Since leaving puberty far behind I've been blessed with nice skin. This is, at least in part, because of genetics. Most of the women in my family have good skin so I can only guess that's part of the reason. Here are the things I do to boost nature's gift to me:
- Wash with plain water. Seriously; I don't use anything on my face to clean it. No cleansers, no soaps, nothing. When I'm in the shower in the morning I just rinse it and later pat dry. For someone with oily skin, however, this may not work as well. A mild cleanser might be a good route.
- Moisturize daily. After my shower I always moisturize my cheeks and T zone (forehead and nose) with whatever I've got handy. For Christmas I recieved a couple of really nice moisturizers and am using them, but when they run out I'll probably just grab some on sale from the pharmacy. With how dry it is in the winter, however, I'm moisturizing more often.
- Exfoliate weekly. Again, I got some nice stuff for Christmas I'm using, so I make sure at least once a week, sometimes twice, I'm using a gentle exfoliant to get rid of rough patches and flaky dry skin. It really makes a difference; my skin feels soft and smooth, and looks it too!
- Drink plenty of water. I find when I'm dehydrated it almost immediately shows in my lips and on my face, making everything look patchy and cracked. When I remember to have a few glasses of water and not just coffee or iced tea all day, my skin regains its healthy glow.
- Minimal Make-up. Because my skin is clear I don't have to wear a lot of make up. I never really 'got' cover up or what's that other one called? Toner? I don't know. I think, in part, my skin is clear because I'm not constantly clogging my pores with blush or anything else. Once in a while I'll throw some on but I avoid it except for special occasions.
What did I miss? What do you do to keep your skin happy and healthy? Do you have dry skin? Oily? Acne? Tell me about it in the comments!