Beauty tips after 50: retinol, collagen and moisturizers

Having a haircut recently, I realized that 53 years weren't being kind to my face. Dry skin, wrinkles, deep creases, you get the not-so-pretty picture. Part of the trouble is that I have an on-again, off-again relationship with moisturizers and decided that it was time to get serious with them again. I've tried to keep costs low by using Meijer brands of Oil of Olay, Neutragena and a few others. I love Lancome but can't afford it. And having psoriasis means I have to watch what I use. But my skin looks so old that I was desperate. So I went to TJ Maxx and got an arsenal of discount products. And good news, I think it's working though I'm not sure which product specifically or all together. Here's what I use on face and neck.

Plant-based retinol oil 2x a day
Collagen cream (two kinds)
Day and night cream both with retinol and collagen

Cost for 4 products: $32. One was a huge tub of cream like the size they use at spas. 

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