Reflecting on my 14 years of experience (this spring) in skincare, I have often heard one question from my clients and friends repeated more than any other: What is the #1 thing or one step that I can do to keep my skin looking young and healthy?
The answer is truly simple in my humble yet professional opinion: skincare, skincare, skincare! Investing just a minute in the morning and again in the evening in a proper cleanser, toner and moisturizer, as well as a weekly exfoliant and a treatment masque as needed will pay for itself as your skin will not seem to show the visible signs of aging that so many women and men are so eager to reverse with often costly procedures and injectables.
So how do you choose which products will work best? Start with the ingredients listing–this is SO important. Here are some ingredients to avoid: SD Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, White Petroleum, Parrafin, Lanolin and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives such as Quaternium-15 and Sodium Hydroxylmethylglycinate. Believe it or not, the Food and Drug Administration in the USA found in one study that 25% of 496 skin care products examined contained formaldehyde-releasers. Formaldehyde is a nice way to preserve dead frogs in Biology class, but it does not belong in our bloodstream as it has been strongly linked to various cancers.
Next, think about ingredients that you want to include–nourishing fruit, plant and vitamin-based ingredients, from Shea Butter to Apricot Kernel Oil to Grapefruit Peel Oil to Grape Seed and Grape Skin Extract. These ingredients are beneficial because they are safe but also because they are absorbed into the skin, nourishing and plumping our skin cells.
Finally, do you really need to cleanse, tone and moisturizer AM and PM? Truly, the answer is yes! In the morning, you are cleansing away sweat, slobber (busted!), germs from your hair, partner, kids and pets and you’re protecting your skin for the day via antioxidants and SPF. In the evening, you are cleansing away your cosmetics, but even on days when you don’t wear makeup, it’s crucial to wash away the pollution in the air–that combo of cosmetic debris (aka left-on makeup) + our own dead skin cells + pollution = blackheads, big pores and uneven skin texture.
The secret is forming a habit! Commit to cleansing, toning and moisturizing daily and nightly (when you brush your teeth) for an entire week. Hang a post-it note reminder on your mirror, and if you want to score yourself bonus points, keep a gentle scrub in the shower and use 1-2x a week, and use an eye creme as your only eye area moisturizer. After years of this faithful routine, if I were to hypothetically get sorority-girl intoxicated… let’s just say I’d wake up with cleansed, toned and hydrated skin, free of last night’s eye makeup! (Don’t judge me–I said, hypothetically, but I know this to be true!) And did you know that those lazy nights lead to dark circles caused by eye makeup stains?!
If you’re a bit of a slacker on the exfoliation and the masque bit, simply see me for a regular maintenance facial! The beauty of a professional facial is deep-cleansing, professional extractions to rid your skin of blackheads and large pores, skin-stimulating massage and extreme nourishment, plus I will assess your skincare routine or lack-there-of and you will leave looking younger but feeling even smarter! Click here to schedule!