Smart Skin Solutions

The skin care industry is steadily climbing toward $6 billion, and it is not slowing down. Just about everyday there is a new device or treatment to tighten and brighten. And everyone wants it. The aging process is inevitable and how you handle it is up to you! As tempting as it is to obsess over every pore or wrinkle in front of that damn magnifying mirror, doing nothing will be exactly that - Nothing, Nada, Non, Nuttin'! We have to accept that, Aging is a Gift and our skin evolves over time. Therefore, what you can do is take care of the skin you're In to the best of your ability, using products that address the concerns of your skin's age. Skincare is very cult-like and expensive. All the whipped textures, floral scents, and fancy packaging (the things that make those products $200+) are nice to look at, and contributes a lot to the cost. But, are they actually giving you better skin than the alternative budget skincare products? It may take some trial and error, but finding the right skincare products for your skin is important. According to the pros, if you do not consult a Dermatologist, you could have a rocky road to travel. But, I have been on this road for nine years now, and it is not as treacherous as some people think. Every avenue you take on this journey, requires commitment and consistency. So, before you get on the road, you have to be ready and armed with the best.

First, you need to pinpoint the needs of your skin. Then, do your research before you take any products for a test drive. Every skin is unique and adjustments will have to be made as we travel along. A routine that you will want to do every night can be difficult. As humans we tend to get tired of the same-ole-same-ole. So, make it easy and not a chore by mixing it up. If you get overwhelmed, Stop and consult a Dermatologist or an Esthetician.  When you get your ducks in a row and are ready to venture out into at-home skincare, get some medical grade products. Drugstore products have come a long way and some rival the high price must-haves. But, you must read the ingredient list on every item to be sure the item is what your skin needs.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as finding affordable skincare products that you love.  And, there's absolutely nothing wrong with spending money on the glitz and glam either.  Keep in mind that about 70% of the pricey items goes to the packaging, marketing and sales, not the ingredients. So you gotta know what's in that pretty golden jar before you buy it. If you've been here before, then you know that I live on a strict budget. And, I will not let my budgetary constraints stop me from living my best life. So, I do comparison shopping for my skincare. Wherever you shop, ask the right questions: Is it safe for my skin?  How much should I apply, and how often?  How long before I see results?  Always test products first on your inner forearm - the skin there is similar in thickness to that of the face.

If you're going to buy an expensive skin-care product, make it your Vitamin A derivative product.  In it's purest, most effective form Retin A is a prescription only product, and one tube can cost over $200.00 depending on where you live. But, you can purchase it in Mexico on vacation (where I got my first tube), or online Here and Here for a fraction of the cost. Retinol can be an expensive ingredient, one that has to be carefully formulated to maintain stability & minimize irritation. Some manufacturers say that these factors can contribute to it's cost. Not so. . .  Retinol 0.2% from The Ordinary costs $5.30. There are a variation of strengths to Vitamin A products, and those who are on the road well traveled, say you should see a Dermatologist before you get involved.

The A B C of skincare is the basic components of a Regime. Vitamin A is your RetinA or Retinols -  Vitamin B3 also known as Niacin or Niacinamide. -  Vitamin C the powerful antioxidant known as  L-Asorbic Acid.  With thousands of options out there, it can be tough to decide which products are worth a try.  There is absolutely no reason to spend $40 for a face wash that will be down the drain in a minute or two. Several drugstore brands of $10 or less do the same job.  When it comes to moisturizers, your skin concerns will identify the product to use.  Again, you do not have to spend $300 for La Mer. That’s why, I have rounded up some skincare brands with straightforward, affordable, and incredibly effective products:

** Please Note:  I'm not a medical professional and not giving any skincare advice here on this blog!  This post is based on my own experiences and information found during my research.  It is imperative that everyone do their own research and consult their Doctor before using any products. **

Retinoids the umbrella for Retin A & Retinols.
SkinSkool. Compare Product Ingredients.
-  Six Anti-Aging Tips to Transform your Routine.
-  "Buy this Not That" Reviews - Here,  & Here.

Skincare is very Personal and consistency gets results. I want to age as naturally as I can, for as long as I can.  It’s a journey you choose to go on to feel more confident & accept you for who you are at any age. And, it starts with changing how we think!  As your skin begins to look plumper, clearer, and more vibrant, you start to feel vibrant on the inside, too.  The best you can do for yourself, is use good quality ingredients that your skin NEEDS.  Not what every Suzy, Neti* and Betty is using.

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