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Skin care is important no matter how old you are, but it’s especially important for an aging woman. It’s a bit awkward for me sometimes, but I’m regularly flattered by women who ask me about my own personal skin care regime. So today I’m going to talk about what I do to keep my skin healthy. I’ll also recommend specific products I use, and give you some ideas on different things you can try. This is all part of my initiative to help us focus on our physical health and wellness this year.
There are two things you must do on your path to more beautiful skin. The first is to drink lots of water.
No, this isn’t an old wives tale. Being adequately hydrated is extremely important for your body, to help it function its best. Improving your digestion, for example, can result from increasing your water intake. Here’s the trick, though: these improvements don’t happen overnight, like many expect. You need to embark on a long term “I am going to intentionally drink more water” campaign to really see results.
Many don’t drink enough water simply because they don’t like the taste, or find it to be boring. If this sounds like you, add things to your water to give it flavor. My favorites to add are mandarin oranges, lemons, limes and cucumbers. I fill a large pitcher with water, add in whatever fruit I want, and chill. It’s not only delicious, but visually appealing.
If that doesn’t sound good to you, try adding something like Crystal Light On The Go Drink Mix. These are easily transportable and inexpensive. They also come in lots of different flavors, and can really help you drink more.
I drink, as a minimum, 64 ounces of water per day. Check with your personal physician for an amount of water that’s right for you and your own body’s needs, if you don’t think that sounds like a realistic goal.
The second thing you must do for beautiful skin is to use sunscreen.
Every, single day. I don’t care what the weather is like outside, or what time of year it is. Sunscreen is one of your most important skincare products.
It doesn’t matter what your age is, either. Whether you are young or old, using sunscreen is vital to your skin’s health.
I’m a survivor of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer there is. So I take this extremely seriously.
I’ve tried an astounding number of different sunscreens, but this, without a doubt, is my favorite: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum . Its dry formula works very well as a base under whatever makeup you normally wear. It also doesn’t make your face shiny, or make your makeup run and streak.
Now that we have the ‘must do’s’ out of the way, let’s talk about the extras.
Like exfoliation. This is where you help your skin get rid of its dead cells. This is important as you age, but many women don’t think to do it.
Here’s what I use: a Buf-Puf Facial Sponge . I keep it in the shower, and use it most mornings. I make sure my face is wet, and add a little bit of cleanser. Using swirling motions, I start on my right cheek, and then go to my left. Then I do my forehead, nose, chin and neck. Then I rinse it all off, and add sunscreen once I’m done bathing.
I also exfoliate the skin on my body. It’s called ‘dry brushing’, and this is the brush I use. Dry brushing is supposed to have lots of different benefits, including helping minimize the appearance of cellulite, so what’s not to love about this?
I start at my feet, and use long strokes towards my heart. Then I start at my hands, and use the same long strokes towards my heart. I do my back, I do my chest and belly, and then I bathe.
I’ve found a fantastic line of skin products from Europe that I enjoy. It’s called Lomerre, and they are all natural and handmade–as well as being cruelty free. I have started using their Neroli Nourishing Shower Oil, and I love it. Neroli is basically orange blossom, but they also have coconut as an option if you prefer that fragrance. I’m also a big fan of their lip balm. This line is a little more expensive than what you’d find in your local drug store, but worth the extra money. It’s also kind of exciting to get beauty products straight from Europe, and not just the mall. Also–they said if you go through my links above, they’ll give you a 15% discount, which was very kind of them!
If you don’t want to use some kind of moisturizer while bathing, follow up with a good body lotion. This one by NIVEA is my favorite. It’s substantial, absorbs well and has a lovely, but mild fragrance.
Don’t forget your hands and feet!
I know you’ve seen them. Those dry, cracked heels poking out of the back of some woman’s sandals, that immediately make her look decades older than she is.
Here’s how we start getting rid of those.
There’s a little tool called a Ped Egg , and it works wonders. Don’t use this when your feet are wet, like after a bath. Use it when your feet are dry, and you’ll be astounded at the dead skin it collects. It may take several sessions to complete the job, depending on the state of your feet, but it’s extremely effective.
Now here’s my nifty follow up trick. Slather Vaseline all over your feet after using the Ped Egg, and then put on socks. Leave it all on overnight, and wake up to softer, smoother feet. Do this regularly and you’ll love the difference it makes.
Handle your hands this way: moisturize them before bed (you can use Vaseline for this, too), and then sleep with these gloves on. You should awaken to incredibly soft skin, especially if you do it regularly.
So there we go–anti-aging skin care head to toe!
These are some of my nifty tips and tricks for skin care, but I’m sure you have some to share, too. Do you have certain skin care routines you’d like to share? Any beauty products you want to rave about?
Drop a note below, please–I’d love to hear from you!
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**Chanler Jeffers has seen many extraordinary things over her lifetime. An adventurer, survivor, overachiever and advocate of kindness in all instances, she has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), and is a member of their Circle of Champions. She has had the good fortune to live and travel all over the world, grew up as a military dependent and was a single parent for many years. She has survived cancer, and gently shaped countless people over her years on this little planet we call home. Follow along as she shares her knowledge, her experience and her love. Oh, by the way–one more thing. She’s married to a Bass playing rock star, lucky girl.
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