When you are doing your laundry you have more than one product that you use. Most people use a combination of detergent, liquid fabric softeners, bleach (when appropriate) and dryer sheets of some sort when they wash a load of clothes. This is considered “grouping products” or a total clothing care program.
If we do this for our clothes, why would you consider doing less for your skin? A really good skin care program requires more than one product to get the job done right. Which products you use is determined by your end goal. When your end goal is to keep your skin as young, smooth and healthy looking as possible then anti-aging products will be a part of that total skin care package.
A few basic items in your anti-aging basket kept on the bathroom sink will help you to keep your program on track:
Start with your wash clothes and cotton balls or other applicators;
Add your favorite skin cleansing soap, scrub, gel or cream;
A liquid cleanser (such as Clearasil or ProActive) is essential;
Day time face moisturizers – whether in cream or lotion form;
Night time face moisturizers (again, cream or lotion form);
The eye cream you feel works best for you;
Your favorite wrinkle reducing cream;
Your favorite skin peel; and
Your favorite mud or clay mask.
You may be thinking that is going to be a pretty big basket, but it doesn’t have to be. However, one thing that is important is using the products properly and on a regular basis. No skin care treatment program will work if you use it once a month or a few times a year.
It can take a little bit of time to get into a formalized ritual that you go through every morning and every night. Once you get into the habit it is as secondary as brushing your teeth. Dedicate a minimum of fifteen minutes for the nightly cleaning routine. Of course when you add the skin peels and/or mud masks those will take a little bit more time – but those are not done daily.
You already have a morning routine to fix your hair and make-up before going to work or school. Add a few minutes to that morning routine in order to make sure the foundation is set before adding make-up over poor skin.
Most make-ups work their best when you start with a clean, blemish free, oil free skin base. If you do have blemishes or acne, make sure that products that help reduce acne and blemishes are in your skin care basket.
Skin care products work in conjunction with your body chemistry to create the achieved results. Knowing your skin type and what the “issues” are that you want to address will make the purchase of the products much easier. Some women use a concealing foundation to hide those annoying skin issues. Getting your skin healthy again just may help you get rid of that concealer so it is just your beautiful skin that you are showing off.