Growing up my Mom was always really good about teaching me how to take care of my skin. I remember in junior high her taking me to the mall and getting me my first skin care routine. More importantly, she showed me by example.
Then when I was 17 years old my brother got engaged. Shortly after his engagement, his future Mother in law came over for a girls spa day at the house so we could all spend time together and really get to know each other. We all instantly fell in love with her! She is such an incredible woman and a very talented esthetician. She gave us all facials and she sat me down and gave me tons of skin care advice. Maybe it was the fact that she is a skin care professional or maybe that she isn’t my own mother, but I took her words and advice like it is the Bible. (side note: when you are a teenager listen to your Mom. She really does know what she is talking about!)
That day was fuel to my already love for skin care, and it has since been a strong passion of mine. Thank you so much Diana Fountain for spending the time to teach me so much!
So what did my Mom and Diana teach me? This is what I am going to share with you today. I have been so blessed to have women in my life to teach me about skin care at a very young age. And I can tell you it makes a huge difference! I want to pass on all my knowledge and wisdom to you :) Prevention really is the best, the easiest and the cheapest!
- Wash your face every morning and night.
- Never go to bed with makeup on your face.
- Always moisturize after washing your face.
- Exfoliate at least once a week.
- Start using an eye cream by age 20.
- Use your ring fingers when applying eye cream, gently apply by pressing it in, never drag or pull.
- The skin in the under eye is the thinnest of the whole body, be gentle!
- Never sit in direct sunlight between the times of 10am-2pm. Wear a hat or sit under an umbrella. (this may seem uncool, but your future self will thank you! I know am so thankful I followed this one!)
- Always wear sunscreen, minimum of spf 30.
- Use a mask at least 1-2 times a month.
- Don’t neglect the neck, décolleté and hands. These areas show age just as quickly as the face. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize the same as you do to your face.
- Don’t pick at your face. Leave the zit alone!
- Never tug or pull on your skin, be gentle and delicate.
- Always use upward motions when applying anything to the skin.
- Don’t go on a low fat diet, healthy fats are essential for the skin.
- The 3 most aging things are sun, smoking, alcohol. Avoid them as much as possible.
- Drink tons of water.
- Sleep at least 7 hours a night.
Diana explained it to me like this: Imagine when you are born you are given one white suit, and this is what you are going to wear every single day. The way you take care of this suit is the way it is going to look. If you get your suit dirty or wrinkled it will be like this for the rest of your life. Yes, this white suit is a metaphor for your skin. We can’t trade in our skin for a new one because we didn’t take care of it the first time around. Take care of your skin now, when you are young.
I rarely reveal my age, but for the purpose of this post to let you know that taking care of your skin at a young age really does affect the way you look as you age, I will tell you. I am currently 32 years old, I will be 33 in April. When I was 17 I was told the way you take care of your skin between the ages of 18-22 is how your skin will look when you are 30 and over. And I can tell you this is true!!!
I’ve put together some skin care products I think would be great for someone starting out a new skin care routine. Click on the picture below to view the product: