Are you like most Americans that are so busy, so preoccupied that the last thing you think about is your own personal hygiene (that doesn’t include just showering because we pray you’re showering)? I mean, we get it! Between work, yoga (I said yoga just to be trendy, I can’t touch my toes), family time and other commitments, we have little time to think about OURSELVES. But did you know that’s where we go wrong? I’ll never understand how people can buy the latest watch or purse that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and then turn around and do nothing about their acne or sunspots. Your face is the FIRST thing a person sees when meeting you. And yes, they will notice your zits or your intense 11 lines between your eyebrows getting worse by the minute. I can’t sugarcoat it for you. You may want people to notice your brains and your undying wit, but until you open your yap, your face is first to be noticed.
The global skin care industry is estimated to reach $121 billion in 2016… In the US alone, by 2018 it will reach $11 billion (say whaatttt???). There’s a reason for this. We want to feel beautiful, look beautiful and stay beautiful well into old age. You’re not being vain – unless you have a mirror in your hand at any given time – you’re wanting to age gracefully. Everyone cares about their looks (at least you since you’re reading this) but on a varying scale. Some are happy with a good face wash and lotion, while others are always looking for the next instant fix. Whatever scale, whatever goals, let’s review some skin care basics to get you on the path to success… that way even busy Americans can include this 10 minute skin care regime into their routines:
Face Wash 101 –
Washing your face is to get the crap and dirt off! But you knew that…. But do you know how to pick the right face wash for you?
For very dry, very sensitive skin – you want to use a surfactant-free cleanser that doesn’t require rinsing. We recommend Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser… cheap, keeps skin fresh and helps maintain hydration.
For slightly sensitive, slightly dry skin – you’ll want a creamy cleanser like CerVe Hydrating Cleanser or Cetaphil… two cheap options that get the job done.
For normal to oily skin – this is when a foamy cleanser is your best bet. Neutrogena offers some great foaming cleansers that are effective and non-irritating.
Side bar: You really don’t need toner these days, toners were popular back then because most cleansers left an oil residue behind. You’ll see varying opinions out there on this skin care regiment, but I’m sticking to my guns.
Wanna make cleansing more fun? Get the Clarisonic Mia – it’s amazeballs. It clears up dry patches, addresses oily areas and targets blemishes – need I say more?
Exfoliator 101 –
The sole purpose to exfoliate is to rejuvenate your skin and regenerate new skin cells.
Exfoliate your skin using products that contain tiny microbeads to gently abrade (what the hell does that mean? Big word for scrape away) the top layers of skin. I love the ZO Offects Exfoliating Polish – not uber cheap, but gives you an instant, healthy glow.
Side bar: Avoid using exfoliators under your eyes, it’s too harsh for the delicate skin under there
Depending on the type of skin you have, be sure to pick the right exfoliator for you.
For normal to oily skin – don’t overdo it, it’ll cause your face to dry out and produce even more oil.
For dry skin – make sure to follow-up with a great moisturizer, you don’t want to over dry your skin.
For combination skin – consider products that are gentle and even use fruit enzymes.
Moisturizers 101 –
Now, really focus here because there are 1 billion types of moisturizers out on the market. Well don’t quote me but there are a shit ton. I am OBSESSED with Oil of Olay Regenerist and have been using it since high school. (My 10 year reunion has come and gone, for the love of god, makes me feel old)
However….. I do know of a few brands that are VERY trusted when it comes to moisturizing your skin.
Clinique – my mom has always loved their brand, seems to work well for older folks as it’s seemingly more intense and that appears to be their demographic. They have a men’s skin care line as well that offers the same great protection but for the mankind – seemingly all age groups.
CeraVe – I really like this line because they’re fragrance free and super plain Jane but works! They offer a wide variety of products to fit any skin type.
Kiehls – This is also another very solid skin care line that provides great bang for your buck & their Ultra Facial Moisturizer doesn’t leave behind that oily residue that some do. They also make a great energizing moisturizer for men.
SPF 101 –
I used to be sooooo anti-SPF because I would either break out or I would smell that god awful sunscreen smell the entire day. As of late, companies are really breaking out (see how I used that pun) of their molds and providing broad spectrum products for people on the go! My ALL-TIME FAVORITE is SkinMedica Total Defense – it’s a little pricy but totally badass. It does more than just protect you from big old rays, it helps with lines and wrinkles and improves the texture of your skin… Win, win!
If you’re just looking for a drugstore brand, CeraVe has a great SPF product – shoot for anything over SPF 50 AND has zinc as a rule of thumb.
Alright..how do we feel? Have we learned something new? Do you feel empowered? If I’ve confused the hell out of you, just holler at me. Always here to answer any questions.