Sunday, February 19, 2012

The skinny on skin

Hello my beautiful little buttons! 
So much great stuff has been going on so I've been crazy busy. Don't feel like I've forgotten about you, though! 

Today's topic is skin. With Adele being all the buzz, her gorgeous face has been everywhere. And I must say that I am beyond envious of her perfect porcelain complexion. I've battled icky acne and oily skin for as long as I can remember so seeing Adele at 23 with a flawless face would make me so mad if I didn't love her as much as I do. I mean, look at her! 
I mean, seriously.
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So, since healthy skin is as important as what you wear on top of it, here's my recipe for healthy, radiant skin that will rival Adele's. 

First: STOP SMOKING! Not only will it force me to sit on the other side of the room from you, but ciggy smoke ages you and destroys your skin faster than Adele's songs can make you all weepy. Plus, cigarettes yellow your teeth, give you wrinkles, make your hair and teeth stink, oh yeah AND KILL YOU. So please, do yourself and your beautiful lungs a huge favor and kick the habit. 

Second: No tanning. I'm completely serious about this one. Look at all of Hollywood's famous leading ladies who are still being cast in movies: Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Diane Lane, and Michelle Pfeiffer. What do they all have in common? Milky white skin! Sure they may have had some work done but they aren't all leather faced and gross. They're aging gracefully partly because they've stayed away from the sun and the tanning bed. Take your skin advice from ladies like Adele and Dita von Teese, not from Snookie and Pauly D. Want more evidence? According to Dr. Oz, "It's time we rethink our position on the standards of beauty. Tan really is not beautiful; it is a walking advertisement for skin cancer." Preach, doctor! 

Third: Find a skincare regimen that 1) works for you, 2) is easy to follow (i.e. not so complicated you skip steps), and 3) is affordable. I have hella oily skin so I use the Body Shop's Tea Tree line in conjunction with their Vitamin C serum and moisturizer. This may not work for someone with dry skin, so don't be afraid to go to the Body Shop, Nordstrom, Sephora, or Kiehl's and have a heart to heart with a skincare expert. If they don't give you samples, then they're duds who don't understand the skin care process. By giving you a sample, you can use the products for a few days and really decide if you love them or not. 

Fourth: Find a great dermatologist. If you aren't sure where to start, ask your friends, coworkers, or your other doctors. Finding a dermie who will sit with you for 20-30 minutes about your skin is paramount in maintaining your body's largest organ. Plus, they can check you for skin cancer, remove unsightly (and potentially dangerous) moles, and give you advice on skincare products and prescriptions. 

Fifth: MOISTURIZE! We're in the doldrums of winter. Even worse, I'm in Colorado which is basically a desert with mountains. To combat skin scales, work from the inside out. Truth: Having mono saved my skin. Why? All I could do was sleep and drink water. 6 months later when I had recovered, my skin looked the best it ever looked. Here's a good rule of thumb: Take your weight and divide it in half; that number is how many ounces of water you should be drinking every day. Drinking anything else (alcohol, coffee, soda) works against you, so if you must partake, make up for it with an extra glass of H20. 

After getting your insides moisturized, then work on the outside. Use SPF EVERY DAY! Clouds magnify the sun so you can do damage even on icky winter days. Also, start with moisturizers the second you step out of the shower. I love LOVE Haley's Heart's Skin Kiss and the Body Shop's Mango Body Butter throughout the day on my hands and elbows. Some people find their Body Butters too heavy and greasy, so do some of your own research and report back ;)

Here's my skin care collection. It seems ridic, but this stuff works (for me at least!). Get to the mall and make an appointment with your dermie to find a routine that's right for you. 
My daily skin routine!

This is by no means a complete list of ways to get healthy, beautiful skin but it's a start! Just remember that what works for your sister may not work at all for you. Plus, what worked for you 10 years ago probably won't keep working for you in the future. As Dame Anita Roddic, the late founder of the Body Shop, said, it's not about turning back the clock; it's acknowledgment of the fact that as we age our skin has different needs." 

So with that advice, go forth and let your skin shine from the inside out!
Melissa, The Shop Therapist 


  1. Awesome review! I have and love a lot of these products! Have you ever tried coconut oil or looking into how to tighten skin that isn't so 'young' looking anymore?

    1. Hi, Samantha! Thanks for your comment :)
      And I haven't tried coconut oil but I've heard great things. But (and this may be a silly question) does it smell like coconuts?

      As for skin tightening, I just turned 30, so I'm just starting to invest in anti-aging products. I'm in that weird transitional phase between acne and wrinkles. I have a little of both and I feel like the fix for wrinkles causes more acne. Awesome. I do have the Body Shop's Nutriganics Skin Smoothing Serum and Night Cream and their Pomegranate Firming Night Cream. I like them all but I think the Pomegranate is too rich for my oily skin.

      Now, I haven't tried this product yet, but I love LOVE watching HSN. Adrienne Arpel has a skin tightening serum that looks pretty amazing: Super Strength Secret C and Propolis Rapid Uplift. The demo is seriously crazy!

      I'm half way through my first year of law school, so breakouts and wrinkles are definitely a concern of mine!
      - Melissa


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