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Monday, March 22, 2010

Beauty Regimen Help!  

This topic is a request from a friend/ old co-worker of mine!  I think it's actually good timing to discuss a beauty regimen, as the weather is changing and so is our skin! Here are the steps that I typically follow and some products that I believe in!

I follow this 4 step process:
Apply Sunscreen

1. Cleanse
I have found that you do not need to spend a lot on a cleanser. Just find one that works with your skin type, and stick with it! AVOID bar soap!  Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin and a clear one if you have oily skin. Just use a dime size amount and ALWAYS use lukewarm water!  If you have really dry skin, try using a cold cream, that you just wipe off, without water.  Do not over wash your face. Experts say once a day is fine.

Skin care professionals and doctors recommend this product.
Specifically designed for dry sensitive skin, but works for most types.
Under $10

2. Exfoliate
A lot of women forget this step in their weekly routines. Men exfoliate everyday when they shave, which explains why my husband's skin looks so good!
I say exfoliate 3 times a week with a gentle scrub that uses tiny grains (large grains can tear your skin). Scrubs will manually remove dead skin cells, that cause your skin to look dull. Make sure you moisturize immediately following the use of a scrub. The scrub below is called "daily" however I found "daily" to be too much for my skin, so I use it 3 times a week.

Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
This daily facial scrub helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. This unique formula combines moisture-rich Soy extract with smooth, round microbeads to gently exfoliate while you cleanse, leaving skin soft, smooth and even-looking. Its soap-free, oil-free, hypoallergenic ingredients are good for everyday use and gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Under $10

2.a To tone or not to tone?
I personally like using a toner to remove the excess make-up or oil after cleansing.  Experts say "if you like it use it".  So try one and see if it works for you.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner
This mild yet effective toner for all skin types helps refine surface texture while providing the ideal preparation for classic Ultra Facial Moisturizer. Made with effective emollients squalane, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil and vitamin E, this nonalcoholic toning formula gently removes surface debris and remaining residue while hydrating and comforting skin.
Under $20

3. Moisturize
This is the most important (well besides #4) step in your routine. Moisturizing locks in the moisture in your skin. Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturize.  If your skin feels tight, as mine often does, then your skin is literally begging for more moisture.
When choosing a moisturizer, the perfect one will fit three requirements: It smells best, feels best and goes on without feeling greasy. A quality moisturizer should never irritate or burn skin.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Inspired by the original, beloved Ultra Facial Moisturizer, this 24-hour, light-textured daily hydrator leaves skin comfortable and visibly well-balanced. The unique combination of ingredients helps reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air. With continuous water replenishment throughout the day, skin is smooth, healthy-looking and 'moisture-even.'
Under $30

3b. Eye Creams
The skin around our eyes is so thin, that it is prone to wrinkles and fine lines.  Squinting is one of the worst things for our eyes. Best thing to do for our eyes is wear a pair of good, protective sunglasses when we are in the sun.  When shopping for an eye cream, look for creams with one of these three ingredients: retinoids which will stimulate cell growth, peptides which will boost collagen production and antioxidants, which will fix free radical damage caused by sun and other environmental factors.

Bliss multi-vitamin energizing All-Around Eye Cream™ depuffs, highly-hydrates, protects, and lessens the appearance of fine lines with soft-focus diffusers, collagen boosters, and anti-wrinkle warriors of ceramides, nutralipids, grapeseed extract, and vitamins C + E.
Under $30

4. Apply Sunscreen
This step is one that I did not find important until well into my twenties!  Now, I do not leave the house without a layer of sunscreen on my face.
The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage. It's so important to use sunscreen everyday, even during the winter and on cloudy days. A good trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for at night and one for during the day with UV protection. Do not use moisturizers with SPF at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 27/7 and can irritate your skin.

Suggestion:  Aveeno Positively Radiant with SPF 30
This unique facial moisturizer goes beyond moisturizing to provide twice the level of sun protection against aging UVA rays to take your skin to a whole new level of healthy radiance. Its breakthrough formula with exclusive Total Soy Complex, is clinically proven to even skin tone and Active Photobarrier Complex™ to provide superior sun protection.
Under $20

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