Posted on March 25th, 2011
Well, maybe not PERFECT. It’s quite rare to see someone with a truly perfect complexion, and that’s OK – humans are not supposed to be perfect or to have a perfect skin. We all have skin issues – enlarged pores, acne, scarring, wrinkles, sunspots… but whatever our issues are, with proper skincare we can markedly improve the look of our skin.
- Be gentle to your skin. This is probably the most important tip. If you wash your skin in hot water or use harsh detergents, if you pull your skin as you wash or when you apply makeup, you WILL damage your skin, and while you might not see the damage right away, it will slowly accumulate until one day you will see a new wrinkle – probably a premature one! Treat your skin gently, and it will reward you.
- Remove makeup every night. Who wants to go to sleep with a dirty, greasy face, staining our pillowcase? No one does, of course, but sometimes you get back home so late, and you’re so tired, that you might be tempted to skip makeup removal. The result: clogged pores, broken eyelashes and a sallow, tired-looking skin in the morning. So make sure you wash your face every night and remove all traces of makeup – gently.
- Exfoliate. Exfoliating with an AHA or a BHA product is the best way to gently remove dead skin cells and enable better penetration of serums and lotions.
- If your skin can tolerate it, use Retinol or Retin-A at night. It’s the ONLY proven anti-wrinkle cream, but not everyone can tolerate it. Start slowly and apply sparingly! You will need a doctor’s prescription for Retin-A products.
- Use anti-oxidants on your face and in your diet. The more we learn about the power of anti oxidants, the more we realize how very little we know about them! Anti oxidants have the power to protect against disease, and to protect skin from environmental damage. Apply an anti oxidant serum each morning before applying a moisturizer and a sunscreen.
- Moisturize as needed. I have fairly dry skin except for my T-zone, so I use a heavy-duty moisturizer on my face, but leave the T-zone alone.
- Apply sunscreen to your face every single day. Rain or shine, protect your face from the harmful rays of the sun – even if you plan to stay indoors the entire day.
Sounds like a long list and lots of steps? Not really. Once you incorporate these steps into your daily routine, they take just a few minutes each day, and the results are remarkable.