Is a 4-step beauty regimen enough for a 40+ y.o. skin? (Week 2)

I am back with another update on my daily skincare routine self-care challenge. I have had a busy Wednesday! Right after driving my teen to school, run training with my GSD, seeing a specialist doctor whom I have been waiting to see for two months, getting meds at the pharmacy but only being told they can’t fill it, meet up at Jollibee with friends who are in town for a day and whom I have not seen in 31 years (totally unplanned), making the house presentable while my long lost friends come to visit after they sightsee a little, and ending with dinner and catching up at home and some Algebra homework tutoring with the teen – Yes! my day was packed today.

31 years, guys! Did you catch that? I met friends from my childhood, from 31 years ago! I was 12 when I last saw them and we picked up where we left off like we just left each other a day ago. Wow! Just wow! 

Just wanted to give you guys an update on how my face regimen went for the 2nd week in a row. I’m happy to say that I have been very good at maintaining my self-care routine, using my 2 – 3 face regimen on the first week and then adding an extra product for the 2nd week to fix the issue from week 1.

I am now on a 3 – 4 step face regimen. It is as follows:

  • Morning:
    • Philosophy Purity Cleanser
    • Estee Lauder Resilience Lift
  • Evening
    • Philosophy Purity Cleanser
    • Loli Plum Elixer
    • Roc Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
  • Once a week
    • Homemade Coconut/Brown Sugar Face Scrub
      • I just mixed 3 tbsp coconut oil with 2 tbsp brown sugar and keep it in a glass container. It’s good for more than one use.



  • The extra hot and longer (because I don’t want to leave the warmth – can summer come already?!) shower is causing my skin to dry, and the additional Roc product during the evenings helped tame the dryness down. I have to say that there’s not much of a difference between week 1 and 2 in terms of how deep the wrinkle lines were. I have a couple more weeks to go with this face regimen and I’m optimistic that more time will bring greater results.
  • I have noticed more whiteheads and so perhaps I have to increase the face scrub to twice a week. Maybe nose strips may help as well. Have you tried nose strips?! It’s mesmerizing to me the amount of white/blackheads it captures. I find myself looking at it from different light angles to see just how much crap is removed from my face.
  • I also still have the sun or age spots that I want to remove. Still looks like I got just about the same as week 1.

Challenge Expense Tally

I bought the Roc Deep Wrinkle Night Cream a few months ago, half off. I started using it and then stopped, for no reason other than laziness. So, continuing on with my budget-friendly face regimen, the total expense for this self-care challenge for the two weeks is just the price of an organic coconut oil jar = $5. Aside, everything else. except for the brown sugar, was a gift.

Final Words

I want to form good habits this year. The habit of washing my face in the morning and night is one of those I want to establish, which is why I turned it into a challenge. I always felt that washing my face more than once was excessive and drying, especial since I don’t really wear makeup. I mean, what is it that I’m washing off? The moisturizer?

At times, I feel excuses creeping in but I forage on and keep with the routine. It’s an effort for me to do; but, I know it’s for my own good. In all honesty, it really doesn’t take that long to do. I can already see my older self thanking me for starting a self-care face regimen this year.

What have you added to your self-care routine this year?

Until next time.


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