Sometimes I forget that I have this vast wealth of knowledge when it comes to skincare, and by “vast wealth” I mean only just slightly more than you do. Why? Because one time, five years ago, I went to a six month technical school and learned all about pimples and rashes and serums and masks. But then I went into laser hair removal and forgot all about that stuff.
HOWEVER, there are a few things that I’ve picked up over the years that I believe actually do make a difference when it comes to your complexion so I figured I’d be a champ and fill you in on all sorts of stuff that can make you even more beautiful than you already are. Is that even possible? I know, I asked myself the same thing. Turns out, it is. This is how:
You really don’t have to spend a ton of money on a cleanser. From working in a dermatologist’s office I’ve had access to everything from $1 beauty bars to $40 cleansing lotions and I’ve never noticed a significant difference from using one over the other. Just make sure what you get is skin specific. I’ve had the good fortune to develop adult acne over the last couple of years so I use Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash which sounds like something you’d use to hose down a Buick but I’ve been told I have a rather large face (the actual quote was “So much of your head is face.”) so it seems appropriate.
If you really want a deep clean though, use a Clarisonic. They’re a little pricey but they claim their brush cleanses your skin six times better than using your hands alone and they have this picture here of something next to nothing, so it must be true.
This is what gets rid of all of those dead cells that clog up your pores, giving you spots or a dull appearance. Properly exfoliating can even make you look younger because it exposes the new, fresh layers of skin that were underneath the old ones, so you’ll want to do this regularly. I love the Olay Cream Scrub with microbeads however if you want a chemical exfoliator you can make your own.
Back when I was working at the dermatologist’s office I concocted a homemade strawberry-milk mask for my clients. All I did was blend around half a dozen strawberries with a quarter cup of milk. When I applied the mixture to their skin, the enzymes in the strawberries dissolved the dead cells and the milk helped to soothe the area after. The best part however, was if my clients didn’t show up for their appointments, I could eat their masks for lunch.
This doesn’t cost anything. Boil some water, dump it in the sink and put your face over it for two minutes. You can throw a towel over your head to create a tent so that the steam goes directly to your pores to open them up.
If you’re hardcore you can get yourself this medieval pick ax called a comedone extractor but let me warn you, they hurt like a bitch so I would only recommend one if you have an excess of blackheads and don’t want to make monthly appointments with a facialist. However if you’re all gung-ho like I am, watch this video and go to town. Make sure to clean your extractor with alcohol before each use!
#5 Apply A Mask
If you have dry skin, use a hydrating mask, duh. If you have oily or acneic skin you need to get a mask with clay or sulfur to draw out impurities. Cosmedix makes one that also has salicylic acid in it to kill any bacteria left behind. However if you simply want to tighten your pores, I’ve done homemade egg white masks that work just as well as the super expahnsive nonsense I used to slather all over the rich ladies that came in for three hundred dollar “Intensive Radiance” facials. It’s all the same shit.
#6 Moisturizer With An SPF!
If there are two things that I’ve learned about that will effectively halt the aging process, it’s moisturizer and sunscreen. Hands down. We all love to be tan but the sun is murder on our skin. Depending on your tone, get something with a 15-30 SPF. Anything above a 30 is just extra chemicals. I use Neutrogena’s Oil Free Facial Moisturizer with a 15 sunblock. Then I go to the pool all day and hope that it wears off just enough to get me some color.
There is this one thing that I do spend a ton of money on. If you want to splurge on a fancy skincare product, go with an antioxidant serum from Skinceuticals. Antioxidants keep you looking younger for much longer by neutralizing free radicals which are the main culprits in causing damage to your skin. Skinceuticals carries the only line of antioxidants that are stabilized though and they need to be in order to work!
I use their C+AHA formula which is also an exfoliator, so don’t use it directly after this facial. It may cost a lot but you only need to apply it every three days so it lasts a long time. I love the way it tingles when it goes on. The only problem with this product however is you won’t fully know that it worked until you hit around eighty years old. If you still look like you’re forty-five, then the couple grand you spent on product over the years will all have been worth it.
If not, well then…look me up.
P.S. If you guys really want an authority on skincare, check out Kathleen Neves’ site My Life As An Esthetician. She’s the real deal.