As a teen in the 80's, I was always told to wash my face with soap + water. But as I grew into my adult years, I soon learned it was so much more than a soapy face.
Turns out, aging is real.
And as life would have it, soap wasn't the answer, in fact, soap is the culprit.
I've learned that sleep, and vitamins, and sunscreen, and a good, daily skin routine—morning & night—are all vital to a woman's aging skin.
And here's the honest truth; misconception: a good skincare regimen isn't necessary in your 20's.
Healthy skin needs as much, if not more, attention in your 20's and 30's (even for men). It is then that you begin to promote your skin's future.
ANOTHER WORDS, WHAT YOU DO TO YOUR SKIN IN YOUR EARLY YEARS, CATCHES UP TO YOU IN YOUR MID-YEARS.
I'm living proof!
Back in the day, I used to fry my skin by soaking in baby oil and laying in the sun for hours, literally.
Hindsight, baby oil wasn't so much the problem—the sun was. I got a beautiful tan but in the permanent realm, my skin (today) reels-in the damage. I have sunspots on my cheeks that have intensified in my 40's—due to lack of knowledge in my 20's!
I went to a dermatologist once who showed me a 3-D skin graph of my skin, and it was a scary sight. She explained how my years caught up with me and no amount of repair could ever, fully, fix the damage.
Now in my 40's, I'm doing for my skin what my 60's will thank me for.
Morning and night, I use Cetaphil face wash, which is such a gentle, mild cleanser. It's so effective, my makeup—in its entirety, eyes included—comes off without scrubbing.
I also incorporate Clinique's Clarifying Lotion Toner #3 after my face has been washed. It tightens my skin and makes it feel super clean. It removes any traces of unwanted residue that my cleanser didn't pick up.
And you may think it's crazy but...
You need a minimal of at least 3 daily moisturizers. One for the AM, another one for your nighttime routine, and one for your eyes.
And here's the key: LOOK FOR INGREDIENTS!
When it comes to facial products, it's not about price, brands or celebrities. A more expensive item doesn't equate better. And high-end name brands are usually (not always) but usually based more on sales than effectiveness—which is also why most companies hire A-list celebrities to pitch their products.
Stop throwing away money. What you need to focus on, is your skin.
And I cannot stress the importance of using a morning moisturizer with an SPF.
Aging skin doesn't need your help in the aging process. So do yourself a favor and take care of your skin now, no matter the age. Your skin will thank you as you get older.
Wise advice I wish someone had given me in my 20's. Nonetheless, take it for what it's worth! Trust me, you'll be giving this exact advice in your 40's.