I don't want to toot my own horn here, but I often get compliments on complexion. I can't take all the credit: I am sure genes have a lot to do with it. But I've noticed a huge improvement in my skin since I started using and doing certain things. I'm happy to share with you all. I've discovered that healthy glowing skin is a combination of things: both inside and out. And it doesn't have to cost a fortune.
I do not spend a lot of money on products. I simply do not see the need to do so, since there are so many tried and true products available on a budget. Back before I had my kids, I splurged on super pricey products and my skin wasn't nearly as nice as it is now. Friends of mine recommended the website: The Cosmetics Cop and in particular her review site, Beautypedia. Check this one out! Beautypedia has a product-by-product review and really puts products, and their claims, to the test. I don't buy anything without first checking this site. And she even has an app for your phone! Here are my products:
Most of these are highly recommended by Beautypedia (she gives a more neutral review of my cleanser, Cetaphil, but it works for me so I won't change it). Anyway, my routine is this: every night I use Cetaphil cleanser on my face. I love it. It's very gentle. But the Cosmetics Cop is right: it isn't great at removing make-up. So after that, I use Up and Up Magic Makeup Remover (from Target). It's inexpensive and works great. Then I use some witch hazel. I put it on a cotton ball and swipe all over my face. It is gentle and gets off all the make-up. Then I round it out with Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream. A tiny dab goes a long way.
In the morning, I just splash some cool water on my face and use Cetaphil Day Cream with spf 15. Done!
I happen to think that what you put in your body makes a huge difference in how your skin looks. I know when I've had one too many cocktails, my complexion shows it immediately. About ten years ago, I decided to cut out all sodas entirely. I used to have a diet coke or two each day. I stopped this and switched to water. That alone made a huge difference. I still have sodas from time to time but only on the rare occasion. I drink about two liters of water through the day.
I drink a cup of peppermint tea per day. Every day at 2 pm ... it's like my own personal tea time. I'm not sure if the tea has anything to do with my face, but I noticed an improvement in my glow once I added this to my day.
And there you have it! All of these things are either free or really inexpensive. I think the priciest item on the list is the night cream and that's only $14. What about you? Have any skin care secrets to share?
See you swoon,