The Rambo Barbie Rugged Routine for Skincare by Deborah Tosline

Deborah Tosline wrote and published Skin Remodeling DIY: An Introduction to the Underground World of Do-It-Yourself Skincare in 2015. Deborah's education and work experience is in science, where hypotheses are tested through observation and experiments. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and ecology. Her approach to skin care is based on that scientific background, a love of research and over 30 years of DIY skincare experience.

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Photo taken December 2013 at 54, see below for a more recent selfie

Photo taken December 2013 at 54, see below for a more recent selfie

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As we hiked off the mountain at dusk, running to cross the bridge before nightfall, my friend called to me “Rambo Barbie”, yes it was funny and kinda true.

Rugged femininity is my approach to lifestyle and skin care.

There are a variety of ways to achieve skin care goals and assertive flexibility is a key to success. Your skin care routine typically depends on available resoures including: funds, time, products and information. With so many ways to accomplish a goal, you may pick and choose what works best for you based on where you live, your routine, and lifestyle.

My ‘Rambo Barbie Rugged Routine’ for Skincare was founded on having little expendable income; a need to protect my skin from southern Arizona’s harsh clime; and a desire to take good care of my largest organ to promote health and smooth clear skin.

The basic tenets of my skin care routine vary slightly however my use of additional skincare practices varies over time. Change takes effort but it’s beneficial to cross-train and stimulate the skin in a variety of ways for maximum benefit and self-maintenance.

Here is something different

I am carefully aggressive in my skincare practice. For decades, estheticians, product advertising, and everyone else told us to treat the eye and neck skin different from facial skin. I followed that advice for a couple of decades. After I began using advanced Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skin care methods, I saw significant improvements in my facial skin while my “delicate” eye and neck skin continued to decline.

Rambo Barbie executive decision: “my eye and neck area shall be treated the same as my facial skin”

Photo taken October 2016 at 57

Photo taken October 2016 at 57

After about a year of treating my eye and neck skin the same way that I treat my facial skin, I began to see significant improvements that continue today.

Time for Self-Care

I’ve made time for self-care and shared this time with my daughter to teach her its value for well-being and health. My daughter is grown and at this stage I have a little more time to practice self-care. Although, I am busy with a full-time career, spare time personal projects, marketing my “Skin Remodeling DIY” book, and pursuing a healthy lifestyle, you know how it is, but I do make time to integrate small DIY skin care practices into my day.

Daily Morning Routine:

Silk Microfiber Cloths

Silk Microfiber Cloths

  1. Silk microfiber cloth is a gentle exfoliator/skin polisher

  2. emulsifies skin oils which rinse off with water

  3. does not abrade, no matter how hard I scrub = I love

  • Apply DIY glucosamine/niacinamide serum, let dry or wait five minutes You can buy ingredients here

  • Apply DIY 20% vitamin C serum, let dry or wait five minutes You can find several Vitamin C DIY recipes here

  • Apply DIY collagen building and skin firming lotion – I am currently using peptides. Buy a peptide and add it to a lotion that you are currently using. You can also buy ingredients here

  • Apply sunscreen

Sun Cream by Winter Sun in Flagstaff, AZ

Sun Cream by Winter Sun in Flagstaff, AZ

  1. apply craft formulated physical sunblock with zinc and titanium oxides

  2. every day, rain or shine, inside or out

  3. apply to face, neck, chest, and hands

  • Apply mineral makeup focus on natural ingredients

  • Avoid applying products with synthetic chemicals

  • Use sun protective clothing, umbrellas, hats, driving gloves, scarves

Carry a scarf at all times, so handy.

Carry a scarf at all times, so handy.

Daily Evening Routine

Near Infrared Light Emitting Diode (LED) Spa

Near Infrared Light Emitting Diode (LED) Spa

  1. built using internet instructions

  2. began using 1/8/18

  3. 10 to 40 minutes daily, so far, its just so good

  4. it’s fantastic

  • Still love to turn on near-infrared LED lamp while brushing teeth

  • Scrub face and neck skin with silk microfiber cloth and rinse:

  1. Removes makeup, oil, dirt, grime delicately

  2. I super scrub face from ear to ear, hairline to chest, eye and neck skin

  3. The gentlest physical exfoliator that I’ve ever used

  • Apply 0.1 percent Retin-A two to three nights a week

  • Apply Alpha Hydroxy glycolic acid lotion when I remember but ideally once or twice a week

  • Apply craft formulated cream once or twice a week

  • Apply compounded hormones

  • Apply Frownies to release forehead muscles and retrain them to relax



Weekly Skin Treatments - I try to fit in a little bit of this and that

  • Apply raw local honey or “fresh from the leaf” aloe vera gel covered with a piece of Nori seaweed for a 20 minute (longer if you have the time) nourishing skin treatment

  • Release facial muscle tension/trigger point release, e.g. roll forehead on a firm 2-inch yoga ball

  • Reorganize and smooth facial fascia:

FaceBlaster Fascia Tool

FaceBlaster Fascia Tool

  1. Sanford Bennett’s wrinkle rubout

  2. Face Blaster fascia buster

  • Practice facial resistance and other exercises:

Flex Effect resistance facial exercise program

Flex Effect resistance facial exercise program

  1. FlexEffect

  2. Facercise

  1. Short needle to increase penetration of high quality products

  2. Short needle then apply green tea before using near infrared LED spa

 Additional Skin Treatments that I Strive to Use

  1. When I do facial lymphatic massage

  2. When I remember (I no longer have blackheads)

  3. After dry brushing

Lymphatic Facial Massage

Lymphatic Facial Massage

  1. When I remember, it eliminated under eye puffiness, now I forget to use it

  2. When I have a cold or sinus condition

  3. Following advance skin care treatments to reduce inflammation

  1. Use long needle four to six times per year

  2. Promotes collagen and elastin

  • Ultrasound (sonophoresis or phonophoresis), during facials or after dermarolling

  • Dermawand radiofrequency device, blemish treatments as needed

Photo taken March 2017 at 58

Photo taken March 2017 at 58

At almost 59, I can say that I have the best skin of my adult life. Healthy skin is beautiful skin. It is possible to make changes to your lifestyle or skin care routine at any time, if you are consistent, you will see improvements. I veered away from mainstream skin care decades ago and my pocketbook and skin condition are better for it. I hope that sharing my skin care routine inspires you to rethink your skin care and integrate new protocols into your personal routine. Choose practices and treatments that you can easily integrate into your lifestyle. Use this time for relaxation, rejuvenation and health = beauty.

Take good care of yourself and for more skin care tips get my book "Skin Remodeling DIY: An Introduction to the Underground World of Do-It-Yourself Skincare" xo Deborah