It’s Friday, so let’s have a little quiz.
1. How many products do you use on your skin on a normal day?
2. How many of them are from high-end cosmetic lines?
The right answers, according to an article in yesterday’s New York Times, should be NO MORE THAN THREE and NONE.
Despite what the fine people at your department store cosmetics counter (or your friend the Arbonne sales rep) tells you, less is more when it comes to skin. The basic routine, according to dermatologists, should consist only of cleanser and sunscreen; if needed, you can add a third product that targets specific problems like acne or wrinkles.
In addition, the dermatologists interviewed by the Times saw NO advantage in buying high-end face creams and cleansers. One doctor recommended Cetaphil face wash, for example, which is available at your local drugstore for about the cost of two fancy Starbucks coffees.
The key to beautiful, healthy skin comes down to this: ALWAYS remove your makeup at night and ALWAYS wear sunscreen. You can tweak your own routine to adjust for variations in climate or compensate for your personal skin issues; I use a face wash specifically designed for acne-prone skin, as well as an eye cream for my laugh lines (both are made by Neutrogena). In the coldest winter months, I add a light moisturizer at bedtime. I wear sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY, rain or shine, winter and summer.
After all, beauty may be only skin deep, but who doesn’t want beautiful skin? Particularly when it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.