If there’s one thing I know after working the ranks of Estee Lauder and Prescriptives for almost seven years combined, it would be how to treat your skin. Giving respect to the largest organ our bodies possess should not be a gracious extraordinary gesture saved for special occasions but instead should be a routine purpose conducted on an everyday basis. Obviously, the basics include a healthy diet, little inclusion of sugar and water consumed by the gallons. Secondly, is the outward care of the surface skin, a daily healthy cleansing practice (preferably morning and night) and a moisturizer. And if you really want to perfect your at home regime try enlisting the aid of a weekly mask (to help with moisture, firming or hinder oiliness) or an exfoliating scrub to assist with troubled skin that just seems to have lost it’s glow might be an alternative you’ll want to add into your system.
If you haven’t already begun a program that’s showing you results, fear not because it’s never really too late. Although the sooner the better, you can still prolong the signs of aging with a solid skin care system in place later in life (provided you’re using products targeted for your particular issues) and premier brands don’t hurt. I started using an anti- aging moisturizer in my early twenties. Even with my warm skin tone I still knew early on the benefits of sun protection and a good night cream. All I have to say is that right up to my late thirties I was still being carded at nightclubs. Just sayin’. I just turned fifty last November and I think I look pretty darn good.
Here are some of my favorite picks for great skin all season long. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little here, as with food choices (things going into your body) you only get one skin so treat it right. For some, spending a fortune on skincare is more than a luxury it’s an absolute necessity.Cost aside, whatever you decide, the most important step is getting started, or if you just need to tweak your existing plan add in a product or adjust a step as you see fit.
Here’s to your great skin!
Wishing you Love and Luxury,
Try Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash for morning and night cleansing. To remove a day’s worth of makeup, including stubborn waterproof mascara I love MAC Cleansing Wipes . Keep these next to your bed at night. A great simple daily moisturizer that doubles as sunscreen is this one by Aveeno Positively Radiant . Essentially a great basic eye cream with SPF is this one Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector and for night and day enlist Lancome Renergie Eye Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Eye Cream to arrest fine lines and premature wrinkles.
For problem skin at any age it can seem like your fighting a never ending battle. Help combat the struggle with these tools.Try Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash to aid with clearing oil without stripping or Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash it cleanses with the benefit of resurfacing and adding moisture. Add hydration with Natura Bisse Oxygen Cream. When breakouts appear treat them on the spot with this at night Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment or in a rush/touch ups throughout the day, Cover FX Blemish Treatment Concealer .
Start with one of my favorites Fresh Soy Face Cleanser . This soap free soy infused cleanser is gentle enough for sensitive skin but still effective at removing impurities. Proceed with your moisturizer like this one Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream . You’ll want to keep your plan simple so limit your steps to just a few. In any case, every skin demands a sunscreen so keep yours protected with this gentle one from Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector .
No matter what climate you live in if you’re a sufferer of dry, parched and thirsty skin then you know the dire importance of excellent skincare. So to support its needs an ample moisture therapy is clearly the protocol for relief. Start with a cleanser that adds extra moisture and hydration like this one Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil then add in an extra step like Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment followed by this tried and true classic from Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream . Make sure your eye cream hold its weight and performs like it should. To be sure try this one on for size Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Advanced Repair Retinol Eye Cream .
By now we know the rules have changed and time is definitely running out on the clock. Slow the sands of time down with a program geared to restore, replenish and regenerate your youth. What I’m currently using is the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash featured above which gets a boost from this gizmo Clarisonic Mia 2 . I switch up between Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Cream and Perricone MD Photo Plasma depending on how much sun exposure I think I’ll be allotted. And while there is no substitute for a full eight hours of sleep I use a under eye cream as well, even during the day. This one suits me Eye Duty Triple Eye Remedy . I received a sample of this a while back and had to purchase the full size. At night I break out the heavy artillery reverting to the MAC face wipes as a first rite before my cleansing ritual. I use a heavier night-time moisturizer, Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme is my go-to along with it’s partner Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti Aging Eye Balm . And of course no night time regime is ideal without this inclusion Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair . For a weekly “spa-like feel” I treat my skin to the pleasure of Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment along with a new one that I just ordered Natura Bisse Essential Shock Intense Mask sure to be a keeper.
Every now and again a pesky blemish turns into the spot that wont leave! What to do? Anything with Retinol, licorice root or Vitamin C is a sure fire hit. Work these into your lineup from time to time. Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair may look small packaged but the duo packs a powerful punch, formulated with Vitamin A (Retinol) this helps speed up cell turnover; revealing brighter skin over time. Try Murad Post Acne Spot Lightning Gel with hydroquinone; a tried and true component that dermatologists have suggested to combat hyper-pigmentation for years. At night give your skin a drink with this Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream , part of the Estee’ Lauder family this dose of vitamins E, C and H help replenish, restore and retexturize skin overnight. And part of my very own “special needs” team is this one, Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation which contains Vitamin C, Licorice root and pea extract for a triple threat.
What works for me now…..
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