Clear, healthy skin takes work. Not work as in labor, but an understanding of how our lifestyle choices affect the look and feel of our skin. Skincare options can be overwhelming but really the most important steps of basic skincare don’t require much time and money at all.
Last week I provided my 5 Steps to Healthy Summer Skin which are half product-based, half lifestyle-based. When I looked into what medical professionals consider the top steps for optimum skincare, not surprisingly many are the same. But what’s most interesting to note is that maintaining good skin doesn’t require a lot of money or fancy state-of-the-art treatments. Healthy skin comes from being mindful and applying common sense.
The Mayo Clinic’s top 2 tips for skincare are “protect yourself from the sun” and “don’t smoke.” Followed by “treat your skin gently,” “eat a healthy diet,” and “manage stress.” All doable, right? But when it comes down to it, I can totally point out the wholes in my skincare routine. My diet is just so so and “manage stress?” Well, with two small kids and a ton of deadlines, that’s the first thing to go out the window and my skin reflects it.
As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve gotten much better with sun protection, which is a major factor in skincare and aging. Fortunately, the beauty industry has embraced the need for sun protection in its products and most of the moisturizers I use contain SPF. I’m currently using Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen. It has a broad spectrum SPF in it so it’s one less thing I have to worry about when I’m running out the door. Although, the key to optimizing your SPF is to constantly reapply it throughout the day!
Do you use moisturizer with sunscreen?
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