Skin care is so important! It is the biggest organ of our bodies and is a major reflection of our internal health. I have done many different skin care routines in my life and tried many tips, tricks, and products. Through all the things I have tried, I’ve come to realize that simplicity is best for me. This is probably the most simple and inexpensive skin care routine you will ever see. It’s actually crazy how underwhelming it really is!! When I was young, I didn’t worry too much about preventative care as far as aging. I’ve always loved makeup and taking care of myself but there was a time I made not so good choices for my skin. Everyone has different skin and different challenges with their skin. These are my personal products and suggestions that have worked for me. With that said, we are all unique and it is not one size fits all. I hope by sharing my personal experiences in skincare with you, you can take bits and pieces and apply it to what will work for your skin.
Stay Out of The Sun
I used to layout and tan in the sun when I was much younger. I never really did the tanning bed thing, maybe only half a dozen times. Years ago it wasn’t as prevalent to have knowledge about sun damage. I even remember greasing up with Crisco oil and soaking up the sun for hours just to get that bronzed look! I recall having multiple horrible sunburns and peeling for weeks!! I can’t believe I did that to myself! The last ten years I have really stayed out of the sun as much as possible. Even if I am at the beach or pool I try to stay covered up and in the shade. I honestly believe protecting your skin from the sun is truly key in keeping it in the best possible condition and to keep it looking youthful. I think of it as a grape that turns into a raisin. When the grape sits out in the sun for so long it turns into a raisin sucking out all of the moisture and creating wrinkles and dry skin. Unfortunately for me I am allergic to a lot of sunscreens. I seems to do fine with it in my foundation but as a sunscreen alone I usually will get a burning sensation on my skin. If I could use a high SPF sunscreen I would do so every day. My foundation usually has about a 20 SPF and that is all I personally use. I try to wear hats when I know I will be exposed to the sun for long periods of time and do everything I can to protect my skin long term sun exposure. This tip is so important! Even when you are young the lasting affects are harsh on your skin.
Again I have tried many things in this category. Because of my extremely sensitive skin I use the utmost simplest cleansing and have found the more simple I go the absolute better my skin responds without too many layers of products. I first remove my mascara with a Q-tip and some baby oil. After that I cleanse my face with Dove soap, warm water, and a wash cloth. That is the only products that I use. I like that it is simple and easily cleans my skin. I really prefer a washcloth to remove the soap because I feels like it cleanses more thoroughly and also gives a slight exfoliation with the rubbing motion but doesn’t irritate my skin or make it red. After a thorough wash with the cloth, I splash a quick cool rinse to close my pores and finish it up.
I have very dry skin. I have always had dry skin and again have tried numerous moisturizers in trying to maintain hydration. My morning routine is to wash my face with the Dove soap in the shower. I just give it a quick cleanse with my hands and soap and then rinse. When I am adding moisturizer in the a.m. I use only the product Cetaphil. I like to use the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. This is for dry, sensitive skin. I like that it is quite thick and really makes my skin feel soft and ready to apply my makeup. At night, when I have removed makeup and used the wash cloth to give a thorough cleanse I like to use something to really help keep my skin moist all night. After I have applied the Cetaphil I use another product on top and it’s so inexpensive and most will probably be surprised that I use this particular product on my entire face. What is it, you may wonder? It is the versatile Vaseline!! I use this on top of my Cetaphil and on my whole face, concentrating on my eye area. I am sure you must be thinking this is extremely greasy and a little strange!! I actually love it and have used this particular method for several years now. It has never clogged my pores or caused any acne problems. When I had a couple of severe allergic reactions to popular makeup removing wipes a few years ago, my dermatologist actually recommended that I use Vaseline as a moisturizer. He explained that it has absolutely zero additives and thus nothing for me to be allergic to. He was completely right and I have loved using it ever since. Yes, I look a little shiny with my face covered in this great product but it’s totally worth it!!
This one is so essential. In my own experience I have noticed a huge difference in cutting down/eliminating several food items that have made my skin completely different. The differences I have seen in the acne and breakouts as well as the glow and overall appearance are seriously immense. I used to get the large under the skin breakouts that never actually come to a head but are huge and painful. These would only occur on my chin and were terrible and made me so frustrated! I would get an occasional breakout on my forehead but have not typically had an all over acne problem except these large ones that were isolated. At the time I was figuring out many things with my health and diet and the link between the diet and skin became extremely prevalent to me through this journey. I have since consciously cut back or tried to eliminate dairy, sugar and gluten. Although I am not perfect at any of these I think they have really made a difference in my all over health, thus my skin has reflected that. I really and truly suggest that if you have troubled skin you start with your health and diet. Try listening to your body and seeing what foods make you feel sluggish, irritated, bloated, or anything negative. When I have gone to health care professionals these three food items have been reiterated to me as triggers time and time again!! I could not continue to ignore this advice and my own health and well being. Once you get your food/diet figured out of what works for your body and what doesn’t, then you can turn to the topical aspect of you skin. An important element with nutrition and what we intake is our hydration internally. Always make sure to drink plenty of water and/or include many hydrating foods into your diet. Water is so vital to great skin!!
Last But Not Least…
The products and routine that works for you will be a complete individual thing. I am a giant believer in nothing is “one size fits all” and this includes your skin and body. Every single person is unique and you must figure out your own path of what your “fit” is. The sooner you discover what works for you the better off you are. The other part to this is that as we age, our bodies change and our skin changes and we have to make and find appropriate adjustments along the way. Listen to your body. This includes your skin. It is a reflection of something going on internally. Pay attention. Be aware of your needs and what is right for you. The other obvious notion is to not put other harmful substances in your body i.e. drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc. I have always lived a very clean lifestyle and take this very seriously. I figure you only get one body during this lifetime and you must take care of it from the beginning. We must care for ourselves and protect our bodies to hopefully allow us a wonderful healthy life even in our older years. It is never too early or we are never too young to put this into practice.
My last skin tip is to get plenty of rest and exercise. Our bodies must regenerate and renew when we are sleeping. A solid nights sleep is crucial to all things skin and health related. Make an effort to get a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. It is important for our cells, blood circulation, and so much more to let ourselves get that time in for sleep. On the flip side of that is to get plenty of exercise to keep yourself healthy. All the functions in the body that benefit from this. It’s amazing that these two things can help with dark circles, circulation, brightness, and all over glow of your skin. Everything has to work in unison to make the best possible environment for amazing skin!
I would love to hear any of your fabulous skin care tips that have worked for you! I am happy I could share my routine and hope it will help some of you. Always take care of yourself, inside and out, be happy, be joyous, love your life and embrace all that you are.