But I refuse to spend more than 10 minutes a day putting on makeup. Life is full of interesting and amazing things. Makeup application isn't one of them.
Now that I'm leaning closer to 40 than to 30, one area in which I had to step up is skin care. Every morning. Every night. The great thing about my increased diligence is that my skin actually looks better now than it did a decade ago.
It's a pretty simple routine:
- I wash my face with a quality cleanser every morning in the shower.
- I apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower. (Your pores are still open from the steam - or something like that.) Additional note - I discovered that makeup goes on SOOO much more evenly when you apply moisturizer first.
In the evening:
- Wash my face with the same quality cleanser. I add a washcloth to the mix this time.
- I immediately apply my nighttime moisturizer. (Don't tell, but it's the same as my morning moisturizer. Rumor has it, I'm doing it wrong.)
That's it. Oh, wait. One other thing. I started drinking ridiculous amounts of water. I heard that the rule of water intake is this: You take the number of pounds you weigh and divide it in half. That's the number of ounces you should be drinking every day. (It's an excellent incentive to lose weight. Less weight, less water you have to drink.) Consistent cleansing, moisturizing, and drinking water has made a tremendous difference in my skin tone. I would add before-and-after pictures, but I am pretty sure I've deleted every crappy-zitty-picture of me in existence.