Our face always makes our first impression on the world, so it’s important to learn the commandments of skin care for properly taking care of it. We try all the face creams, read every beauty advice column and listen to every makeup artist that comes on TV to learn more. If you care to know what is really important for skin care, read on for my commandments of skin care.
1. Wash Your Face Just Enough to Remove Dirt and Makeup
Of all the commandments of skin care, this is one of the simplest to follow. Cleansing isn’t really about scrubbing or stripping our skin until it’s raw. The maximum times of washing your face is twice a day. Once at night to remove makeup and a second if you get an oily sheen overnight. When cleansing, rub into the hairline, down past your jawline, and wash with lukewarm water.
2. Don’t Leave the House without Broad-Spectrum SPF 15 (minimum)
Protect your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Look for a sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or Parsol 1789 – the broad-spectrum ingredients that block both UVA and UVB rays.
3. You Can Use Regular Cream around the Eyes
No matter how pretty the little jars, the skin around the eyes doesn’t require its own product. Regular moisturizers work just fine. Anti-agers are the only creams that require a separate eye formula.
4. Reapply Moisturizer Hourly when Flying
Humidity levels on planes are lower than those in the desert! This can be brutal on your skin. After takeoff, try splashing your face with water, then locking that in with a face cream and lip balm. If you sit in a window seat, choose a cream with SPF 15 or higher. Do this hourly or whenever your face feels dry.
5. Look for an anti-Aging Cream with Retinoids
Retinoids are the family of vitamin A derivatives which include Avage, retinol, Retin-A, and Renova. Retenoids aren’t just about fighting acne and speeding cell turnover, they are known for their production of new collagen which keeps your skin firm and smooth. Yes, the whole point of an anti-aging cream is to produce collagen, but beware of creams that brag collagen as an ingredient. Collagen is a large molecule and can’t possibly infiltrate and have any effect on collagen levels in your skin.
6. Apply anti-Aging or Acne Ingredients First
The commandment speaks for itself. These ingredients can’t get past other layers of face products so it’s important to apply them first.
7. More Isn’t Always Better
We’ve been known to lather our skin an inch-thick with moisturizer, but a blob the size of a pea is enough for the entire face. The only exception is when applying sunscreen; you’ll need a teaspoon size.
8. Exfoliate Skin Every Week with a Gentle Scrub
Exfoliation makes skin healthier looking and more receptive to the active ingredients in skin-care products. Manual exfoliates use friction to rub off the dull outer layer of skin. Use a scrub or paste containing gentle grains (like sugar) one to two times weekly. Shun anything that feels sharp when rubbed on your palm because it’ll be too harsh for your face. Chemical exfoliates rely on acids such as glycolic, salicylic, or lactic, to loosen those dead cells and sweep them away.
9. If You Want Real Results, Give Products up to Six Months to Work
Many acne treatments kick in after a few weeks, but have patience and don’t up the dosage. For anti-aging potions, it takes two months to see a softening of lines. The silver lining: the more damage you have, the more likely you will notice the changes.
These commandments are pretty basic and informative. Do you agree? Did you like them or do you have other commandments to share?