She focuses it on women in their 20’s, but I think they are great universal rules to follow.
A Skincare Message for Women in Their Twenties
The key to having the best skin possible for women in their twenties is as much about as what NOT to do as it is about proper regimens. Generally, ladies, you often don’t have the cares and responsibilities that come along later in life. There’s nothing like having a child or a job you love that teaches you about how to care properly about the essential things in life. But think of your skin as your baby, as I like to say, and you’ll get a touch of the perspective you need to make the best long-term decisions.
That’s not to say young women don’t feel pressure. Geez, you probably feel more pressure more intensely than at other times in your life: What to wear, whom to befriend, what career path to take (just getting ANY paying job is hard enough), whom to date, where to live, how to make your parents happy (or not)…. You’re on your own for the first time and are bombarded with skewed messages from the media about looks and behavior. There is no getting away from it. But consciously recognizing and identifying these pressures will help prioritize your needs and choices.
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Good Habits, Prevention and the Right Regimen
I like to talk about three things for young women that are necessary to keep the skin you’re in looking fresh and youthful: Good habits, prevention, and a simple skincare routine, all informed by the right thinking.
Public Skin Enemy #1
Don’t pick: Think of the word blemish. When we look in the mirror, what do we see? Often, when we begin our routines, it begins with scrutiny in the mirror. We look for flaws, instead of seeing the positive, overall picture. And when we see flaws, we are subliminally channeling all the self-criticism and flawed social values and snarky remarks from friends and bringing them to the surface…of our skin. The blemishes on our skin stand in for the perceived blemishes on our character, and we try to root them out, pick them clean. It’s not just the dirt and ineffective methods that do harm in picking (I write extensively about them here (Extractions and Facials blog link), but the risk of turning picking into an uncontrollable obsession, for all the reasons stated above. FACT: The zits and red marks on your face are WAY more obvious to you than they are to the casual observer. Frankly, they’re just not that interested in examining your skin with such scrutiny. So, take a breath, lighten up, and have confidence that the horrible red pimple you think everyone is staring at is actually going unnoticed. One more thing: Have you ever realized that putting on make-up feels far more fun that cleansing and moisturizing? That’s because of the way we think about our routine: Skin care can seem about finding the negative and treating it, while make-up is about stepping back and enjoying the overall effect and face you create. But if you flip the switch, and eliminate those negative feelings in front of the mirror when you’re cleansing and treating your face, your mind and skin will benefit immeasurably. Don’t obsess!
[ For more read Why Picking Skin Leaves Marks and Causes Aging ]
More Bad Habits for Your Skin
All right, we all know what’s bad for us, but I’ll lay it out here—knowing that you’re not perfect and we all make mistakes. Plus, you can make up for your mistakes; it just might take some extra care (in the next section I’ll have some treatment solutions), and careful attention.
Don’t overmedicate your skin: With acne still a concern for many women in their twenties (and yes, it can follow you into your fifties; hormones, zits and taxes are just part of life), most skincare products used by young women involve cleansing and break-out treatments. Going overboard with some of the widely marketed and distributed products in trying to stamp out your acne can result in dry skin, which can turn into clogged pores, premature aging and more stubborn acne. Jillian Wright Skincare is natural and non-medicated, and avoiding harsh chemicals for us is a must. Breakout Blocker [link], for instance, is an everyday serum that will help keep your skin soft and smooth.
Don’t smoke: That occasional cigarette while standing outside the club might be wonderful at 2 a.m., but do this too many times, and you’ll be risking early crow’s feet, sallow skin tones, and fine wrinkle lines around your lips.
Don’t fall asleep with your make-up on: I know you’re tired; I know you might have had a teensy weensy bit too much to drink. But seriously, try to get your face to a sink before passing out.
Don’t have an erratic diet: If you’re prone to skipping meals or going hungry just remember that the more you tax your body, the more you tax your skin.
Get sleep, minimize stress: Given all the pressures you feel, you’re under enough stress. Going without sleep will make the stress feel that much worse—and stress is terrible for your skin and overall health! I know you can party till 4 or 5 a.m. and show up to work tanked up on coffee (for the effects of all that caffeine, read Tragic Love Affair with Caffeine) but…well, for every endurance run you pull, try to compensate with some pampering—a massage, a facial, a day in bed.
[ For more read How Caffeine Affects Your Skin ]
Hydrate: I can’t emphasize enough how important drinking plenty of water is to your skin. Happily, most women are already doing this; it’s a wonderful, positive modern trend. You can also keep your skin hydrated with superficial treatments by using the right cleansers (such as Gentle Peptide Cleanser ) and moisturizers (Mattefying Moisture Gel ). [ For more read Water for Clear and Vibrant Skin ]
Wear SPF 50: Sun damage has put the roof over my head; I’ve made a living off treating women in their thirties and forties who weren’t careful about going in the sun in their twenties. But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel for them—I can help preserve and enhance the best skin for their age (skin age, that is), but I can’t help undo the deterioration and long-term damage from sun exposure. (And hey, sexy, make sure you protect your cleavage as well as your face).
Healthy diet and exercise: It turns out your mom has been right for all these years….
Everything in moderation: Weight loss, weight gain, dehydration, alcohol, coffee, sugar intake…avoiding the wrong binges and doing things in moderation will help maintain your natural collagen and elastin.
Be conscious of the effects of your birth control: Bloating, breakouts, hormonal swings—some birth control pills actually even out some of these monthly cycles; but some dosages for some people can exacerbate them. Be attentive to the potential effects, and keep track of them.
Enjoy yourself! Celebrate your achievements! I am honored to treat and befriend some of the most high-powered, smart women in America thanks to my Madison Avenue spa [link]. These accomplished executives, lawyers, professors, writers, actresses and models know—like all great women through the ages—that beauty is NOT superficial. It starts deep inside you, with how you feel about yourself. Sometimes that requires blotting out all those negative messages. It’s impossible not to internalize all the bad stuff—when we’re hurting, some of us get headaches; some get depressed; some get stomachaches, and worse; some get acne. Realizing your self-worth and beauty in your youth will help you make viable decisions that will greatly affect how you age. Taking care of your skin is just one small, positive building block of a healthy long life.
Stick to your regimen; do it every day: Don’t skip. Don’t run out. Stick with the plan. With skin, slow, steady and regular wins the race. You will see results over time, particularly with the right products. Speaking of which….
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The Right Regimen
If you have overmedicated skin:
First, identify the signs of overmedicated skin.
Red and blotchiness: Use a cleanser that helps minimize redness and inflammation like the Gentle Peptide Cleanser.
Dry, scaly skin: The medicated products are drying out the surface so dial back and use products that will nourish your skin. Then use an exfoliator like the Double Surface Exfoliator 2x a week.
Breakouts: Your acid mantle is confused. It’s oily underneath and dry on the surface. The surface is telling the oil glands to produce more oil. The key is to balance and not over dry the skin with ingredients that will not disrupt the sebaceous glands.
If you can’t avoid the sun:
Always use an SPF. Our Favorite is the Elta MD UV Clear. SPF 46.
If you are acne prone:
Use the Congested Skin Cleanser 5 days a week but supplement with the Gentle Peptide Cleanser if your skin doesn’t feel like it is active.
Follow with the Breakout Blocker
Finish with the Mattefying Moisture Lotion (oil-free) or the Gel (if your skin is super oily)
If you fell asleep with make-up on:
Wash your face immediately. I would suggest a shower because make up is probably embedded around the jawline, hairline, underneath the chin and ears. Use a scrub. You have tons of dead skins cells that have built up overnight that you have to get rid of to reveal fresh healthy skin.
Follow with your serum, moisturizer and SPF.
If you want to keep your skin looking healthy
My best regimen for young skin:
Gentle Peptide Cleanser when you wake up and go to bed.
Breakout Blocker day and night.
Mattefying Moisture Lotion day and night.
Double Surface Exfoliator 2x per week