I have most skin care basics down, but when it comes to actual product use I am one of those quick and easy kind of girls (get your minds out of the gutter people) - Every few weeks I'll run into Wal-Mart or Target (or Rossman's here in Germany) and replace my Clearasil wash and moisturizer.
In preparation for our big wedding shin dig, to cross some thing off of my 30 before 30 list and out of fear that this will be me on the left in ten years:
I am ready to put on my big girl panties and delve into a big girl skin care routine.
I have pretty decent skin - I get a couple of monthly inevitable pimples on my chin and forehead - but I (think?) I'm beginning to see some lines and discoloration developing, too. Is this possible at 25? I still pull all nighters and baked in my first tanning bed when I was a freshman in high school, so yes, it probably is.
I'm on a mission to find some type of program with a cleanser, toner, exfoliant, and a SPF day time moisturizer - maybe an under eye something or another, too. I want that glow back! I've googled and received 'information overload' so I would love some real life suggestions from my readers. What works for you? What hasn't worked in the past? What was a waste of money or is an amazing deal? I'm partial to going the Clinique route, but I am open to any and all suggestions that you have.
In exchange for product suggestions, I'm going to 'pay it forward' and leave some easy skin care tips that I follow for the girls out there who have no idea where to start:
No brainer, right? But many of us, myself included, don't drink enough water throughout the day. Pure water is instead replaced with fancy coffee in the morning, soda and smoothies in the afternoon, and alcohol at night. Water is the first and foremost essential part of having radiant skin so DRINK UP!
'Nuff said. I'm guilty and you are too. Make an investment in yourself and purchase a moisturizer with SPF in it. I cut back on my tanning sessions over the years, but I'm also a huge believer in the necessity of getting some Vitamin D - it's just important to limit yourself. We all know that the sun is the leading cause of skin damage and melanoma even though its 90someodd million miles away, so stop to think about what kind of damage those UV lights are doing just inches away from your skin the next time you want to tan five days in a row.
You know it's a huge 'no no' to sleep with your makeup on, so why wash off your face just to replace your foundation with cream? Your skin is hard at work and fully capable of regenerating itself on its own while you sleep - plus, "Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Use of nighttime moisturizers signals the sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin. Over time, skin becomes dependent on moisturizing products just to appear "normal." - Dr. Hauschka
PILLOWCASES AND BEDSHEETS:
Brutus is constantly in our bed (we're bad fur parents, I know), TJ uses my pillow for his pre-game naps, and I have my own weirdo body oils, dirt picked up from the apartment or other random things that just feast while I sleep. Clean your bedsheets in hot water at least once a week. Or be OCD like me and do it twice. Your skin will thank you.
I clean my cell phone every day with baby wipes. It's a bacterial breeding ground. Think about the time you split between checking Facebook and texting with your fingers to then have your phone glued to the side of your face. I guarantee if you look in the little crevices around your screen and numbers you will find all kinds of makeup, dirt, and who knows what else. Yuck.
I just started doing this two days ago. It's a no brainer really, so sorry if I bore you with my newfound enlightenment. Scenario: You wash all kinds of dirt, makeup and grime off of your face at night, place the wash cloth on the towel rack or end of the sink to dry, and wake up in the morning to repeat the same routine --- only this time you're reapplying all of that nasty bacteria (and then some) back onto your face. It sounds annoying, but use a new wash cloth every time you wash your face. They have cheap-o wash cloths at the dollar store, so you have no excuses!