Skincare Over 50: We Come Clean on Our Routines

Photo by Katrina Wittkamp

We don’t have perfect skin or perfect skincare routines, but this week’s challenge is to come clean and confess it all: the ridiculous, the useful and the vain. We’re both over 50 and we’ve got the wrinkles and sags to prove it, but we’re also committed to looking our best. Would we call these anti-aging routines? Nah. There’s no such thing as anti-aging; we’re all getting older every day. We prefer to focus on protecting our skin and keeping it heathy and vibrant. Maybe that’s age defying, but that still might be too optimistic a label.

This week we focused on skincare—the stuff we dab and slather on—but we’re daring ourselves next week to dig a little deeper and admit to the sticks, lasers and peels that we’ve paid our dermatologists good money for with some good results and some meh results. So stay tuned!

Marjie’s Routine


I love washing my face in the morning because it feels so good and wakes me up. My dermatologist recommends Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and it’s all I use. It foams up nicely and is gentle and non-drying. Also, drug store cheap! After cleansing, I moisturize with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream with SPF 30. I put it on my whole face (learned the hard way with sun spots on the bridge of my nose and near hairline) and neck. I took Laura’s recommendation and bought Everyday Oil which I smooth over my eyebrows and rub into dry areas like elbows. When I head out to play tennis, I slather on serious sun protection with Neutrogena’s Clear Face Sunscreen SPF 55, also recommended by my derm. Now that I spend so much time in Florida I never sun bathe. Still, I’m shamefully tan from being outside (and have some pretty hilarious tan lines as a result).


I usually shower before dinner after I’m done with sweaty stuff, so my evening routine is really late afternoon-ish. I wash my face again, then apply something restorative—either Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream or Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream (I alternate). I don’t know if these are the best products, but they feel good and I think they work? I don’t put on any make-up unless we’re going out, so there’s no need for any additional fuss before bed.


On “Self Care Sunday” I pamper myself with a face mask like this yummy Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque or something fun from Target. I also use Crest 3D Whitestrips to brighten my teeth (yellow teeth are aging). On “Mustache Monday” (I name the day so I don’t forget and grow a handlebar) I use Avon’s Skin So Soft Facial Hair Removal Cream (a bargain on Amazon) and touch up as needed with Tweezerman tweezers.

And that, my friends, is it!

Laura’s Routine


I don’t wash my face in the morning, because it doesn’t feel dirty. My skin is on the dry side and nothing much has happened while I slept, so I think it’s better to leave the biome alone (isn’t that a fancy theory!). My only morning product is CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30. That goes on from hairline to clavicle and out to my ears, since I have age spots on the edges of my cheeks from stopping short. That’s it before a dab of concealer and mascara, then I’m out the door.


Cleanser: Here’s where the work comes in. Right now, I’m using aN-Hydra Microbiome Cleanser 1, which is a powder that you add a little water to and it slicks off all the dirt and makeup, without leaving my skin too tight. I also like an oil-based cleanser, so when this powder runs out, I’m thinking about going back to Wonder Valley Oil Cleanser, or I may use the Wonder Valley at home and keep the powder in my travel bag, since it’s very travel friendly.

Retinol: Monday, Wednesday and Friday I use Drunk Elephant’s A-Passioni 1% Retinol Cream any more than that and my skin gets red. Honestly, I’m not sure it’s any better than any other 1% product and they dramatically increased the packaging on this product, so once it’s out, I’ll switch to a product that isn’t packaged in so much plastic.

Vitamin C and Moisturizer: The rest of the week, I use aN-Hydra Powder C Brightener followed by a moisturizer, and honestly, the moisturizer for the past few years has been whatever freebie I got at a press event. They seem pretty interchangeable, so I frequently do interchange them. I’m currently using one by Drunk Elephant, but you can do just as well for a lot less money. Vitamin C supposedly loses its antioxidant charge pretty quickly once hydrated, so the powders are supposed to be more effective at brightening your skin, which is Vitamin C’s claim to fame, but this powder is a little gritty. I don’t feel like I’ve nailed Vitamin C yet, so anybody with suggestions, let me know!

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