by Reshma Jae – Georgia State University
Now that Global Warming is causing the weather to PMS every day of our lives, it’s more important than ever to take care of your skin! Before you cake on your concealer and foundation to cover up all of your breakouts, why not spend that extra 5 minutes cleaning your skin! You not only feel better, but you may even eliminate the need for daily foundation and concealer all together!
If that’s not incentive enough, you only have one face your whole life…take care of it! By not washing, moisturizing, etc you’re going to end up looking 30 when you’re 20. (Thanks Mama for the important lesson learned.)
So here are some basic simple steps that can help you get that flawless glow.
Start with a good face wash, no two people have the same skin so look for something that fits your skin problems. I, like hundreds of other BGs, have extremely oily skin and occasional break outs so I use Neutrogena Oil-Free acne wash.
Every few days I also use an exfoliator that gets rid of all the dirt and dead skin on my face. It’s important to use it every few days or weekly and not as your primary face wash or you’ll get dried brittle skin.
To keep your skin looking young and hydrated (because fresh is always in) make sure you use a moisturizer, this is one place you shouldn’t mind splurging. Find one that works for your skin type and put it on first thing after you wash your face.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make sure you wear SPF either in your moisturizer or separately EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even though we have darker skin, we’re more prone to facial damage so unless you want to start pruning at 30 wear sunscreen.
Everyone has a hectic life with work, school, social lives, etc. and sometimes we don’t make sleep a priority. Now there is no alternative to some good zzz’s but there is a little helper that can help you out every once in a while. I don’t drink caffeine but I’ll put some of Garnier’s Anti-Puff (caffeinated) skin renew roller on. It’s a life saver when you’re running late or just having one of those days, just roll it on and wait a few minutes!
At the end of every day, it’s important to take off your makeup and go to bed with clear healthy skin! Use a gentle make up remover and then wash and prep your face for bed. It’s the perfect time for pore minimizing creams, blemish reducers, or just too simply let your skin breathe.
Good skin takes time and effort, but it’s the first thing employers look at, it’s what differentiates you from the rest of the world, and it’s the frame around your smile! And a good smile goes a long, long way!