Your face. It’s you and it’s beautiful, especially when you laugh! You know it’s true. At the same time, though, don’t you wish you had that glowing, smooth skin of a 20-something? Or, maybe you are 20-something and hope to keep your beautiful skin until you fare no more. You may be surprised to know that with a consistent skin care routine of quality products, you can revive your skin and keep your beauty from fading.

There are three aspects that help make a face beautiful—fresh-looking skin, smooth texture, and a smile! So, the question remains, how do we achieve and maintain fresh-looking skin and smooth texture? Both begin with high-quality skin care products that are formulated for your skin type and a few of my secrets—a battery-operated cleansing brush to help clean pores and keep your face looking bright, and cleansing and moisturizing in the morning and at night.

Because I have very oily skin, let’s talk about that first. The key is not to dry it out. All that does is result in even more oil production. Definitely find a product specifically formulated for oily skin and continue trying various brands until you find the one that makes your skin comfortable. Of all the products I’ve tried, Mary Kay’s TimeWise line has been the best, including the moisturizer. Yes, even oily skin needs a moisturizer and eye cream if you want to minimize fine lines and wrinkles or delay their onset. Your next best friend is a battery-operated cleansing brush. I use mine once a day and it keeps the blackheads and tiny white pimples from forming, so much so that I don’t even need a cleansing mask anymore. Oh, and even if you don’t wear foundation, you will love the results of a foundation primer to keep the shine away all day long without feeling heavy or clogging pores.

Dry skin requires as much attention as oily skin because it is extremely prone to wrinkles and dullness, which is why it’s so important to moisturize every day, morning and night, with high-quality products made for dry skin. Although you may not feel the need to cleanse twice a day, you should for three reasons—your skin needs the hydration that your cleanser and moisturizer deliver, your eyes need the eye cream to minimize crow’s feet, and your face simply needs to be washed. Think of your sunglasses. Somehow the lenses get dirty even though you hardly touched them. It’s the same with your face. You may also want to use a weekly exfoliator. You are going to love your skin!

So, you’re lucky enough to have normal skin. That doesn’t let you off the hook, though. To fight the aging process, minimize skin issues, and keep your skin looking healthy, use a high-quality product line formulated for normal skin. As problem-free as your skin may be, it benefits from being cared for, just like oily and dry skin. Trust me, you’ll notice the difference, if not today, you will when you’re older.

No matter which skin type you have, if you want your face to glow and look youthful, every day you have to give it the attention and products it needs. But remember, the most direct path to a beautiful face is a positive attitude. The second is a great skin care regimen.


By Lora Incardona