I Tried the Victoria Beckham Skincare Regimen- And It Works

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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I read about the Victoria Beckham's regimen a few months ago. The daily routine of exfoliate-cleanse-and moisturize sounded simple enough, and I was ready to try. Why?

Well, when people use the phrase "product graveyard," they are usually referring to the stack of hair care products underneath their sinks- the numerous leave-in conditioners, gels, glosses, pomades, and moisturizers that one must go through to eventually discover the "holy grail" product (only to have their hair texture change six months later and they have to start the process all over again-but I digress). However, the product graveyard term for me has moved on to refer to skincare.

I used to have perfect skin. Flawless. Didn't even need to wear makeup. But it was in the last few years that I started to notice the dullness, the acne, the redness, and the blemishes. This mediocre skin that I could not diagnose. Was it the pollution? Stress? Was I not using enough SPF?

I noticed that my skin did not seem to respond to medicated face washes or creams either- whether they were purchased from the drug store or Sephora. That expensive dark spot remover didn't seem to have any impact. And a change in environment, from a major city of over a million people to a "village" in comparison in Europe, did not do much to my complexion either. There went my pollution theory.

So by the time I'd read about Victoria Beckham's regimen, I had nothing to lose.

Guess what? It works.

The proof? Earlier this week my sister said to me, "Your skin looks good! You shouldn't use foundation." Boom.

There's no need to use her dermatologist's brand, Dr. Lancer, just follow the regimen using products you should already have in your cabinet. My first product selection included Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant and Nuxe Rêve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel (in an effort to use more natural products). But as I've continued the regimen, I've just made sure to keep the scrub and a simple cleanser and have added a toning step before the moisturizer- which is Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (as recommended by Mindy Copeland).

My dark spots have faded, my acne has been significantly reduced and I need less and less makeup- just concealer under my eyes.

So the main point: Exfoliate + cleanse + (+ toner) + moisturize = your best skin.

Do it.

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