When it comes to skin, we all feel like old pros – you’ve had your skin all your life, and it looks pretty darn good if you do say so yourself. But what if I told you it could look and feel much better? There are some things you may be doing that might be best to hold off on, and a few things that you could start doing that could take your skincare game up a notch.
The Well Within
As I always say, real change and real greatness come from within. While it can be tempting to think that water is the best possible thing to keep your skin hydrated, moist and amazing, that’s a “yes and no” kind of thing. Let me explain.
See, water is great when it’s inside your body. Drink tons of fluids, even if you’re not thirsty and even if it’s cool where you are. Your skin will moisturize itself amazingly this way. What you should not do is wash too long or avoid moisturizing right after you shower. The moisturizing step is critical to having that baby smooth skin.
Exfoliate Just Enough
TExfoliation has been all the rage for a long time, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. But like with so many things in life, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Namely, over-exfoliating can leave you red as a lobster and feel like you just got dropped in a boiling pot.
Even if you don’t have particularly sensitive skin, you want to exfoliate gently. The key word is gently, and I can’t overstate this. Gentle exfoliation stimulates your skin’s natural oil production and lets the old, dead skin cells float away and be replaced. Just be sure you are only doing this once a week, or twice at the absolute most. Too many women over-exfoliate, and it backfires on them.
KISS It Out
The KISS principle stands for “Keep It Simple, Sweetie,” and this is advice we all need to follow. The more sensitive your skin is, the more you need to strip away from your regimen. It is tempting just to throw every possible product at your skin, and see what helps versus what hurts, but this is a massive waste of time and money.
A simple skincare regimen has three parts: Good SPF, so you don’t char in the sun, a solid cleanser to keep your skin’s oils in check, and a moisturizer so bathing doesn’t turn you into one of the California raisins. Anything beyond this “holy trinity” is usually just a noble experiment that goes wrong in a painful, itchy, rashy way.
The Right Cream
You know your pores better than anybody else, but the marketing world is obsessed with heavy creams. Heavy creams may be great to moisturize, but they also tend to sit on your skin for a long time and block your pores. This isn’t high school, and zits aren’t any fun, so try and use the lightest cream you possibly can.
The skin care world can seem daunting and confusing. I’m prepared to filter through the fakes and show you the type of things that really work for your skin correctly!