Skincare 101

If you haven't noticed, I have really pale, sensitive skin. I've always had this porcelain skin (even growing up in Phoenix, Arizona) and while I love it and think I'd look funny tan, it's definitely a challenge to maintain. I've found comments in the past on DS asking what my skincare routine is, so today's post is devoted to how to take care of that gorgeous skin of yours. Each morning when I get out of the shower (yes, I take a shower every single morning!) I use Clinique's Dramatically Different Hydrating face lotion. I've literally used this lotion for about eight years now -- I'm obsessed and would never use a different moisturizer -- it's that good. Then, I literally cover my body in St. Ive's 24 Hour Deep Restoring body lotion. My skin is dry and flaky, especially in Washington winters, unless I do this crucial step. My grandma always tells me this step (and me staying out of the sun as much as possible) is the reason I won't have wrinkles when I'm 80. I've tried lots of different body lotions over the years -- some $3 bottles and some $60 -- but this St. Ive's one is my favorite so far.

Besides daily moisturizer, sunscreen is another one of my tips. Whether you're like me and as pale as a sheet of paper or dark and tan, sunscreen is always important. If I'm just walking to and from class or work and won't be in the sun that much, I just spray some Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen on my face and then any exposed skin -- mostly my shoulders and collarbone. It isn't greasy at all, which is what I care about most, besides coverage obviously. It also doesn't change my appearance at all, which I love. [Tip: hold the spray bottle about a foot away from your face to just get a light layer of coverage that won't leave you greasy or shiny.]

Lastly, my number one tip is to take your makeup off at night. I can't stress how important this is! However, I definitely understand coming home after a long night and not wanting to jump into some 20 minute routine, which is why I keep my process simple. I literally just use Neutrogena's Facial Cleansing Wipes to remove all of my makeup -- mascara, foundation, everything. Then I apply a quick dab of Clinique's Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. It comes in a tiny little container and I dab it around my eyes, mostly. It makes me wake up with baby-soft skin.

I hope these tips are helpful! Remember, taking your skin is just an investment in your future. xo

Emily Piskulick