When I was a little kid, my mother got me on a skin care regiment every day of washing, cleansing and moisturizing. It was this stuff called Vanda Beauty Counselor, but it worked. She told me that it was never too early to pay close attention to your skin, take care of it and prevent against aging and wrinkling.
Your skin is technically the biggest organ in (on) our bodies. It needs care and feeding and moisture and love. It’s tough, yet sensitive. Elastic and supple.
Of course, no amount of washing and cleansing can halt genetics, but you can certainly help fight time and Mother Nature by taking care of your skin at a young age. I had the typical teen bout with acne and hating my skin. There was no such thing as Pro-Activ back then with an 80’s-version of Lindsay Lohan or Jessica Simpson pushing the products at you.
At twenty-five, at the mall, I discovered the world of Clinique and their 3-step system. (And no, this isn’t a commercial for Clinique, although I am the poster child for them.) I took the skin test and these were the results:
We have determined that you are a Skin Type II, meaning your skin is not too oily, not too dry, with some sheen in the T-zone, and dryness around the eyes. On your very fair skin tone a little colour goes a long way. When choosing lip, cheek, and eye makeups, begin with paler tones or transparent formulas.
Well...sure...that makes a lot of sense. Thus, began my love affair with Clinique and the path to “freezing” my face at a younger place in time. I begin every morning with a gentle liquid facial soap in the shower, followed by a scrub. Then, I moisturize from my forehead to the base of my throat. I use Moisture Surge for Eyes to reduce puffiness. Then, at night, I wash off my makeup with a gentle soap and then use Turnaround Cream and thicker, more intense eye cream before I go to bed. This routine won’t necessarily work for everyone, but it shows the importance of establishing a routine.
I have a scene in the first book of my Sorority Series where one of my heroines is horrified that she has a huge zit on her forehead and another heroine takes are of her, stepping in with her skin care products and talking about the importance of washing, toning and moisturizing. What? I can “preach” a little bit in my books, can’t I?
Here are some secrets I’ve learned over the years and things you can do for your skin:
- I’m not one to think we should stay out of the sun. I think a nice, healthy tan or glow is good for our skin. However, ALWAYS use good, strong sunscreens when you’re in the sun and moisturize your skin when you come in.
- Try not to smoke. If you smoke a lot when you’re young, you run the risk of lines around your mouth that will not go away no matter how much you moisturize.
- When you wash or moisturize, stretch your face out by opening your mouth wide. This allows your products to get into the skin really well and by stretching, you’re exercising the muscles of your face.
- Be gentle with your eyes. The skin around our eyes is very sensitive and delicate. Treat it with care. Don’t rub a lot and use a gentle eye makeup remover or merely warm water.
- Water. Water. And more water. Our skin is thirsty and water is an excellent thing to give it on a daily basis. Doctors recommend eight (8) eight ounce glasses of water a day.
- 6. Find a product line your skin (and budget) loves and stick to it. I love Clinique, but there are many other awesome skin product lines out there like Lancome, Almay, Cover Girl, Origins, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Prescriptives, etc. Or go to Sephora and explore many other brands. Treat yourself to a makeover and consultation to make sure you’re getting the products that are best for you.
7. Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise and try not to stress out. Frowning and squinting and other facial ticks due to stress, an unhealthy diet and lack of sleep will only lead to wrinkles.
8. Wash your face every morning and every night. Don’t just buy the products, but use them.
9. Use “clean” makeup. Don’t let makeup get old and caked and crusted. Use fresh sponges. Cosmetics only last about 6-10 months, so make sure you’re putting good things on your face. Know the ingredients and avoid too much alcohol on the skin or over-oily products.
I hope these skin care tips have been helpful to you! Like I said, I’m no expert, but these are the things that have worked for me over the years. What has worked for you? Any beauty buzz secrets? Any “miracle” products? Share your regiment with us.
Marley = )
Sorority Rush Begins – Spring 2008!