Have zero time? Use these fast skin care tips and tricks — because your skin notices when it’s being neglected.
From work to childcare to getting in our daily dose fitness, a woman’s work is never finished. This can make maintaining an extensive skin care routine more than a little challenging – and when your skin is neglected it shows! Fortunately, getting healthy, glowing skin is actually a lot easier than you might think. The trick is knowing where to focus. Keep reading to learn our skin care secrets. The tips and tricks below will keep your skin in tip top shape all year long.
Picture this: a world where caring for your skin is simple, effective, and won’t take longer than a few minutes each day. Sound too good to be true? We thought so too. That is, until we talked to the experts.
Medical esthetician, Susan Perry, and Beverly Hills board-certified dermatologist, Dr.Harold A. Lancer, were kind enough to share their tips for easy and effective skin care for women, and we couldn’t be more thankful. Their expert advice proves that healthy skin is possible, even for those of us without the luxury of time.
TIP 1: CLEAN OUT YOUR SKIN CARE CLOSET
Contrary to what you see on T.V. or read on the Internet, you really only need a few skin care products to keep your skin healthy. So, grab your trash bin and get to work on paring back your skin care closet. First, throw out any expired products. Then, toss any eye cream or moisturizer where the water has separated from the product and is resting on top — this is a sign of spoilage. Lastly, trash the skin care products you don't use on a daily basis or haven't touched in over a month. If it's still crowded in there your purge is not finished. Your next step is determining exactly which products to keep (and then the rest can go).
TIP 2: KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE
Most skin care products cater to your skin’s particular needs, so before you can know which products should be your go-tos, Perry says it's important to figure out your skin type. Many local drugstores now have beauty technicians in the aisles that can help you determine if your skin is dry, oily, combination/normal, or sensitive. If not, head to the department store or make an appointment with your dermatologist to help diagnose your skin.
TIP 3: HAVE A SIMPLE A.M. SKIN CARE ROUTINE YOU STICK TO
Here's the simple morning anti-aging skin care regimen Lancer and Perry recommend. It requires four products and takes about three minutes:
1) Cleanse with a non-soap cleanser (try IMAGE Skincare Ageless Total Facial Cleanser, $23.80 or Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $6.39)
2) Gently exfoliate (try Lancer Dermatology Polish, $50 or Kiss My Face Exfoliating Face Wash, $14.99)
3) Prevent/correct with Vitamin C and antioxidants (try IMAGE Skincare Vital C Hydrating A C E Serum, $58 or 40 Carrots Carrot + Vitamin C Serum, $13.99)
4) UVA/UVB protection (try IMAGE Skincare Daily Ultimate Protection+ Moisturizer SPF 50, $31.99 or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70, $10.99)
TIP 4: HAVE A BASIC P.M. SKIN CARE ROUTINE YOU FOLLOW NIGHTLY
According to Perry, your nighttime routine can be even simpler than the morning and should include the following:
2) Correct/repair with a retinoid (try IMAGE Skincare 25% Retinol I Enhancer, $69.99 or Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, $20.99)
TIP 5: USE MULTI-TASKING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
Sometimes it's easier to have one product for each skin care need. Other times, we multi-taskers of the world want skin care products that kill two birds with one stone. If that sounds like you, try these great multi-taskers:
For a cleanser and exfoliant in one, try Kiss My Face Start Up Exfoliating Face Wash, $13.99. For anti-aging prevention (with Vitamin C and antioxidants) and sunscreen try Lancer Dermatology Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen, $34. For tinted moisturizer, sunscreen and anti-aging in one bottle, try IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Daily Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, $32.
TIP 6: GET HEALTHY SKIN WITHOUT PRODUCTS
If you want to spend less time fussing over your skin, your goal should be to have the healthiest skin possible. The easiest way to keep your skin healthy in the long-term is to eat right and stay hydrated. According to Perry, that means drinking at least eight ounces of water a day and "eating foods that are anti-inflammatory and contain lots of antioxidants. Low glycemic index foods such as salads, bright red and green vegetables, omega 3-rich wild salmon, avocados, olive oil, and blueberries are also great for skin.” Your skin is a projection of what is going on internally, so if you aren't eating healthfully, your skin will tell the world.
TIP 7: MONITOR YOUR SODIUM AND PROTEIN INTAKE
"I always tell my clients to watch what they eat when they are traveling or working a lot," says Lancer. "Salt reduction is critically important for healthy skin." Why? Salt decreases the water intake of your internal organs, and when your organs are dehydrated, they suck the water out of your skin and leave you with sallow, dry, cracked skin. So, if you're grabbing food while on the run, pay extra attention to nutrition labels.
Protein intake is also essential for healthy, youthful skin says Lancer. He recommends protein be 40% of your dietary intake. When your protein intake is too low, the "amino acids in the blood stream are insufficient to stimulate collagen and elastin production," he advises.
TIP 8: BABY YOUR SKIN WHILE TRAVELING
If you travel extensively, you likely suffer from dehydration, and your skin probably shows it. To help your skin deal with the added stress of traveling "don't wear makeup on the plane," says Perry. Also, "take some cleansing wipes to refresh and a small tube of moisturizer, toss in some eye drops and [bring] a lip balm," and of course "keep hydrated with water," advises Perry. Additionally, eye cream such as IMAGE Skincare Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel ($27.99) is a great way to combat the fatigue and fluid build-up that tends to show up around the eyes when traveling.
TIP 9: USE CLEANSING WIPES IN A PINCH
If you really can't bother, are too busy to do the minimal routine, or are just too exhausted to drag yourself to the sink (it happens to the best of us), keep cleansing wipes by your bed to remove makeup, excess dirt, and oil. There should be no excuse for going to bed without cleansing, especially when multi-tasking wipes like Boots No7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes, $6.99 (which cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin) make it so easy.