Due to natural aging your skin cells aren’t going to be renewing at the same rate as they did when you were in your 20’s. You’ll start to realize that your old skincare routine isn’t cutting it, or maybe you’ll realize that you didn’t really have a skin care routine at all. Lucky for us, Afterglow Beverly Hills esthetician and nurse Natalie Aguilar gave Bricia and Paulina the scoop on what everyone can do to maintain youthful looking skin.
Water is the source of life and Natalie says when clients come in asking for hydrating serums and creams she’s quick to let them know that you must hydrate from within “you don’t need a serum, you need to drink water,” she said. Not to mention water is an essential to a functioning human body! Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water, which includes, tissue, cells, our organs and of course our skin. She also says we should avoid hot showers that are extremely drying to the skin and to instead start taking lukewarm ones. But if you must have your hot showers be sure to drink plenty of water as soon as you get out.
Don’t use a product because someone else does
Natalie says we shouldn’t copy our friends, or influencers or just anyone else’s skin care routines because everyone is different. To find what is right for you, you’ll need to start out by trying products. She also remind us that trying something for one day isn’t enough to see if it really work for you, “a skin cycle is 30 days so give a product a minimum of 30 days” she said.
Pro Tip: Mix grapeseed oil into your moisturizers for an extra softness and moisture.
Don’t invest too much money on makeup and not enough on skin care
It’s really easy to fall into the trap of treating all your blemishes and skin issues by covering it up with makeup. Your skin is your body’s largest organ so taking care of it should be high on all of our do to lists. A great skin care routine can save you money down the road since you'll be preventing skin issues down the line. Natalie also reminds us that your makeup will look even better on healthy skin. We’re not saying to forgo your favorite MAC essentials but you should definitely spend equally on skin care.
Start With The Essentials
There are SO MANY products out there that it can be really overwhelming especially when you feel like you don’t know where to start. According to Natalie, the easiest skin care regimen is super simple and consists of: cleanser, moisturizer, & sunscreen. We can start by testing each one and seeing which is right, or Natalie also suggests finding an esthetician “skin sister” to help you on your journey. You’ll also need a budget to make sure you don’t overspend and to find the best products in your price range.
Pro Tip: Take your climate into consideration when picking products.
Vitamin C Is A Must
This is one of the most important products to promote cell renewal in your skin. A good Vitamin C serum is a natural brightener, an antioxidant, promotes collagen, and the citric acid in it helps dry out pimples. Peak collagen production is at 25, so our skin care goal is to keep it alive and active. A daily routine stimulating with vitamin c also has other amazing benefits like inflammation reduction and faster healing. There is also the fact that it’s natural without chemicals, but that of course depends on the type of serum you use but for the most part you can’t go wrong with Vitamin C.
For more on skin care routines, jade rollers, and chemicals we should all avoid check out Episode 156!