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If you’ve ever googled tips for good skin care, you can find posts with “100 tips” for good skin.  Yikes!!!!  I don’t have time for that, and I’m pretty sure you don’t either.  Let’s break this down into usable information, shall we?  You’ll know much of this I’m sure, but I’ve found a few useful tidbits.

I’ll get to how we deal with face treatments in a minute.  First, let’s start with

Sleeeeeeeeep!  We all need it, and most of us don’t get enough.  Not getting enough sleep will lead to those pesky dark circles and bags.  Can’t get the recommended eight hours?  Go for six, for some of us that is all we can manage.  Most of all don’t get stressed about it because that leads to nasty frown lines.




Next is water.  Please drink your water!!!!  It not only hydrates your muscles, organs, and eyes it hydrates your skin.  I notice if I haven’t had enough water that my skin doesn’t feel as dewy.  Dry skin also causes wrinkles darlings!  Such an easy fix from the inside out and it doesn’t cost a fortune, BONUS!

Does drinking water bore you out of your skin?  Add a little fizz with your water from home.  Saves on bottle waste and there is no salt added.  Sorry Costco, my monthly purchase of Pellegrino is over.  You can get SodaStream on Amazon.







Protect from the sun!!!  You’d have to have been living in a cave not to know the damage that sun does to your skin, especially your face.  I’m realistic though and know people like to have a tan because it makes them feel good.  OK, do it safely.  Protect from both UVA and UVB with a good sunscreen and if you’re going to suntan, easy does it, do not let your skin burn, it hurts, and it damages.  You know that leathery look you see on some faces?  That’s the look of not protecting your skin.

Any questions about the difference in UVA and UVB rays look left to the graphic; it’s pretty self-explanatory.  If you want to have the look of a tan. the Eco-tan products have lots of good reviews You can find them here on Amazon. The Eco-tan liquid face self-tanner looks super simple to use and is very subtle. Rodan and Fields also have a nice self-tanner you can find it on my Skin Care page.


Skin Care

That’s all simple stuff; now we get into skin care.  Let’s be honest here you need to give your face 5 minutes in the morning and before bed.  Cleanse, tone and moisturize.  There’s no excuse not to do it; everyone has 5 minutes for heaven’s sake.  We’re not doing some crazy Korean 15 step program for good skin!  If you want to add extra treatments a few times a week, I’ll give you the listed benefits.

Step 1: Wash that face.  Use a gentle cleanser and remove your eye makeup.  Go to bed with clean skin!  Dr. Doris Day, NYC dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift. says

“With so many sophisticated, gentle cleansers that won’t strip the skin, using the right one allows moisturizing and anti-aging products to absorb more effectively.”

Some dermatologists say that you should remove your make-up or foundation before you clean your face using an oil-based cream then a dime size amount of cleanser.  I guess if you wear a lot of oil based foundation you should.  I don’t and using my cleanser alone does a bang-up job.  Water-based foundations are also a solution to this problem as they come off quickly, no extra step required.

How often should you wash your face?  If you have dry or sensitive skin, a nightly cleansing with a morning water rinse should be enough.  If you have excessively oily skin cleansing twice a day, morning and night are likely best for you.  Also, washing your face after heavy sweating will help curb those breakouts.  Use your judgment on that.

What cleanser should you use?  Again, it’s according to your skin type.  Try to stay clear of parabens or harsh soaps (too drying). NYC dermatologist Dr. Brad KatchenIf says

“a cleanser fits that bill, the formula itself [cream, lotion, foaming, etc.] is more a matter of personal preference,”.

Of course, people with dry skin may prefer formulas with added moisturizers, like glycerin or shea butter. And

“if you have oily skin, you might want a foaming wash that leaves skin feeling super clean,”

says Day. The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends avoiding alcohol in cleansers that can be abrasive to skin.

Step 2: Toner, do you need it?  Some dermatologists say that if you use the right cleanser, it may not be necessary.  However, many of the formulations and regimens on the market are developed to work together.  It takes 1 minute, so I say if you have it, if its part of the care regimen, then do it.  Best to use alcohol-free if you’re worried about drying out your skin.






Step 3: Moisturizer….oh yes!  What do you want to accomplish?  That’s the biggest question when it comes to moisturizers.  Be it anti-aging, skin brightening, skin lightening you want to make sure you pick the right one.  Anti-aging is in my mind an all-encompassing formula, and it’s never too early to start using good products with vitamins, peptides or retinal formulations.  If you’re using a brightening or lightening formulation, you should add a hydration serum to your routine.  I use hydration serum with my anti-aging moisturizer because I love the way it feels and how my skin looks.  Also, hydration serums can help with acne because your skin won’t be pumping out extra oils that it doesn’t need.  It’s not just for dry skin!  Again, lots to choose from on my Dermatologist recommended Skin Care post or the Natural Skin Care post.




Extras:  What do you need?  A microdermabrasion paste or exfoliator.  Give yourself a mini facial treatment 2-3 times per week.  Exfoliation will help slough off the surface dead skin cells and let the products that you use get below the surface.  If your skin is reactive and you’re worried about harshness mix a little water in with it and massage gently.  I like the feel of a grainier scrub, but it’s a personal preference.  There are some useful and gentle chemical exfoliators if you don’t want grainy.  Your skin will feel smoother, and it helps with even out skin tone.

Microneedling.  You MUST get a derma roller that is dermatologist recommended or developed otherwise you could have damage.  Microneedling is the best way to get the expensive Retinol into your skin below the outer surface.  The R and F AMP MD roller is dermatologist developed and the only one I would use, plus it’s had super reviews from the beauty magazines.  It comes with Retinal not Retinol (derivative) serum in a formulation that won’t irritate.  Love this stuff, check my Skin Care posts for more info.

That’s the simple answer to taking care of your skin.  Hope you found some information useful.  If you have any questions, drop me a comment or email me sydney@thecrueltyfreeface.com.  I’d love any input!

Enjoy the sun and don’t forget your sunscreen,