If we’re talking about beauty, it’s important to discuss the most foundational element of beauty, which is skincare. You can put all kinds of money and time into makeup, but if the canvas you’re applying it to isn’t in great shape, it’s an issue. You can maximize your beauty investment without sacrificing a lot of additional money and time by taking great care of your skin.
1. Wear sunscreen.
Seriously, wear it. Even if you’re just getting casual exposure as opposed to sunbathing, those UV rays are sucking all the life out of your skin and making you age. We’re all going to age anyway, and we don’t need any help with that, thank you very much. Shoot for an SPF of at least 30, and apply it every single day, even in the winter. You want a brand that’s non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.
2. Use a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser.
I have combination skin, and it’s difficult to find something that strikes the balance between keeping my oily T-zone under control and not drying out my cheeks. I’m using Younique’s Illuminate Clean cleanser ($39), which is a naturally-based product specifically designed for sensitive and normal to dry skin, and it’s phenomenal. My face feels so clean after washing, but it doesn’t strip all of the natural oils from the dry areas of my face.
Even if you’re using a gentle cleanser, your skin needs to stay moisturized. You want something that’s not greasy, that doesn’t have fragrance added (fragrance is responsible for a lot of allergic reactions or sensitivity issues with beauty products), and something that provides adequate moisture and keeps your skin looking young. I love Younique products because they’re naturally based, and I have very sensitive skin and they’re extremely gentle. Younique’s Divine Daily Moisturizer ($39) is my go-to here.
4. Take care of the delicate skin around your eyes.
This is where many of us show signs of aging first. Every smile, every tear you’ve shed in your life can be seen in the fine lines around your eyes, and it’s important to take particular care with this delicate skin. The very best product I have ever used on this area is Younique’s Uplift Eye Serum, and it’s not close. This product looks pricy ($65) but one bottle lasts me for several months. I use just one small drop at a time. I have tried a ton of different products to take care of this sensitive area, and they often burn my skin or provide inadequate moisture. This product is incredibly gentle and works so well.
Proper hydration is an underrated facet of caring for your skin, not just on your face, but everywhere. To determine the proper amount of water that you need to be appropriately hydrated each day, divide your weight by two, and the result is the number of ounces of water your body needs each day to be fully hydrated. If you weight 130 pounds, you need 65 ounces of water per day, which is a little over the eight cups of water people consider to be the daily standard.
When you start focusing on hydrating properly each day, you may notice that your skin gets worse before it gets better. This is normal, so don’t be discouraged by it. The additional hydration is flushing toxins out of your system that may manifest in the form of breakouts. Once your system has adapted to proper hydration you’ll see a dramatic difference in how young and clean and fresh your skin looks.
What are your best skincare tips? What products do you love?