My grandmother, who is 86, and has enjoyed a life of soft and smooth skin let me in on a secret once while I was battling all kinds of skin problems. Her secret was to shelve all the irritating scrubs, masques and treatments I was layering on my skin. Her whole life, she said, she only used 1 product on her face- a gentle soap and water. Well, I don’t think I could survive on just soap (I mean my skin does need moisturizer every day), but I took the spirit of her advice to heart: only to use the bare essentials and to let your skin breathe. This is particularly important if you have sensitive skin, since the more products you layer on, the more likely it is that something will end up irritating it.
We already discussed in a previous post, that sensitive skin can be triggered or worsened by using products with added irritants such as fragrance and dyes. Makeup can also be cause for potential sensitive skin flare-ups, since it masks skin. But even if you’re steering clear of those ingredients and using makeup that doesn’t irritate your skin, it’s still good to keep your skincare routine Simple.
So what are the must haves?
1. A gentle cleanser. I love Simple Skincare’s Moisturizing Facial Wash because it’s such a good every day cleanser for morning or evening. It cleanses and nourishes skin and never leaves your face feeling stripped or dry. Gentle enough for every day use, but also effective- a winning combo.
2. Moisturizer with SPF. Simple Skincare’s Vital Vitamin Day Cream with SPF 15 combines skin loving Vitamins B5 and E with all dayUVA and UVB protection. SPF is one of the most important things you can put on your skin to keep it healthy and prevent premature aging.
3. A simple scrub. Simple Skimare Smoothing Facial Scrub is a great product that reveals brighter and more evenly textured skin. This scrub is gentle on your skin, but still helps to unclog pores and slough off dead skin on the surface. I prefer to use this scrub at night actually, because I feel it allows my fresh skin to breathe as my body regenerates during sleep. [CO4]
For me, just those three steps are enough to keep skin healthy, hydrated and protected. What are some of your skincare fundamentals?
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