When it come to moisturizers and women, we start early, having our little bodies lathered in lotion soon after we’re born and on into our toddling years. The moisturizing continues in our soaps and lotions and sunscreens as we grow. Then right about the time we start wearing make-up, we shoo our mothers away and all the great cleansing and moisturizing stops. In fact just when the acne starts, we are least likely to take the time to care for our skin properly.
It may seem like women don’t need moisturizers in their twenties, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Human skin never stops aging. An uninterrupted moisturizing regimen should start in adolescence and remain in place throughout their lives. Here are several ingredients, reasons and routines for skin care as a new adult.
- Moisturizer can rarely turn back the clock, but it can preserve the existing skin. So do you want to save your fifty-year-old skin or the fresh, taught skin of your twenties?
- The best moisturizers contain sun protection and Retinoids. Retinoids and their vitamin A base are a cure-all for skin cells. Their strength is in regeneration, as cells are constantly dying and rebuilding and Retinoids support this activity. The sun is nothing but damaging to skin. It causes aging, sun spots and wrinkles. Any skin regimen should contain a level of sunscreen, at least 30 SPF.
- The younger we are, the easier it is to form habits. All the more reason to start in adolescence and keep it up in the years to come. Trying to instill a new and disciplined skin routine in your forties will be a lot harder to stick to. This is also true for diet and exercise.
- Nothing is better for your skin than water. This doesn’t mean you need to step-up your bathing or swimming regimen. Simply drinking water alone is the key to so many ailments and health concerns. It’s so easy, but for some reason so hard for many people to stick to.
- Make sure that exfoliating is part of this routine. Every day skin cells die. Without exfoliating, they are left to clog pores. Clear pores mean there is nothing interfering with good new nutrients being introduced to the skin and oil and dirt have no problem getting out. Just imagine that as you massage your skin with an exfoliating agent. A chemical-based exfoliating cream or liquid is not necessary. Excellent exfoliation is easily achieved with soft body brushes, textured gloves or a variety of other skin scrubbing tools. Be sure to buy equipment that is exclusively for skin, as brushes and sponges for household use are much too harsh. The rotation and pressure of massaging skin during cleansing and exfoliating also stimulates and opens pores.
- Take care to identify your skin type, either by doing some research and observing your face or visiting the dermatologist. Then make sure whichever moisturizer you choose, is specifically for your skin type specifically. Also, it’s important to moisturize the whole body, but the skin on the face is different from legs and arms, etc. Make sure you have one moisturizer made for the face and another body cream for everywhere else.
- Set out a time of day for just this task, in a relaxing area, where you can take your time and focus on your skin. Setting up a vanity counter with a nice bench, where all of your supplies remain untouched is best.
If you don’t have time to read labels and shop around, here are some moisturizers that won’t do you wrong, in a few separate price ranges.
Over $100 ~
You get what you pay for and the best thing about expensive beauty products is that they typically come with a knowledgeable professional to explain options, demonstrate and even apply. Take advantage of the freedom to apply some sample and see how your face feels later and repeat with other samples if you want to compare. Of course long-term results are the best evidence, but sampling can also alert you to a reaction or irritation with your skin. Also, when you spend $100, you usually get something for free!
- Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum, 1.0 oz. $149
- Women’s ReVive Mousturizing Renewal Cream, 1.7 oz. $195
Over $50 ~
- Fresh Seaberry, 1.7 oz. $52
- Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer, 1.7 oz. $65
- Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream, 1.7 oz. $58
- Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Plus Creme, 1.0 oz. $52
Under $50 ~
- Lancome Bienfait AquaVital Cream, 1.7 oz. $49
- Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter, 6.7 oz. $30
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen, 2.5 oz. $9
- JASON Anti-Aging Moisturizing Cream, 4 oz. $10
- St. Ives Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer, 10 oz. $4 This product has actually been hailed as a star among low-cost facial care. A giant tub, boasting a full ten ounces, for the lowest price, has not stopped it from being a great moisturizer for the entire body.
When considering price and value, it’s important to pay attention to the size and quantity of the product. For example, getting moisturizer for $25 may seem like a good deal, but if it’s just one ounce, the $100 jar of 10 ounces is a better deal. Also be wary of deceiving packaging, thick glass jars and other ways in which you may think you’re getting more than you are.
Contact us here for advice on all issues of improving and maintaining your skin and keeping it hydrated and healthy! Our skin blankets the entire body, lasts a lifetime and there is so much about it that may shock and surprise you!