What’s my age again?

Dec 12, 2011 by

Finding a skin care routine that works for you can be equated to learning a foreign language to most people. It’s no wonder that once you find something that works you never want to give it up, and try something more age appropriate. I’m sure some of you are sitting there thinking about the same old Clinique bar soap you’ve been using for years, and the same old Noxzema moisturizers and wondering how this applies to you.  When I first started wearing make-up and using skin care products it was Mary-Kay all the way. A friend of my moms sold it, and I grew up on it. I used the stuff for years, the acne line was my saving grace in my early teens. As I started to grow up and become more adventurous I realized that there was a lot more to the beauty world that I had been missing out on. Although I do still have some of my trusty Mary-Kay goodies on standby, for the most part I’ve moved on and added a few additions.

Eye Cream – One of the biggest changes that I have made to my beauty regimen is the addition of eye cream. It took me awhile to accept that I really need to use an eye cream, I kept thinking I’m so young, I don’t need that! I couldn’t have been further from the truth though. Eye creams are all about prevention, so now I slather it on morning and night, religiously. There are so many reasons to invest in a good eye cream, de-puffing bags, brightening dark circles, and to prevent wrinkles. Slather away ladies, let the preventative measures begin!

Exfoliation - Contrary to popular belief there are actually three things that can be counted on to happen in your lifetime; death, taxes, slowed cell turnover rates. Essentially that means that as we age our skin starts to lose its youthful glow because the leftover dead skin just hangs out on our faces. The only way to get rid of the dead skin is to exfoliate, exfoliate, . You may also have noticed that it takes twice as long for blemish marks to disappear as well, its all thanks to a slower skin cell turnover rate. As scary as dead skin hanging out on your face sounds, there are ways to keep it at bay.

Acne Fighting – Finding a good blemish buster is one of the hardest things that I have come across in recent years, when my Mary-Kay stopped working for my acne I was at a loss of what to do, and definitely not ready to sit back and let the pimples take over my face. For some people acne is not a concern, for others the same drugstore products have been working for years. For the rest of us though, its time to find something new. Look for something with active ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. When all else fails meet with your esthetician or dermatologist to decide on what products are best for you.

You + SPF = BFF. I’m sure we all have at least one tale of the time that we went to the beach and forgot not to put on the SPF. I know I have at least five of those tales myself. The secret is to not only apply it while you’re vacationing, but apply it daily. The sun is in cahoots with the dreaded aging process, its the one thing that ages us all the fastest. Since making sunscreen my BFF I have added it to multiple steps of my beauty regimen, its in ,y moisturizer, foundations, powders, etc.

Don’t Neglect the Neck – Taking care of your skin extends past taking care of your face. Some of the most delicate skin on your body is your neck and decollete regions. This doesnt mean that you need to run put and buy new moisturizers formulated for the neck area, you just need to give that area some love too. When you are applying your moisturizer dab some on the decollete and neck and massage it into the skin in upward strokes. This movement will help to increase blood flow and keep the neck looking youthful.

 

 

 

 

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