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There are some things that many of us are still figuring out, even as adults. Basic things like cleaning, time management, and eating in correct proportions.
Another one of those things is skincare.
As we age our skin changes. Our time is more constrained (read, “I now have kids”). More stresses may equal more zits that you never thought you’d have past 20. All these things mean that we need to adapt our skincare routine.
The good news is that no matter what your age, stress level, or budget there a 3 simple rules that if you never, ever break will keep your skin in tip top shape.
***I realize that you are not blind and can clearly see my false lashes and lipstick. Call it creative license. That is the only makeup I am wearing. My skin is bare and unedited.
Wear Sunblock Everyday
The first rule of skincare is don’t talk about skincare.
Just kidding. Its not.
The first rule is to make sure you are protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
Prevention is the best cure.
This holds true when it comes to skincare. To prevent further wrinkling and sunspots make it part of your everyday routine to apply sunscreen.
This is something I have been doing since I was about 14 (a long, long time ago). I used to get teased about this so much. Who’s laughing now? Probably no one actually. But I’m really happy that I got into the habit at such a young age.
There are some great moisturizers that come with spf 30+ in them already that can make a great foundation for your morning face. I also love the Neutrogena UltraSheer Stick Sunscreen. This stuff won’t run into your eyes and is great for small kids too.
Wash Off your Makeup Every Night
I know that “Girl, Wash Your Face” is a best-selling book. But it is also something you should be doing every night no matter how tired you are.
Seriously girl, wash your face!
If you are going to bed with layers of sunscreen and makeup on that stuff is going to trap dirt and oils on your face. This is really just a recipe for zits, blackheads, and large pores.
To keep your skin looking its best make sure that you are washing your face before your head hits the pillow.
What you use to cleanse will depend on your skin type and sensitivity.
I know a lot of people swear by the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash for oily skin.
I personally have dry skin. I could probably rub a fried drumstick on my face and not break out. One product to try out would be the CeraVe Hydrating Face Cleanser. I have also tried Trufora Ultimate Facial Cleanser with good results and no additional drying.
For travel and on the go I like to have some Makeup Remover Wipes handy.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Probably the most important thing that you can do to be kind to your skin is to moisturize. For optimal results do this morning and night. Your skin will thank you!
Even if you have an oily skin type you still need to be doing this. For oily skin try something lightweight like Pond’s Nourishing Moisturizing Creme (also light on the wallet).
For dry skin Pond’s also has a formula just for you!
Truth be told, I’ve been smothering my face in Bio-Oil every night. I know that this stuff isn’t designed for the face but it has so much good stuff in it and I have not been breaking out at all (chicken wing, remember?)
If you don’t have money to go out and buy moisturizer head to your kitchen and pull out some coconut oil or olive oil. Heck, you could even use Vaseline.
My point is YOU NEED TO MOISTURIZE EVERY DAY. Even on a tight budget this is one step that you can do no matter what.
We’ve been talking a lot about the face but lets not forget the rest of the body!
Don’t forget to apply lotion often, especially after showering.
After a hot shower your pores are open and this is the optimal time for your skin to soak up a little lotion.
Plus, soaps and minerals in your water can be harsh on your skin. Lotioning afterwards will help keep your skin at a good balance.
One lotion that I have been using for years is Queen Helene’s Cocoa Butter Creme. This stuff is way thicker than your regular lotion. Its super cheap and can be found easily at Wal-Mart.
Bonus Skincare Tips
- Stay Hydrated — Drink your water. It will hydrate your skin from the inside out. Its good for you, just do it!
- You are what you eat — If there is something you always break out with when you eat try to avoid it. Also remember that smoking and drinking can affect your skin as well.
- Ingredients — Also pay attention to the products you use and their ingredients. I noticed that I was breaking out every time I used the cult classic St. Ives Apricot Scrub. So many people swear by this stuff but the salicylic acid in it is no good for me.
- Keep your hands dry while doing dishes. My glamorous friends wear rubber gloves. I just use a boring scrubber stick with a long handle. Another thing you can do to protect your hands is to wear gloves during harsh winter weather.
My little helper!
Phone break….Dave called during my little photo shoot.
Jean-Luc is modeling my Nars Matte Mulitple in Siam. I use this as my blush and the adorable little stinker got a hold of it as I was doing my hair for this post.
I picked up this 24K Gold Mask at TJ Maxx. I’m not sure if it actually does anything but it looks pretty, right? I’ve only used it once so if I decide that I really like it I will give you an update.
I find TJ Maxx to be an awesome place to pick up skin and hair care products on the cheap.
What are your favorite skincare tips? What do you swear by? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe for more great beauty content!
P.S. — I don’t actually advocate rubbing fried chicken on your face.