This 89-Year-Old Looks 25 Years Younger—Here Are 13 Skincare Items She Uses

I have to say, I think Sara and Erin Foster are some of the most entertaining people to follow on Instagram. From Sara's funny "Real Moms of TikTok" videos to Erin's self-deprecating humor about marriage, they definitely never get boring. But one of the most memorable posts (for me, anyway) was when Erin shared a video of her maternal grandmother last year and the comment section was flooded with incredulous messages that she was in her late 80s. "Holy shit! What's her secret, no way she's 87!" Read a comment. "She's not 87. My word. She looks indestructible!" Read another one.
Of course, I did what any skin care obsessed editor would do: go straight to the source and find out what it uses on your skin. "I've never had botox or filler in my life," the 89-year-old told Who What Wear. Her daily routine begins with an incredibly affordable secret weapon that she's been using for 40 years: the Buf-Puf face sponge ($ 8). "I get up in the morning and wash my face with a detergent and a buf-puf, which makes most people say, 'Oh my word!' Well, [my daughter Rebecca] was with a doctor and he told me this was the right thing to do and I just never stopped. I peel it gently. I've been using it religiously and for over 40 years. "You can bet that I bought one from Amazon before I even sat down to write this story.
In general, Anita has three favorite skin care brands: "After such a long time, my skin gets used to something, so I change it. I spin through Pevonia, La Prairie and Sothys." For the special cleaner she uses with her Buf-Puf, she switches between the timeless balsam cleaner Myoxy-Caviar from Pevonia Botanica ($ 47) and the foam cleaner from La Prairie ($ 90). "Then I use a toner or an astringent like the Pevonia Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Repair Lotion ($ 40). Sometimes I use a witch hazel toner," she told us.
I have listed her entire skin care collection below, but I also had to ask her what else she attributed her youthful look to besides products. "My mother made me wear a straw hat since I was very young to protect myself from the sun," she said to us. "I only swam early in the morning every day so I was never in the sun." She also believes that other supplements have helped her daily beauty routine. "I've been doing acupuncture for a while and I love it. There's a French facial that I get [with Rothys products] that really narrows my pores. Less is more. I don't make masks. I've never had one." Botox or filler in my life. I did microdermabrasion years ago and it wasn't good for me. "She also says that she keeps spoons in her freezer to put under her eyes if they sag.
Anita also says that you should never underestimate the power of positivity. "I just always had a pretty good attitude; I don't like frowning. I wake up with a good attitude every day. That smile on your face eliminates wrinkles. It brightens up your day and someone else's day." should scroll down to buy exactly the skin care products it uses.
Buf-Puf normal face sponge ($ 8)
"I swear by the Buf-Puf. I've been using it religiously and for over 40 years," said Anita. It can be used with any cleaning agent and is ideal for a gentle peeling. Aside from Anita's compelling recommendation, there are also hundreds of reviews on Amazon that all agree that it is the "best on the market" and makes the skin incredibly smooth and radiant. There's also a gentler version of the facial sponge below if you're worried that it might be too hard, but you should use a light touch with both. There is also a body sponge to exfoliate the rest of your skin.
Buf-Puf gentle facial sponge ($ 5)
This is the gentler version of Anita's beloved Buf-Puf for sensitive skin. Don't worry: it still has peeling powers and is just as popular as the original. Many Amazon reviewers not only help with glowing and smoothness, but also say it's great for keeping acne at bay.
Pevonia Botanica Myoxy Caviar Timeless Balm Cleanser ($ 47)
Anita uses several products from Pevonia, a natural, clean skin care brand that uses only "the purest marine and holistic botanical ingredients" and never uses SLS, parabens, alcohol, artificial fragrances or other harmful ingredients. Anita is particularly impressed by Pevonia's Myoxy Caviar line, which also includes this cleaning agent, which is extremely moisturizing thanks to the amino acids obtained from caviar and apple.
La Prairie Foam Cleanser ($ 90)
Anita owns a handful of La Prairie products that are expensive but are also generally appreciated by beauty editors. Our beauty editor Erin Jahns explained that La Prairie "is one of the most sought-after Holy Grail skin care brands on the market and has been part of your vanity at some point in your life".
Thayer's Cucumber Hamamelis Non-Alcoholic Facial Toner ($ 9)
As Anita explained above, she is a fan of witch hazel toner, which among other things helps to tighten the pores, reduce inflammation and moisturize. In particular, this is Amazon's best-selling toner and has more than 12,000 reviews. Most commentators love how it helps with breakouts, redness, and uneven skin tone.
Pevonia Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Repair Lotion ($ 40)
"Pevonia was green before it became fashionable, and was introduced in 1991 with cruelty-free formulas and recyclable / reusable post-consumer packaging," the website explains. "We use finely extracted phyto-organic and natural ingredients to make environmentally friendly and skin-friendly products that are approved by Mother Nature." If you are looking for the perfect non-toxic skin care products like me, you will probably be happy to have found this jewel of a brand.
La Prairie Cellular Softening & Balancing Lotion ($ 190)
This toner makes your skin smoother and more even. Unlike other hard alcohol toners, this toner is great for sensitive skin because it's a light formula. Anita alternates between this toner and the two products listed directly above.
Eye creams
Pevonia Power Repair eye contour ($ 91)
Anita obviously loves the Pevonia Botanica brand, and this eye cream is no exception. Frankly, I hope to look half as good as her at 89, so I may have to steal all of her vanity. This cream contains green tea to neutralize free radicals, marine collagen to smooth wrinkles, and hyaluronic acid to fill your skin with moisture.
La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex Firming Eye Gel ($ 175)
The product description for this states that you will receive a "mini eye lift" that will definitely convince me. It is formulated with caviar extract that provides firmness and elasticity, while the brand's Cellular Complex "uses state-of-the-art biotechnological ingredients to support resuscitation and energy supply at the cellular level".
Serums and creams
Pevonia Power Repair Firming Marine Elastin Cream ($ 86)
As you can see in the photo of her skin care collection at the top of the story, Anita owns this cream and praises it for helping to tighten her skin.
Sothys Detox Energy Depolluting Youth Cream ($ 76)
"After we got back from [Erin Foster's] wedding in Nashville [in December 2019], the girl who is doing my facials went to Paris and came back with some Sothys. It is easy and I really like it. I use her detoxifying , energizing serum in the morning and evening. "
Sothys Detox Energy Energizing Serum ($ 86)
Another product in Anita's collection is this energetic serum from the French brand Sothys, which helps your skin look fresher and more alert.
La Prairie Haut Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer ($ 510)
"I use this pure cream because my skin is so thin that I can't use anything heavy," she said.
La Prairie Extrait by Skin Caviar Firming Complex Face Emulsion ($ 200)
"Sometimes I use La Prairie's Firming Complex and I use the entire Caviar line," she said. Although the products are expensive, thanks to their antioxidants and the formula developed by La Prairie, they have repeatedly received rave reviews for their ability to remove fine lines, increase elasticity and smooth skin texture.
Next, my 68-year-old mother thinks these anti-aging night creams are so worth it.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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