Sunday, October 7, 2012

BELLE DE JOUR - RULES TO LIVE BY

I thought I would do a post on the beauty rules I live by. There's nothing revolutionary here but it's the tried and true rules I follow. Let me know what you think.

1. DRINK UP (WATER THAT IS)
It's so important to hydrate! Water is essential for our existence and has so many great benefits. I limit my drink consumption to water (a lot of it), tea (usually herbal, green or white) and alcohol (occasionally). I don't EVER drink pop and I can count on my hand the number of times in a year that I have juice. 

Water has no calories, fat, sugar or carbs - it's absolutely the best thing you can drink. And it naturally helps you flush impurities and detox your body. Add some lemon to warm water in the morning and it will help cleanse your liver and kidneys of toxins. It's also supposed to help stimulate your digestive system (amazing). During the day, I keep a water bottle with me. I like drinking really cold water so I keep my water bottle filled with ice and I drink consistently throughout the day. 

2. WEAR SUNSCREEN (EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR)
Sunscreen should be worn every day of the year. It's not just for the summer months! And it's not just for when you know you'll be outside. The sun can be just as harmful in the dead of winter and when you're driving in your car. 

This rule is especially important for me because I was diagnosed with Melanoma when I was 25. It was a few weeks before my wedding and we were heading to Greece in the middle of August on our honeymoon. It was a life changing event to put it mildly. I had become very skin conscious in my early 20's, wearing sunscreen every day and trying to stay out of the sun because I was so fair. However that didn't make up for the times I went to tanning beds in high school and laid out in Mexico with next to no sunscreen on when I was in my teens. I probably only had a handful of sunburns when I was a child so who knows if there's anything I could have done to prevent it. Luckily I had a great doctor who was really thorough and had me check the tiny freckle-like mark that looked a bit odd. 

Needless to say, ever since I've become extremely vigilant about my skin. I wear a high sunscreen every day of the year regardless of how much time I'll be outside. I also stay out of the sun as much as possible (although that's getting harder and harder now that I have a little one) and I see my dermatologist every few months to have my skin checked. 

3. NEVER GO TO BED WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON
This is so important. I can't remember ever going to bed with my makeup on. No matter how tired I am, I always take the time to wash my face properly. I guess it's the idea of my makeup sinking into my skin while I sleep that makes me so crazy about making sure my face is really clean. I always cleanse my face at least twice. I usually start by removing my makeup with a gentle cleanser (like Bioderma's Sensibio solution), I then wash my face with Cliniderm's Gentle Cleanser (it's a really great product for sensitive skin) and finally I use Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash in Pink Grapefruit with my Clarisonic to deep clean. In the mornings, I just use my Cliniderm Gentle Cleanser to wash my face.  

4. INVEST IN GOOD PRODUCTS
You don't need to spend a lot of money on department store products but it is important to make sure you're investing in good products. I think the most important thing is staying hydrated (drinking lots of water and using a good moisturizer). After moisturizer, I would say using an eye cream is the next most important product to be using. 

5. WEAR SUNGLASSES
Sunglasses aren't just a fun accessory, they help protect your eyes from the sun and prevent you from squinting which causes wrinkles. I never leave the house without a pair of sunglasses (and I have 2 pairs in my car so I never have an excuse to be caught outside squinting). 

6. IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START
My son Kingsley is only two but he's already used to lathering sunscreen on every morning and wearing his sunglasses to protect his eyes or a hat to protect his face. For the rest of us adults, it's never too early to start a skincare routine. Especially for the delicate eye area. It's important to start early. Invest in a good eye cream, moisturize twice a day, cleanse every night and always (ALWAYS) wear sunscreen. 

I'd love to hear if you have any rules that aren't on my list! Any tips I should try?

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