I don’t like to take a lot of chances on my face. I believe you have to walk a fine line between taking care of your skin and gooping it up with unnecessary elixirs and potions. To me, skin care should be simple and easy. The more random products you add to your routine, the more you start messing with your skin’s natural balance. Here are some of my favorite tips to help you achieve flawless skin at any age!
The best products
Wrinkles and soft, smooth skin
I love the brand EMK, which is a Beverly Hills-based company (gotta rep the homefront!) that uses plant placenta ingredients to fight wrinkles, scarring and sun damage. I know the word placenta sounds freaky, but essentially it’s just plant extract. And it works wonders on wrinkles, especially the firming eye gel ($65)! But, if that’s not your thing, I also use Epicuren products for my daily regimen. The Pro-Collagen Plus Serum (call for price) is like Botox in a bottle (when you’re in-between treatments…). In the summer, when your skin gets extra dry, I like to use the Ultra Rose moisturizer (call for price) at night, which is super hydrating and smells good too! During the day, I always make sure to have a moisturizer with sunscreen. At least SPF 30.
Problem spot quick fixes
Most people may not know this, but I suffer from a skin discoloration called melasma and bouts of adult acne, which started in my mid-20s and has been an uphill battle ever since. I’ve used Retin-A Micro since I was 17 to combat blotches, acne and discoloring. To that end, Garnier makes an awesome dark spot corrector ($17) and also a tinted moisturizer with vitamin C called Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector ($13) that helps cover up my imperfections. I am also obsessed with their Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller ($13). When I’ve had a late night, I put this on in the morning and no one would ever know I didn’t get eight hours! For shine, I love blotting papers. Neutrogena makes a great and cheap option that goes from blue to dark blue when you touch a greasy area so you can really see that it’s done the job! Can’t beat instant gratification.
Monthly maintenance — your new routine
Once a week I take a steam shower to really get my pores opened up and exfoliated. If you don’t have access to one of these little pieces of hazy heaven, using a mask with built-in exfoliation, like Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate ($65) or Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliator ($35) works wonders too!
In lieu of facials, I try to see my dermatologist once a month for a microdermabrasion treatment. I usually pair that with a photo facial or Genesis laser to zap any age or sunspots and keep my face looking as fresh as possible. And, I’m a sucker for gadgets I can use at home. I’ve been using my NuFace Microcurrent machine ($325) for five years. It’s like giving yourself a quick face lift. I also have a Baby Quasa light therapy tool ($350) which uses four different light wavelengths to stimulate your skin’s cellular activity. They’re both investment products, but the cost is still better than paying a doctor for something more permanent!
If you stick to the basics, see your beauty doc as regularly as possible and embrace Botox (yep! I said the B word), you’ll keep your skin looking like it’s only seen 25 years on this planet for longer than you thought possible.
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