Street Summer Skincare

Penn will probably give you gray hair, but it doesn't have to give you wrinkles.


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My grandma doesn’t age. Really. And if there is one thing I’ve learned from her (other than to always wear your eyebrows, eyelashes and a bit of lipstick), it’s that there is nothing more important than taking care of your skin. So, let’s learn something from Grandma.


You’re Never Too Young for Eye Cream

You might be thinking: eye cream? Kimberly, I’m a ripe age of 20 and I’m in my prime! I don’t need any anti–aging!! Well, my friends, you’re completely wrong. Not all skin is created equal. Skin around your eyes is thinner, more sensitive, and has less oil glands, which makes it more prone to a variety of issues like fine lines and wrinkles. Yuck.

If that was convincing, check out Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream with Retinol ($17)


Face Wash

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to not use an exfoliator on your face every day. As someone who had cystic acne and insane breakouts growing up, I lived on those salicylic acid exfoliators. And they really didn’t help. When it comes to washing your face, my Mom and G–Ma always told me to use soap and warm water, hold a warm towel to my face and open up my pores. Then, use a toner and moisturizer. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser works for all skin types, and will give you a really nice, clean face without all the harsh chemicals.


Moisturizer

This is arguably the most important thing on this list. Regardless of your skin type, it is so important that you moisturize your skin. You know how after a night of drinking you wake up and look in the mirror and are in complete shock at how dull and sad your skin looks? Well, that’s because alcohol dehydrates you (in case you didn’t know that already, which you should because I bet you have a nursing friend who makes sure you wake up with a glass of H2O next to you after you’ve been vomming all night—thank you, nurses.) Well, the sun and daily activity will also dehydrate your skin, so it’s important to make sure that you’re always feeding it. Any moisturizer will do the trick, so no need for anything fancy. Personally, I have an AM and PM moisturizer, but that’s because my skin doesn’t need to be covered in SPF at night—but if that’s your preference, you go Glen Coco.


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