How to Love the Skin You’re In

Did you know that your skin is your biggest organ? And it’s the one we so often neglect.

Last week on the Adulting With CJ Podcast, I was joined by Casey Crocker, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu badass and skincare enthusiast (she’s also my sister). Casey grew up with very problematic skin starting in 3rd grade and by 7th grade, she started taking Accutane to try and get it under control.  While the Accutane did help, it was still a long journey trying to learn what was best for her skin, what was problematic, and all the dos and the don’ts.

Here are some of the questions and answers from our interview.

Why are some YouTubers great at skincare or great at makeup?

You essentially have two sides of the same coin. The first side is the group of people who love makeup for the artistry and the creative outlet it provides. So they aren’t necessarily hyper-concerned with what they are putting on their faces. They know the look they are trying to achieve and the skincare aspect is not as high a priority. And, you also have some of the high-up YouTube beauty gurus who are on so many PR lists and getting sent all these luxury items. We, as a society are trained to think ‘this is expensive so it must be good.’ Also, a lot of luxury items smell really nice. Fragrance is really not good for our skin, especially our facial skin. Then you have the other side of the coin with the skin care professionals who have learned to take care of their skin so well that they don’t need to wear makeup. Or, feel very happy wearing minimal makeup like just mascara and lipgloss because they’ve got their facial skin under control.

If you could go back to your 20-year-old self, what skincare advice would you give her?

WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN! I wear sunscreen, but I know that when I was in my 20s I wasn’t very proactive. I would wear it if I knew I was going to be outside for an extended period of time but I wasn’t good at reapplying it. I feel like the number one reason for skin problems be it aging, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, it all goes back to sun damage. It is so much easier to prevent those things from happening than repair what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is, everyone needs to wear sunscreen. Just because you may tan instead of burn does not mean you aren’t destroying your skin. Remember, it can take ten years or more to see the effects of sun damage on your skin.

Do you feel like it’s ever too late to give up on your skin?

It is never too late to start taking care of your skin. Retinol is the scientifically proven ingredient to reverse the signs of aging. There’s no time like the present to start using it. Women in their 40s, 50s, 60s still need to wear sunscreen, steering clear of fragrance, and looking for retinol and oils that are rich, hydrating, and doesn’t clog your pores. Stay away from essential oils in your skincare because they can sensitize your skin. You should also switch from scrubs to chemical exfoliators. Chemical exfoliators clean your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells. It’s so much less abrasive and you’re going to get to the root of the problem versus trying to scrub your face really hard. You should also drink plenty of water and pay attention to foods that may trigger inflammation.

If you want to listen to the whole conversation with Casey and learn more about how to take care of your skin, check out Episode 6: All Things Skincare with Casey Crocker.

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