My Big Fat Skin Care Regime

My Big Fat Skin Care Regime

For someone who never washed her face at night until approximately age 27, my new skin care routine is a little boggling. But it is working very well and you can’t knock success. I just need good skin for a few more weeks! Here’s my current recipe:


  • Oil of Olay Age Defying Cleanser– Nothing too fancy here, it’s scrubby and not too drying. I’m off Philosophy’s Purity.
  • Vitamin C Serum – I bought this on aesthetician peer pressure at a spa and thought it was bunk for a long time. It actually seems to help a lot. My skin is firmer and brighter.
  • Remergent HQ – Purchased on peer pressure from my dermatologist’s receptionist (pattern emerging?) I’m using it to lighten some of my darkest freckles before the wedding.
  • Tamanu Oil – Rob got it on the recommendation of a co-worker. It helps your skin to heal quickly and is a natural antibiotic.
  • Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream – For the remaining dry bits in between all the rest of this.


  • Cucumber Toner – To clear off everything from last night and help my sunblock absorb.
  • Key’s Solar RX Sunblock– SPF 30 for UVA and UVB and still light enough to go under make-up. Plus, all organic, vegan, EWG, ya ya-ness. Caution though: it smells like flea dip and isn’t good as a durable sunblock for outdoor exercising.

Voila! Combined with drinking a lot of water, exercising, trying not to stress and the occasional $40 2-hour back-room Chinese facial and my delicate Scottish skin is doing okay. What’s your favorite magic skin potion?

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  1. Patricia at 4:27 pm

    I also have Scottish skin, born and bred, and I am probably 15 years older than you. My newest find is rosehip seed oil (rosa mosqueta). I heard about it on some beauty boards and use it at night after cleansing. I do think it keeps my skin soft and smooth. Patricia

  2. Anonymous at 4:46 pm

    I really need some advice in this area. I’ve tried so many different things to try to clear up my suddenly acne prone skin. How do you find the right combination of products without spending a fortune?

  3. jennifer in sf at 4:46 pm

    Ooo, this post is so timely for me. I also have the Scottish skin, and was just thinking I needed to do something to it.

    So does that sunscreen continue to smell bad the whole time you’re wearing it, or is it just at the beginning?

  4. Yvi at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for posting the link to the cinese facial. I will try it soon.

  5. mrsem Author at 5:03 pm

    The smell is just when you put it on (I hope!). It’s not that bad technically…but does smell exactly like flea dip 🙂

  6. Rachel at 5:08 pm

    Oooh. Thanks for sharing. I am embarrassed to admit that I fall into the completely lazy category of skin care. I use Neutrogena Gentle Cleanser (it doesn’t foam or dry out my skin) and Neutrogena Healthy Defense face lotion (45 SPF for me!). It’s been working pretty well, but I think I could step it up a bit and take some tips from you.

  7. mrsem Author at 5:20 pm

    I tried the 45 Neutrogena for a while but it was too thick and oily for me. I liked the smell much better though!

  8. Kelly at 8:04 pm

    since your skin regenerates itself every 28 days it can take up to 3 mos. to get used to something and notice if it’s working or not. don’t give up so quickly on something. also, think about what you put into your body, acne can 6 mos. to a year to show up, what you eat today might show on your face in the winter.

  9. jora at 11:22 pm

    I really like Weleda’s Skin Food. It really works (for me, anyway!).

  10. Mimi at 3:14 am

    Anon: I’ve had problems with acne in the past. I changed my diet to include less processed foods and more fresh produce and greek yogurt and simplified my skin care routine to a very very mild cleanser (Purpose bar- $3 at Walgreens) and a light moisturizer with sun block (Olay Oil Free). if my skin flares up, I use a dab of benzol peroxide and a hot compress. Also- lots of water!

  11. Anonymous at 3:13 am

    Anon – my skin is prone to breakouts as well and i’ve found the Rodan and Fields “anti-blemish” to really work for me (salicylic and benzoyle didn’t work on my skin). They have travel size which is cheaper to buy and a good way to see if it works for your skin.