Every year I visit my dermatologist for a full body skin exam. Being fair-skinned and freckly, I’m concerned about at a higher risk for skin cancer, so I let my doctor take a look at every spot, freckle and mole — even the ones that never see the light of day. I check myself regularly, too. I’m a bit compulsive about that.
After getting the “all clear” from my doctor, I asked her the ideal skin care regimen. Every month, beauty magazines tout the latest and greatest anti-aging products and procedures, and I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the information out there. Now that I’m thirty, I’m starting to freak out about those fine lines and wrinkles that are slowly but surely creeping their way onto my face. I’m routinely told I look younger than my true age (thanks, freckles!), and I want to keep it that way!
(image via Martha Stewart)
I thought I’d share with you the routine and products my dermatologist suggested for young women our age:
In the evening, cleanse and use a product with Retinol or Glycolic acid, which exfoliates and acts like a mini peel. For Retinol products, she suggested RoC and L’Oreal, and for Glycolic acid, GlyDerm. After, moisturize. An inexpensive moisturizer like CeraVe works great, she said.
As for eye creams, my doctor recommended Teamine Eye Complex, which reduces dark circles and minimizes fine lines with its green tea extract.
There you have it. A simple regimen with only a couple of steps in the AM and PM straight from my doctor’s lips. However, it’s going to take me some time to get used to it because, to be honest… I don’t always wash my face at night. I know, I know! So bad, right?
Do you follow a strict skin care routine or do you sometimes sleep in your mascara? (Be honest!) Are you taking steps now to prevent those pesky fine lines and wrinkles?