More often than not, a lot of us spend exorbitant amounts of money on makeup. Me, yes, me, I’m guilty of this. We focus more on covering things up, instead of trying to care for them. Which, I’ve been guilty of in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I bought loads of skincare products, but I usually strayed away from super high-end treatments, serums, lotions, you name it. I most certainly didn’t wear sunscreen either. And for those of you with your naturally beautiful, clear, even skin… I’m talking to you as well. I don’t care if you have the face of a velvet rug. You should be taking care of your skin too.
While I have a growing passion for skin, and understanding why it behaves the way that it does, I’ve come to a few very hard conclusions. One, investing into your skin is absolutely detrimental to the way your skin will age in the future. Your skin is so important, and taking care of it is a must. This applies to men as well. ***Unfortunately, our society shames men for taking part in skincare because it’s seen as a feminine activity. While, fortunately I am here to attest to that. Let’s normalize men using skincare products, and what society has deemed as feminine. I mean, come on, wouldn’t you love to see your man glowing for the gods? Or how about his incredibly long lashes that you’re dying to play with?**
Continuing on, I think your skin is one of the best things to invest in. If you want your embrace your wrinkles later on, keep hitting those tanning beds and avoiding sunscreen. That’s a promising entrance to Wrinkle-Ville. When I say this, I just cannot understand why this isn’t more common? Sunscreen is a great preventative measure for so many things, ranging from skin, and sun damage. Along with cancer, and burns. None of those things are fun, and the best option is just to wear your damn sunscreen.
This, along with everything else I’ve mentioned probably sounds a bit redundant, but it’s just so important. Your skin is what you will live in, and you will either be covered in sunspots by your forties, and wrinkles.. for what? For the sun kissed glow you simply could’ve achieved with a sunless tanner. All in all, sunscreen is important. It’s not even expensive, so just hop online or drive down to your drugstore, and bathe in it.
Keeping your skin healthy and strong is also a protection for your general health. Allowing bacteria to grow all along your skin not only sounds gross, but it looks gross. When you feel good about yourself, you look good. How do we manage to feel good? By taking care of ourselves, and putting our best face forward. Finding confidence takes love, and love comes from self care.
This means, you should get that facial you’ve been contemplating for the last year. Buy that expensive serum. Figuring out your personal skin type, what it needs, and what preventative measures you should take is all found by trial and error. Track down the dupe, give it a shot. Use that microdermabrasion set you’ve had in your cabinet for weeks. Give your face a break from makeup for a few days. Steam your face, and moisturize.
If there’s a new product on the market, and people are raving about it, there’s a reason. Give it a shot. Even if things don’t work, you can work on understanding what your face needs, and what it wants. I’ve found that when you can get in tune with your skin, you can get in tune with your dietary health. Which hopefully we all know both, especially in conjunction are incredibly beneficial.
I’m in no way trying to discourage any of you from buying that $50 highlight either. Just make sure you’re washing it off at night and giving your bare-face some love too. Remember that whatever your put into your body, you will more than likely see on your face. Drink your smoothies, take your vitamins. Your overall health will improve, and again, when you feel good, you really do look good. Another bonus is when your skin looks good, your makeup looks better.
Because all in all, we want to love the skin we are in. Each and every one of us. We don’t want to plagued with wrinkles when we’re 30. Because when your wrinkles come in, not even the best foundations on the market can completely conceal them.
Investing into your skin is one of the greatest things you could do for yourself, because after chatting with some of the older generations, they regret being sun babes, and wish they would’ve been carrying that handy dandy SPF around.
Love your skin, and take good care of it. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
Some great anti-aging, collagen stimulating, skin treatments/suggestions:
Retinol – Vitamin A derivative. Use this at night, and make sure it is stored/packaged correctly so it is not ruined by air. Don’t use too much. The recommended amount is pea-sized.
Hydroquinone – This lightens the skin, and blocks the enzymes that produce melanin production. Do not wear this during the day time, as it will damage your skin when in sunlight. Use an SPF the following days.
Hyaluronic Acid – A powerful humectant that keeps the skin hydrated, and younger looking.
Vitamin E – An antioxidant that treats, as well as prevents skin wounds, scars, wrinkles, and over-drying.
Glycolic Acid – Treats acne, and blackheads. Minimizes pores, and dark spots, along with treating ingrown hairs. It’s a great anti-aging acid as well.
An anti-aging, skincare tool I love and highly recommend is the dermaroller. If you’d like to know more about that: <<CLICK HERE>>