My girlfriend Tina crakes me up, she is a total skin care maniac. Literally she must spend an hour a day on cleansing her face. At lunch one day, I had mentioned she should write me a blog post, and she loved the idea .… here are Tina’s top 5 skin care tips.
In Tina’s dramatic words, “ Ever since the age of 25, I’ve feared aging. Instead of celebrating my birthday, I dreaded it because it meant I was getting old. I probably fear wrinkles and skin sagging more than I even fear death. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Up until then, I spent a good portion of my paychecks buying expensive make-up. I grew up with a mother who always emphasized the more you paid for cosmetics, the better the quality of it is. To this day, I still don’t know if the cosmetics sold at the fancy counters are better than what you find at a drugstore but the idea was already ingrained in me. One thing I learned through time though, is that it doesn’t matter how expensive your make up is or how much of it you wear if you don’t have great skin.”
I must confess that I used to be a basic three step skin care system sort of girl. Meaning I would use a cleanser, a toner, and then a moisturizer and then call it good. Not only that, for years I used the same products. Then the last 5 years, I learned to expand my horizons more; I read up on products and beauty regimens, and talked to more specialists that could educate me. Here are a few things I learned through time that I found helpful for taking care of my skin.
1. Your Clarisonic IS NOT an exfoliator. I used to think I didn’t need to exfoliate when I used my Clarisonic. After all, the Clarisonic feels like its an electric toothbrush for your face already and why would you want to put anything else abrasive on your face and overdo it? First of all, if the brush feels rough on your face, it’s probably not the right one for you. I recently discovered that the Radiance brush was the right fit for me because even the Sensitive brush was too abrasive feeling on the lowest vibration setting for me. Second of all, the Clarisonic brush is meant to remove dirt, make up, and oil off of your face. It doesn’t remove dead skin cells. That is what exfoliators are for and you should still exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
2. Pat your moisturizer on. When you rub your moisturizer on your face, it is causing friction. When you pat your moisturizer on, you are allowing the skin to absorb the moisturizer instead of just having it rubbed all over the surface.
3. Take care of your neck like it is your face. Your neck shows the signs of aging just like your face does, so don’t neglect it. Either use the same moisturizing routine or buy a specific moisturizer for your neck. Several skin care lines make specialized anti-wrinkle firming creams for your neck. Every brand these days makes a neck cream, choose you favorite. Estee Lauder, Clarins, Dr. Dennis Gross, Strivectic, 3 Lab, Philosophy, etc.
4. Hydrate before Retinol. If you are using a retinol product that is not in your moisturizer already, you should hydrate your face beforehand. If your face is dry and you put your retinol product on, it won’t absorb into your skin as well. Something I use that I know won’t interact with my retinol product is Josie Maran argan oil. You can use coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, or a moisturizer that doesn’t have some sort of acid already in it. You can also use a serum that doesn’t have any products that might react with your retinol. If you are curious about interactions between your products, you could always ask your dermatologist or aesthetician. (Retinol is The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin)
5. Refrigerate Your Products. You know how people have special refrigerators for their wine bottles? I have always thought that when I design my bathroom for my house one day, I would make sure there was a space for a very sleek small refrigerator I could put some of my products in. A lot of your skin care products, especially if they are more on the “all natural” side, should be kept in a dark cool place anyway. However, there are products I use that I like chilled because they feel better and work better when I apply them cold. For example, I use Clarins Eye Contour Gel in the morning to reduce eye puffiness. I have found using it cold helps to reduce the puffiness more because the cold gel helps to constrict your blood vessels. I also put my face sheet masks in the refrigerator and it becomes an awesome method to cool your self down on a hot summer day. Just make sure you’re not putting any products that might separate in the fridge though.
This leads me to my last tip …
6. Ice your face. I got married a couple of years ago and 2 weeks before my wedding I got a facial. Before I left, my esthetician told me to put ice in a bag or a towel and then apply it to different parts of my face for 5 minutes at a time. The cold constricts your blood vessels to reduce puffiness and redness. So the night before my wedding and the day of, I would rotate the ice on a different part of my face for 30 seconds-1 minute for about 5 minutes. For example, I would put it on one cheek for 30 seconds, then up to my forehead for a minute, etc and continue this for 5 minutes total. Then I would give my face a break for 5 minutes and then repeated the process a couple more times. It really did make my face less puffy and no redness at all. In addition, it helped me to stay pretty “cool” and collected before a stressful situation.
Hopefully some of these tips are helpful and new. If they are not new to you, congratulations, you know more about skin care than a great amount of people out there. More tips to come in the future. Remember, your skin is the biggest organ on your body. Make sure you take care of it. (Tina your awesome! Thanks for all your skin guru knowledge)