The same thing applies to your skin. You can book fancy facials and obsessively research the difference between a green tea serum and a vitamin C serum (and then pay a pretty penny for either of them) until you're blue in the face, but if you don't focus on the big wins, they won't do you a lick of good.
In fact, you don't have to use expensive products at all!
This is what Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of "Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist told me: "When it comes to skincare you can definitely get away with less expensive drugstore products."
Sure, I love fancy skincare. And if you do too, by all means, keep using it*. The point is you don't have to. Focus on the big wins and use cheapie skincare.
- Sunscreen. I mean, you read this blog. It's all I talk about. If you do NOTHING ELSE, wear this every single day, rain or shine.
- Don't smoke. Duh.
- Sleep. I had dinner with a friend last week who looked amazing. Skin glowing, eyes bright. I told her her skin looked great and she told me she was coming off about six months of a downward spiral of not taking care of herself and drinking too much. She realized she needed to get her act together and started making sleep a priority when five people in one week told her she looked tired. I saw her only one week after her new snooze plan started and it was as if the downward spiral never happened. The results were that immediate.
- Eat vegetables. Lots of them. As much as you can handle without wanting to barf. The cartenoids in vegetables are superstars for keeping skin healthy.
- Cut back on sugar as much as you possibly can. It basically destroys your collagen from the inside out.
- Get a series of peels or an in-office treatment. I'm convinced that cosmetic dermatologists don't think anti-aging products do anything at all (except sunscreen) and when it comes to their own skin they just focus on in-office treatments to keep it spot-free.
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control with salicylic acid to clear out pores.
- Stridex Daily Care Acne Pads with 2 percent salicylic acid is only $4.
- Olay Regenerist "makes a whole line of anti-aging products that give you the best value. They make serums for both the face and the eyes that I particularly like—they contain peptides, which stimulate collagen production."
- Cerave Hydrating Cleanser and Moisturizing Cream with ceramides (skin's natural moisture barrier) for sensitive skin.