The other day I went grocery shopping when someone stopped me to ask what I was doing for my skin. It wasn't the first time someone asked me how I was able to achieve such a natural glow. When I mentioned that I barely use any skin products, either people didn't believe me or they looked dumbfounded.
Due to such excessive amounts of consumerism, especially when it comes to the cosmetics industry, people are tricked into purchasing products that promise anti-aging, fading wrinkles and a youthful glow. There are even creams "tailored" to your skin and customized for your skin types. Walk into Sephora, and makeup artists will give you a free consultation so that you can of course, purchase their expensive masks and hydration crèmes.
But let me tell you a little bit about how it works:
Products Can't Stop Aging
Women are absolutely convinced that concentrated vitamin C will help them stop wrinkles at fifty. They believe in the treatment of masks and special facials that will freeze time, but unfortunately that couldn't be farther from reality.
The only thing that can naturally help prevent quicker aging is staying away from the cancerous rays of the sun. Of course, this may seem like a cliche thing to say, as we've been warned of these dangers for decades. Yet, many people underestimate the dangers of tanning outdoors and what it means for their skin.
My secret to better and more youthful skin? I stay out of the sun as much as I can, and use sunscreen in my foundation. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the sun, but the thought of taking a day off to spend a few hours in the sun just doesn't appeal to me anymore. This is probably because of the huge difference I saw in my skin when I did a short trial of staying away from the sun. In just a few weeks, I saw a noticeable difference in my skin--it was glowing and my wrinkles were less apparent.
Though I do tend to stay away from the sun as much as I can, I spend some time outdoors, as this is a great way to get vitamin D and to get fresh air. I'll usually go outside to do some walking, but I'll always wear a hat so that my face is not so exposed. I would never suggest to stay out of the sun completely, since I strongly believe in balance. But it's also important to know your limits.
Chemicals that Make Things Worse
When I first started becoming more aware of my health, I didn't start with the food I ate or how much exercise I was doing, but by watching what products I was buying. I learned more about the harmful chemicals in the cosmetic industry, when I started doing research for my client who was in the plant-based cosmetics world.
I am now so thankful we crossed paths, as they have led me to be more curious and to learn more about the dangers of chemicals found in our shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, moisturizers and even lip balms. They are even found in baby products.
If you're working toward healthier and better skin, I would suggest to begin by avoiding this list of ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)/ Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Triclosan & Triclocarban
Retinoic Acid & Retinol- These are used in anti-aging creams. They actually trigger the opposite effect and become carcinogenic in the sunlight. Beware.
Yes, I know it's a lot! I would have this list printed and kept in my wallet so that I can use it when purchasing items. To make it a whole lot easier, I would also suggest to simply start purchasing from brands like Me and a Tree and Just the Goods for better and safer cosmetic choices.
If someone were to ask me how many times I've forgotten to remove my makeup before bed, I wouldn't be able to count. Yet, it doesn't make it less important! Please please try to remove your makeup before going to sleep, even if you're DEAD tired from a party at 2 am.
Makeup that is not removed could clog your pores overnight, and make your skin more oily, sensitive and simply dirty. Remove your makeup before bed, and make sure to wash your face with warm water, and then cold water. The warm/hot water will help open your pores, and the cold water can then help close them up once they have been purified and free of makeup.
That's about it for your skincare regimen! For now, you've got more than enough to work with to see amazing changes. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me!