We’ve all heard the story. A friend of a friend, or a celebrity’s mom, or a co-worker’s grandmother who “had the most beautiful, smooth, porcelain, wrinkle-free skin” in all the world.
“AND THE ONLY PRODUCT SHE EVER USED WAS A BAR OF SOAP. THAT’S IT!”
Now, depending on the story, there may be a brand name associated with this bar of soap. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is this:
1. Soap cleanses the skin. It removes dirt, makeup and debris that can clog pores and cause congestion. Now clean skin is a great start to lifelong beautiful skin – but for the vast majority of people, it’s just that – a start. Your skin will benefit greatly from more daily basics like toner, moisturizer, and broad spectrum sunscreen. Add in an anti-aging skin care and weekly exfoliation, and you’re well on your way to “beautiful, smooth, porcelain skin.”
2. If the original story is true, bottle that woman’s genetics, because she won the DNA lottery! Yes, some people are just born with naturally gorgeous skin, and they don’t need the help of advanced skin care. To the rest of the world, let’s just be thankful for wrinkle-preventing SPF and the rest of our tried-and-true skin care products.
3. Or, the woman in the story may just be the master of illusion. That’s what’s great about science. We know so much about what ages us today, we know exactly what to do to stay looking amazing through the years. We don’t smoke, we stay out of the sun, we avoid environmental aggressors like stress and pollution, and we use skin care with UV protection, free radical fighters, potent retinols, topical calcium, AHAs, probiotics, benzoyl peroxide and hyaluronic acid to keep our skin looking its best. Maybe she did, too. And when they asked her what her secret was, she simply said “why, I just use a bar of soap!”