*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Olay. All opinions are my own.*
I had the best skin as a teenager.
Not trying to brag or anything, but real talk, it was glowy.
No dryness, no redness, no oiliness, no blemishes, no discolorations, no acne.
Did you read that?
I spent the majority of my teenager years almost entirely acne free.
Sure, I had a few pimples from time to time, but nothing horrible, nothing that left scars, nothing I really concerned myself with. A couple of I-binged-chocoloate-because-a-boy-was-mean-to-me breakouts that didn’t even warrant a concealer stick.
I basically just woke up, cleaned my skin with nothing more than water and covered it with nothing more than sunscreen.
In the evenings, if I was feeling girly, I’d maaaaaaybe wash with whatever cleanser my mom left in the bathroom. But, mostly, I was lazy with my skin care and spoiled because nothing bad ever came of it.
I didn’t even feel the need to wear makeup regularly. On super special occasions like prom, I’d throw on a little some mascara and some tinted lip gloss if I was feeling glamorous.
Fast forward a good 20 years and seriously every single inch of my body is covered with skin that requires attention.
It’s finicky depending on the season, it’s finicky depending on what I eat, it reacts to products on a whim and completely ignores the special formulations of others.
I have an entire menagerie of random products stuffed under my bathroom sink to treat various conditions my skin has decided to sample in the past few years.
And the acne!
Teenager hormones have nothing on grown lady hormones.
And don’t even get me started on how pregnancy wrecked me.
The only thing glowing around here was the swollen head of whatever pimple was about to burst on my forehead.
It was hideous.
Since turning 30, my skin care routine has involved everything from random “as seen on TV” miracle cures to things prescribed by the medical professionals trying to help me get a handle on my skin’s nonsense.
And, while some of it has been amazing, more than anything it seems that developing a good skin care routine with trusted products is my best bet for addressing whatever skin woes hormones like to try on me.
Since celebrating my 40th birthday earlier this year, I’ve really tried to be committed to my skin care regimen, and not just on my face. I want to keep all of the skin on my body as clean, healthy, moisturized, and young looking as possible.
It’s an adventure, so of course I need gear.
3 Skin Care Essentials for Skin That Looks as Good as It Feels
I’ve only recently discovered the power of the exfoliating scrubber. My mother told me to purchase one ages ago and I finally listened and stumbled across this one for your back at T.J. Maxx. It was on sale so I bought it.
It reaches places my old arms haven’t been able to get to in years and it leaves everything so smooth and clean. I also buy exfoliating gloves now too and they are spectacular.
Buy exfoliating gloves in packs of 4: Exfoliating gloves.
A soothing body wash.
We have been an Olay family since basically forever so when I heard about their all new Foaming Whip Body Wash, I was thrilled to try it out. Let me tell you, it’s amazing. Even my husband uses it and loves it (shhhh, don’t tell him I told you!). We like that it’s so thick and rich and leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth.
Olay recently sent me the three scents to try out. Unlike some other foams that are flimsy and too airy to truly give your skin that clean and moisturized feeling, Olay’s Foaming Whip Body Wash goes on smooth and creamy and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. Plus, added awesome, it comes in three refreshing scents including my all-time favorite: Shea Butter.
You can find it where all Olay products are sold.
Did you know Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash retails for just under $5 and lasts for 30+ showers per bottle?
That you wear year-round. Not only in the summer. Not only at the beach or pool. ALWAYS.
My mom is like the sunscreen queen and she is adamant about wearing it. I don’t remember a single summer day that she didn’t cover me in the stuff as a child even if I was only leaving the house to walk to the car. To this day she harps about how and why I should be covering myself and my children with it 365 days of the year. It is her number one skin care rule and she never breaks it. Her commitment is as exhausting as it is genius and I can only credit this dedication to sun protection and good genes for the fact that I consistently get mistaken for someone at least ten years younger than I am.
I have to admit that I am not super brand loyal in this department though. I’ve tried all different kinds because my requirements are simple: be light, be SPF 30 or better, don’t cost me a kidney to buy, and lose the swimming pool scent that seems to plague the full body sunscreens you slap all over yourself on the pool deck. As long as it meets those criteria, I am good with giving it a test run.