Hello SOTGC community,
Today let’s check our daily routine and avoid the gunk factor!
As women seeking to be awesome and achieve the very possible pinnacle of success in our chosen careers and lives, every advantage we own is a step forward. When we look and feel great, we have the courage to present our best selves to the world. Being vibrant and full of life lets the world know with one look that we are here, and our competition must be very afraid.
So along with all of the wonderful and sound advice we get here from our contributors like Christie Lees and Justina Tseng on taking great care of our bodies – physical, mind, and soul – we’re talking today about taking great care of our largest organ – our skin.
I have some pretty genius clients but I’m always amazed at how many women don’t know this very simple secret to having beautiful skin and how important it is to wash our face at night. Ok, you can tell me the truth, do you wash your face BOTH morning and night? You know those days that have been long and trying and your pillow is calling your name as soon as you pull into the garage so you think, “I’ll just wash up in the morning…My mascara is waterproof and my favorite midnight blue eye shadow will come off my pillowcase in the laundry.” STOP! Don’t do it. Even a quick wash and moisturize before bed is critical to the health of our facial skin.
Our bodies repair, restore, and regenerate while we sleep, our skin included. Dr. Michelle Copeland, a Harvard-trained plastic surgeon, biochemist and best-selling author says, “Never go to sleep without removing your makeup – the reason is obvious. The gunk factor: think of all the stuff that settles on your face during the day — makeup, sweat, pollutants. Bacteria will eat all the nasty stuff sitting on your skin and cause increased breakouts.” Eeeew! “While you sleep, your body is working hard, including your skin. Important metabolic repair processes that occur at night help rejuvenate your skin giving it the tools it needs to optimize repair.”
A key to healthy skin is a good daily cleansing ritual, but easy does it: dry and tight does not equal good and clean, it just equals dry and stripped of essential oils. Use a gentle facial cleanser, cream or foaming, formulated for your skin type to dissolve makeup and remove dirt and grime from the day. Using a washcloth or facial brush will make the job easier and more effective, but use a light hand and change your wash cloth daily to avoid bacteria build up. Follow with great anti-aging, vitamin-filled skin supplements and moisturizer to rehydrate and firm your skin while you sleep. This goes for even those of us with the most oily skin. You will wake with clearer, smooth skin.
In the morning at your sink or in the shower, wash again to remove sweat that occurs while sleeping, eye crusties if you have allergies, and any anti-aging retinol or acne treatment products that can cause your skin to be more susceptible to sun damage during the day. Follow with protective sunscreen supplements, age-fighting moisturizer and a great foundation or tinted moisturizer (Complexion Correction “CC” Cream) to protect your skin and provide a well-primed pallet for your “I own these streets” glamour look.
Follow these key steps morning and night and Dr. Copeland confirms we’ll enjoy a “youthful, radiant, and glowing complexion“.
So go on, put your best face forward and don’t be surprised at the rewards you reap!
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