Everyone wants to walk out of the house looking like the “Beauty Cam” app (which on a side note I suggest everyone invest in). Skin care can be tricky and overwhelming especially if you aren’t used to doing it or don’t even know where to start. Women are usually better at skin care because it's not as big of a faux-pas as it can be for men for whatever stupid reason.
Luckily for me, I grew up in a household where my sister educated me how to take care of my skin (thanks sis). Now that I’m in my 30s people have started to ask me what I do, so I figured I would put out some bare bones basics for those of you who don't know where to start and may be thinking "what should I be doing at a minimum?".
Step 1: CLEANSE. I’ve always been a simple Neutrogena or Cetaphil kind of person because it’s what works for me, but there are lots of great cleansers out there for basically every skin type and price range. Some others that I have tried and loved are: Aveda purifying gel cleanser, Kiehl's facial fuel, and Clinique liquid facial soap.
Step 2: SUNSCREEN. if you aren’t in the habit, start immediately. Unfortunately I grew up on the tail end of the tanning bed days (do people still even do that?), but I came through the other side and thank God have now seen the real light. UVA/UVB rays damage your skin in the worst way and 1. cause wrinkles on the low risk end of things and 2. cancer on the high risk end. The easiest way to work in sunscreen daily is to combine it with step three, moisturize.
Step 3: MOISTURIZE. Lots of moisturizers now have at least SPF 15 in them so that should be the first thing you look for when getting a moisturizer. A lot of people say, "But... I can't use lotion on my face because my skin is already too oily. I know it sounds crazy, but the science behind it is that when you cleanse your face, you are stripping away some of the important oils that your skin needs to stay young and healthy looking along with the dirt/makeup. Applying moisturizers actually keeps your skin from over producing oils to over compensate for what was just stripped off. If you still find you're too dewy for your taste, dust a little translucent powder on, which has no color, but will give you a more matte look.
Other than the steps above, one of the most important things is water. Good old fashion H20! Our bodies are made mostly of water so it makes sense to re-hydrate often. Drinking the proper amount of water keeps your energy up, keeps hunger away, and you guessed it make your skin clearer and less wrinkled!
If you want to go above and beyond in the topical treatment side of things, there are lots of other products you can invest in like eye creams/serums, masks, peels, etc. Several weeks back I featured some skin care products from Perfectly Posh that you should check out.
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