11 Things You Need to Do to Your Skin Now Before It's Too Late

skinThe other night as I was washing my face and getting ready for bed, I looked at myself in the mirror and was suddenly horrified over how old and haggard my face looks. For the first time in a long time, my complexion is dull and blah. I'm starting to get a little bit of loose skin around my eyes. And I just don't look, well -- in my 20s anymore.

And even though I know very well that the reason I don't look like I'm in my 20s is because I'm 35, I still don't like the idea of looking 35, you know?

What's really weird is that as early as two years ago, I really could've passed for a woman under 30 (or at least I thought so).

And based on how much rougher my appearance has gotten over the time span of a couple years, I think I know what my problem is. I stopped being diligent with my skin care routine.

You see, back in the day, I did the whole spa party biz thing. I was really "in the know" when it came to how to successfully take care of my skin so I don't wind up looking like the inside of an old catcher's mitt in my elder years. And when I stuck to a strict beauty routine, my skin literally glowed. It looked healthy, fresh, and youthful.

And I never should've slacked on it. Ever. And as of now, I'm starting to back up again and making sure I take good care of my skin in the hopes that I'll get the glow back and won't regret taking a couple years off.

Trust me, if you haven't gotten into a good skin care regime yet, you need to do it now. Like RIGHT now.

Here are 11 things you need to start doing right away so your skin will thank you later.

What is your current skin care routine?


Image via Mary Fischer

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EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Toner is a nice idea in theory, but with really dry skin it's a disaster. I genuinely cannot use it because anything i've tried strips the oil too much.  Definitely agree with the exfoliating though- mens skin tends to look smoother because of the exfoliation it gets with shaving!

corri... corrinacs

EmmaFromEire, that means you were using the wrong Toner.

I have extremely dry skin, but I still use toner.  I use Clinique's #1 or #2 line (depending on the time of year).  #1 I use in the winter and #2 in teh spring/summer months!

And try not to exfoliate too much.  Exfoliation does damage the skin a little bit, so be sure to moisterize immediately aftewards as well.  I can't imagine doing it twice a week.  I do it maybe once a month (Mary Kay's microdermabrasion once in a while is fantastic :)>

And yes, stick to the same brand from start to finish (for skincare that is).  Its better to look for brands that have a skin care regimen that goes from start to finish like Clinique or Mary Kay.  Try them out (Clinique offers free minis all the time.  stock up on some beautiful eye color and grab a few of those freebies :)).  Macy's sells Clinique (and other brands) so see if they have any free samples!!  I know they let you try the stuff in the store!

Mary Kay is fantastic in that its consultants.  Part of the first pampersing session is literally trying out the skin care from start to finihs.  Find your nearest consultant and tell her your skin care woahs.  She can definitely find a great line for you :).

sugar... sugarmansmom

Emma-I've heard rosewater is a good toner for drier skin.  I've never used a toner either for that reason, but plan to try that out next chance I get

nonmember avatar mm

You forgot the most important one..even if you do nothing else....SUNBLOCK.

No more than 30spf is needed. Find one that works well for your skin, makeup, and activities and use it. Apply liberally and often.

linzemae linzemae

I tried clinique, it wasnt for me. I love sephora brand moisturizer and meaningful beauty is amazing!

Blues... Blueshark77

I find less is more when it comes to skin care. I don't attack my skin like it's my enemy. A gentle facial wash and moisturizer does more for my skin than a barrage of products. A lot of the time I use cold pressed oils for my moisturizer, works much better than anything else I've found. So just doing that plus sunscreen and at 35 I don't have any loose skin under the eyes or wrinkles. Occasionally I'll use an exfoliator, but once a month at the most.

Torra... TorranceMom

Thank you mm! Sunblock should have been #1 on the list and #2 should have been "Don't smoke (if you do, stop!)." Nothing ages skin like the sun & nicotine.

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

As an esthetician I can say that yes you have to use a toner that is for your skin. I like PCA skincare best. It has a nutrient toner and a smoothing toner. That skin care line treats every skin type from dry to sever acne. You can also look for spas that do peels. I actually tried clinique one time and was so surprised to see that the toner says its flammable on the back of the bottle! Not good!

nonmember avatar Thinker

Is that you in the picture? I love your hair, I've always wanted side swept bangs like that but my hair just won't do that. I think your skin looks fab in the picture.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

I found the clinique to be like paint stripper on me! some of my friends used to use it to clean off the counters when they worked on them, turned me off for life! I've found that using a nice deep cleaning wash and cleanser have the desied effect, i gave up on toner long ago!

@sugarmansmom- i'd love to try rosewater, but it's so, so expensive here that i tend to avoid it. thanks for the tip though!

And for people lookign for a nice light sunblock- kiehls do a really lovely one. A tad on the pricier side, but it works really well as a foundation base, and on it's own it doesn't leave you shiny.

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