I swam for 16 years of my life so was in a very strong chlorinated pool 18 hours a week. This caused my skin to become very dry. In my teens, I refused to moisturize my face with lotion after practice because it used to cause my face to break out even more. Therefore, I lived a life of dry skin which was NOT good for my future..Dry skin causes the new skin that is trapped underneath not to rise to the surface, therefore giving your face a dull look rather than a luminous look. At the age of 22, I find myself needing to take care of my skin a lot more now. one could almost say I’m starting to see myself as “old.” I don’t want all the effects of age, sun and drinking to make me look older then I am..(especially since I’ve always been told I look 3 years younger than my age!) so after some research I have come up with a skin care regimen that will prevent future aging.
You might only be 22, but this is the time to start settling into a skin care regimen. It doesn’t have to be as hefty as the skin care regimen you’ll have at 40 or 50, but it’s a start. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better it will look as you age because you will have taken all the preventive measures in advance. It’s harder to reverse damage then it is to take action on it earlier.
I start off by washing your face with a light foaming facial cleanser rich in antioxidants. I suggest brands such as Neutrogena and Olay that are light on our young skin and won’t damage it as much as stronger products that are meant for our older selves would.
Follow up by applying Neutrogena Oil free sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 45.
Apply either a light primer that acts as face lotion and makeup primer or just stick with a light face lotion. I use MAC Prep + Prime Skin that is lightweight, improves radiance and doesn’t overdo the lotion or primer aspect.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser $7.99
Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF $11.49
MAC Prep + Prime Skin $31.00
Two rules of makeup – never ever EVER work out with makeup and never go to bed with makeup.
Wash your face with a light foaming facial
cleanser that focuses on purifying and removing dirt and makeup from pores rather than providing antioxidants. I use Olay Foaming Face Wash for Combination Oily Skin because my skin tends to be either very dry or kind of oily.
Exfoliate skin (but only once a week!!!). Since
our skin is young, it naturally exfoliates quickly so there is no need to over exfoliate it. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells and rises new skin cells to the surface. A MUST-HAVE facial mask brand for any facial needs is Freeman Beauty. My go to exfoliator is Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel Off Clarifying Mask.
Apply a light night cream. I use Neutrogena
light night cream because it is light enough that it provides the right amount of hydration to my skin and doesn’t have to many harsh chemicals. Remember to apply it under your eyes as well. The skin under our eyes is the thinnest on our body and is the first to show signs of aging as it thins out. By moisturizing the area, we make sure to keep the skin thick, moisturized and replenished.
Some people prefer to use a separate night cream
for the eyes, but make sure it is does not contain retinoids because you don’t want to use anything to strong to early. That’s more for our late 20s..! If you use an eye cream with retinoids too early, it can actually damage the thin layer of skin beneath your eyes or overproduce the antioxidants necessary. If you really want to use an eye cream, I suggest Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream.
Last but not least, if you have any blemishes or
freckles or sunspots that you don’t want seen. Use a night time spot treatment cream before utilizing the light night cream. My favorite is Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Moisturizer.
Olay Foaming Face Wash – Combination Oily Skin $5.99
Freeman Beauty Cucumber Peel-Off Mask $4.29
Neutrogena Light Night Cream $11.99
Neutrogrena Healthy Skin Eye Cream $11.99
Olay Trial Size Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Moisturizer $10.99
I know many don’t think that it is important to take care of their skin now because they are young and their beautiful youthful skin will last them forever. But everything comes to an end at one point and although you might not be able to see the sun damage on your skin now. It’s there. It’s just under your skin. As soon as our skin ages and starts to lose control of its melatonin production, our body will begin to show signs of skin damage as it rises to the surface. So please, take care of your skin. The truth is, no one cares how tan you look or can get. But you and other people might start to care about how your skin looks like 20 years from now when it’s either patchy, full of freckles, white spots from melatonin depletion and wrinkled…or…healthy, vibrant, a few freckles here and there (because hey, everybody makes mistakes at one point in their lives, we are human after all), and beautiful.