I knew it.
You're also thinking how tedious it is sifting through a whole cosmos of cosmetic alleviations to find the exact combinations of unctions, the perfect potions to do the time-stopping trick...aren't you?
Yep. I knew it!
And if you're also wondering why you:
a) neglected to shun enough sun
b) failed to appreciate the importance of twice-daily moisturizer
c) are now on the brink of pre-mature aging
d) all of the blasted above!
Never fear, I am here to help.
#1 ALWAYS moisturize your skin! My current fave is Philosophy’s Hope In a Jar- its super light and smells refreshingly tart! It will leave your skin feeling juicy. http://www.philosophy.com/web/store/dept_skincare____23503
#2 NEVER leave the house without applying damage-defraying SPF. To save time and money, use one that's built into a moisturizer, like Philosophy’s Pigment of Your Imagination.
#3 Find an eye cream you like. My current obsession is Derma Doctor's Wrinkle Revenge. I just got it and it feels REALLY nice and silky on the delicate skin around the eye area and smells like butterscotch- yum! Use it ever morning and night.
#4 Exfoliate a few times a week with a gentle exfoliating wash or cream. I like the one by Dr. Brandt- it leaves your skin cool and tingly and, over time can do wonders for re-texturizing your skin. This is especially good for anyone who wants to speed along the disappearance of post-breakout red marks. (who doesn't?) http://www.drbrandtskincare.com/
#5 Switch from salicylic to glycolic acid. For maintaining clear skin that's fresh and glowy, glycolic acid is gentler and works deeper than the harsher, drying salicylic. At Sephora there are a couple of nice buffing washes with glycolic 5%-15%. Ask a saleslady- they are so helpful there! http://www.sephora.com/browse/section.jhtml?categoryId=B15
#6 Pay attention to changes in how your skin feels. And get used to switching up your products from time to time. Especially with the seasons, the needs of your skin will change and you must stay fluid to meet those needs.
#7 Be patient when trying new things. If you do change your routine, you may find that you break out more or get flaky for the first few days or so as your skin PH re-balances itself. But if you give it time, balance will often be restored to renewed results.
#8 Try not to get too close to the mirror! Go outside. Contemplate the open sky.
-Don't tell me- you're feeling better now...I'm so glad!