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How do YOU prevent spots and dots?

As a 26 year old female who obviously cares about her appearance by means of wearing makeup, visiting a hair salon on a way-too-regular basis and getting sucked into fashion trends, you may find this hard to believe...

I do not use skin care products. Products that prevent dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, acne, dryness and the aging process in general, do not live here. I would be lying if I told you I washed my face before going to bed at night let alone treated it with anti-this and anti-that cream.

This post was inspired by two things.

1) Recently, I had friends visit for a weekend. They each had morning and evening face cleansing routines that made my head spin. Cleansing, toning, preventing and peeling as I stood in the mirror watching with a raised eyebrow. Should I be doing this?

2) My husband's co-worker is selling a line of skincare and gave me a one time, six step cleansing product to sample. I read the benefits, testimonials and success stories with a raised eyebrow. It sounds so necessary, should I be doing this?

After many years of sunbathing in oil, I finally understand that SPF application is very important. On our recent vacation south I was very careful not to expose my skin to direct sunlight without SPF protection. Sure, being sun kissed makes you feel and even look more attractive, but the consequences are not pretty.

At my age and in this environment I feel my face is as fresh, toned and as young as it could possibly be. I'm not saying I'm flawless. Would I like to get rid of some spots and dots and prevent wrinkles? Um, yeah. Do I get on board with using skin care products? Should I explore natural home remedies? Or is my skin healthy because I left it alone all these years?

How do you prevent the ugly stuff?

Rachel Emmilee




19 comments:

  1. You are still young. Unfortunately you'll need to use stuff when you get older. I think that if your skin looks good and free from issues, why start messing with it. Once you start to look dried out or have any problems, you can start then.

    I'm sure anyone trying to sell you anything will disagree. It is mostly genetic.

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    1. Eek, that scares me even more. I can't say my family is known for young, healthy looking skin. I'm hoping I can get some good direction from my readers on what lines of product I can look into, to be ahead of the game! I know the day will come, but if I could get ahead of the aging process... That would be GREAT.

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  3. Once you're closer to age 30, something happens to your face. It 'drops' for the lack of a better word. I'm not talking about sagging, but it doesn't sit up the same way. I noticed this when I was 28 and now I'm 29. I freaked out and started to read all the reviews for hundreds of products to see which one I should use. To be honest, I think all 'anti-wrinkle...blah, blah, blah' creams don't do what they're supposed to do. They're basically like those lip balms that promise to make your lips appear bigger. Those lip balms momentarily irritate your lips and make them slightly swelled. As a result, you get 'bigger' lips. So, make up products that promise these 'smooth' & 'younger looking skin' promise these similar and very temporary promises. Those products also have similar ingredients that give you temporary results, but once you stop you lose the appearance the products promise.

    What I know is this: Your face needs vitamins. So, I take vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc everyday. These vitamins are essential for your skin elasticity and collagen production. Then, every other night/day, I use ROC retinol cream for eye and face. Other days, at night and during the day I use Aveeno or Burts bees face products because they're paraben free and natural. All these products' day version have spf in them.

    As the wife of a scientists who lectures me about this stuff all the time, your face doesn't need a whole lot. We do more damage instead of helping our skin. So, natural is the way to go :) xo

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    1. I love this comment, Nagehan! Thanks so much. I'm going to talk to my Doctor about taking the vitamins you mentioned. It sounds like you're doing things the healthy, more natural way and from what I can see, your face is fresh and glowing in all your pictures!

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  4. I actually noticed that my skin has gotten way better since I switched from special creams and just used the basics; warm water, a wash cloth, and soap. I do that every night then apply some lotion and in the morning I do just a splash of cold water. I used to have issues with acne but that has cleared up since I started doing this!

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    1. Interesting. That's what I have been doing all along and I have very few issues with my skin. Maybe by doing nothing I'm giving my skin the best care. Food for thought!
      Thank you for the comment :)

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  5. If you figure out a good plan, please share it with me! I have no idea what to do either! I use Clinique moisturizer and All About Eyes eye cream in the morning and before bed, but neither one has vitamins or retinols or anything else - I think they're just straight up moisturizers. I wear BB cream on my face every day that has SPF in it. That's it. It was 20x the points at Shoppers this weekend and I spent way too long in there staring at the pricey skin stuff and left without buying anything. I just don't know where to begin!

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    1. I'm going to do some good digging and I'll let you know what I find! Aging anxiety has really set in, and I need some direction. I've used up my samples since writing this post, and can honestly say my face feels and looks different. So torn!

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  6. I JUST had a similar experience. I was getting free facials with a group of girls about the same age as me (I'm 24) and I was the only one who didn't have a little regime like the one you've described. I have gotten so lazy about my appearance in general in the last several months, but this one terrified me. MAYBE I NEED TO TAKE ALL THESE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TOO! Glad it's not just me, though.

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    1. Thank you for reading! :)

      Like I said above, I've already SEEN and noticed a difference in TWO applications of this cleanser, toner, etc... Believe it or not, it's amazing.
      I'd still like to research it and see what I'm getting myself into, some would say I am only going to be drowing in chemicals and draining my bank account!

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    2. That's what always makes me so nervous. I was using benzoyle peroxide based treatments for my acne for a while. Although it did solve the problem in the immediate sense, it also dried my skin out and made me horribly dependent and it took forever for it to level back out to pre-BP, so I could fairly judge the effects of less abrasive products. Now I'm just kind of anxious about all chemicals on my skin.

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  7. And here I am with a pretty consistent morning and night, cream cleanser, salicylic toner and salicylic moisturizer routine so that I don't have to wear any more makeup than a tinted moisturizer and some eyeliner and mascara.

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  8. I use Clean & Clear face wash & moisturizer, and when I do have pimples (because sometimes I just fall asleep before using those products) I use Neutrogena's On the Spot cream. Cheap & very effective. The most important things, IMO, are protecting yourself from UV rays (including tanning beds), staying hydrated, and getting proper amounts of sleep. People take these things for granted, especially in their teens/20s when it doesn't seem necessary. But they will catch up with us all in a few years if we don't take care of them now!

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  9. I am guilty of having WAY too many products. Like a disgusting amount. Most are for my hair, but I still have an unnecessary amount of creams and other crap that are allegedly supposed to make my skin look flawless.

    The other day I noticed underneath my eyes were starting to get wrinkles. It almost created a new skin-product binging spree.

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  10. I am completely useless as face products... literally lying in my hang over bed with mascara running down my face right now. I worry about these things too, one of my friends has used some heavy duty antiwrinkle cream since she was like 18... I worry that I will be old before my time, especially with how much sun only my face gets during the winter months on the mountain... eek... Let me know what you find out... love Elle xo

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  11. I think some of the most important skin care comes from your diet. Eating healthy, taking vitamins, and drinking water are soo important. I am still in my early 20's, so I'm definitely not an expert on the issue, but I do notice a drastic difference in my skin when I'm not taking care of my nutrition. Sleep is huge too, and I always get breakouts when I'm not getting enough of it. The only thing I use on a daily basis is a Neutrogena acne scrub, and makeup remover :)

    I used to work at a spa and all the girls there swore by Skinceuticals products. I've tried them and liked them, but I wasn't even into my twenties yet so I didn't really notice a huge difference. Something to look into though if you're serious about getting into a skincare regimen!

    xx L

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  12. It took my sisters and I years to find the right morning and night facial routine. My sisters and I make it fun, we have facial parties. Everyone is different and we've spent money trying out different products to see what works for our skin. They say your twenties is probably the best time to care for your skin because it will set the tone for your 30s and beyond. This whole process is trail and error.
    XO Wil Harris

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  13. Don't do it! Such a waste of money. I've been there and honestly, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, girl. I've recently (about 2 weeks ago) switched to washing my face with honey and moisturizing with coconut oil. All natural. It's worked so well, it's prompted me to get more into DIY when it comes to body care and other things. It's actually prompted me to start a new blog as well (stay tuned for that). I think that as long as you're using SPF on your skin, you're doing the best thing possible. All the other stuff is really just marketing gimmicks. We're going to age, it's inevitable. Do it with grace, not acid peels lol.

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