“At fifty, a man will have the face he deserves.” George Orwell
I don’t know about you, but I want the face I’ve worked for!
Which is why I’ve started going to the dermatologist. While there I learned several things about my skin that surprised me.
Apparently I have acne. I knew there were little painless bumps on my face but I never really worried. Those are cystic acne. So I was given a large bore needle to scrape the ends of the bumps. It was disgusting, but I have no more bumps.
I also had mild rosacia. never knew this either. You turn thirty and fall apart. However, I was given a topical medication and my skin looks better already.
My friend was getting Botox at the same dermatologist office. While she was getting injected the doctor noticed something on her chest. The result was a benign cancer, which the MD promptly cut out and all was well. Botox saved her life!
What is the point of my story here? Proper skin care to some degree could have prevented these things.
Sunscreen- use it! If you go to the tanning bed, shame on you. Seriously. People die from melanoma every day. Use sunscreen. If you feel you absolutely need a tan, spray it on. Sunless tanning has come a long way and not everyone looks like an oompa loompa when sprayed.
Wash your face! Get rid of that oil and dirt!
Moisturizer! (And use one that works with your cleanser for best results.)
Quit touching your face!
Microdermabrasion. Feral amazing, and some great over the counter kits can be purchased these days.
Clean your makeup brushes. These puppies harbor all kinds of bacteria.
Find a skin care routine that works for your lifestyle and skin. It took me years of trial and error, but Mary Kay skin care is the best for me. I’ll never deviate again to another brand.
Hydrate! Did you know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Drink plenty of water.
You are what you eat. It’s true.
Hopefully these very basic guidelines will help someone, somewhere. Check back all next week for an in-depth look at each topic and more mentioned in this post.