The ABC’s of Skincare


The ABC’s of Skincare

We all like to look our best, but I’m not one to spend hours in front of the mirror putting on layers of make-up. I like to keep it simple with my beauty ABCs.

A – Age-defying products

While I’ve followed a strict facial regimen of cleansing, toning and hydrating for years, I now notice wrinkles, crow’s feet, loss of elasticity, and age spots – all tell-tale signs of aging skin that seem to have appeared overnight, didn’t they? Some people choose to incorporate a healthy-aging serum and others turn to a ceramide cream, which may help skin to appear younger.1

B – BB & CC Creams

I save time and don’t fuss by using all-in-one BB or CC creams. Some of these multi-tasking, non-pore clogging products contain moisturizers, SPF for sun protection, tint to replace foundation and antioxidants, while CC creams also tout color correction. Products vary according to skin type. Look for DD creams for the rest of your body to hit the market soon.

C – Vitamin C

Best when used after exfoliating, you can replenish your largest organ with a Vitamin C product and by eating fruits and vegetables containing Vitamin C. Be aware — creams containing Vitamin C can be drying, so be sure to balance it with a good moisturizer every morning and before bed.2

D – Diet

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” This means that skin benefits from a well-balanced, healthy diet. Here are a few options that can help with the appearance of skin:3

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
  • Nuts

E – Exfoliate

In less than three minutes you can get your skin from grey to great by simply sloughing off your dry, flaky cells. Exfoliation scrubs have tiny particles that smooth and refine the texture of skin, uncovering a fresh, youthful glow. Reference the usage on each product for optimal results.

 

1. Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, September-October 2001, pages 261–271.
2. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/skin_care/hic_understanding_the_ingredients_in_skin_care_products.aspx
3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-skin/expert-answers/faq-20058184
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