I’m not gonna lie, I’m jealous of all the people who have flawless skin – naturally (like, born that way naturally). This is coming from a person who has mild rosacea among other things, like the occasional stress pimple or the oily forehead syndrome by lunch break. So, now that I’m at the ripe age of 26, I’m starting to take skincare to a serious level. Anti-aging.
I don’t know about you all, but I spent spring breaks and summer breaks basking away in the sun. I applied sunscreen approximately once throughout the whole day and it was a level 15 max. And let’s not forget the baby oil. Apparently, the only way to prove you had an amazing vacation was to come back looking like a piece of burnt coal – and that I did, my fellow friends. Fortunately, it’s never too late to reverse some minor sun damage and get back on the right track. The track to healthy, smooth, and wrinkle-free skin!
You know, skin is the largest organ of the body. I know what you’re thinking… “duh.” Well, as painfully obvious as that may sound, it’s really easy to forget and neglect! Anyway, for the past few years I have been in search of the best skin care lines out there and I found myself asking “to go organic or not to go organic?” That is the question.
Let’s address that question, shall we? Okay- so here is my unprofessional conclusion. Before I continue, please note that by no means am I a dermatologist so please do consult yours before you make any rash decisions! Moving on. My conclusion is this: it is incredibly hard to find a product that has zero chemicals in it and the ones that don’t have any seem to never soak into your skin – or at least my skin. There is always this layer of residue left and who wants that? True- we don’t want to have toxic chemicals in our products either, but there are tons of “natural” products out there formulated without toxic chemicals.
Here is what you don’t want in your products:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
Look at the ingredients listed on your products. I repeat, READ INGREDIENTS. If you have sensitive skin, like I do, you most definitely need to stay away from those ingredients listed above. Especially people with dermatitis – stay away from sulfates! An easy way to look for skincare products is to go to sephora.com. They actually put “Sephora‘s natural seal” on all of the lines that meet their requirements and you can see what each product is formulated without.It really is a case of trial and error when it comes to skin care. Believe me – I have drawers filled with half empty jars of product, but it’s the only way!
Now, on the topic of… anti-aging. For those of us who are too sensitive to the prescribed “Retin-A” or even retinol in over the counter products- anti-wrinkle or firming serums without it will work just fine.
Here is my guide to the most effective way to get maximum benefits:
Step 1: Remove all make-up. Yes, even if your dead tired before bed. (Neutrogena make-up remover cloths are quick and easy)
Step 2: Wash your face with a cleanser – targeting your needs. I use Caudalie Gentle Cleanser – LOVE IT.
Step 3: Apply a serum targeting your concerns: anti-wrinkle, firming, or sun-spots. Caudalie has a great gentle one!
Step 4: A nourishing face cream that will keep your skin hydrated – not oily. I’m using Caudalie Moisturizing Cream. (Ones with antioxidants are great because they fight free-radicals, which helps preserve your young- sexy- skin.) You don’t need to worry about “anti-wrinkle” in your cream (just yet) since you’re using a more potent serum for that
Step 5: Apply an anti-wrinkle or firming eye cream.
Step 6: SPF. At least 30. Non-Negotiable. Case Closed. (I know you’re thinking – well my moisturizer has SPF. If it does- great, but remember it needs to be at least 30!)
There you have it. Six steps to healthy-flawless-sexy skin. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you think about it – at night it decreases to five steps because you won’t need SPF. And in the morning you won’t need to take off your make-up because you were good and followed step 1 the night before. If you want results ladies, you need to work. Beauty is pain – but well worth it!!
Some natural skincare lines that I like are: Caudalie, Korres, Boscia, and First Aid Beauty!
If you don’t want to go the “natural” route and prefer skincare by well-known dermatologists, my good friend, Georgia is a consultant for Rodan and Field’s new line(s). If that name sounds familiar to you, that’s because they are the founders of Proactive- so if you loved proactive, you will surely love what they have to offer now! Yes, this includes anti-aging! Check it out here. They are doctors after all
PS: I made my “power protein pancake” this morning and substituted the Amazing grass and peanut butter for 2 T. of organic pumpkin. AMAZING! It’s like fall in your mouth