There was a time when all I could do was just sit, cry, and pray that the pimples on my face would go away. It was pimple on top of pimple. I was in my early 20’s, not a teenager! I had no idea why I was going though it. It really was a painful time. I’ve realized, in my old age, that our skin has a mind of it’s own. And even today I have skincare concerns that need addressing.
Today, I had a chance to sit down and talk to Dr. Beth Lange, the Chief Scientific Officer at Mary Kay. I asked her a few questions about our aging skin and what we need to do to take care of it.
Dr. Lange knows the deal when it comes to breakouts, this includes adult acne. And it’s more likely our hormones or bacteria causing the problem. Normally, our first reaction is to stop using a moisturizer. Truth is, our skin needs that hydration. Moisture creates a stronger barrier, which leads to healthier skin. She recommends an oil-free moisturizer, if you have acne-prone skin. And if you’re guilty of touching your face all of the time, stop doing that, you’re just spreading bacteria.
If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning, then you know how I am when it comes to wearing sunscreen. For the health of your skin, please wear it! Dr. Lange say’s, “Every day is a sun day.” Regardless of the season, you should wear one daily with at least a SPF of 15. And no age excuses around here, she say’s that it’s never too late to start using sunscreen.
Dr. Lange notes that sun exposure and aging skin help contribute to discoloration of your skin. One of the ways to prevent it, is to wear that sunscreen we talked about. She does make sure to point out that any attempts at reversing and evening skin tone does take time. Somewhere along the lines of 3-12 weeks, with the help of a product like Mary Kays’s TimeWise® Even Complexion Dark Spot Reducer.
Remember that taking care of your skin isn’t as hard as you think it is. All it takes is some dedication. Dr. Lange recommends starting a daily routine with a basic mild cleanser with a light exfoliation, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Sounds simple enough to me.
What’s your skincare concern? Leave a question below and I’ll work on answering it!