September 30, 2005
HEALTH AND FITNESS...SKINCARE 101I am about to give some of you a reason not to hate me as much.I'm going to reveal a secret..ok so you know how I'm smart,funny,creative,have 2 really great blogs,a body that can put viagra out of business, I come from money plus have my own,I'm a silent partner in a successful company and I own a property or 3,well here is my secret...I was not born with flawless skin.
Yes I battle many common skin problems due to my hypersensitivity.((Deep breath)) that has been bothering me since I started this blogging thing,whew that's a like a load being lifted.
But like a great body,it takes a lot of work and effort to maintain or obtain a flawless complexion. One thing that I love to ask stars and us reg folk alike is "what do you do for skin?"I personally love products from luxury creams like Creme de La Mer , to Carol's Daughter(used from everyone from Beyonce,Jada Pinkett,to Oprah and Jay-Z)and combine those with all natural around the way cheap stuff.
But all skin is not the same,so following my regimine may do more harm for you than good,but I've done some research and found out different ways you yourself can achieve flawless skin.
STEP #1 CLEANSING
If you have Dry Skin, you'll need to pump a little moisture into your face with your soap. Look for brands of soap that contain either glycerine or a type of silicone, such as cyclomethicone or dimethicone. These bad boys actually add moisture to your skin, which is key unless you want to feel like someone is suffocating you with cling film.
If you have Oily Skin, you're going to want to dry up some of that grease with your soap. Oil is the evil glue that sticks all that filth to your face. In turn, that filth clogs up your pores and starts the volcanic acne eruptions we've all enjoyed at one point or another. Quell the geological upheavals by using a soap that contains salicylic acid.
If you have Sensitive Skin like myself, you're going to need something a little milder than the typical ingredients. Believe it or not, the leading contender here is something called propylene glycol — which, when not gently easing you into a life of ivory cheeks, pulls double duty as the prime ingredient in antifreeze and the stuff they use to de-ice planes.
If you have Normal Skin, count your blessings you lucky bastard. Then hunt for soaps that use lanolin.
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from your face so that the only layer visible is one of bright and healthy new cells. The average human generates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks. Usually what sits on top of that new strata is a pile of cruddy old cells that have been getting funky for a while. You can improve your complexion tremendously by sloughing off the garbage to show off the new stuff.
There are many ways to do this.Creams containing walnuts or apricots or anything slightly abrasive works. Liquids,look for exfoliating products that contain acids such as alpha-hydroxy, beta-hydroxy, or salicylic. Some celebs and models use household things like lemon and sugar rubbed directly onto the face,cornmeal, and one model even uses kitty litter(clean I hope).
Men,if you shave regularly you do don't have to exfoliate those areas.Shaving removes those dead skin cells the same way as the creams.
You might also look into special cloths,gloves and loofahs that are made to slough that old shit right off.
Having cleansed and then toned your face, you're going to need to do a little mending. Those first two stages can be a little rough on the skin and even if you use products especially designed for your face's chemistry, you may nevertheless have dried it out a little. In any event, you will want to erect a protective barrier on your newly pampered skin before you march out into the world to show it off. This is where moisturizers come in. Think about it: dry skin feels like ass and causes premature aging and wrinkles. Moist skin is happy skin. Remember, moisture does not equal oil—you want to keep the water in your skin without blocking your pores and thereby defeating the whole process of cleansing.
Before buying a moisturizer,be sure to check for the type of skin type it's for.Many people swear by pure shea butter,vaseline,cocoa butter etc...it's up to you to find out what works for you.
BEFORE I GO
For this to be effective you have to this everyday.Also take into account your diet,what you eat will show up on your face.There are also many herbs and alternative methods for facial perfection and you should research and consult your doctor before doing anything.