skin till she died in her 80s, slightly wrinkled but smooth.

    I use a lot of olive oil and baking soda mixed as a cleanser. And whatever is on sale at the grocery store for make up. I'm told that I look much younger than I am, and one sister won't speak to me any more since a friend told me, way too loudly, that my oldest sister was hunting for me. That sister is number 4 down the line, about 6 years younger. Of course at the time she was dying her hair a stark black, not a good idea after 40 years old!!

    I think that total cleansing at night is one thing that really should not be neglected, and some kind of cream put on, I usually use a little bit of Coconut Oil most of the time as a cream. And HoofMaker on my hands since I wash them so often at work, dries them out fast even when wearing gloves all the time. Everyone there seems to love the HoofMaker hand cream.

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    I travel a little and the soaps/moisturizers from Hampton Inn are great. The soap is one of the few I can use on my face and not have it feel dry. The moisturizer is light enough to use on my face and feels great.

    Do they still make "Oil of Olay"?" or do they just have Olay products?

    I think the main things are - stay out of the sun, don't smoke, and keep your weight stable.

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    I have used Oil of OLay for years, never cared to have a greasy feel.. Then old age caught up, or I should say all the years of tanning and smoking caught up. My dermatologist reccomends Oil of Olay. I now use the one they put out called Age Defying day moisturizer, and the night cream. I love both, face feels clean and soft( just an occasional bump when I hit a wrinkle!!LOL)

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    I buy the cheap stuff ... if I don't like it I try something different the next time. I haven't found anything I really love either.

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    One of my best friends is a 57 years old woman. she has the most beautiful skin I have ever seen. She is black and her secret is that every day she uses a tiny bit if Vaseline around her eyes. There isn't a wrinkle on that face and she looks more beautiful than many younger women I have met. When Emi was born my thyroid function was lost completely and the first symptom was that my skin dried up. I was so jealous because she is 10 years older than me and her skin looked so much better than mine. That made me go to the Dr and find out that I had not had thyroid hormone for quite some time. I took the pills and solve the problem, but her skin still looks better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    ... her secret is that every day she uses a tiny bit if Vaseline around her eyes. There isn't a wrinkle on that face and she looks more beautiful than many younger women I have met.
    That's interesting, because I had an aunt whose skin at age 70 made her look like 40. She had very dry skin, and her secret was using Vaseline as a moisturizer every night. Not all skins can handle Vasleline, though; mine would break out in acne. She also never got a suntan.

    It also helps to live in a climate that is humid year-round. Humidity in the air prevents the skin from chronically drying out. Keeping a moisturizer on your skin at all times is a good alternative, as it will protect from drying winds, dry air, air pollutants, etc. It is the cumulative damage from all these things (and sun) that ages the skin. (Actually, sun is probably the single most damaging thing for skin; wind, dry air, and pollutants are probably a close second.)

    I don't think there is a huge difference among low- and high-priced moisturizers. Whatever your skin can tolerate is good, and lanolin is the ingredient that is supposed to be the most useful. A lot of the higher-priced lotions and creams simply feel nicer on the skin, become invisible faster, don't leave a greasy feeling, maybe smell better, etc. Although retinol and similar ingredients are good, the amounts in over-the-counter cosmetics are often not worth the high cost. It's cheaper to get a doctor's prescription and pay for a tube yourself.

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    I have used "Serious Skin Care" Products for a good 15 tears. I am 72 and when I go shopping with my oldest son (54) everyone tells him he has a beautiful wife. Makes him so upset. I use their retinol cleanser 2 rimes a week and put moisturizer on 2-3 times a day and a heavy moisturizer at night, I have never had the smile lines on either side of my mouth until 6 months ago when I started having some dental work done. Now I am working to get rid of them I have extremely dry skin, so lately I have been using Garnier
    and it seems to work but all of the SSC line on HSN is the best I have ever used and not high priced.

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    funny you should mention Ponds..the older lady in front of me today, got 2 at walgreens, they were on sale!


    my facial skin is horrible, adult acne,large pores..i can't imagine using and creams on it..may make it worse.

    my DD uses clinique? from macys..old hudsons.

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    I just use soap to wash my face, then oil of Olay around my eyes, ect.

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    I use a moisturizer by Estee Lauder around my eyes and an oil-free lotion by Merle Norman for the rest of my face. My real secret - oily skin. I have almost no wrinkles because my skin is still oily. It's supposed to dry out as you get older but not me. I'm ok with it. ;)

    Pretty clear from looking at my picture that I can't claim to have avoided the sun. lol

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    The part about genetics is true - you either have good skin genes or you don't.

    I used to try to use moisturizers and cleansers, but they all made my face break out. I'm 61 now and have used nothing specifically for moisturizing or cleansing other than Dove Sensitive Skin. People tell me I look younger than my age, but people say a lot of things. :)

    I remember being 25, applying for a job where the manager looked at me and asked "How old are you? 15?" I didn't get the job; I suspect the manager thought I was lying.

    I also remember being 15 and wishing I was 21 - all that freedom to do what I wanted to do, no restrictions. We all know how well that worked out, don't we?

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    "Moisturel". The doctor reccommended it for my baby girl when her skin was dry. Excellent moisurizing, no fragrance. I use in everyday and it even works under makeup. I know it is available in Canada not sure about US. Sometimes I have to ask for it in stores, it is behind the counter in some places.

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    Skin products seem to be a very personal decision as we all have distinctive genetics and conditions. I was having problems for several years with spots on my face, particularly my nose, that simply would not heal. I tried several things, before my daughter suggested Philosophy products. She had some rashes that required visits to a dermatologist and that was a brand that he approved. I began with just the cleanser(Purity), moisturizer(Hope in a Jar), and a serum(When Hope is Not Enough). The spots began to heal and have not given me any problem since. Once in a while I will see a little redness appear on my nose but it is gone in a day or two. Anyway, I love the stuff!

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    I love, love, love Paula Begoun. Look her up on the net. She tells you what products are good and what is bad, every product out there is covered, from cheap to expensive. She really knows her ingredients and every price range is covered. We (my daughter and I) have saved a ton of money not buying useless stuff. I bought her books (The Beauty Bible is one) and then she opened this site. She has made her own line of products also and we have never been disappointed. On Thursday night she has an online radio program that is very popular.

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    I am 72 yo and have no wrinkles whatsoever. I scrub my face every day with a soft wash cloth and Yardley's lavender soap. This exfoliates dead cells. Then I apply a small amount of Olay hydrating lotion.
    Have been doing this for a long long time.

    I do have to say that wrinkles can be determined by genetics as well. My mother who passed away at age 90 had very few wrinkles even at the end.

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    I don't wash my face with soap. I only use water. I used to use soap and all different kinds and it seemed to make my face break out. Then I had to keep buying acne products and moisturizers. I went to a doctor and she told me to stop using all products on my face and I listened....and very happy with the outcome. Once in a while I have to put a little lotion on my face(usually a few months into the winter) and my skin is fine. I think all the chemicals they put in all the products make your skin worse so you have to keep buying more.

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    wexler from Bath N Body is Fabulous.

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    I wash my face with Baby Wash, followed by a gentle astringent (Clean & Clear). In the morning (under make-up) I use a generic "Olay" moisturizer and at night I use a dab of olive oil and massage it in.

    I love the way olive oil makes my skin feel, but have never tried using it under make-up.

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