The 7 Best Skin Care Products Right Now For Me

A lot of aging has occurred for this 50-something formerly sun-obsessed fairy since last we chatted about healthy skin care and beauty products. My skin is considerably more dry, and new sun and age spots on my face continue to appear seemingly out of nowhere. Being the skin care product lover I am, I have been babying my skin with beautiful, high quality products this fall. I’m certainly not trying to fight time or seek a miracle; I actually no longer subscribe to a warrior mentality for aging, preventing cancer, or much else. I’m a lover, not a fighter. It felt too much like a battle with myself.

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Rather, I am discovering my body, my skin, my soul, and my cells are counting on me to embrace them more lovingly and to think good thoughts about them. Does this sound hippie dippie far out? Right on. I’m trying to better care for my body (especially the flabby parts) and its organs (including skin) as if it were my beloved child or my closest friend…because it sort of is.

If it’s true my cells are eavesdropping on my thoughts, I truly want to lovingly nurture my cells and be on the same team…and that requires a shift in thinking.

In order to be kinder to myself as I age, battling my skin’s changes feels out of place. Showing kindness to my skin involves protecting and mindfully caring for it, and today I’m sharing the 7 best skin care products especially effective for me right now.

p.s. Until I’m in the mood to decorate this blog with untouched photos of my imperfect complexion, let’s enjoy beautiful Danish 68-year young model Pia Gronning.

What’s working beautifully?

I have been anxious to share Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0 with you, and the company didn’t ask me to review or say lovely things about it; this is just my honest girlfriend opinion about a product I have been buying for years that delivers. Familiar with retinol products? Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0 is a part of my nighttime ritual because of the rapid results that don’t lie. It addresses fine lines, discoloration, and blemishes, and best of all, it gets my clearer skin noticed by my sister who just recently asked “What’s going on!?!”


Here’s an incredible new-to-me moisturizer that honestly blew me away. After I bought it and used it once, I immediately became nervous Aveda might discontinue it like they did with the body polish I was obsessed with that is gone. So I went back and snagged another jar of Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme. Why? It has just the right weight, formulation and natural fragrance in addition to an ability to create glow factor. It immediately struck me as the sort of high-end spa-grade product you would expect to be applied at the end of an expensive facial. I also use an exfoliant from this same line called Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner. I keep it in the shower, and its brilliant. Aveda and I go wayyyyyy back….like back to downtown Minneapolis in the early ’80s when I had my spirally perms done at Horst (yep, the creator of Aveda).



This short video from Aveda features some awesome quick tips.

I don’t want to tell you how many different eye creams, balms, and treatments I have tried. I blame my mother! We’re both in love with skin care and beauty products! I feel like many eye creams do an okay job, but some have that something extra. Case in point: this luscious Expurtise Eye Serum is a healthy smart way to address delicate skin around your eyes. It’s also one of those delicious products that smells yummy enough to eat.


For cleansing my sensitive and dry skin, I continue to love Votre Vu Attentive after many years because it is gentle, pleasant, luxuriously made in small batches in Paris, and just smells like success to me (I can’t explain).


If you have never tried a made-in-Paris Votre Vu product, I highly recommend Bebe Duette which I have enjoyed for years for a luscious hand cream and moisturizing lip balm. The lip balm part is genius. Located in the cap, it makes the Duette doubly convenient to throw in your bag…sometimes I feel compelled to take a mini vacation, and, voila, this Bebe delivers.


And finally, let’s talk about the aging skin on my neck I alluded to and how I struggle to not feel ashamed of its gobblygobbly factor at picture taking time (I rarely think about my neck on a daily basis, but when cameras come out…oy…it is my intention to let go of the neck vanity). YBF Restore is what I rely on at the moment to smooth and nourish the neck skin that has served me so well for more than half of a century. All those summers working on my savage tan caused skin damage, and now, while I sleep, Restore is rescuing, lovingly refining, and gently resurfacing what I once neglected.


So these are the 7 best skin care products I rely upon at the moment, and I would love to hear about yours! And let’s continue this ongoing conversation on aging because I think we really do need each other for encouraging and propping each other up.

Peace to you right where you are.


p.s. I wish I had good hair products to dish about. Unfortunately, at the moment, my hair has thinned and is disappearing–perhaps due to natural post-menopausal changes or from bone density meds I took during the summer. (I no longer take those meds since the other side effects were too debilitating.) I’m taking supplements, but if you have suggestions, lay them on me.



  1. November 16, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Thank you so much for your honesty and integrity in sharing the not-so-good things you did in the past involving your skin. What the hell did we know back in the seventies and eighties? Thankfully young women today know the damage of the sun, and the necessity of caring for their skin from a young age. I counsel my two daughters constantly.

    I think that Pia is absolutely stunning, regardless of her age. She has wisdom and happiness in her eyes. She makes me less concerned with the lines on my face, for a more content and happy feeling in my own skin.

    Thanks so much for sharing these products. I will definitely look them up.

    Just love your blog, Michele, as a newby!

    • michele
      November 16, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Ha! I knowwwwww. That was me frying in baby oil on the reflective teflon blanket (or whatever that was!). You sound fabulous. It does help I think to see women with lines. Maybe I’ll soon get brave enough to follow suit. Thank you for adding to the beauty and finding the blog. Peace to you. 🙂

  2. Carmen
    November 19, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    I’m in my late sixties and found out I too have a bone density concern. I refused to take the prescribed injections because of too many side effects. My doctor said there was really no side effects so I did my own research. I looked up aryuveda medicine and found this page. You may want to check it out. all Ayurveda. Com

    • michele
      November 19, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Carmen. I love how thoughtful my readers are! I’m checking out the site now. 🙂

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