Friday, April 8, 2016

my top three tips for better skin

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Skin care isn't something I really had to take seriously, until I was in my mid 20's. I started moving from teenage skin to a weird combo of dry and oily that signifies you're officially an adult. Yay. You know, the kind that is a nightmare to take care of? After years of experimenting, I finally figured out the top 3 things to do during your daily skin care routine that can keep your skin feeling moisturized and healthy, and really helps with combination skin and acne.

1. Wash your face, every night. No, really, every night, really really wash your face.

This is so important! Choose a good, gentle cleanser that isn't going to irritate or dry your skin out. And use a clean towel every time. I can't stress that part enough, when you're using a dirty towel you basically just undid everything you did by washing your face (see what facial wash I use at the end of the post!). The clean towel applies to your body as well, by the way. Don't use a dirty towel on either! You don't even want to know how much bacteria resides in a towel that's been damp for three days...


2. Change your pillowcase every night! Or at least every two nights.

This one is huge, too. Remember what I said about your towel up there? The same holds true of your pillowcase. Once you've washed your face and dried it with your clean towel the last thing you want to do is lay down on a pillow covered in dead skin, sweat, hair...gross stuff! To prove it, I took a picture of my own pillowcase after two days (right before I changed it):


3. Moisturize like crazy!

Use a moisturizer that's unscented, and will actually help your skin, not just make it feel less dry or smell pretty. I use pretty much CeraVe everything, so when I got the chance to work with them I jumped at it. You all know my policy, I don't review a product I haven't tried and I don't give it a good review unless I love it. But I've been using CeraVe products for almost three years now, and I can 100% honestly say that I love them.


I've had personal experiences with other members of my family using this product and loving it, so when I moved to Idaho and started having super dry skin in the summer I started using the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser on my body, and the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream on my legs to keep them silky smooth, and it worked, like woah. The biggest issue for me in the summer was dry, itchy skin and while I use the moisturizing cream my skin is fantastic!


Of course, after seeing how well it worked I started using it on my own frustrating combination facial skin as well! Surprise surprise, the quality of the lotion you put on your face really matters. I use the Foaming Facial Cleanser on myself during step #1, which works wonderfully for removing makeup and dirt at the end of the day without drying me out.

(I got mine at Walmart, where I've found they're the best price point. The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream are all on Rollback for $9.97 until 5/9.) 


This moisturizing is serious business!

This last part of moisturizing is probably the most important, so I'll say it in obnoxious all caps: USE SUNSCREEN. At night, I use the CeraVe Moisturizing Face Cream to really hydrate, but during the day I use the SPF 50 CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion To both protect my face from the sun and moisturize., because in the summer I get dry skin.

Also, with sunscreen it's important to really slather it on! This is me, slathering it on:

Most people think a tiny pea-sized dollop of sunscreen is enough, but it isn't! You need to really cover your face, neck and sometimes your shoulders and chest as well. You might not need to go as crazy as I did above (because I was being silly), but you do need to make sure you're really getting a good coat of 'screen!

If you want to try CreaVe, you can get your own $2 off coupon to use! And be sure to follow CeraVe on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube if you want to check them out in depth, which I would do! I'm kind of an addict, but I always recommend doing your own research, good products speak for themselves and you won't be disappointed here. 

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