Is a 4-step beauty regimen enough for a 40+ y.o. skin? (Week 3)

Right now, it’s 8 p.m. Eastern time where I’m at and the night is slowly winding down. Kids are where they are doing their homework. The husband is up doing his own thing. It’s quiet in the kitchen where I’m at, drinking a cup of freshly brewed coffee, letting its sweet warmth relax me. It just me and my bud (GSD), and the silent hum of the washer and dryer. The dinner dishes are piled up calling my name; but, I’m just going to sit here for a bit and write an update on my Self-Care Challenge, while I am alone and focused. Have you been doing a self-care challenge of your own? How is it going for you? I’d love to hear about it.

Just to recap, I have placed myself on a Self-Care Challenge this month to push on a habit of taking better care of my skin. I’m a 40+ year old woman without a routine face regimen, and really I need to have one in place. So, prompted by the generous gifts of my hinting sisters last Christmas, I set out a goal to use their gifts and take better care of myself, starting with the skin. I am hoping that with a healthy diet, good amount of exercise, sufficient water intake, and meditation, I will be able to tackle the day with positivity and grow.

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

  • Morning
    • Philosophy Purity Cleanser
    • Estee Lauder Resilience Lift
  • Evening
    • Philosophy Purity Cleanser
    • Loli Plum Elixir
    • Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream
  • DIY Coconut Brown Sugar Face Scrub twice a week



  • I switched out the Roc evening lotion from last week to the Organic Surge, which was better at making my skin smoother and softer to the touch, without the excess greasy look. I will save the Roc for the summer months. Winter just makes my face drier.
  • I also increased my once a week face scrub to twice a week and it helped softened my face with the added coconut oil moisture and helped get rid of more grime.
  • I really wish cellphones can take better selfies so that I can show you how improved my skin looks. I will post a final picture next week, with my hubby’s help, with his Nikon cam. (He has been quite busy with the retiring from the military process all week this week.)

Tips and Tricks

  • I bought the Organic Surge Overnight at Marshall’s for $4.50! I am a bargain shopper and patient. I actually enjoy a leisure walk from time to time at stores to see what bargains I can find. I always have my eyes on a lookout for myself and for gifting. Marshalls/TJ Maxx is one of my fave place to bargain hunt, as well as Walgreens. (Not a sponsored post.) 
  • Doesn’t hurt to put beauty products on your Birthday wish list or Mother’s Day or Christmas, or any special occasion really that you get to have a gift to get it for free. I didn’t really have any beauty products on my wish list last year, or any year, just that my sisters love to share their finds with me. And I love that they do. I love my sissies. 
  • If you love to shop online, *Ebates is a great way to get additional savings on your purchases, as well as *Ibotta. This will also extend your budget for a face product. (*These are my referral links.)
  • Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the skin. It really does make a difference. 
  • I hate to say this because it is not exclusive to a particular diet, but my mom has never, never, complimented my skin before until I became vegan. She just asked me one day, out of the blue, a few months in my vegan diet, what I have been using on my face because it looked amazing! Honestly, I wasn’t using anything consistently, if anything at all. So, what you put in your body really makes a difference. Start a food journal to keep track of your eating habits and improve from there. If unsure, seek the help of your doctor.

Total expense on this Challenge to date

$5 Organic Coconut Oil Jar + $4.50 Organic Surge = $9.50.

Final Words

I’m thankful that my parents gave me great skin. That is absolutely not of my doing. I just got lucky. However, as I get older, though my skin is doing pretty well without any fuss, I am starting to show the inevitable wrinkles that goes hand in hand with age. Wrinkles don’t really bother me. I’m more bothered by the excess fat I can’t seem to shake off with my slowed older age metabolism. The joys of aging! Would I buy the products mentioned above again? Maybe. I can say that up to this point, it’s working well together at minimizing my wrinkles. I do plan to continue with the habit of self-care and finish these products to depletion. Maybe I can get a way with a cheaper face regimen? We will have to wait and see. 

Until next time.


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