How to protect your skin from aging

Although I’m in my early twenties, I’ve spent a lot of time learning about how to take care of my skin now so it looks better later. I’ve picked up some great tips over the years and am happy to share those with you! Keep reading to learn about my skin routine for mornings, make up removal, and night.

Morning

  1. Most mornings I simply rinse my face. Your skin produces natural oils over night as you sleep. Plus, since my skin can get dry I try not to over wash.
  2. Sunscreen (bet you’ve never heard this one before). But it’s true, wearing a daily moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher daily is the way to go. Even in the winter. I’ve read that sun damage is the leading cause of aging skin. So protect yourself!
  3. I then apply a sunscreen to my eye area. Your skin around your eye is more sensitive and thinner than the other skin on your face. That’s why it needs a different moisturizer and sunscreen daily. My favorite eye-area sunscreen is Supergoop! Advanced anti-aging eye cream that has an SPF of 37 and the metal applicator is soothing to the eye area as well.
  4. Your lips also have thinner skin than that of the rest of your face. And they need sun protection too! Thankfully,  a lot of chap sticks have SPF, so I typically only by ones that have the protection built in.

Makeup Removal

I’m sure you know how important it is to wash off all your makeup. I once read that sleeping with make up on for one night ages you by seven days! Even if this is a made up horror to scare us girls into washing our faces nightly, sleeping with make up on is horrible for your skin. That’s why I have a very specific process for make up removal. Some may call it overkill, but this is the only way I feel as though my face is truly clean.

  1. First I remove any eye make up using Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser. I just take a dime sized amount on my ring fingers and gently rub it into my lashes and eye area. This stuff works wonders and is cheap! I then splash some water on my face and rub the cream all over. (Warning: this part looks crazy with black eyeliner all over your face).
  2. I then wash my face using baby soap. I feel as though this step really removes all remaining traces of make up.
  3. Lastly, I was my face using a facial wash. Some of my favorites are:

Nights

After washing my face from the days toxins I both exfoliate and moisturize before hitting’ the hay. Here is my step-by-step process:

  1. Exfoliate. This is such an important step in anyone’s skin routine. After washing my face I take the cotton pad with toner on it and rub it over my eye area. I do this because the skin around your eyes needs exfoliating too and since you typically have the most make up there its even more important. My two favorite toners are:
  2. Moisturize the drier parts of my face and neck. Always moisturize your neck in upward motions. My cheeks and around my mouth tend to be dry while the rest of my face is oilier. I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ this stuff is great! The price tag may look steep but it lasts forever and is the perfect moisturizer for when you want to touch up.
  3. Next I put on First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream all over. This is a great over night cream that keeps my skin hydrated.
  4. To moisturize my eye area I use Clinique All About Eyes Rich. Use your ring fingers when applying any creams to your eye area – your ring finger is supposed to be the weakest finger and will therefore be the most gentle to the area.
  5. Lastly, I hydrate my lips. Your lips, as mentioned, are another delicate area similar to that around the eyes. Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip Treatment is both anti-aging and hydrating.

And of course, the last tip I must share is WATER! Water hydrates your skin from within and if you up your water intake I promise you will notice a difference. Whenever I’m experiencing a breakout I drink tons of water and my skin will look better by the next day!

I hope you learned a thing or two. Or at least I’ve helped to inspired a healthy skin routine! No matter what, making an effort to better your skin is an effort well spent. Comment your skin tips below as I’m always on the hunt for improving my routine!

Sincerely,

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