Loving the skin you’re in and taking good care of your skin go hand in hand. We know that but it’s easier said than done. There are so many products out there - it can be a bit overwhelming. Quick and effective - that’s the goal. I got you!
I leaned on Tyra Hall, owner and CEO of Fresh Face Skin Bar in Atlanta, Georgia for skin care 101. Tyra’s skin is flawless and she gives a mean facial. She also understands the essentials to great skin and is here to help us master a simple skin care routine.
Building Blocks of Healthy Skin
We all need more time in our day. If you only have a few minutes, focus on the building blocks to great skin: cleanse and moisturize (with SPF).
Know your budget.
That’s right...just because you’re not flying out doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a budget. Start by understanding what you usually spend on a vacation and go from there. Look at the things you did (and enjoyed) and what those things cost. Do not move your airfare savings to your activities bucket.
Daily Balanced Skincare Routine
Select a cleanser that is best for your skin type, condition, concerns and budget. Following are a few that I like:
- Acure Brilliantly Brightening Cleanser
- Glymed Plus: Professional Pre-treatment Foaming Cleanser
- Glymed Plus: Peptide Cleanser with PC10
An exfoliant should shed dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover rate. You’ll see these marketed as scrubs, skin polishes or the like. Make sure the granule size isn’t too large so that you don’t create micro-tears in the skin, which can speed up the aging process. Do this 2-3 times a week (preferably at night). An esthetician can help you determine the right exfoliant for you.
Face masks are highly effective at getting key ingredients directly into the skin and deliver a number of specific benefits - hydration, brightening, improving the appearance of pores, firming and more. You can find one to fit any number of needs and budgets. Use a mask 2-3 times a week.
Facial serums are highly concentrated, lightweight solutions composed of key ingredients to keep the skin functioning properly. Many have hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and/or vitamin C and can boost moisture, address wrinkles and more. Serums don’t replace moisturizers but rather are easily layered under a moisturizer for a potent punch. Choose one based on your skin care concern. An esthetician can help if you are unsure what you need.
Moisturizer with SPF.
Get a good moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from the sun, keep your skin supple, and help prevent skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, and cancer. Here are a few I like:
- Acure Ultra Hydrating 12 Hour Facial Moisturizer
- Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
- Glymed Plus Amino Epidermal Sealant
Cleansing in the Morning
Cleansing in the morning should be gentle. I highly recommend an oil/milky cleanse in the morning to moisturize and leave the skin supple. If you are acne prone, pre-cleanse with the oil/milky cleanser and go back in with your active cleanser, which should be gel.
Don’t Skip at Night
We’ve all been there - you’ve had a long day (or night) and the last thing you want to do is wash your face. Don’t skip. You don’t want the days’ yuck on your face (pollutants, sweat, etc.). Allowing that debris to sit on your face has the great potential to age it quicker by scavenging the cells with free radicals found in environmental pollutants, including the sun. After cleansing, you want to lock in your moisture. Our bodies crave hydration; locking in the moisture we have is key to aging flawlessly.
Your skin is your largest organ. Take care of what you put under it and on top of it.