Saturday, May 19, 2012

Are you using moisturizer with SPF? You should

About 14 years ago a friend of mine who sold beauty products looked at me and said, “What do you use to wash and moisturize your face?” I told her my beauty regimen, which included using a cleanser in the morning and a basic moisturizer then at night I would usually only rinse with water (occasionally doing a scrub or at-home microdermabrasion) and that was about it. She said, “I’m going to need you to start using a moisturizer at night as well.”

Okay.

She explained that although my skin was still looking good she could see in my forehead and other areas of my face that I needed to do a better job moisturizing. Then as I learned more about my skin and aging, including what I read in the book “I Feel Bad About My Neck” by Norma Ephron, I began consistently using daytime facial moisturizer with SPF of at least 30 along with a nightly cream. My regimen has worked well for me and although I complain about the little wrinkles, lines and changes that have made themselves known, I know that my skin is in very good condition.

Now if you aren’t using, at minimum, a daily facial moisturizer with SPF coverage, then I encourage you to do so. Ideally it’s best to use a daily sunscreen on all of your exposed skin, but at least ensure your face is covered.

I noticed SkinCeuticals has two ideal products to use SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30 and SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. Daily moisturizers with SPF coverage tend to be a little costlier than regular ones, but they are a fabulous investment and the last quite a long time. Consider trying the SkinCeuticals line, which provides innovative dermatology products that have been proven to improve the overall appearance of your skin.

What’s your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments and tell me what your favorite product is.