Thursday, August 12, 2010

Aging Skin: Healthy Skin for 50+

Is it really about looking "10 Years Younger?"

While it's sometimes nice to take a few years off, it's not everyone's priority    In fact, many people have expressed to me through the years they have no real desire to look younger, or to go under the knife, but they do want to feel great about themselves as they are now.   With that, they normally pose three questions.
  1. How do I keep my skin looking fresh and vibrant?
  2. How much time do I need to spend on my skincare?
  3. How many products do I actually need to use? 
 Question number 1 is answered by answering questions 2 & 3.  Once you identify how much time you are willing to spend, then you can identify how many products you are comfortable using.    When we lay those cornerstones, then we can answer question #1.    So here are my suggestions.
  1. Give yourself 5-10 minutes each morning for your skincare system
  2. Ask your beauty professional, or a beauty professional at a department store, to help you identify 3-5 products that will fit within that 5-10 minute time frame.  
  3. I suggest a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, treatment and moisturizer.  
Begin by cleansing the skin to remove dirt or congestion in the skin.  Work with comfortably hot water to help raise circulation in the skin and to help detox.  Follow up with a mild facial exfoliant (no harsh apricot scrubs) and work in gentle circular motions.    Apply toner to the skin to help restore pH balance, and finish with your treatments* and moisturizers.     Be sure you apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin for even saturation and distribution.  Use gentle circular sweeps when applying moisturizer, and give yourself a 30 second massage when applying.    This is not something you're just "racing through."    It's like giving yourself a mini-facial each and every day at home.

Here's to beautiful skin each and every day, no matter your age. 

*Treatment serums refer to anti-oxidant complexes, eye creams, etc.   These should go on prior to moisturizer so they touch the freshest part of the skin.

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