I have done pretty much everything out there to abuse my skin in hopes of making it a little more gorgeous. Of course I didn’t realize it at the time- I simply thought I was helping my skin’s texture and appearance.
I have recently taken a particular interest in what makes skin clear, luminous and fresh, and reading the new book Skin Deep by Samantha Dench helped me make more educated decisions on my skincare approach.
|Samantha Dench, author of Skin Deep|
Samantha has been a licensed esthetician for 13 years, and is an avid researcher of all things skin. Here are the top 10 lessons I learned- read up and get ready for glowing skin in time for summer!
10. Read the ingredient list for all of your skincare products. You would be surprised at how many harmful ingredients they contain.
9. Never suffer through a skincare product- it isn’t true that the skin will get worse before it gets better. This should only happen when your body releases a toxin!
8. The new hot at-home skin trend of Microneedling or Skin Needling isn’t allowed to be performed by a licensed esthetician in Illinois because they cannot break the skin. If a licensed esthetician isn’t allowed to perform this procedure which is considered a medical treatment, would you want to do it by yourself at home? I was just about to buy a microneedle device before I read Skin Deep- Samantha details the damage this can cause!
7. Do not use expired products- they can cause more harm than good!
6. When applying eye cream, only apply to the brow bone not underneath the eye in order to avoid product leaking into your eye. And tap it on gently instead of rubbing it in.
|Not gonna lie, I totally Photoshopped my crows feet out on this photo!! Time to start using eye cream.|
5. Just because the initial reaction of a product makes your skin look
healthy it doesn’t necessarily mean the product is good for your skin. The skin can actually be inflamed and only appear healthier and more plump.
4. Enzymes are the second most important product to have in your beauty routine behind daily SPF. Enzymes actually eat proteins- the dead skin cells that we no longer need. This provides a gentle, natural exfoliation.
3. When applying or removing makeup around your eye area, go with the grain (towards your nose) to avoid pulling the delicate skin around your eyes. Also, make sure to use your ring finger to apply product because it is the weakest finger.
2. Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times/week depending upon the weather and your skin type. Do not use cleansers which contain exfoliation ingredients because they can cause micro-tears which allow foreign material into our skin.
1. Washing your skin before you crash at night is the single most important thing you can do for your skin. And those face wipes? They can contain harmful, irritating ingredients so your best bet is to find a skin cleanser that doesn’t contain irritating ingredients.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are honest my own as always!