As we get older, it gets trickier to take care of our skin. Not impossible, just trickier. Youth, as we all know, has its benefits - endless energy, youthful glowing skin and a metabolism to kill for. You can afford to eat whatever the hell you want or go straight to bed without washing your face and get away with it. Not in our 30s, 40s and so on. You reap what you sow almost immediately and see it in the mirror the following morning.
But all is not lost. All you need to do is create a simple routine that you (vigilantly) adhere to and you should be good. There are key habits that you must have in place. The routine need not be complicated. As I always say, simple is good. Simple works. But consistency is key.
Here are the basics:
1. Wash your face morning and night
To make sure, wash your face as soon as you get up. Get it out of the way. You should be good until the evening then wash it again before you go to bed. Pick a good soap of facial cleanser that works for your skin type. I understand it can take some trial and error in the beginning but when you find one that works, stick to it and stop trying other products.
You don't have to do this everyday. Even once a week is fine. Make sure you do it to your face and entire body. Invest in a good body scrub that has granules that can effectively slough away those dead skin cells. There are different scrubs with different granule sizes - some use sugar, some apricot seeds, salt and so forth. The best one I've found is the ones that use sugar. For me, it has the best sized granules that scrubs my body and face just right. Not too harsh but not too gentle. Salt I've found too abrasive and apricot seeds are to damn small to feel any difference though they're perfect for the face. These scrubs usually include other delicious ingredients that nourishes your skin. If you're able, after scrubbing yourself, leave it on your skin for 5-10 minutes to allow your skin to absorb all those delicious ingredients. This is a good time to practice meditation (I'm not kidding). Play some relaxing music before you get in the shower so you don't get bored when you reach this point. Rinse with soap and water.
This applies to both your face and body and I suggest that this be done everyday especially in the cold season. This comes after you've washed/cleansed and scrubbed (on the days that you do). We're fans of Codi Green Tea Lotion and Hempz Exotic Green Tea & Asian Pear Herbal Moisturizer. In winter, we love Neutrogena's Classic Body Oil Light Sesame Formula. These all not only give your skin the moisture it needs but they all smell great too! Super divine! They're not greasy (even the Neutrogena Body Oil) - they absorb quickly leaving your skin feeling silky and soft like a baby!
4. Use sun screen
This an extra step. But it's an extra step you'll be thankful for 10, 20, 30 years from now. Don't save it for the summer or just whenever you go to the beach. This is a must to do on the daily. We love Supergoop's! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50. It's light and it does the job while feeding your skin the nutrients it needs. Another alternative is Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray SPF 100. Like Supergoop's!, its light and sheer enough to wear all day.
5. Have a monthly restorative skincare 1-day retreat at home
Pick one day out of the month (the weekend would be perfect) and just spend a few hours giving yourself a hot oil hair treatment, a facial, run a luxurious bath and a mani & pedi. All these can be done at high end spa level and you can concoct your own scrubs and moisturizers with fresh natural ingredients. Watch out for my next post as I will be sharing delicious DIY skincare recipes specifically for this at-home skincare retreat.
See you soon! :)
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