Since graduating from college in 2015 I started paying more attention to my daily skincare routine. I didn't properly take care of my skin while I was in college; I slept in my makeup, didn't drink enough water, ate shitty foods, and was constantly touching my face. I knew I need to step up my game if I wanted to be happy with my skin in the years to come.
Once started working 9-5 I began to notice how oily my face would get from wearing makeup for 10+ hours. My first thought was that I should probably start buying nicer makeup and thats when it all started clicking. It's not all about makeup, I need to start taking care of my SKIN. I reached out to a girlfriend that was a Rodan + Fields rep and showed my interest in their products. I started with the REVERSE Regimen because I had a few dark spots and I wasn't very comfortable going without makeup and I wanted that to change. Once I began using the products I fell in love. I've never been the routine type, but having a 4 step skincare system seriously made me feel like I was doing something right lol. I felt like I had my shit together.
Fast forward a few months...I wanted more! I started reading more and more about sun exposure and aging and I knew that because I love the sun and being on the beach I probably should start protecting my skin and get a jump start on anti-aging since I was already seeing wrinkles...I took a huge leap of faith and decided to become a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant. Since then I have learned so much about my skin and how it reacts to different things that I do and use, so here are 5 things I've learned about skincare since graduating college.
1.Just using a makeup removing wipe is not good enough, it’s very important to wash your face thoroughly after removing your makeup, followed by using a toner + moisturizer. In college I was using Neutrogena face wipes in bed and then falling asleep right away which always made me break out really bad the next day.
2.Staying hydrated makes a huge difference.For someone like me who struggles to drink the proper amount of water each day, it is so clear to me that staying hydrated seriously helps your skin/complexion. I also religiously use Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum along with Mario Badescu Facial spray to give my skin a nice glow.
3.Greasy foods = greasy face.I can tell when I eat fast food/bad foods because I get deep, painful pimples and I just feel gross in general. Now I rarely eat fast food and I've noticed a big difference since I started cooking healthy meals at home.
4.Exfoliating at least 2 times a week is necessary.And I’m talking about a good exfoliator. Not the cheap face washes with the little beads in it. I am in love with Rodan + Fields Microdermabrasion Paste. It's like an at home facial that leaves your skin SO SOFT. I use it 3 times a week and it really helps to clean out my pores.
5.Popping your pimples causes your face to breakout more. THIS is the reason I still get pimples. It is SO HARD for me not to pop what feels like a pimple, but you just have to refrain because it will go away on its own.
6. 4 step skincare routines are normal. No matter what you should always cleanse, tone, moisturize, + protect. Cleansing is obvious, toning is something a lot of people don't do. Using a toner is crucial because it opens up your pores and allows other skincare products to perform better. Moisturizing is a must, and so is using SPF even if you aren't spending your day in the sun...your skin is bound to see the sunlight at some point.
7.Don't be afraid to spend a little more on skincare products.If its expensive, chances are it works. I was a little hesitant about Rodan + Fields products at first because they were a little pricier than I expected, but after seeing first hand how amazing the products are and how they have helped my skin + my confidence, it is so worth it.