...or so we hope.
For many of us, "perfect" or flawless skin does not come naturally and is not a reality - no matter how hard we try. We may deal with blemishes, discoloration, dryness, redness... the list goes on. Rather than trying to achieve perfect skin (whatever that is), aim for a complexion that is as clear, even, firm, and healthy as possible for your skin (remember, all skin is not created equal).
Aside from clean eating, exercise, adequate sleep, managing stress, sunburn prevention, and maintaining a hygienic/hypoallergenic lifestyle and living environment (as much as possible), below are some easy-to-follow, everyday skin care tips, as well as a few products from my current rotation that I would recommend.
- Wash your face at night using a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to free your skin from the bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells it collects during the day. Allowing this buildup to sit on the skin overnight may lead to clogged/enlarged pores, irritation, inflammation, and/or a dull complexion. Our skin goes into renewal mode and generates new skin cells while we sleep. Having clean skin will not only allow for this to be more effective, but your skin will also better absorb the antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients from your skin care products.
- While everyone's skin care routine and products have to be adjusted to meet our individual skin needs/types/preferences and time constraints, not overdoing it or being too harsh when it comes to caring for our skin is something we can all follow. Look for products with gentle, moisturizing ingredients to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. Harsh/drying ingredients, aggressive scrubbing, using water that's too hot, and washing too often can irritate the skin, aging it faster or causing it to go into overdrive and produce excess oil.
- Exfoliate once (for dry/normal skin) or twice (for oily/combo skin) a week, but be careful not to use anything too abrasive or be too aggressive. Those with sensitive skin should be especially cautious. If you're using a retinol product, additional exfoliation generally isn't imperative as these products act as exfoliants already. *Cases vary, so always proceed with caution when using new products and routines or consult a dermatologist if needed.
- When it comes to the delicate skin of the eye area, use a cream or gel that is specifically formulated for that area to help combat dryness, puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, etc. To deflate under-eye puffiness and reduce swelling more quickly in the morning, store your eye cream or gel in the refrigerator. When you apply it, use your ring finger to gently press or tap the product into the eye area.
- Apply moisturizer soon after stepping out of the shower. It will seal in the moisture that was just absorbed by your skin. Do so in moderation though (a little usually goes a long way). Also, use a moisturizer based on your skin type and sensitivities.
Bonus: Pure Aloe Vera gel is great for moisturizing. It provides anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. Aside from curbing bacteria and inflammation, it doesn't leave skin feeling greasy.
For natural exfoliation, I use the Walnut Sponge from Swisspers (with a very light hand). It buffs away dry, dull skin and leaves your face feeling clean (but not stripped), smooth, and soft. I use it twice a week with a gentle cleanser and replace it every 4-6 weeks. It's inexpensive, natural, and lives up to its claims. For a list of online retailers and stores where Swisspers products are sold, click here.
I use Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash as my daily cleanser. It cleans well without stripping the skin and doesn't leave behind any residue. It's great for sensitive skin as it's soap-free and contains no dyes, artificial perfumes, or harsh irritants. It's also suitable for all skin types and includes Vitamins B5 and E for added hydration. And it can be purchased from most drugstores!
I'm currently using the Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer from St. Ives. It was recommended to me recently (Thanks, Mom!). Not only is there A LOT of product, it's also lightweight, and a little goes a long way! I use it morning and night. The formula is non-irritating. It minimizes fine lines, brightens skin, and improves its overall appearance. It also wears well on its own and under makeup.
These products prove, you don't always have to spend more, to get more.
Here's hoping great skin is on the way!
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