There’s no age limit on living your true life!
Greetings, Pantry fans! Pantry founder + owner, Michelle here! This week, I’ll be talking about a topic few women want to think about…aging skin. While we may still be kids at heart, our skin is the easiest tell that bifocals may be in our near future. If we had listened to our moms about staying out of the sun, washing our face before bed, and drinking plenty of water, our skin may help hide what our driver’s license shows. But, nobody is perfect and, even those who live the purest lifestyle can use some help battling back Father Time. So, this week I will give you my tips + tricks to keep my skin looking + feeling its best.
This October, I will be turning 43. (EEEEEEK!! GASP! WAAAAH!!!) Yup, I’m definitely a few years beyond being considered a spring chicken.
And, if I’m being honest, I haven’t always taken the best care of my skin. I spent many years baking in the sun lathered with Coppertone SPF 4, opted for coffee + wine over water, and woke up with last night’s makeup still on my face. When I started a skincare brand, friends + family were quite surprised because I’m not really a skincare kinda gal. However, as time kept ticking by, I had to make some changes. While I still have a relapse from time to time, here is how I do my best treat my skin like the precious treasure it is:
Tip #1: Drink your darn water!
I love my coffee. I go to bed excited that, when I wake up, I get to have a big ol’ mug. My skin (+ body), however, benefit far more from starting the day with a big ol’ glass of water + keeping it going until I crawl into bed at night. Drinking 64 oz. of water may seem overwhelming in concept but just do it as the benefits to your skin are worth it! The cells in every part of your body get hydrated through the blood resulting in a flushing out of impurities and toxins. And that’s not all! Hydrating tightens and tones the skin, prevents premature aging, helps skin heal faster, reduces puffiness, prevents acne + balances the skin’s pH. Plus, you feel SO dang good!
Tip #2: Wash your face before bed
I despise washing my face. It is not as glamorous as those Noxzema commercials make it look. Who cleans up all of that water splashing all over? How do I still have soap on my face after all that splashing?! The solution to my face washing woes came about a few years when I read about the Oil Cleansing Method. Based on the principal that like breaks down like, OCM employs good oils to break down not-so-good oils. I tested it out and days later, created Pantry’s Oil Cleanser.
By combining nourishing nut and seed oils with the drawing power of castor oil and the healing/clearing powers of pure lavender and frankincense essential oils, Pantry’s Oil Cleanser breaks down excess oils on your skin and clogged up in your pores. It also helps to balance out uneven moisture levels which my combination (oily/dry) skin desperately needs. To use, dampen skin then massage the cleanser on, allow it to be adsorbed for 10-15 minutes, then apply a steamy washcloth to open pores, wipe away dirt, and remove excess product. No soaked PJs, no wet floors. Just clean + glowing skin.
Tip #3: Slough it off
As we age, the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells pile up on the skin’s surface, it looks dull + dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. (Yes, even 40 year olds deal with breakouts). To brighten + refresh my skin, I use exfoliation to remove of dead skin cells + uncover fresh new cells below. This also allows my moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into the skin.
For exfoliating on a tight schedule, I keep Pantry’s Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub in my shower. Not only is it delicious, but the sugar works to slough off dead skin cells while the honey boosts collagen production, hydrates dry skin, heals damage and opens up clogged pores. Much like how I used lemon juice to lighten my hair back in the day, the lemon essential oil in this product works to lighten areas of scarring/hyper-pigmentation.
If I am having a little “Treat Yo Self” time, I reach for Pantry’s Exfoliating Pink Clay Mask. The french pink clay draws out impurities, toxins, + oils that clog pores while the super fine himalayan sea salt gently exfoliates + provides anti-inflammatory properties that heal and soothe skin. It also helps retain moisture in the deeper layers of the skin.
Tip #4: Hydrate
I spent about 40 years trying to figure out how to properly hydrate my skin. I’ve gone from looking like the Gobi Desert to a runner-up in a fried chicken eating contest and everything in between. I can now proudly say that I have found the perfect solution in the form of Pantry’s Refresh + Repair Serum.
This 2 oz. bottle of magic is loaded with skin-nourishing oils that help fight back the signs of aging, heal damage, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Since it’s oil-based, it absorbs quickly without leaving behind a sheen or clogging my pores. And, while the benefits of this product are preached by all who use it, one of the most popular comments we receive is about how INCREDIBLE it smells. Try.It.NOW!! When my skin is feeling a little extra needy, I reach for two wrinkle-fighting products to provide nourishment + help to boost skin cell production: Wrinkle Buffer Butter + Fountain of Youth, our age Spot + wrinkler reducer. Applied before bed, I wake up looking 20 years younger! jk but I certainly notice a difference.
Tip #5: ‘screen up!
This shouldn’t need a explanation but I’ll give a little one. Aside from protecting you from deadly skin cancer, using sunscreen daily protects your skin from harmful UV + UVB rays that cause premature aging + leathery skin. It also reduces the chances of brown spots + skin discoloration. Use it daily. Even if you’re only going to be working day. Blue light emitted from electronic devices like our smartphones, tablets, and TVs may be leading to premature skin aging and skin damage. Pantry’s SPF 30 Sunscreen comes in an easy-to-apply tube so I just daub it on and go. It rubs in easily and also helps my makeup stay on longer.
Tip #6: (Try to) stress less
Recently, my partner took a peek at my driver’s license picture, which was taken before I started Pantry. She couldn’t get over how young I looked. Pantry has only been in business since 2015 + in those years, I have stressed A LOT!
Stress can affect us in a lot of ways – our quality of sleep, what we eat, and our overall mood and well-being – but what a lot of us don’t think about is how stress can actually affect our physical appearance. Stressing causes the production of cortisol – a hormone that helps your body. However, when your body starts producing excess cortisol, it loses its ability to retain water. Since stress often leads to lack of sleep, an increase in caffeine consumption + a decrease in water, you become dehydrated. Then, you begin to see stress-related acne breakouts, dry, flaky skin, and dark circles + bags under your eyes. If you don’t minimize the strain, the effects of stress can often take a lasting toll on your face. I still stress a lot but I’ve found ways to better manage it + care for my physical + mental well-being. Aside from drinking alllll the water (see Tip #1), I do my best to actively recognize when I am stressing + work immediately to manage the stressors. Whether it’s taking a few deep breaths or a quick meditation (I LOVE the Headspace app!), quickly troubleshooting the stress, taking a break to give Lou some love, or reaching for my Serenity Now! Roller Ball Remedy. (I have one in my laptop bag, one at home, and one in the car), I work to manage what’s irking me before it shows up on my skin.
Tip #6: Embrace it
I always say that growing older is better than the alternative. I can’t stop the clock + I’d much rather add to my life experiences than not so I do my best to embrace the beauty that is growing older. I’ve come to accept that I have a few more “super blondes” at my temples, that I may never be a size 4 again, and that I have a few extra lines on my face. But, what fun I have had getting to this point! I look forward to another 43 years of living life to the best of my abilities!
I hope these tips help you to age gracefully + treat yourself like the true gift you are. Thank you for reading along + please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.