ThisIs How You Get Carded FOREVERRRRRR!!!
All throughout high school, I always looked up tomy neighbor. She was a straight A student, team captain in every sport, andlooked like a Barbie doll. She was a year older than me and I sought her outfor advice on everything…well okay, mostly boys and beauty tips.
Every time wewould have a sleepover, I would watch her sit in front of her mirror likeMarsha Brady, but instead of brushing her luscious golden locks, she would pullher face around like she was giving herself a facelift.
I watched her do thisfor days, weeks, months, maybe even a year until I finally asked her, “what theheck are you doing that for?” To my surprise, she replied, “wrinkles”.Wrinkles? For Christ’s sake, I’m a teenager with a face full of acne, bracesand headgear, what the heck am I worried about wrinkles for?
Years later (okaymaybe a decade, but shh), I realized that she was on to something. I spent allthose years trying to rid my face of pimples, but now, not only do I still havethose little red suckers, but they are so irresistibly framed by a face full ofwrinkles. Sheesh…
Now, I’m not sure if my neighbor’s strategy ofstretching her face around was the right way to do it, but I do agree that theearlier you focus on fighting fine lines and wrinkles, as well as acne, thebetter off your beautiful skin will be. I should have listened to my mom’sadvice to put sunscreen on my face while I spent hours on the 405 with the sunbeaming against my cheek, but maybe now I will.
After chitchatting withUngenita one day about her flawless skin, she decided to let me in on hersecret, the reason she still gets carded. Looks like my neighbor and her havesomething in common. She told me about a technique called skincare mapping. Basically,it’s about treating all your skincare problems at the same time in the mosteffective way. Check it out…
DabThose Dots Away
Firstly, focus on those rebellious red bumps thatlove to pop up on us at the worst times. After you’ve washed your face, wiped theday away with a toner and applied your soothing moisturizer, squeeze adime-size amount of an acne medication to your fingertips and lightly dab it onyour problem areas. Choose a cream product that contains salicylic acid orbenzoyl peroxide to really bust those buggers away.
Think of this process asmapping out the areas that need the most work and focus in on those specificspots rather then slathering your entire face with layers of gunky greasy goo.If you have one pimple on your cheek, dab a tiny amount on that sucker and letit be. If you’re like me and have 10 pimples around your jawline, well… you getthe picture. Wash your hands with soap and water and move on to the next step.
SmoothYour Skin Back to Sixteen
After treating your bumps and blemishes, it’stime to fight future wrinkles. Take Peter Pan’s approach to never growing up,or at least looking like you’re not. Get your hands on a great anti-agingcream, preferably one containing Vitamin C, peptides, hyaluronic acid and/oranti-oxidants. These ingredients will reinforce your skins youthfulness byfirming, tightening, lifting, plumping, hydrating, softening, and all thoseother exciting words that make us all oooh and aaah.
We all act like we arehalf our age anyways, so we might as well take the initiative to look it too. Delaythe signs of your skin maturing by applying a small amount of anti-agingmoisturizer to your ring finger (this finger uses the least amount of pressure,consider it your most delicate and gentle finger) and lightly smooth it underyour eyes, around the creases, along your lip lines and don’t forget your neckand chest too.
And…Tadah! That’s it! Not that hard is it? Now before crawlingin to bed for your beauty sleep, smile at yourself in the mirror and get readyto have a front-cover face. Oh, and don’t forget to thank Ungenita for lettingus in on her never-been-told-before beauty secret!