“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.” – Linden Tyler
Most of us have our needs and wants prioritized. Life sustaining necessities – food, water, and shelter – top the list, but we also budget for things like lunch, coffee, clothes, etc. If your budget leaves little for skincare, you may want to rethink your approach. We’re not suggesting you spend a third of your monthly income on creams and serums, but the money you do spend on skincare should be rewarding you with great skin. Think of it as a return on your investment (ROI).
Skincare Is Healthcare
Thanks to some really great marketing by Clinique, most people think of a skincare regimen as having three steps: cleanse, tone, moisturize. Those basics ensure that our skin remains free of not just dirt and oil but also bacteria. While those three steps are the building blocks of skincare, your skin may be dull and uneven if you don’t include some form of exfoliation. If you want to shorten up your routine, grab a cleanser that also contains mild exfoliating ingredients, like sugar cane extract and white willow bark extract. These not only cleanse the skin but help improve its texture by eliminating dead skin cells and encouraging healthier cells to come to the surface.
The Payoff Comes from Dedication
If you’ve ever tried to improve your skin a week before a special occasion, you know that it just doesn’t work that way. Skincare is only as effective as your dedication to it. For the best results, schedule time every day to properly care for your skin. If you do your routine in the evening, you’ll be less rushed and more likely to include potent serums or retinol products that a busy morning just doesn’t permit. Your morning routine can be super-fast … just be sure to finish up with sunscreen every time you’re planning to go outside. Sunscreen is, by far, the best anti-aging product you can use because it prevents damage in the first place.
How to Build Your Regimen
Instead of copying some celebrity’s routine or buying an entire “system” from an infomercial, take stock of your skin as well as your goals. Skin can be normal, dry, oily, or a combination of types, but a gentle low pH cleanser works for most everybody. If you’re oily, you may be thinking of skipping moisturizer, but that can actually signal your body to pump out more oil as it perceives it’s suffering. When it comes to addressing issues like skin texture, dark spots, or lack of firmness, look for serums to handle each concern separately. There are no magical all-in-one products, so making informed choices will help you keep your expectations in check. Last, but not least, become a sunscreen devotee. There are great options for all skin types, so there’s no need to risk skin cancer.
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