Taking care of your skin need not be complicated! Like most young girls as soon as my period started that’s when the breakouts started. I think I was about 15 when I truly started to take care of my skin. I’m now 53 years young and basically the only wrinkles I have are the occassional lines around my eyes when I have either failed to use eyecream or stay hydrated.
Wash your face at least every morning and evening. If you workout during the day be sure to keep a travel size cleanser in your gym bag or locker. If you wear make-up, be sure to remove it, even if this means doing a double-cleanse. Apply a moisturizer twice a day. Your morning moisturizer needs to contain SPF. And unless you’re living in the land of the midnight sun, you can forgo a moisturizer with SPF in the evening. Apply sunscreen about 15 minutes before heading out the door. Don’t hesitate to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
Use the best quality products that suit your skin’s needs.
Please don’t go into debt when buying your skincare products. Watch store flyers for sales. Take advantage of points programs your favorite stores offer. If you can swing it – take advantage of those product bonuses so many lines offer throughout the year – Biotherm, Clinique, Clarins, Lancôme (to name a few). When you’re paying for your skincare products ask the clerk for free samples. Stores always have samples hidden behind the counters, locked away in drawers. Online sites like Sephora offer 3 free samples from a selection of items many of which are skincare products.
Find out what works best for your skin.
Take advantage of all the free information found on social media and in print; engage expert sales clerks and esthicians; ask questions. If sales clerks offer to demo a product or two, let them. You don’t need to buy the products right then and there. It’s probably better to wait, at least overnight. That way you will see if your skin shows any negative reaction to the products. Build relationships with sales clerks and esthicians. The better you know them – the better they know you and your skin – the better your chances are of owning products that work best for your skin.
There are many factors that may necessitate adjustments in your skincare routine. Changes in temperature, humidity levels, hormones, stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, allergies. This past winter the skin on my legs reacted negativity to some lotion from Soap & Glory. I had a few different lotions from this line – so I tried them all. But no matter which I used my skin was itchy. Was it an allergic reaction? I can’t say for sure. I just know my skin was itchy, so I stopped using the products. I switched to a bodybutter from The Body Shop and no itching.