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The Best and Cheapest Skin-Care for Mature Skin

Updated on May 29, 2020
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My Top Tips for Great Skin

My skincare routine consists of just five products. This has not only left me with better skin but more money in my pocket.

Stop for a moment and think how much a small pot of moisturizer costs, you're not paying for flawless skin, you are paying the company's advertising costs. I have researched the following products and give them all a thumbs up.

If you're a slave to fashion and follow trends that come and go, perhaps this advice isn't for you. But if you are a savvy consumer, who isn't swayed by top models, with air-brushed skin, then I believe you will find the information in this article useful.

1. Pond's Cold Cream

Pond's Cold Cream is the only make-up remover you'll need. This not only works on eye makeup, including mascara, but also foundation and blusher as well. Just because this has been around for years doesn't mean it's old fashioned, it means it works!

I apply it with my fingers on my eye lids and gently in an upward stroke on my lashes as well. Then using a cotton ball, I carefully remove the cold cream and the makeup. Be careful not to rub, the skin around aging eyes is thin and fragile. What could be easier than that? Although I use a cotton ball, you may find a makeup pad works better for you. These are small round pads that are normally sold near the cotton balls. These are a good option if you find the fluff from the cotton balls annoying.

If you think back to when actors and actress took off thick stage makeup, they always used cold cream. It just leaves my skin feeling wonderfully moisturized, and not dried out as astringents do because of the alcohol in them.

2. Dove Soap

I love Dove Soap because it has cold cream in it, which leaves your skin feeling fantastic. This is actually one of the most popular brands here in Brazil where I live. The women here have great skin do in part to using this caring soap.

I am not going to teach you how to suck eggs but I want to tell you how to wash your face.

Firstly wash your hands. You can't clean a face with dirty hands.

I personally don't fill the sink, I use free flowing warm (not hot) water and splash this over my face and neck. Then I work the Dove soap into a lather and begin washing my face and neck. Not just a cursory wash but a gentle thorough job. Don't forget up into the hairline as well. Take your time and do a good job, your face will thank you for it.

Then I rinse, again with warm water. Now here some people would splash their face with cool water to close the pores. I prefer to do this only in the morning. In the evening I splash with warm water. The reason for this will become clear.


3. Johnson's Baby Oil

I can wholeheartedly recommend Johnson's Baby Oil. I use this every morning after my shower. If, for whatever reason I forget, I itch all day long with dry skin.

Immediately after showering, even before drying off, pour a small amount, about the size of a dime (5 pence if you are in the UK), in your hand and gently rub over your legs, arms and torso. I even put it on my face and neck as well. The extra water on your body spreads it thinly and the warmth from the shower helps it absorb. You are using a small amount but it goes a long way on a wet body!

Then gently pat yourself dry. Contrary to what you may be thinking, it doesn't leave the skin oily just soft.

When I stayed at my sister's home once on vacation, I left the bottle in her shower and my brother-in-law asked why I used it. He suffered from dermatitis and I suggested he try it. Now, he too is an avid daily user.

Johnson's Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Baby Oil, 20 Ounces (Pack of 1)
Johnson's Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Baby Oil, 20 Ounces (Pack of 1)
I wish I could shout it front the rooftops, how much I love this baby oil. When I know how many people with chronic itchy skin could benefit from it. With this part of a daily routine that constant itching is gone. It could be a life changer for so many people. Our skin is our barrier to all the pollution, dust, and salt in the air, protecting it with a thin layer of oil not only makes sense, I feel it is a crucial daily routine to ensure my skin stays supple.

4. Vaseline

It must be going on 35 years since I first started using this in my nightly routine. I was always a fan of using it on my lips at bedtime but it never dawned on me to use it on the rest of my face until I met a woman who used this religiously. She looked 15 years younger than her actual age.

In an era of plastic surgery and expensive cosmetics, it is comforting to know that the answer has always been there and it doesn't cost the earth.

At bedtime, I apply this lightly to the area around my eyes and any other lines that I may have noticed during the day. I also have started applying this to the neck area at night as well. Nothing tells a woman's age like her neck. If yours is beginning to to show signs of aging and you don't want a turkey neck, begin using Vaseline.

If my hands or feet are looking a bit dry, I apply a coating of Vaseline and sleep with socks on. Yes, even on my hands. Try it, when you wake in the morning, you won't believe the difference.

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5. Kitchen Scrubbing Sponges

Now I know you are probably thinking "No way". Well yes, I use pan scourers. Why pay an exorbitant price for exfoliants and abrasives when you probably have a new sponge in your kitchen drawer. If you think about loofahs, those plastic nets and even washcloths, they are all meant to be slightly abrasive to lift the dead skin off as you wash.

We have seen products which have oatmeal, ground apricot seeds and other various abrasive ingredients but why use those when the idea is to remove the dead skin cells.

There are basically two types of sponge scrubbers, the type which will clean everything and one to use on TeflonĀ® products. The second type is more gentle and if you are a beginner with exfoliating, perhaps it is best to start with this one. Use these as you would your washcloth (flannel) or loofah. You will be amazed at how scrubbed and clean you feel afterwards.

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Other Things to Remember

There are other ways to make a difference in the health and appearance of your skin including enough sleep, drinking sufficient water, using sun protection, and of course, not smoking.

I hope I have given you a few things to think about and I hope you will try some, if not all of them.

I would love to hear about your favorite low-cost beauty treatments.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Ā© 2011 Mary Wickison

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    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Peggy,

      I sure hope so, I can't believe how costly some beauty products are.

      My only pet peeve with Dove soap is, it's so soft it seems to dissolve more quickly. I still prefer it over others though.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Vaseline works really well as does coconut oil. Dove soap is our house brand of choice. Why pay outrageous prices for lotions when these simple things used over the years work well? You may open people's eyes who have never considered this.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Thelma,

      Once you get into the routine of using it, I think you'll see the benefits. Plus virtually no fragrance.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      I have not tried Vaseline for my body though I have used coconut oil. Thanks for sharing this information. I will buy Vaseline in the shop. Thank you.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Anita,

      That is interesting about the aloe vera gel, do you just scoop it out? My grandmother used to soak a leaf in a jar of water and drink the water every day. She lived to be 92 so it must have been good for her system.

      You should write an article about your use of aloe vera, I'd love to read it.

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      Anita Hasch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi Mary

      My mother only used ponds cream. Vaseline is a good idea, especially for your hands. I use tissue oil for my face and eat aloe vera gel at least once a week. Costs nothing as I have at least 100 plants. Thanks for the interesting hub.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Betty,

      I think of it as my barrier for my skin. It just makes me feel great all day. We are both fans! Thank you for reading today.

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      3 years ago

      I love Johnson Baby my best cream!

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Kelley,

      Your mother sounds like her routine has definitely worked for her. I think it just goes to show you don't need the newest product in fancy packaging.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Kelley K 

      4 years ago

      I've sworn by Vaseline for years.

      Coconut oil is hot new item here in the states, and we love it! Wish I had those trees in my backyard LOL.

      Agree about the Dove.

      My mother used all those same products: cold cream to remove makeup, vaseline and baby oil. She did some egg white mask thing but I'm too skeevy about raw eggs, so I don't, but, she is now 93 and has the skin of someone who is closer to 70. She gets compliments all the time on her skin.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      5 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Elanor,

      Thank you. I hope you find them as beneficial as I do.

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      Eleanor Sheets 

      5 years ago

      I love this article. I plan to start using the tips right away. Thanks.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      6 years ago from Brazil

      It is funny that you mention the coconut oil. We are growing coconuts but to buy the oil, here isn't easy. I think I need to ask around a bit. They make loads of coconut milk, but the oil has eluded me. I have heard so many good things about it.

      Glad you enjoyed the page, thanks for reading.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      6 years ago from Brazil

      Not that I know of. I do know there are some interesting pages here on Hubpages and also on Pinterest which might be of use to you .

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello, I have an aunt who used vaseline on her skin religiously. Her skin looks beautiful even though she is in her eighties. She also used it on her eyelashes and they are lush and long even at her age. As for Ponds, I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder about it.

      The basics are really just as good, if not better than many of the more expensive and processed products. I've even started using coconut oil on my skin and hair. It's awesome. In fact, most of the oils in pure form are much better than the product with all the preservatives and dyes. But then you know this. For the fragrance alone, Johnson's can't be beat. :)

      This was a very useful article. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      When I was in my twenty s I experimented with making a few face creams and was so surprised at the quality. I had purchased a how to book. Is there a simple book on this that you know about?

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      6 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Vocalcoach,

      Sometimes I shake my head in disbelief when I see ads for the latest product which claims to work miracles.

      I stick with what works, like yourself.

      Great to hear from you.

      Have a great Sunday.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I've used Bond's Moisturizer Cleaner for 4 years and wouldn't use anything else. I'm also a firm believer of Johnsons Baby Oil and vaseline on the feet covered with socks. Thanks so much!

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      6 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Sumita,

      These are all products I swear by and they have been around a long time.

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      6 years ago

      today's world may face so many problume bt these product very good

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      7 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Cleaning supply,

      I tend to use the scourers only on my body and Dove soap to was my face. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cleaning supply 

      7 years ago

      oh no no no! A scourer on the face? well I think it may be suitable on your skin or the people who have normal skin but those who have acne should not use this procedure as this will the be the main source to trigger more acne. Whereas those people can use pond's acne expert facial wash that works more effectively than a scourer.

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      Mary Wickison 

      7 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Valerwood,

      I didn't know that Lancome and L'Oreal were connect. How interesting. Your routine sounds perfect. It boggles my mind when I see the price some people will pay for facial products when all they have to do is go to the pantry. Thanks for sharing your routine with us.

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      7 years ago

      I use oils from my kitchen to clean my face. I like to use the same extra virgin olive oil I would use for cooking to clean my face, and add a little sesame oil because I love the scent. Coconut oil is also a very good all over body and facial cleanser and moisturizer. In the Summer months when my skin is oilier in the T-zone, I rinse with a bit of lemon juice in distilled water. (you can make the water simply by boiling tap water)

      About once a week, I make a mask of oatmeal and whole egg, alternating with avocado mashed with olive oil.

      Then I splurge on the moisturizer! But remember that L'Oreal is the sister company of Lancome. Don't be afraid to try out the drugstore versions of the more expensive brands.

      Aside from my moisturizer splurge, if I can't eat it, I don't put it on my face.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      7 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Tankgirl,

      It is a product that I have heard of but never tried. As I recall, I had a friend who used it and she felt exactly the same way about it as yourself, she was a lifelong fan.

      Thanks for adding that to the list of affordable products for mature skin.

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      7 years ago

      I've used Astral for 36 years now and am often complimented on my clear skin. I mix it with aromatherapy oils and on it's own as a make up remover and moisturiser. I must have tried every moisturiser, within my budget, on the market and found none to beat it. I should add my skin tends to be dry so it might not be suitable for oily skins.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Kerlynb,

      I have coconuts growing here on our farm, I will have to give this a try.

      Thank you for the wonderful tip.

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      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Such a helpful and practical list! I'm not sure if virgin coconut oil is expensive in your area but that is something I almost always recommend to people. VCO is not that expensive here in the Philippines (we literally got coconut trees growing in our backyards here, LOL) so people use it to moisturize their skin and hair. Just give it a try and you might be surprised at how is is actually way BETTER than most commercial moisturizers and lotions. Works perfectly for mature skin, of course! :)

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      Bobbie Troy 

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much! I'll check that out. I get obsessive about objects from time to time that I see and really like, and then become involved in the quest to find the item - my luck at these endeavors is seldom too good - but every now and then I'm able to find what I'm looking for. In response to the beauty routine - I've been very happy with Loreal Youth Code and Loreal Revitalift Double Lifting Day Cream.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bobbie Troy,

      The photo of the woman isn't me. I found it on a site called morguefile. They offer free photos for web page designers. However, I went back and had a look. Although this photo is no longer there, a similar one was.

      The details are as follows.


      Hope that helps you out.

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      Bobbie Troy 

      8 years ago

      Hi. Like your simple and inexpensive routine. However, what I really want to know is where did you get your bracelet. I'm a peacenik and absolutely love it. Thank You in advance if you are able to let me know anything about it!

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      9 years ago from Brazil

      I never thought of using it for my eyebrows! I will need to start buying in bulk I think.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      C L Grant 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      You've got two of my favorites there...Vaseline and Baby oil! Johnson's now make a baby oil gel which is a lot less messy to apply. I also find that Vaseline is great for conditioning eyebrows ;)


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