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Wednesday, June 13, 2012



The look for this season is a dewy, fresh look. We all know the only way to have our make-up look good is to have a good base with healthy looking skin. Think of your skin as a canvas.

We all need to take extra care of our skin during the hot months of summer. Swimming in chlorinated pools, more exposure to the suns harmful rays, and the hotter temperatures can play havoc on our skin.

I realize we all have different types of skin so some of the products I use might not be for everyone, but I will share with you what has worked for me.


I have fairly sensitive, dry skin. I have tried lots of different products.

Keeping our face clean is a must, and finding a cleanser that is not too harsh is a must.

There are two products I like to use. One is what just about every dermatologist will recommend.
Cetaphil, and it is tried and true……..

I recently have switched to a new cleanser……….

This cleanser is from France. It can be used on the face, and body. Safe for children or adults. Very gentle, and PH balanced, so perfect for dry, sensitive skin like mine.

I got  a sample to try first, and I loved it. I noticed my skin felt soft, and subtle after using it so I was sold. I immediately ordered a bottle………

This gentle cleanser has calendula in it so it has a light fragrance. I really love this product.



I was a long time Creme De La Mer user. I still think it is probably one of the best moisturizers on the market. The only problem is….. Along with how good it is, you will also pay a premium price.

I must admit even after using it for years I tried to find something that made my skin feel, and look like it did when I used the La Mer, but something that cost less.

I read about a product that was only sold in France which was not available in the United States. I read some really good reports, and was very disappointed that I could not buy some to try.

Well thanks to  blogland I was reading  a blog post and the author mentioned this face cream from France that could be purchased by a company here in the states that imports it.

The only slight downfall is it take about 3 weeks to get, but it is worth the wait, trust me!!

I can not say enough about this wonderful moisturizer. It has really made  a difference in my skin. I feel that my skin feels moist all day long, and the texture of my skin is smoother. For under $50 this product is worth every penny. The other upside is it only cost about 1/5th of what the La Mer was costing me.

Another new product, or at least to me is Almond Oil. I was reading about this oil on a blog where the author likes to use natural products, and it was highly recommended.

I ordered a bottle, and I use it at night time. Love, love how it makes my skin feel. I also love that it is a natural product and it is under $11 a bottle that will last for a very long time.


I love Neutrogena products and I swear by them. I have used this sunscreen for years, and it works for me very well. I also like that it is dry-touch, not sticky feeling.

A fun addition that I keep on hand by the pool out back and in my beach bag is………

If you want a cooling mist that has the most lovely fragrance, and the extra bonus of moisture for your skin and hair, this is for you.

I have used this for years, and I also use a spritz of it on my face to set my make-up after application. You will love this stuff!


Neutrogena Rain bath is another product I have used for years. I love the light sesame fragrance. For summer the refreshing grapefruit or pomegranate is also very nice. This product leaves my skin soft, and keeps it from getting dry


I recently had to switch my body lotion, because Neutrogena no longer makes the lotion in the same fragrance that I loved for as long as I can remember.

I switched to no fragrance Cetaphil. I find it emollient, and if I choose to add fragrance to it I just put a spritz of perfume in my hand, and then add the Cetaphil.

These are the products that I have found to work for me, but since I am a product junky I am always open to new products.

Please share in the comment which products you can't live without.

"Enjoy The Process!" Of:

Taking good care of your skin in the summer months!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Great post. I need some new products and these are some super choices to try. Thank tons, you are so gorgeous, I want my skin to look like yours. Hugs, marty

vignette design said...

Hi Kathysue,
I was thinking when you go to Paris, you might find some of these products to take home! I use Kerastase hair products. My salon sells them and my stylist also was hired by Kerastase for fashion week in NYC, so I swear by them. Also, she turned me on to Shumira, a oil that you put on your hair before you blow it dry.
I love Bobbi Brown makeup. Also, still love the tried and true Noxema and Nivea products, although I don't use them. Nothing beats the smell of Noxema--right?
xo Delores

The Buzz Blog said...

You've mentioned two of of my all time favorites - I never go out without my Neutrogena sunscreen and I wash daily with Cetaphil. I'm also a big fan or serum (Lacome is my go to!) Wish my skin looked dewy in the summer, though...

Libby said...

I don't use cleansers, exfoliators OR makeup remover! I do use eye makeup remover, but then just wash with OILATUM soap... you have to ask the druggist to order it (but it's not prescription). No scent at all; for dry skin. I've used it night and morning for maybe 15 years, and love it! Then, for my dry skin, I use a prescription moisturizer, Lac-Hydrn for face and body. Again, after 20 years, I still swear by it! (and it costs under $10 a bottle!!!)

michele said...

i really like kaplan m.d. cleanser and night cream. i also use lancome's resurface peel when i need it. just starting to use clarin's moisturizing self tanner stuff that gives just a hint of golden color and would you believe it? doesn't smell like a self tanner. but what i can't live without: MY UNSECENTED BABY WIPES. they are the bomb!

thanks for so many helpful ideas, kathysue!


Karen said...

Thanks for the suggestions. If you like natural products a good source of inexpensive ones is through sites that sell to massage therapists. (Did you know I'm a licensed MT?)Usually you get a better deal when you buy in larger quantities, but the prices are still competitive.

Tallulah Eulallie said...

I love the Eucerin Hyaluron Filler! My skin is so dry that ten minutes after applying most moisturizers my face still feels tight. The Eucerin leaves my face feeling soft all day. Why continue to pay for La Mer when I can get the same results for so much less?

The enchanted home said...

Fantastic!! I am bookmarking this too...this is becoming a regular occurance over here!!
Many products here I want to try and am in need to switch things up, I have dry skin and love the dewy look for me its always "in"! Thanks!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

This was such a wealth of information, since I am terrible about taking the time to find good products.
I am interested to know where you able to purchase this special type of Eucerin?

*Chic Provence* said...

always looking for new products, thanks.. and I too love Creme de la Mer.. indescribable!

thanks KathySue


La Vie Quotidienne said...

I always enjoy your suggestions on products. Some of these I already use and some of them sound great to try. Thank you.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

They all sound wonderful!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Rainbath has been a favorite of mine for years. I recently started using a few face products from Avon and was pleasantly surprised. I love them and my skin has never looked better. Very reasonably priced too! Great post...

Marcus Design said...

Wonderful post Kathysue!! There is something for everyone here. And YES to La Mer, that is some amazing stuff. I love these posts, keep em coming :) Hugs,

Nancy xo

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Just learned of your Blog through Sherry Hart. Oh by the way, You are her Black and White Winner.....Congratulations.
I forgot all about Rain Bath, will get some this week. I used it forever and switched...Why? Who knows. I'm also going to look into Eucerin. I have know and looked into LaMer, but sadly it's way too pricey for this old gal! Thanks for all your advice. I will be checking out many of them.
Patty Day
Patty's Epiphanies
blog: pattysepihonies.blogspot.com

annie@mostlovelythings said...

I love this post and your last one on hair care for summer. I'm especially interested in your new cleanser.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Ran to the store this afternoon. Picked up Neutrogena's Rain Bath! I used it years ago...forgot about it. Also found Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Cream. I hope it works as well as the one you recommended. And...I came home with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser! Now...when do I look Beautiful??? Thanks for all the info.

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