When was the last time you looked at your skin – really looked to determine what condition your skin condition is in ~ and how your skin is aging?
I have created a fast and easy “Beauty Skinventory” to know exactly where your skin stands – or sags!
All you need is some adhesive tape and a clean, dry, unmoisturized face to see your skin up close and personal.
Begin the test by placing six small strips of adhesive tape one at a time on the following areas of the face:
~ Begin with a strip of tape applied vertically on the center of the forehead from the scalp line down to the bridge of the nose (in between the brows).
~ Place another piece of tape on the outside corner of each eye (where the crow’s feet would be).
~ The fourth and fifth tape strips are applied across the apple part of each cheek.
~ Finally, put a tape strip above the upper lip (like a moustache).
Gently press the tape strips onto the skin.
Remove the tape one strip at a time, as you review your personal ‘caught on tape’ results below:
~ Crinkly areas resembling thin lines, such as roads on a map, indicate dehydrated skin – which is a skin lacking in surface moisture. Also these crinkles are a warning that this area will wrinkle first – if left as is. Keeping a hydrating moisturizer on your skin as well as misting the skin with a mineral water mist a couple of times a day helps ease the crinkles and keeps the winkles at bay.
~ Flakes on the tape show dry, dead skin cells. This condition is caused from not properly removing cleansing and/or makeup products, as well as not exfoliating the skin on a regular basis. Using an exfoliating product and a mask once or twice a week (depending on your skin type) will aid in reducing skin’s flakiness. Also using a clean, warm, moist washcloth along with your cleanser will help with daily flake buildup.
~ Lines indicate a reduction of Collagen and Elastin in the skin cells. Collagen and Elastin are responsible for keeping the skin plump and firm. As we age, the skin produces less of these important skin firmers, so the skin begins to sag and lose elasticity. To encourage younger looking skin, add a high-performance product or two to your daily regime. Look for the terms ‘anti-aging’ or ‘skin firming’ in the product description.
~ Vertical lip lines are caused from sun damage, smoking, and/or pursing the lips. To reduce the appearance of the lip lines, add an application of your eye cream over the top of the lip area as part of your twice a day regime. And when you catch yourself pursing your lips – stop it!
Without a doubt, most of the skin conditions we have are a direct result of how we treat our skin. Exposure to the sun, sleeping in makeup, smoking, not drinking enough water and/or drinking excessive caffeine or alcohol, poor easting habits, and insufficient vitamins are all contributors to how we age.
While we cannot go back in time, we can certainly go forward with a good simple skincare plan that merely takes 2 minutes in the AM and 2 minutes in the PM. Surely you can find 4 minutes a day to be even more beautiful!
Surround yourself with beauty!