Ask SugarSocial: Starting a Skincare Routine

starting-skincare-routineLast weekend, a reader asked for some advice on starting a preventative skincare regimen.

Lindsay says:

I’m turning 30 soon, and I want to establish a solid skincare routine…but I have no idea where to start and I’m on a budget. Can you recommend any steps or budget-friendly products for preventing signs of aging and taking good care of my skin? Thanks.

There are so many skincare products out there that “guarantee” results, so it can be quite a difficult world to navigate. If you’re new to skincare, it’s smartest to stick with the basics: cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, and treatment cream. Since everyone’s skin is different, please consider these products are recommendations; they may not be right for you, and you may have to try out a few before finding one that works for your individual skincare needs.

Lindsay requested wallet-friendly products that fit into her small budget, but I wanted to include bigger-budget items, too, for those of you who want to splurge on top-of-the-line products. So first you’ll see the budget-friendly picks, and then I’ll list the items that fall into bigger budgets.

A simple, gentle facial cleanser is the foundation for any good skincare routine.
cetaphil-gentleBudget version: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($8) is non-drying, gentle, and should work on most types of skin.

philosophy-puritySplurge-worthy: I swear by Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser ($20). I use it every day and it never irritates my skin–just keeps it clean, fresh, and healthy.

A facial moisture infused with SPF is a daily essential. You should use an SPF-infused moisturizer every. single. day. It will delay the onset of signs of aging, and most importantly, help ward off skin cancer.
neutrogena-healthy-defense-moisturizerBudget version: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($15) is gentle on skin while protecting you with SPF3o.
murad-perfecting-day-creamSplurge-worthy: Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 ($49) gives your skin a huge dose of moisture while protecting it from the sun’s damaging rays.

See more budget and luxe picks for eye creams and treatments after the break.

Eye Cream
An everyday eye cream will hydrate the delicate, thin skin around your eyes and help it look plumped-up and fresh. (This is especially helpful after a night of little sleep.) Simplest is best here.
100-Pure-eye-creamBudget version: 100% Pure Organic Acai Berry Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($25) uses the power of natural acai berry extract and concentrated vitamins C and E to infuse skin with antioxidants.
DDF-eye-creamSplurge-worthy: DDF Nourishing Eye Cream ($48) restores moisture and delivers vitamins A, B5, C, and E, as well as green tea extract, to the skin around the eyes.

Eye Treatment
An eye cream with retinol in it is a great product to incorporate into your routine in your 30s. If you’ve never used a retinol product before, start out using it about three nights a week, to see how your skin reacts to it (retinols are powerful, and they can feel tingly and/or sting when you first apply them). Gradually ease into a using a retinol product for best results.
roc-deep-wrinkle-correxionBudget version: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($23) is one product I love. I can’t say whether or not it visibly reduces to appearance of wrinkles, but it definitely helps stave off future damage. Since retinols can be harsh, if you have sensitive skin, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($26) is another great option. It uses peptides to firm, tighten, and give the delicate eye skin a lifted appearance.
perricone-md-high-potency-evening-repairSplurge-worthy: Perricone MD High Potency Evening Repair ($98) is an intensive serum that works to regenerate skin while you sleep. It has the highest concentration of retinols that over-the-counter products allow. Addresses all signs of aging, including loss of firmness, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and fine lines, loss of hydration, surface imperfections, and dullness.

Hope you find these recommendations helpful in starting a skincare regimen. What are some of your favorite products and treatments?

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One Response to Ask SugarSocial: Starting a Skincare Routine

  1. Leah says:

    I use Cetaphil every morning and Philosophy every night – LOVE <3

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