I could not be bothered.
So, I learned a few things. And the threat of aging too quickly kicked me in the butt. 90% of sun damage happens before you're 18! What?! Why do they not teach you this when you're young?!
Luckily, there are easy measures to slow down and slightly reverse some of the damage.
Like I said before, I was super lazy with my skin care. Honestly, I still am. So I have come up with a routine to combat my laziness.
1. Make it simple. I went into detail about all of my skin care products here. Although that blog post does not seem simple, let me break it down for you here. As you may know, I have an obsession with coconut oil. Yes, the benefits are amazing. BUT, it is also the easiest way to wash you face! Rub it on, take off with warm to hot wash cloth. No messy bubbles getting everywhere, or water running down your arm are all over your shirt. I do this twice a day. Then a spray toner from Lush and a skin oil to moisturize. Takes MAYBE five minutes.
2. Understand what products do. Someone recommends a product to you. You buy it, never use it. Why? You have no idea what is actually does or how to use it. Sure, there are usually instructions. But what does it all mean? First, you have to know your skin type. Are you oily, dry, combination, dehydrated? Unsure, here is a full list, and a thorough skin quiz. **Disclaimer** I have never heard of or used their products.** Then, use products for your skin type.
I have a ton of products that have been sitting collecting dust. So, I finally looked at them to understand how often I could use each. This has helped a lot. Now, when I shower, I will throw on a quick mask before hopping in. There are cleansing masks. Here is one that I have been loving. You rub it on your face, leave for 5 minutes and rinse. I find that I will do more skin care in the shower, so this is always the time I do the extra things.
I also exfoliate three times week. Once a week is with a chemical peel, but the other two times will be in the shower. Sometimes I use my Clarisonic to exfoliate. While other times I might use a mechanical exfoliant like this one from Lush. **NOTE** Do not over exfoliate! If you have sensitive skin, use gentle exfoliating products 1-3 times a week. Exfoliating DOES NOT clean your skin more. Exfoliating is used to remove extra dead skin. You CAN exfoliate too much and irritate your skin, causing problems including break outs. When I break out I either keep my routine exactly the same or am more gentle with my skin. Using oils on your skin will actually help break outs to heal more quickly and lighten potential scars.
3. Routine. Once a week I take extra good care of my skin. Typically on a Sunday morning before Bianca is awake. I apply a mask for my skin type, followed by a chemical peel. Some companies carry chemical peels at a lower concentration. However, if you are looking for a full strength product, book weekly or monthly appointments with an esthetician. Often, you can find a deal for regular appointments.
Email me at email@example.com to ask questions of book facial appointments or skin care lessons.
It's not about looking 20 years younger, but about aging gracefully.
Daily - cleanse am/pm, toner, moisturizer, sunblock am.
Weekly - give some extra lovin'.
Periodically - cleansing masks before shower.