My Daily Skin Care Routine - Over 40

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I am 48 years old and I have been dealing with Melasma (patches of dark skin that appear on areas of the face) since I was 30. It started all of a sudden when I would go in the sun even for a few minutes.

I was trying to cover it with makeup but it was never completely hidden. In 2010 I finally went to a Dermatologist for advice. My dark patches were so bad that he actually tested me for Lupus (which came back negative). 

I then went to  MedSpa 1064, hoping that they could help me. They did a free consultation and suggested that I try a product line called Obagi Nu-Derm I purchased it and started using it right away. I also use the additional Obagi Tretinoin Cream .05% (*Prescription Suggested *) at night mixed with the Obagi Blender, along with DCL AHA Revitalizing Lotion 15  in the morning.

Obagi Nu-Derm System 
As of today I have never had any type of injections, fillers, or invasive cosmetic procedures on my face or body except (I did have Laser Hair Removal on my bikini area - Owweee!!) I also tried microdermabrasion facials, however my dark spots actually got worse so I stopped.  I have nothing against the idea of anti-aging procedures, although I am worried about the prospect of getting rid of age spots as well as dealing with my Melasma. I have just been so lucky that Obagi works so great for me! If I decide to have any procedures done I will absolutely be posting all of the details every step of the way.

The OBAGI NU-DERM SYSTEM has been my only skin care routine since 2010 and the difference in my skin is amazing!  I literally feel like I am aging in reverse! My brown spots have faded to almost nothing, my skin has a youthful glow, my lines and wrinkles are so much softer and less noticeable, and it works on adult acne also. 

*Note: If you Do Not have Melasma or dark spots on your skin, OBAGI Nu-Derm Products will still help to prevent the signs of aging at the cellular level. These products penetrate deep below the skin surface to transform skin cell functions and correct damage that occurs beyond the natural process of skin aging, such as daily sun exposure.

The only side effect is the dryness and flaking when you first start using it. As hard as it was to deal with, I just kept reminding myself that underneath the dead flaking skin is my fresh, new, glowing skin! Sometimes now I still deal with a little flaking so I will skip a day or two of the (Exfoderm / AHA Lotion-15). 

I did stop using the products for about a month thinking that I didn't need to use them every day. Wrong! My skin looked dull and the dark patches returned. Continuous every day use is the key to beautiful skin. I am an Obagi customer for life!!

* One trick I use  for added moisture is I put Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, 32-Ounce all over my face. It works great to soften feet too!! See details of how I use it in my hair. 

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Update January 2017 * 
I have just switched to Obagi Nu-Derm FX that does not contain hydroquinone. I have also started using 
Vitamin C Serum 20% / Hyaluronic Acid and Microneedle Derma Roller.

#1 -Obagi 1 Foaming Gel or (Obagi 1 Gentle Cleanser)
#2 - I just started using Vitamin C Serum 20% followed by Hyaluronic Acid. I also use my DIY Natural Oil Mixture for extra moisture: Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, 32-Ounce mixed with Argan Oil,  Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil.
#3 - CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM
#4 - 15 % Glycolic Acid (as tolerated & for acne / blemishes / wrinkles and as a light peel for exfoliation) 
#5 - Full Spectrum Sunscreen if going in the sun. Otherwise I use Almay Smart Shade Anti-aging Makeup SPF 20 Foundation Makeup - 300 - Medium - 2 Pack   

#1 - Obagi 1 Foaming Gel Cleanser or (Obagi 1 Gentle Cleanser)
#2 - DIY Natural Oil Mixture for extra moisture:Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, 32-Ounce mixed with Argan Oil,  Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil.
#4 - Obagi 5 Blender (Obagi Blender FX with No hydroquinone)
#5 - Obagi Tretinoin .05% / Tretinoin .1% (mix 50/50 with Obagi Blender)
#6 - DIY Hair Growth Treatment on my eyelashes and eyebrows.

* On the nights that I don't use Obagi I use CeraVe Products (and I always use natural oils.)

I love, love, love the sun and always use layers of sunscreen to protect my skin. See my favorite summer products HERE.

I am always looking for the best places to shop that have authentic products for the lowest price. I have used these websites many times to purchase my Obagi Products:


OBAGI TRETINOIN .025% / .05% / .1%

(.1% is the strongest percentage. If this is your first time using tretinoin start with .025 or .05%)

I just started using this Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Vitamin C Serum 20% in the morning. I also use these after I use my Microneedle Derma Roller. (Use the C Serum First)

I just purchased this Microneedle Derma Roller.

Remember the importance of taking care of your body 
from the inside out:

1. Get enough sleep
2. Eat healthy foods
3. Keep your stress level as low as possible
4. Stay hydrated
5. Don't smoke
6. Keep drinking alcohol to a minimum
7. Take vitamins
8. Use sunscreen every day
9. Use quality skincare products that work for you
10. Use a humidifier in dry weather



  1. Lisa, how are you liking the derma roller and how does it compare to the dermawand?

    1. Hi Diane, I purchased the Derma Roller but have not used it yet. I have been testing an anti-aging light and will continue everyday for the next month. I am waiting until I do a video review of the light to start dermarolling. As for the dermawand, it broke and I purchased another one and that one broke too! So I decided not to purchase another one. I will be doing a new updated skincare routine within the next few months :-)

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