Every few months I like to chronicle my skin care habits/products of the moment, as one day I seek to find the Perfect Mix that battles my dry skin, my proneness to sunburn, my various scars, breakouts around my period, etc. Also, people ask all the time.
First and foremost, good skin comes from inside! And these habits don’t change.
- Plenty of Rest: Kind of obvious, but it is rather amazing how much restorative sleep does for you all over.
- Clean Pillowcases: This is so important and so easy to forget. You press your face into a pillow for hours at a time, imagine all the oil those suckers absorb. Ew. Smooth, clean fabric in your pillowcases is also good for elasticity.
- Lots of Water: I’ve gotten better about this since getting back to work, I drink water on the sales floor all day. Hydrated skin is happy, firm skin.
- Clean Makeup Brushes/Tools: As with your pillows, these things are FULL of oils from your facemeats. Not to mention dead skin cells, residue from your soap and lotions…yeah, think about that. Think about how long it’s been since you’ve cleaned those suckers, if ever. Yeeeeeah. I give my brushes a gentle shampoo every week, as I do work a lot and have to have a face on. Once a month used to be enough though! Also, quality brushes (soft, thick), I find, don’t hold on to as much gunk over time. I’m slowly replacing the ten dollar set I got on sale a while back with softer, higher quality ones.
- Sun Screen: Another obvious one, but easily forgotten. Me, I can’t afford to forget it, I’m whiter than white and burn like milk on the range (my older sister and younger brother got our great grandmother’s genetic gifts on the naturally tan front, not I). I almost never leave the house without some at least on my face.
- And this isn’t just beauty we’re talking about, skin cancer kills.
- …But Do Get SOME Sun: Vitamin D is important! I use Aveeno Protect + Hydrate SPF 30 on my daily face under my makeup, and a little on my collar bones on the average day walking around. In summer I’ll do my shoulders and arms a bit as well. For daily walking to work/around downtown, that’s enough, that lets me still get some healthy rays! I wear something a lot heavier for say, a day at the beach or the amusement park.
- Proper Diet: This just means avoiding overly sugary things and fast food for me, and green tea has ALWAYS been my own personal super-food, but I’ve noticed I’m a lot more clear and glowy since upping my vegetable intake by like 200%, cutting out a lot of overly processed things, etc. Soda is my personal absolute no-no food. If I allow myself a rum and coke, or ginger ale for a moscow mule or even just a tummyache, I’ll have spots on my chin the next day, guaranteed. Plus, it’s been out of my regular diet since I was 18 anyway, so it just makes my whole body feel like crap, period.
SODA/POP/WHATEVER, IT DOES SO MANY BAD THINGS TO YOUR BODY STAWP DRINKING IT AND ENERGY DRINKS AND GATORADE AND AND AND.
- Exercise!: Again, great for glow. And, yanno, in general.
- Find A Good Body Wash: I swear by Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash.
- Use A GENTLE Daily Cleanser: If you’re past your prime acne years, stop torturing the poor skin! I recently stopped using good ol’ Apricot Scrub, and my face is so happy. Right now I am using Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, daily and as my makeup remover. It’s awesome.
- Moisturize!: Ever since getting in the habit of slathering it on after every single shower, my dry skin is practically non-existent. AND DO NOT FREAK OUT ABOUT LOTION ON YOUR FACE, once your natural oils realize they don’t have to over-compensate, they chill out and you have less oily skin. I use Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Lotion on my all over, Ponds Dry Skin Cream on my face (the best best best best!), and at my desk and in my purse, I keep my Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Lotion in Rosewater, for when my dishpan hands are having a rough day. A little pricy, but literally one of the only things I’ve found that keeps my hands pretty at all.
I think that’s all for now, makeup is a whole other discussion/post.
But trust me, on the sunscreen.
*shades, finger pistols*