What are the five things that you ABSOLUTELY must do to have great skin? These are essential basic tips that I recommend you start asap if you’re not doing them already. I’m vigilant about my basic tips. And I also acknowledge that I started with great genes (thank you Mum for the healthy skin). I’m also grateful for starting my career as a beauty editor. I learned a lot of valuable practical tips from makeup artists and models on set. Here are my five must-do skincare tips:
TIP ONE: SUNSCREEN I wear sunscreen every single day, year round. Even when it’s cold, rainy and grey. I know that I don’t need it on those days, but I don’t want to break my most valuable habit. I use a tinted moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen that evens out my skin tone while preventing exposure from both UVA and UVB rays. And in the summer when I’m spending lots of time outdoors, I apply a sunblock to clean skin first in the morning. If I’m at the beach, I apply it again after swimming. I don’t sit in the sun and tan anymore – that stopped when I became a beauty editor in my early 20s and learned about the dangers of sun exposure. My pick: Marcelle Sheer Tint Moisturizer SPF 30 in a 40ml tube. Neutrogena has excellent suncare products.
TIP TWO: EYE CREAM I first started using eye cream religiously when I was on a photo shoot and noticed how tired the 19 year old model appeared. The rest of the crew was older than her but dry lines under her eyes made her look senior to all of us – seriously. “She doesn’t use eye cream,” the makeup artist sighed. “EVERYONE should use it!” That’s all it took to get me in the habit of applying a light cream nightly after cleansing – versus only when I remembered. A good night’s sleep makes the most difference but patting on a pea-sized dot of cream helps soften fine lines. My pick: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream, 15ml
TIP THREE: CLEANSING OIL I was originally skeptical about using oil on my skin – wouldn’t it become greasy? Clog my pores? But then, a makeup artist gave me a sample pouch of a super light cleansing oil to try in the morning. I had just been splashing my face with water before applying sunscreen. She pointed out the clogged pores on my nose and string of tiny zits along my jawline. Now, every morning, I start my day with a light cleansing oil, rinsed off with water, and my skin has never looked better. My pick: Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, 450ml
TIP FOUR: NECKLINE The fine skin of your decollete ages quickly due to sun exposure. It’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen down the neckline. (Note to self: do better!) You’ll be left with rivers of fine lines and dark sun spots. However, I always apply a rich moisturizing cream after every shower, ideally while my skin is still slightly damp. My pick: Nivea Body Lotion with Shea Butter, 625ml
TIP FIVE: NIGHT ROUTINE After a long hard day, it’s tempting to fall into bed without properly cleansing your skin. I never skip my nighttime routine – makeup remover, serum, retinol (every few days), and night cream. As you sleep, you sweat. Your pillow case gets dirty and you’ll end up with clogged pores and grimy skin. You don’t need a dozen products – just a handful that work depending on your skin type. My pick: I’m currently using a regimen from Riversol Skincare, a collection developed by Vancouver dermatologist, Dr. Jason Rivers.
BONUS TIP: Don’t get hung up on using expensive products. I experiment with a lot of different products ranging from a pricier Charlotte Tilbury moisturizer to a Cetaphil cleanser. Prestige skincare lines spend more money on marketing and research and development. Often, the most popular products are then produced for the same overall company’s lesser expensive brands. The cheaper product may not smell as nice or have luxe packaging, but it still does the trick. It’s often made in the same factory as its more expensive sister product. The more affordable product benefits from the scientific development and technology. My rule of thumb is simple – if a beauty product works, I use it!
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