I ordered the eye care products my doctor recommended and will add those steps to my Health and Beauty Project. In You: Being Beautiful, skin is the first topic, so I am also working on that.

I did a full month experiment a couple of years ago using a skincare set I was sent for review.

Here is how my forehead looked three weeks in:

Here’s how it looks now, after a few more years of neglect:

Not much different, actually. A few more wrinkles, maybe. The same spots.

Once again I have a bunch of beauty products to review. But this time I do not have a complete set. They are from different makers. Does that matter?

The doctors’ book says there are really only a few ingredients with claims supported by science:

  • Vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin or nicotinamide)
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid, panthenol)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids
  • Ubiquinone or coenzyme Q10 (small-molecule antioxidant)
  • Ferulic acid (small-molecule antioxidant)

They also mention hyaluronic acid and CoQ10 as beneficial; I’m not sure why they’re not on the list. Collagen, hemp seed, berry extracts, tea tree oil…all that stuff is not effective, according to the book.

The steps for skin care are these:

  • cleanser
  • toner
  • serum
  • eye cream
  • spot treatment
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen

Here are the reasons for good skincare, according to Cosmedica:

  • Comfort. You don’t have to walk around with  dry, itchy skin.
  • Faster healing. In case you have problems, cared-for skin is healthier and heals faster.
  • Prevention of illness. Your skin protects you from the outside world, including illnesses.
  • Cancer prevention. They’re separating this one out because they’re thinking about skin cancer.
  • Appearance. You’ll look better.

So I have a Garnier cleanser with hyaluronic acid, a white tea toner, and a Garnier Vitamin C serum/cream with sunscreen. I think that will be my morning regime.

For evening, I have a Mamonde cleanser and moisturizer. I will use these with the white tea toner (or maybe buy a Mamonde toner) and a retinol serum.

Eye cream morning and night along with my special lid scrub and eye drops.

After my one month experiment, I must confess, I didn’t see any changes. So I quit. But maybe one month wasn’t long enough. Or maybe it isn’t a question of visible changes. Maybe, like the fish oil and flaxseed, it is about health and feeling good.

I will also need to reorganize my bathroom to make it convenient. This can be part of the Health and Beauty Project.

It is New Year’s Day, but it is also Friday of a long weekend which I am giving myself. I plan to read, knit, maybe watch TV, clean up and undecorate a little. Make a big pot of chili. Maybe bake a little. Definitely be lazy and relax.