Sucker for skincare
I recently aged another year and the harsh reality set in that I will not always have a “flawless” face. Yikes. My feet couldn’t get me into a new skincare regimen fast enough. What did I land on? A few different products, actually, from two different brands: Vichy and La Roche-Posay. Essentials of a good regimen include face wash, an exfoliant (either one intended for weekly use, or a gentler daily formula), eye cream and moisturizer — an SPF-infused moisturizer for the day and a night cream for while you are sleeping.
Additional products aren’t necessary, but they can make a difference and be an added bonus. Depending on your skin type, there are a number of a great products available. For more oily skin, a mattifier will reduce shine and protect from breakouts — some for eight plus hours — and alcohol-free toners applied after washing will remove excess oils. Spot remover, masques and targeted serums are great for anyone with scars or age spots they want to disappear.
While acquiring skincare products is half the battle, knowing how to use them is a whole other animal. “Wipe on, wipe off” isn’t going to cut it in the long run. A Japanese skincare brand called Shiseido promotes Shiatsu facial massage, but even if you aren’t into the entire routine of motions and massages, it’s no problem. By taking the time to massage your face in circular motions with your cleanser, serums and moisturizers, you are drawing blood to the surface of your skin, encouraging cell reproduction and keeping your skin looking younger and smoother.
When your skin feels better, you tend to feel better.
Creating a system and knowing your products makes the process of washing and treating your skin much easier. Also, seeing the results will only encourage your curiosity about other products on the market.
I’ll admit it: I am a product junkie myself. I love the idea of trying new products and seeing results.
My new current obsession: Vichy Laboratories ProEVEN Mineral BB Cream. This product is described as a skin perfecting beauty balm with high purity mineral pigments containing vitamins C and E. The BB cream evens skin tones, conceals dark spots, hydrates for up to 24 hours, and still lets your skin breathe — meaning you get all that great coverage without the clogged pores. Put more simply, BB cream is a moisturizer that you apply in the morning that also doubles as a light foundation. It gives you a light sheet of makeup that matches your natural coloring and lessens the appearance of uneven skin tone. More importantly, it also functions as a protection from sun with an SPF of 20.
Now, many brands have a BB cream and in an array of different price ranges. On the more affordable end of the spectrum, Garnier has BB Cream Skin Renew which can be found at your local drugstores or Target. Clinique offers another affordable option with an SPF of 30 and a special emphasis on defending against aging. Stila’s product claims to reduce the look of wrinkles by over 80 percent. Stila and Clinique can be found at department stores and Sephora.
I encourage everyone to try a version of BB cream and see their complexion change for the better, but keep in mind: The very best partner for any journey into healthier skin is drinking more water. Skincare products, proper hydration and daily mini massages will keep your skin from drying up and cracking on you.