When you learn the real purpose behind a product, you can decide what products are must-haves for you, and which ones you can do without.
Purpose: Moisturizer adds good old H2O back into your skin. Tiny carriers penetrate skin’s water-resistant barrier, allowing skin to soak up the good stuff.
Did you know that oily skin is often the most dehydrated? Ladies, oil does not quench thirst. Your skin needs water! Use an oil-free, water-based moisturizer to hydrate your parched skin. Once your skin gets used to the added moisture, it will produce less oil.
Moisturizer = MUST HAVE
2. Eye Cream
Purpose: Eye cream does for the eye area what moisturizer does for the rest of your body – it hydrates.
Eye cream is different from other moisturizers because the skin around your eyes is different. The orbital area (area around your eyes) is extremely fragile. This area lacks sweat glands, leaving it susceptible to dryness, irritation, and wrinkles.
Eye cream is formulated with special ingredients that help hydrate, tighten, and brighten – depending on the product.
It is wise to begin using a good eye cream as early as your 20s. If you don’t, trust me, you will wish you had. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Eye Cream = Must Have
Purpose: Primer is like Spackle for the face. It fills in large pores and smooths the appearance of wrinkles. It also creates a smooth canvas for your makeup, locks in skin’s moisture, reduces shine, deters creasing, and amps up your makeup’s staying power.
All in all, primer is great stuff. I love it, but I’ll be honest, I don’t use it all the time.
Women concerned with visible pores and wrinkles may want to use it daily. If you have a lot of redness in your skin,you may want to use a green primer under your makeup regularly.
For women with smooth, gorgeous skin – primer is not necessary. If you don’t use makeup, you can use primer alone to help diffuse light and keep skin’s moisture sealed in. Or, just use it on those special occasions when you want your makeup to look flawless and last all night. This stuff can be pricey!
Primer = Optional
Dead cells on your skin’s surface will make your complexion look dull and tired. They can also clog pores and lead to acne.
Exfoliating is the best way to help skin breath and look radiant.
You should exfoliate twice per week. If your skin is sensitive, be sure to use soothing products and gentle pressure. As you all know, I love my Clarisonic brush. There are many tools in the market that range in price, consistency, and quality. See what works for you.
Just keep in mind, don’t overdo it. Anything is excess causes more harm than good.
Exfoliate = Must Have
5. Anti-Aging Serums
Purpose: Anti-aging serums generally help speed up cell turnover through the use of retinoids like Vitamin A - resulting in less visible lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
Serums can temporarily help the appearance of lines and wrinkles by plumping up the surface of the skin with super-hydrating ingredients and by dissolving dead skin cells, but every product will not work for every person. They may even be irritating for many women. Choose carefully.
Products containing GABA may temporarily act like a weak shot of BOTOX and with continued use, may help decrease the rate at which a wrinkle deepens, but it’s not a permanent solution.
Anti-aging products are usually super expensive and there is no guarantee that they will work for you. Ultimately, you need to do what feels right for you. If using an anti-aging product makes you feel good, and you can afford it – by all means, go for it.
Anti-aging products = Optional
Purpose: Cleanse, purge, and treat skin for a healthy appearance.
Professional facials are quite a treat. Your eyes are closed, it smells delightful, and someone is gently stroking your face with divine elixirs…sigh. The experience is unreal, and so is the price tag.
A licensed aesthetician can help clear out backed up pores and extract build-up. You will walk out feeling renewed and relaxed. Spa facials are great to have every now and then, but they are not necessary. If you do not plan on keeping up with them, I would advise against having extractions. An extraction can stir up some dormant acne that will become problematic for you.
If your skin is in good healthy – you don’t need a facial. Keep up your healthy skin by maintaining a good cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing routine.
Facials = Optional