It’s never too late to start using the essentials of skincare!
A lot of my clients tell me they didn’t start caring for their skin until they were in their late 30s. I certainly didn’t. Prior to my career change into skincare, I worked in the film industry from my mid-20s to mid-30s. I never washed my face or wore sunscreen. I was awake and outside for 18-20 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. I could see the lack of self-care in my face. I could see how aged and damaged my skin looked, how tired my eyes were, how broken out I was, and how very dirty and greasy I felt. That’s when I realized it was time for a change (and it’s never too late to begin caring for your skin).
So I am here to help you sort out the essentials you need to achieve that elusive healthy glowing skin with a great (yet simple) routine.
Step 1 – Cleanse
You may have heard me say over and over again during my #facewashchallenge, cleansing 2x a day every day is the best foundation for attaining your skincare goals. It allows all your secondary products to do their jobs, also you are more likely to put on your serum and moisturizer when your skin feels clean. There is a lot of pressure out in the world to have a large arsenal of products and I highly support having a lot of skincare options. BUT… you don’t have to start there. Just like with anything new, begin with baby steps. If you feel confused or overwhelmed about doing something, chances are you are less likely to do it.
The 3 products listed below are the main ones needed for a functioning skincare routine. But remember the tricky part is they also have to be appropriate for your specific skin type, and that might take some trial and error.
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Essential step: find a trusty cleanser
Your cleanser does not have to be glamorous or expensive. But it does have to clean by removing dirt, oil, sunscreen, and makeup. I know that Cetaphil is the most popular cleanser out there (especially for sensitive skin), but unfortunately, it does not have any beneficial ingredients to support the health of your skin. So If you are using Cetaphil, use it all up and let’s step into a more robust cleanser that will still be gentle for your skin type, but effective.
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Step 2 – Moisturizer (Hydrate)
I don’t believe that you need two different moisturizers for day and night. Now there are circumstances when you would, but if you are just starting out or trying to hone your skincare routine, let’s begin with one good skin-appropriate moisturizer.
Remember we are trying to keep the overwhelm to a minimum. As with all products, it’s important to pick a moisturizer that will keep your skin glowing as well as feel good on your skin. And you must apply it every day, twice a day after cleansing.
Moisturizer is important to seal in your natural oils, preventing your skin from going into shock and over-producing oil which can lead to breakouts. One of the most common mistakes someone with dry skin can do is use moisturizers that are too heavy for their skin. Most people with dry skin have very small pores which in part defines dry skin.
Small pores can’t absorb the larger molecules of a heavy moisturizer which results in those hard small underground whiteheads or the feeling that the product is just sitting on top giving a slimy or slick sensation to your skin.
Unless you really love the feeling of a thick cream, most dry skins should use medium weight moisturizers that absorb easily and feel like nothing when wearing.
Pro tip: this is normal
Pro Tip: It’s typical to feel like a hot mess at the end of the day. You may feel like your products and makeup are sliding down your face. Only folks with a makeup artist touching them up throughout the day don’t feel greasy or dirty by the end of the day.
Think about it, if you put your moisturizer on at 7:30am and you feel gross around 4p or 5p, that’s 9 ½ -10 ½ hours. So yes it’s ok to feel like you are melting. Either dust on a bit of powder before you go out for the night or wash your face and start over. OR wash your face when you get home and consider that your bedtime routine.
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Step 3 – Sunscreen (Protect)
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of SPF. If it’s day time you should be wearing SPF. Even if you think you aren’t going to be outside, even if it’s gray and rainy. Even if you are in a polar vortex. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE wear sunscreen.
If you really want to slow the aging process, nothing works better than sunscreen. And like Suze Orman, the financial guru, says, about saving for retirement, ‘it’s never too late to start!’
“It’s never too late to start!”
Congrats on graduating Skincare 101
So listen, that’s skincare in 3 easy steps. It’s not the end-all be-all, but it’s where it starts. Once you feel comfortable with those steps and you have done them consistently enough that they have become a habit and part of your daily routine, then we can start to ease you into additional targeted products that will focus on your specific concerns. But like any new skill, you have to master the art of Cleanse, Hydrate and Protect.
Don’t worry I’ll help coach you while you are in training wheels and will eventually ease you into stepping up your game, but only when you are ready. And we all move at our own pace.
Be kind to your skin…. Go wash your face.