There is nothing more important to a beautiful complexion than a good regimen. People often comment on my complexion and ask me what I do to achieve my even skin tone. I often say, “Oh, nothing special” or “I wash my face twice a day, no matter what.” But really, I say these things to avoid the embarrassing truth. I am obsessive about my skin care and products. Bad obsessed. But, the results are validating. Now, once and for all, I will answer that loaded question….”What do you do to make your skin like porcelain?”
Here are my top 10 beauty tips:
1. Drink loads of water. Your first line of defense in age prevention is hydrated skin. You can buy all the lotions and potions in the world, but you will waste fistfuls of cash if you are not hydrating from within.
2. Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night… no matter what. I use the Clairsonic Plus model that comes with different heads for your face and body. I really like the timer that guides you on how long to spend on different areas of your face.
3. Avoid the sun. No seriously, pretend you are a vampire… Wear hats, breathable long-sleeve shirts, sit in the shade and ALWAYS wear sunscreen. You probably won’t be surprised to hear I have a Vitamin D deficiency.
4. Don’t touch your face, or if you have to… Pat, don’t rub. When applying lotions and cream, apply by patting them on your face, do not rub. Rubbing stretches out your skin… And, well, what’s more ironic than applying anti-aging products in a manner that ages your skin?
5. Have an arsenal of lotions and creams. At night, I use eye cream and night cream. In the morning, I do a few things. First, I start with a serum, like Mario Badescu’s Cellufirm Drops. I let this absorb completely before applying my second product. If my skin still feels dry, I apply a light SPF 15 moisturizer. Again, let it completely absorb. Then, I apply a primer, my absolute fave is Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. After that, I apply make up if I feel like it, or if I am too lazy, I go au naturel. Don’t go overboard here… Too much of anything is bad.
6. Treat yourself to a facial once a week. This may seem unachievable, but I am about to tell you about one product that will change your life… I mean, my favorite thing EVER. You want to hear about it? Want to know what it is? Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay.
BOOM! I purchased my first tub of this magical powder about four years ago, and am just now realizing its full potential (also, I have not exhausted my first one pound tub yet). Recently, I changed my method. The instructions say you can either mix the powder with water or apple cider vinegar, and until about three months ago, I used water. Using water is okay, but it is harder to mix and the power turns into a tough clay that is hard to apply. Apple cider vinegar reacts with the powder and almost eliminates the mixing process completely. The powder turns into a light mousse, very easy to apply. Since the mask hardens up and is difficult to remove, I recommend removing it in a hot shower so you don’t worry about making a mess. You also get a nice steam effect. After the mask, apply some serum, eye cream and night cream. Voila! Your at home facial is complete.
7. Repurpose lotion for eye-makeup remover. It’s important to get all that eyeliner and mascara off your pretty little lids every night. No need to purchase extra products, just make sure your lotion won’t irritate your eyes.
8. Sleep on your back. We are getting back to the whole “don’t stretch out your skin” thing. Sleeping on your side or belly can crease and stretch your skin. I am sure you have noticed that boob crease when you sleep on your side… And, who wants that?
9. Baking soda. Following the regimen above, the likelihood of acne decreases significantly. However, about once a month, I will get a pimple or two. I know your instinct is to pick at it, but don’t. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again. Don’t touch your face… Especially to pick at a pimple. The oils in your fingertips will exacerbate the problem. Plus, if you pop it, then you have a longer healing time than if you just stick it out. Mixing a bit of water and baking soda together act as a great face mask that combats acne.
10. Watch how you position your face. Yes, you can accomplish this easily with Botox, but for those of us uninterested, you can also remember to remain stoic. Calm those inquisitive eyebrows or squinting those eyes (excuse to buy sunglasses!). Avoid drinking out of straws – puckering up creates lines (smokers, beware, too).
There you have it, my 10 top tricks of the trade. Go forth and prosper. I would love to hear back from you on how you liked these tips or if you have any other ideas.