A 50+ Skincare Routine and My Favorite Over-The-Counter Products

Tinted Sunscreen • Brush-on Mineral Sunscreen • Vitamin C Serum • Foundation with Physical Sunscreen • CC Cream with Physical Sunscreen • Microfiber Facial Cleansing Cloths • Hydro Boost Moisturizer • Gentle Skin Cleanser •…

Tinted SunscreenBrush-on Mineral SunscreenVitamin C SerumFoundation with Physical SunscreenCC Cream with Physical SunscreenMicrofiber Facial Cleansing ClothsHydro Boost MoisturizerGentle Skin CleanserDaily Facial Cleansing WipesDeep Moisture Body Wash

I never in a million years thought I would be writing a skincare post. Up until now I’ve been totally neglectful of my skin, basically washing my face in the shower and wearing sunscreen when I was at a pool, lake, or beach. That’s it.

But a couple of months ago I went to my dermatologist for a skin cancer check (consider this your reminder to do that if it’s been a while) and I asked her what products she would recommend for my 57-year-old skin.

She wrote me prescriptions for two topicals: a retinoid and a compounded cream for my melasma (a condition that causes dark patches on my face). Other than that she said her recommended routine was simple: 1. cleanser 2. moisturizer 3. vitamin C serum and 4. a good sunscreen.

I thought you might like to see the products she recommended so I created this roundup post. I included a few other skincare favorites that I’ve discovered on my own as well.

Note: I am obviously not a dermatologist and this should not be construed as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns it is always best to talk with your doctor.

Another note: The links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.

Cleansing and Moisturizing

I told my dermatologist that I wanted a basic, gentle cleanser and moisturizer that wouldn’t break the bank. She recommended this Cetaphil blue top cleanser. (It also comes in a formula for dry and/or sensitive skin.)

I also use this Dove cleanser a lot because we have it in the shower.

And when I’m feeling lazy or traveling I use these facial wipes from Costco. (Neutrogena’s are similar.)

For moisturizer, my dermatologist recommended this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer. (It also comes in a formula for extra-dry skin.) I’m loving this! Dry skin has never been a problem for me until recently and this feels so good going on. I like the scent too, despite the fact that I usually prefer unscented products.

I recently started using these microfiber facial cleansing cloths instead of washcloths for washing my face and it’s been a gamechanger. They’re smaller than washcloths and super fast drying which is key.

Topical Treatments

In addition to cleansing and moisturizing, my dermatologist suggested a vitamin C serum and recommended this one in particular: SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum*. Its purpose is to help with fine lines and wrinkles, brighten your skin, and protect against environmental damage. I use it once a day, in the morning.


Because melasma is made much worse by the sun, I had done some research on the best sunscreens. What I found was exactly the same thing my dermatologist told me when I asked: choose one that is a physical sunscreen instead of a chemical one. Here are the two sunscreens I use on my face.

Colorscience brush-on mineral sunscreen* is a 50 SPF mineral sunscreen that is cruelty-free, water-resistant, and has received the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. If I had to choose a favorite product on this list it would be this one. It’s lightweight and odorless and I can put it on right over my makeup, which is my favorite part.

*Note: Because they’re pricier, products like the ones SkinCeuticals and Colorscience make are sometimes counterfeit or imitations when sold by unauthorized retailers so I buy them from their respective websites instead of Amazon in order to avoid this.

When I’m out in the sun but not wearing makeup I’ve been using Australian Gold 50 SPF tinted mineral sunscreen. Since it’s tinted, it provides the tiniest bit of coverage and also eliminates that white cast that you can sometimes get with physical sunscreens.

Speaking of makeup, I look for foundations with physical sunscreens in them for a little extra protection.

Most of the time I wear this L’Oreal True Match Foundation. It’s cheap, lightweight, and great for everyday.

When I want more coverage I wear It Cosmetics CC+ Cream. It has great coverage and a lot of other benefits for your skin, including a 50 SPF physical sunscreen.

So that’s what’s been working for me. I’d love to get your feedback, though. What’s your skincare routine? Do you have any favorite products?

P.S. I’ve added these products to the Creating This Life Shop page along with my other favorite products for health and beauty, house and home, travel, and more.

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One Comment

  1. I use the Cetaphil and the SkinCeuticals. I wish I could find a knock-off of the SkinCeuticals. Have a great Easter, Julie.

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