Skin Care: The Essentials You Need To Know

Much to my friend’s chagrin, I never understood the need for a skin care routine.  Growing up, I felt there was a certain stigma associated to being ‘one of those girls’, you know the ones, the ones who were forever moisturizing, the ones who very girly and had to maintain their appearance and I began associating being girly with most ‘ self- care’ routines.

So I lost my interest in make-up, only cared about skin care when I needed to get rid of a pimple and moisturized once a day. I had a lip balm because I didn’t like cracked lips, but those were the only concessions I allowed myself, because I thought being a ‘ real girl’ meant spending less time being vain and more time being productive.

As I got older, I began to realize how important my skin and overall health actually was and started to slowly move out of the mindset that taking care of myself was vain or shallow, instead I noticed the health benefits, however, I then felt overwhelmed by the sheer about of products out there that seemed necessary.

So yeah, I abandoned ship again.

Recently, after a very thorough massage, the masseur told me my skin was too dry… that made no sense to me; my skin was clear and glowing right?

The culture shock after she explained that I needed a better skin care regiment , including needing to protect myself from UV rays, made me realize that maybe I needed to bite the proverbial bullet and figure out a regimen that made sense to me.

If you’re like me, buckle up as I break down the real things you need for your skin and as it turns out, it’s not that difficult!



what awaits you:

3 MAJOR points that will improve your skin drastically

Caroline Cederquist, MD, author of The MD Factor Diet, breakdowns the difference maker your diet makes to your skin and why

Board-certified dermatologist and surgeon Margarita Lolis, MD, goes further, explaining how water may or may not actually benefit the skin.

New York City dermatologist Dr. Carlos Charles talks the importance of cleansing the skin.

Dr. Hadley King, a New York City-based, board-certified dermatologist, talks toners, moisturizers and the right one for your skin type.

Dr Rekha Tailor, Aesthetic Doctor of health + aesthetics clinic, Farnham, weighs in on exercise and how different forms benefit the skin.

13 thoughts on “Skin Care: The Essentials You Need To Know

  1. So much of skincare has to do with what you eat. I work with many a dermatologist in my full-time job and they all agree that diet and drinking water go a long way to clearer skin.


  2. I really enjoyed the confidence you have and the fact that you make your decisions based on actual facts, rather than getting swept up in all the hype surrounding so many skin products. A big point you made here is around ensuring we all stay hydrated by drinking the minimum 2 litres per day – something that so many fail to do.


  3. OK, I am fully aware of how important skincare is. Thank you for sharing this informative post. Drinking water is something is definitely helps with healthy skin.


  4. I’m a big believer in a healthy diet for clear, youthful looking skin. Water is also really important for hydrated skin.


  5. This is a very helpful guide. I always forget to drink enough but am making more of a conscious effort at the moment. I like how you don’t just focus on the products, but include diet and exercise for a more comprehensive approach. Everything in the body is interlinked, so this makes a lot of sense.


  6. I definitely fall into the same category as you – growing up, I always saw skin care as being one of those things ‘that girl’ would focus on. I missed the fact that we’re all going to end up feeling the effects of our choices eventually! Luckily, I’ve learned my lesson earlier than some people do… Trying to turn things around and focus more on it now. Diet was the first step that I took, that and water intake.


  7. I can always tell when I am not drinking enough water because my skin tells me through being dry and cranky. It is kind of amazing that our skin reflects our diet so much. I would agree with you on being “one of those girls” because that has always been my thoughts on that. I don’t need 47 products applied to my face both morning and night. But taking care of the skin we are in is so important. Thank you for reminding me just how important it is.

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  8. I’m a light make-up user (mostly tinted moisturizer, mascara, and I have my eyeliner tattooed) but I am a huge proponent of skin care. At 53, I don’t mess around. I love trying new products, so I’ll look into yours and at least make a purchase with your affiliate links!


    1. I’m with you there with the do not mess around with skin care. I am lucky to have good genes, but even I realise I need to nurture and protect lol. Thanks for whatever purchase you make! That’s so cool of you and let me know what works and ( what does not)!


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