Not sure about you folks, but my skin is definitely feeling the effects of the colder temperatures and indoor heat. Want to know what that yields? dry, sensitive, wrinkled skin, that's what. You all know I take really care of my skin because ain't nobody got time to look like a shriveled ballsack and it seems that as I get older, I really have to kick it up a notch to maintain the same level of hydration.
The other day I looked in the mirror and noticed two big wrinkles under each of my eyes. When I say big, I mean big enough to stick my face 1 inch away from the mirror and squeal in horror. I admit, I've sort of been lax on my skin care routine since I've been so busy at the gym, trying to rehab my wrist and dealing with stupid perimenopause symptoms but seeing that was the swift kick in the pants I needed to get back on it.
Here are my holy grail go-tos to keep my skin youthful and soft:
This is relatively new to my skin care routine after my acupuncturist introduced it to me.
When I first started experiencing awful menopausal symptoms that manifested through my face (red, raw, hyper sensitive, painful skin), NOTHING I did fixed it until I went to her, she inserted a few needles into my face, then massaged my skin using the above cups. I walked out of there with glowing, refreshed, normal skin and from then on, I was a believer in facial cupping.
After seeing those huge wrinkles under my eyes, I restarted my facial cupping (on my own) every night. Three days later, those wrinkles are gone (whew!); not even kidding about this either. I was a little floored myself since I knew cupping invigorated the skin but to make big ugly wrinkles disappear? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.
Benefits of facial cupping (taken from this site):
- Drainage of fluid in the lymph glands results in reduced edema and puffy appearance.
- Better nutrition brought to the skin helps bring a young glow to the skin. Any beauty products used post-treatment are absorbed better and are more effective.
- The lifting motion reduces the visible fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring because of injuries or acne. The skin also looks plumper. Further, the connecting tissue under facial skin is stimulated so that it heals and reduces smile and laugh lines.
- Massaging movements help relax tense facial muscles resulting in a softer, younger appearance.
Facial acupuncture. Guys, I can't say enough amazing things about acupuncture. It's incredible for pain management, healing all kinds things (including fully healing my wrist!!) and also shaving years off of your face. Fuck expensive botox - facial acupuncture is 100% natural; it stimulates/increases your body's elastin and collagen production which are the building blocks of youthful skin.
I've been doing these treatments once a month for while now and have seen amazing improvements in skin texture, colour and tone. My face seems brighter and I look more rested, despite the sometimes shit sleep I get from night wakings due to crazy hormones and an 8yr old who loves having nightmares. My acupuncturist combines a full facial (with facial cupping) and acupuncture for a full, 90-minute treatment....it's glorious.
Pic right after a treatment - no filter, no makeup.
Quality face products. Natural products and skin oils are my jam. With my old hag skin, I need serums for deeper hydration and skin oils just make sense. They make your skin feel amazing and supple; all you need are two or 3 drops to work into your skin and you have hydrated skin all the live long day.
I've added rosehip oil to my arsenal because I was told I have dehydrated skin (rude) so I mix in 2 drops of rosehip with my argan oil, massage that into my face and then use my face cups for a mini-massage.
Stephanie recently discovered the wonders of argan oil to help ease the symptoms of her rosacea and can't rave enough about it. Note though, you have to test face oils first before slathering it on since everyone reacts differently to skin oils.
Dry air means my skin needs an extra hydration boost so I use a mask once a week to pump up the jam:
This is a fantastic mask that adds intense moisture to my skin, has great anti-aging properties and smells luxurious.
What are your go-tos for good skin?