|Top 10 Skincare
Tips - Skin Care Tips - Beauty
We all dream of getting
a miracle in a bottle. And so much ad copy leads us to believe it
exists: An instant facelift. Zero pores. Paper smoothness. But our
obsession with being flawless is absurd. Wrinkles happen -- adding
character and depth to the face. Other changes occur as well --
features can become more pronounced and bone structure can become
more angular over time. We get scars. We get freckles. And other
dings and dents. Are these catastrophes? Or merely a map of our
lives? Certain products can help to offset all this, but aging is a
natural (and beautiful) process that happens to all of us. And
acceptance, not denial, looks better on everyone.
A lot of product lines have gotten way
too complicated -- aside from being costly, they take up too much time.
You can keep it simple, and just as effective. Many of us overindulge
our skin anyway -- if we're dry, we tend to over moisturize; if we're
oily, we tend to over strip.
Great skincare, like makeup, doesn't have to cost a lot. A $100 jar of
moisturizer? Forget it! Not many of us could afford a daily routine in
that price range. So don't get caught up in the marketing madness and
don't pay for pseudo science. Your endorsement is the only one that
Here, my top 10 skin tips:
- Protect yourself from the sun -- use
sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10 and 2.
- Don't -- I repeat -- don't smoke.
Your skin is a large organ and it needs a lot of circulation. Smoking
impairs that dramatically. That's why smokers' skin looks dull and
gray. Instead of having oxy-generated blood delivered to the surface
of the skin, they're getting poisons and oxidants.
- Get adequate rest and nutrition.
- Protect yourself from stress -- both
emotional and environmental stress.
- Wash your face twice a day and put
on the proper treatment product. I'm amazed when women tell me they
don't wash their face in the morning. A lot of icky stuff collects
overnight -- dead skin cells, dirt, and dust!
- Don't neglect certain areas of the
skin. Elbows, heels, neck, and décolletage need moisturizing, and your
scalp and the tops of your feet need sun protection.
- Touch your face less and wash your
hands more! Don't get too surgical on yourself. It's very tempting to
pick, poke, squeeze, and scratch in front of the mirror. But the more
you traumatize the skin, the greater your risk of scarring. Apply
treatment products and let them work.
- Keep your makeup clean. Replace the
sponges in your compact on a regular basis. Now and then, toss the
whole works and start fresh -- the average shelf life for cosmetics is
6 to 12 months. Don't buy products so expensive that you'll be
heartbroken if you have to throw them away.
- Exercise moderation. More is not
always better. Moisturizer, for example, is the most overused product
in America. We've been bamboozled by cosmetic companies into thinking
every square inch of our body has to be slathered. And it's simply not
true. Exfoliators are another thing to be careful with. Used too
often, they over acidify and irritate your skin.
- Beware of counter girls. If it were
up to them, you'd be in the bathroom for two and a half hours each
morning -- putting 80 layers on your face. Keep your regimen simple.
And when you do add a new product, do it gradually so your skin has
time to adjust. Each skincare or makeup product has an average of 20
to 40 ingredients -- you're introducing 20 to 40 potential allergens
to your face every time you try something new.