My Skin Care Secret
The running joke in this author’s family is her personal beauty secret. Don’t wash your face; that’s the secret. You can almost feel the family cringe, as though it’s the most disgusting thing they ever heard! Frankly, the less you put on your face, the better off you will be. Water in itself is a very drying agent, particularly if you live in an area where the water is very hard. Of course, avoiding water is not an option for most women and does supply some moisture. We all have different skin types and come from varied genealogical backgrounds, obviously making skincare needs unique to each individual.
Maintaining moisture is the single most important factor in keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking. Therefore your moisturizer will be your key beauty product. Also, it is important not to delay your moisturizing routine. If you begin moisturizing in your 20’s, by the time you are in your 60’s, you may very well look like you are in your 40’s. Now we are queried with the 64 thousand dollar question. What do you use to moisturize your face? There are nearly as many moisturizers on the market as there are women purchasing them. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the more expensive the product is, the better it is.
Petroleum Jelly As A Moisturizer
Some women actually use petroleum jelly as a moisturizer. Nothing can be more economic than that. Applied after you wash your face, it will lock in the moisture and give you a fresh shiny look. This method may be as repugnant as not washing your face at all to many women. In which case, do some research and find out what dermatologists recommend as key ingredients in a good moisturizing product. Once that is determined, do some comparative shopping looking for those ingredients. If you’re on a tight budget, check the generic brands. More often than not, you will find the exact same ingredients in the generic brand as in the popular name brands. Look for the same ingredients in an all over body wash.
Sunscreen is as equally important as your moisturizer, if not more so. Choosing a brand however is not as brain-wracking. Provided you choose one with a minimum of SPF15, the rest is a matter of preference. In which case, why not choose one that smells good. However, if you are fair-skinned, a higher amount of SPF may be in order. Protecting your skin from the sun will make moisturizing that much easier, and can’t be stressed enough. Speaking off ‘stress’, eliminate it as much as possible from your life. It is the one most damaging factor to your health and a long life.
Lastly, to consider is your make-up products. You should go about choosing them in the same way as choosing your moisturizer. In the case of make-up, most of the time, less is more, depending on your skin type. If your skin has great texture with even skin tone, you could very well go without using a foundation. Nothing can make your skin look less natural than your choice of foundation, so if you must use one, take particular care in your choice. Otherwise, just a little color on your lips and accentuating of your eyes and you’re good to go.
Nothing is more beautiful than a confident woman. How can it be said without using a cliché? Maybe it can’t. Bolstering your confidence and making you feel good on the inside is a perfect way to looking great on the outside.
About Author: This article is a contribution from Mountain View Dermatology, acne facials experts in Boulder Colorado.