Over the past few weeks, I’ve posted my lists for recommended affordable anti-aging products covering cleansers, treatments, exfoliators, moisturizers and sun protection. Now comes the fun part- how to use them.
The Theory Behind the Practice
When you strip away all the inflated promises and pseudo science, great skin care has four key goals:
* take off the top layer of dry dead skin cells
* stimulate growth of collagen
* help the skin maintain a healthy water balance
* protect against UV rays
In the morning you want to clean the face gently and protect it from the sun.
* On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday use your basic mild soap or cleanser. Wet the face first and work up a lather on your skn. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Too hot or too cold and you can damage blood vesses that will lead to redness.
* On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday clean your mornig face with the exfoliator of your choice.
* Everyday apply a sunscreen that has at least a 30 SPF
At night you want to clean off the days oil and grime and prepare the skin for a night of treatment.
On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday use mild exfoliation ( eg Clarisonic) to clean the skin. Dry the skin, wait 10 minutes and apply lotion with glycolic acid. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday use basic cleanser and blot dry. Dab on homemade vitamin C serum. If the skin feels tight apply a recommended moisturizer.
These types of products and this alternating routinue will deliver a world class anti-aging skin care routinue at rock bottom prices. I estimate that this plan will be about $300/year or about a dollar a day. I save so much on using effective but affordable products that I can budget in a yearly IPL or some Botox to enhance the benefits of a good daily skin care. I’d love to hear about your favorite drugstore products. Most of my favorites have come to me through recommendations of friends.