Thursday, November 12, 2015

Beautiful skin on a budget

The American Academy of Dermatology says you don't need spendy products to have healthy, glowing skin.

Skin care requires three steps: cleanse, treat, prevent.

First you need to decide your skin type:

--Sensitive. May sting or burn after product use.
--Normal. Clear, not sensitive.
--Dry. Flaky, Itchy, rough.
--Oily. Shiny, greasy.
--Combination. Dry in some areas, oily in others.

Buy products formulated for your type--expensive ones are not necessarily better.

--Pay attention to ingredients. Acne prone? Look for benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Fine lines and wrinkles--retinol.

--Consider using dual products--moisturizer with sunscreen (SPF 30 or more).

--Cleanse before using products or going to bed..

--Apply moisturizer when the skin is damp from the shower--it locks in the moisture.

--Limit the number of products you use--a lot can irritate.

--Consider using Vaseline on hands and nails or other dry areas. On the face, it can cause breakouts.

I use Cetaphil as a night cream. No eye cream. I know, I know, horrifying.

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