The Lazy Girl Guide to Skincare: The Do’s and Don’t’s

At the tender age of 27 I’m just now starting to realize the importance of a good skincare regimen. I’m also starting to realize that like most things, a lot of trial and error is required to get a system in place that works for you.  Brief background on my skin: I have a bit of problematic skin in the form of cystic acne (and because I’m still learning, I don’t know right now what could be triggering flare ups). I have combo skin, usually my nose is super dry but my chin and cheeks are super oily. Other than that my skin is clear but on the sensitive side. So, if you, like me have problem skin, sensitive skin and don’t have hours of your life to dedicate to your skincare routine, read on…

Step One: WASH THAT FACE!

Summary: Use mild,  fragrance-free products, mild-to-cool water, never hot. Products with tea tree oil are good for problematic skin. Never go to sleep with makeup on, bad girl!

In the AM, I tend to wash my face with a mild soap that doesn’t strip my skin of the oils it naturally produces and needs. If you have acne prone skin, go for face washes that contain tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic. Remember to NEVER, ever wash your face with hot water.  If you have drier skin you can skip the face wash during the day to help the skin retain its natural oils. I love using the Simple Skincare Micellar Water to remove my makeup then following up with a healing face wash like The Body Shop’s one (pictured below). Another really great face wash is Tea MD’s Daily Facial Cleanser (I have a full review on it here).

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Above: Simple Cleansing Micellar Water/ The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

Step Two: Prep and Moisturize

Summary: Protect your skin from the sun with SPF. It’s the only rule you need to remember when it comes to moisturizers. Nobody likes leather face!

Finding serums and moisturizers that really help bring out your skin is hard with thousands of products on the market.  Only use the things your skin needs, dump the rest. In fact, the only thing you need to remember about face moisturizer is that it should have at least SPF 15. If your moisturizer doesn’t have it make sure your foundation (if you use it during the day) does. Some of the best lotions don’t have SPF like Clinique ‘s Dramatically Different, so having a BB cream or foundation with SPF really helps. Easy rule of thumb; the fairer the skin the higher the SPF (but don’t do anything under 15 no matter what).

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Above (L to R): Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion/Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer/Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion/Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream 

Step Three: Show the Eye Area Extra Love

Summary: Invest in a good eye cream. Don’t be afraid to use one for day and a different one for night. The eye is the window to the soul, make yours a clear window to look into!

In your 20s it really is all about keeping your eye area moisturized.   If you have bags under your eyes, use cooling gels (stick em in the fridge for added coolness). To help eliminate dark circles and hydrate the eye area use products that contain caffeine.  I swear by Clinique All About Eyes Rich (not pictured because I ran out).  I switch up my eye creams from day to night depending on what issue I want to tackle.  So remember to always remember taking the extra minute to use your ring finger to pat some eye cream around the eye.

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Above (L to R): Dr. Brandt Triple Peptide Eye Cream/RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream/Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Step 4: Get Rid of Dead Weight, Exfoliate!

Summary: Exfoliate once a week and avoid exfoliates that contain really big beads that create invisible tears in the skin. Can you imagine dead cells on your face? Gross, we know!

Ah, one of my favorite things to do now, exfoliate. A lot of people ask me why it’s so important… Exfoliating basically removes dead skin that has naturally piled onto the face. Removing these dead skin cells help new skin cells resurface.  New skin cells add glow, help maintain radiance in the skin but also help in the effectiveness of whatever skincare regimen you have in place. Try not to exfoliate with products that have visible beads too often as this can create invisible tears in the skin (ouch).  I like chemical peels(I swear by Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels) and exfoliates  that have micro-beads, like Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant.  I recommend exfoliating either once a week or once every two weeks.

Step 5: Oil’er Up; Face Oils are Your Friend 

Summary: There is a face oil for everyone, play around and find one that works for you.

I know a lot of my sensitive and oily skin friends have concerns about whether or not oils are okay to use, and they are.  As contradicting as a face oil may sound to a girl with oily skin, there are face oils that actually help create balance for the skin.  I love Josie Maran’s Argan Oil and Tarte’s Maracuja Oil.  I also have a Tea tree oil always at hand, since my skin is breakout prone and tea tree oil is known to help stop pimples in their tracks.

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Above (L to R): Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil/Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Pads/Body Shop Tea Tree Oil 

Step 6: Don’t Forget… 

Summary: Last sentimental words of encouragement! Go on Grasshopper!

Taking care of the biggest organism on your body (your skin) is a job.  And this job has many components to it including drinking enough water, eating healthy and for people with actual skin issues, visiting a dermatologist and getting professional check-ups.  Another small thing that (well at least to me) makes a huge difference is carrying around a good face mist with ingredients that help skin get through a long day! There’s are so many fantastic options like Caudalie Beauty Elixir or Mario Badescu Rosewater Mist (pictured below). Mists are a good pick me up and give skin radiance as well as having added benefits. I also use MAC Fix+ as a makeup setter and a midday refresher (love a product that multi-tasks).  Makeup isn’t magic.  Great makeup, starts with good skin.  Remember that!

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Above (L to R): MAC Fix+/Mario Badescu Facial Spray 

 

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