So far I haven't been able to find an anti aging (Retin A level) plus blackhead/acne/combo skin helping plus adequate eye area moisturizer plus all the goodies like Vitamin C in one package. Can you tell me the best application order, or if I should be alternating days or something to get the benefit of all the goodies? Are there other treatments that might work for an aging, wrinkly, yet still acne prone, large pores, blackhead prone... Crone?
What I do now (each application gets rubbed in and next product waits until face/neck is dry):
PM: Retin A - BHA/Sal acid for blackheads/nose - Retinol for under eyes (Retin A makes under eyes dry and flaky) - Moisturizer/serum like When Hope is not Enough or Paula B's anti aging serum
AM: Vitamin C, BHA on nose/chin, Hope in a Jar, Eye Hope under eyes. BB cream for sunscreen. (Paula or Philosophy) Unless I'm going in to the sun then I use the Neutragina dry 55 spf. I work in a dark office and only sun exposure is during AM/PM commute.
Am I wasting money/product here? This combo reached after a bit of experimentation because I have a typical oily T-zone and normal to dry cheeks & neck. Seems to keep the periodic acne breakouts to a minimum and while it doesn't get rid of blackheads it does seem to help the appearance. Also keeps my face moisturized although I sometimes reapply moisture or serum under my eyes.
Please don't get me wrong with the Crone hyperbole - I get lots of compliments on my skin and that's genetics and I'm grateful. But I do wonder if I'm wasting product. (I know I waste $ but I find that Philosophy and Paula products do work best for me)