20 Jan 2015

A Fresh Start, Starting Over With Skincare

Dior, Skincare, Nordstrom, Vicki Archer


I dare not admit to the excesses of the holidays, but as I don’t like secrets, I must come clean.


Relaxing the routines, spoiling ourselves and over indulging is not always a bad thing, as long as it has its limits. Enjoying ourselves and throwing caution to the wind can be very therapeutic and I belive that if we don’t treat ourselves from time to time, then life becomes a drudge and so do we.


The new year has well and truly started turning and now is the moment when I am re-thinking my skincare, health and exercise routines.



Starting a new year, I have promised myself that skincare is a number one priority.


Naievety is not part of the agenda and while I don’t expect flawless skin and a jawline to rival a 20 year old, I do believe that by following a regular routine and using excellent products that I will reap the benefits.


It has worked before, it will work again, it just means more effort and more “me” time. As the year progresses all the best skincare intentions become relegated to the bottom of the list. There is always something that seems more important to do than look after ourselves.



Please tell me I am not the only guilty party, am I?



Dior, Skincare, Nordstrom, Vicki Archer


What skincare is back on the bathroom shelf? What are the can’t-live-withouts and what are the fresh starts?


Re- Start

1. The Clarisonic Skin Cleanser

one of the best skincare investments i have made, it does make a difference and it works even more brilliantly if i remember to use it 


2. Clarins Double Serum

we have had a break and are now happy to be back together, this is one product that never lets me down


3. SK II Mask and Facial Essence

with regular use the masks and essence clear and brighten the skin; i noticed a big change in my skin without these two 


4. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

totally heavenly and indulgent, recommended by my pharmacist in france; she was absolutely right, the mask to use when you need a little spoiling ( and plumping)


** there is a very generous gift with purchase at nordstrom if you are ready to try this one and don’t forget there are always free samples to choose from



Fresh Start

1. Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

the daughters are in love with this brand and the reviews have been excellant, so far i’m in and committed and the perfect treatment for this time of the year


2. Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil

a convert to face oil and in need of a new one, my french pharmacist recommended this one

extravagant and expensive but if you can, you won’t be sorry


3. Dior Capture Gentle Foaming Cleanser

i was given samples of this capture range in paris late last year, never having tried dior skincare before, i am really enjoying the change from my cleanser of old

4. Dior Capture Haute Nutrition Créme

if you are prone to dry skin like me, a dab of this and everything feeels better



And I am trying not to neglect the nails so this Abricot Nail Cream is in my bag and theAbricot Oil on the bedside table… xv


images via dior

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34 Comments

Anita Rivera

Good morning, Vicki!

I believe in fresh starts too, every morning. I would even go to say that I dare think of every moment as a fresh start, because I am BOUND to blow it from time to time whether it’s my attitude, how I carry myself, allowing doubts to overcome me rather than help me forge ahead, or just taking care of my skin and hair.

I always start from the inside out. Lots of water in the morning, now practicing that in the afternoon as well, for as we get older, our bodies need hydration. The right time for make-up vs the right time without it (like today, no work) and trying a new product. I am very much interested in that serum of which you speak….I don’t think (at least I don’t think so) that I need it quite yet, but it sounds like a great way to enter into another phase of skin care.

It sure is nice to come visit you for a chat. Be well my dear! Anita

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Vicki

Hello Anita,
I agree, the inside out and the care we take with our health is a given… as for a serum, I think everybody needs it… Once you use a serum, you wonder what you ever did before… :)

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Janie

Hello Vicki, thank you for the skincare tips. I am looking to try some new products. What about the eyes? Any suggestions for eye creams?
Also I wonder if your darling house is available any time in April?
Have a wonderful day,
Janie

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Vicki

Janie,

email me vicki@vickiarcher.com and I can advise about availability for Le Petit Bijou… I hope so.. :)

As for eye cream, I use the Embryolisse stick of my night cream. My eyes are very sensitive and I tend not to use much product around them in the evening…

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Karena

Vicki, these are some great ways to help our skin for the New Year and especially in this wintry weather!
Thank you for the suggestions!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

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mona turner

Good morning Vicki,
I have made the same commitment concerning skincare. I always appreciate and value your suggestions. I have just recently been using La Roche Posay products and find myself very pleased with the results. I have been faithfully applying olive oil as my after bath oil and do feel it keeps my skin feeling silky soft. I am always so surprised when I ask 80 yr. old women plus (with youthful looking skin) what she uses and she replies “just a little vaseline.” How can this be?

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JuLee

My Dermatologist recommended TNS Essential serum by SkinMedica and it has changed my skin. I would not be without it now. It is pricey but really works. I also started using the Nioxin line on muy hair and it looks better than ever – fuller and smoother.

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Vicki

Funny you should mention Nioxin, Julee…
Long story but … with all my moves in the last few months I was having my hair washed and dried somewhere new, where they used Nioxin. I like a simple shampoo that doesn’t way my hair down… anyway for 5 months now I have been washing with this shampoo and I have developed so much new hair growth… It is amazing, strange really… I am not complaining. As I have thick hair, I have never really thought about the benefits from these kind of shampoos… anyway, this Nioxin works!

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Liz

I am a huge fan of Clarins Double Serum, it’s perfect addition for winter or summer skin care routine, I like to layer it under a rich moisturizer to stave off dehydrated winter skin. I recently added Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and the Rice Enzyme Powder to my routine. The Camellia Cleansing Oil is an effective yet gentle makeup remover which also doubles as a hydrating masque. Simply massage into the skin and place a warm face towel and rest for 10 minutes. Skin emerges soothed, soft and vibrant. The Enzyme Powder is a gentle exfoliant that brightens and refines without causing irritation. My skin has never looked better!

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Vicki

Thanks Liz… I like teh DOuble Serum very much too… I like to alternate my products, so I decided it’s time I went back.. :)

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Cathy Wong

ah….this is the incentive I’ve been needing…..been lagging in my skin care (all over, not just face) Thank You! (and I think it’s time I tried the Dior abricot oil….)

PSWould anyone have a suggestion for a gentle but EFFECTIVE exfoliating cloth/mitten?? I like to use it on days that I’m not using a scrub, but some are so “scratch-y”….

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Vicki

I am sure our readers will have your answer Cathy… you will love the apricot oil… :)

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Denise

Cathy, you might want to give Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser a try. It’s a cream cleanser that comes with a fine muslin cloth that does a lovely job of exfoliating. There are directions for use, and the set is well-priced. Additionally, you can purchase a set of the muslins separately for just a few dollars.

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Cynthia

The cleanse and polish product is great! I also like Organic Mineral Peel. You rub it on and impurities just slough off. It is very gentle.

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Denise

And there’s always Reviva Light Skin Peel…have always loved that. Just apply, let dry, and roll it off–takes all the flakes with it! Now that I’ve said that, I think I need to order some… :)

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Brenda

Vicki,
I agree, the Clarisonic is one the best purchases I have made. I am interested in the Sisley Black Rose oil and will be visiting my local beauty counter this week to pick up a bottle. I love everything rose. I, too, carry Dior’s Crème Abricot in my handbag along with the Crème de Rose lip balm. Both are fantastic.
When I was in my 20’s, I asked my dermatologist what I could do then to prevent wrinkles. She gave me a prescription for Retin-A (I now use the Micro) and told me to start Glycolic Acid a few weeks later, as well as continued use of SPF and drinking tons of water each day. The results have been amazing and I couldn’t be happier with my skin.

Thank you for the suggestions,
Brenda

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Vicki

Brenda, I am sure the Retin A is the answer. I fall down on this as I have a sensitivity towards it… but you have reminded me to persevere. And water… yes!

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Denise

Vicki…I couldn’t agree more that fresh starts are called for–especially with skin care–and agree also that it’s often the most neglected. Happily, I just replaced my Clarisonic (doing the dance of joy), and would love to check out some of your “chosen children”. As your products are tailored more for dry skin, I’ll have to do a bit of experimenting… Mine is suffering that “horrible hormone” stage in life–flaky, itchy, dry, oily, sensitive, breakouts… Good grief, my skin didn’t rebel like this when I was a teenager! Good to have some springboard to start from, though. I’d so love to visit your French pharmacist…the French seem to treat skin care as more of a necessary part of life than a luxury if you have the time and the money.

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Vicki

Skincare and body treatments are very much a way of life, an essential in France… not a treat as we think of them… Enjoy your Clarisonic.. :)

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Cathy C

Hello Vicki,
We must have been kindred spirits this weekend. I wanted to change things up too. I love Jurlique so I picked up a few new (to me) products including the advanced serum and face oil (my 15 year old is gasping – Oil?!). As a gift Sephora gave me 3 sample treatments of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel. Can’t wait to try it.
Like Anita says must work inside out as well. More water less coffee and tea. More meditation less worry.

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Diane

I, too, swear by Clarisonic, for both my face and decolletage. While I’m certain that all of the products mentioned here are wonderful, I’ve had amazing success for the last six years with Caudelie Premier Cru for daytime and Prevage serum and eye cream at night.

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Vicki

I did try Claudelie Premier Cru, loved it and used it for a time but after a while I found that I needed a little more rehydration… :)

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Paris Rendez-Vous and Beyond

Good one Vicki. J’adore Dior…and that corridor by the way!!!!!!!! Have walked along it a few times I’m pleased to say. I’ll try that Dior cream….haven’t used that one before….and the nail cream is fantastic! I used it for years.

Lately I’ve been using Nars (divine lippies by the way, favoured by Charlotte!!!!) and Dr Pericone…..truly wonderful, modern cosmetic that really works. His ‘No Foundation Foundation’ is unbelievable! I’m hooked on this line for the moment…but always lovely to know what’s new.

Loving your blog again Vicki. Keeps me up to date!

Ciao

R

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Segreto Secrers

I have long loved the Clairsonic cleansing system! It makes a huge difference!!
xo. Leslie
Segreto Finishes

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Heather Lindstrom

I totally agree, Vicki. The clarisonic has changed my skin and I don’t know what I did before I had one. Serums and facial oils have changed the way I moisturize my skin, especially now that I’m in my 50’s. I can’t live without my Caudalie Beauty Elixir. A little spray wakes up my skin in the morning and I need that kick start. Love your list and great tips!
xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic Lifestyle

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Maria

Ok ladies, I am an almost 47 year old woman, will be in the next month, I actually started to panic when I thought that 50 was around the corner… I mean, where did the time go? What had I accomplished, my kids were only 10 and 12. I went to this wonderful doctor in New York and she did Ulthera on me…It was painful, but I hope to see results in the next couple of months. I am dong skinceuticals right now and it’s working great…I’m doing resurfacing activator with ploretin and I like the way my skin is starting to look. I agree it’s a process, but the way I look at it, was well I took all this time to sunbathe and now it’s time to pay the piper… I love reading your thoughs and other women, it makes me seem like I’m not the only one with a new years resolution! Happy New Year!!! Stick to it ladies!

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margaret

Hi Vicki, great post. I work for a Dermatologist and my routine is very simple, but effective.
Morning: Bioderma Micellar Cleanser, SK11 facial essence, Skin Physics Dragon’s Blood Sculpting cream, always SPF 50+.
Night: The same as above, but switch up with Prescription Retrieve (Retin A) with the Dragon’s blood. I have glowing, clear, (no age spots in sight) and firm and toned skin, all fantastic for someone turning 53 in Feb. The only constant I have continually used from a Teenager, was SPF on my face … it was vanity then, but has certainly been a life saver. I really recommend trying the Dragon’s Blood. Skin Physics is a really good Australian Company.
Love Margaret (Perth Australia).

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Rena

I change my skin care regularly. At the moment …thumbs up for Sisley and anyway French cosmetic is the best

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Marsha Bolen

Great post, Vicki. I have to agree with you- if we don’t learn to indulge every once in a while, life becomes bland. You are not the only one that lets important routines go during the holiday season, that’s for sure! It’s hard to get back into the swing of really taking care of ourselves once it’s over, but I know we can all do it. Good luck!

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Karen in VA

I have used Clarisonic for years. I do a first cleanse with a washcloth and then polish it off with the Clarisonic and cleanser. It keeps the brush free of bacteria and fresh. And I’ve started using Clarins Double Serum on your many suggestions. I love it so far. Thanks so much.

Karen in VA

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