Hey guys!! College is kicking my ass right now, so posting has been hard, but I’m here to teach you about skincare! Now I’m no dermatologist, but I am a person that loves to research and watch beauty YouTube videos for hours on end. I’m also a person that has tried numerous different skincare routines, and finally feel like I’ve found what works for my skin. That’s very important here, because everybody’s different so your needs for your personal skin is going to be different from someone else’s. So if something is a miracle product for someone, don’t be surprised if it does nothing for you, everybody’s skin has different needs! You have to try different ingredients and really do your research to find the perfect products for you, that being said, here are some general tips that will help anyone improve their skin. If you have no idea what to do for your skin, this is a great place to start!
Before I start I must say, consistency is very important to have good skin. Don’t expect results over night, but these tips will help you see a difference in a month if you make sure to do this everyday!! Also huge rule of life DON’T TOUCH YOUR HAIR OR SKIN I PROMISE YOU’LL THANK ME.
Start on the inside
Did you know that acne caused by excessive oil in food shows up on your skin about a month or two after you ate that food? Yeah so that taco bell you’ve been eating all week is going to come back and haunt you in a few weeks, and you don’t even know it. If you want nice skin, you have to start eating right. Try to eat a well-balanced meal and tons of dark green veggies, and keep it up! Just like it takes a while for junk food to show up on your skin, it takes a while for the good foods to show their benefits. Drink a gallon of water a day, or 64 ozs! Hydration is important for every aspect of you, not just your skin. You won’t regret drinking more water. You would be so surprised at how much drinking more water can change your skin. It keeps it fresh, hydrated, soft, and acne free! I recommend getting a water bottle or cup that’s at least 24 ozs and drinking 3 bottles or cups a day. This makes it easy to keep track of and you can get into the habit with no problem.
You should cleanse your skin 1-3 times a day. How many times you wash your face and the products you use depend on your skin. I usually wash my face in the shower and before bed. You should have 2 different face washes on hand, one stronger one to tackle whatever acne problem you have (I use Oxy Maximum Action facewash, $6) and one gentle, simple one for the shower or just whenever your skin is doing fine and you don’t need to overwash it. Cetaphil or Cerave make great daily cleansers, I personally use a Simple (like the brand) facewash.
- Face brushes: If you want to take cleansing to the next level, consider getting a face brush! The less you touch your face the better, plus they can help your cleanser work 10x better. You don’t have to splurge on a clarisonic, there are tons of less expensive face brushes ( I got a groupon for mine) that work really well.
Toners are underrated sometimes, they’re overrated sometimes, but I think they should just be a part of everyone’s skincare routine. My toner of choice will forever be my little baby, witch hazel <3. I plan on doing an entire post about the magic of witch hazel, but my skin just loves it. There are tons of high end and drugstore toners, so do your research and try one that looks good to you! The importance is how you use your toner. There’s two ways to use toner, using it to wipe your skin down and just putting it on your clean skin for its benefits. I think you should do both! Using toner on a cotton pad, the cotton pad is going to soak up most of the product, but it’s perfect for getting of dirt and makeup that your cleanser left behind. Follow up with pouring a drop of your toner in your CLEAN hands and patting it directly into your skin. This feeds your skin all the benefits of the toner. Ahhh your skin will love this, especially if it’s witch hazel.
This is an age old rule. Pick a moisturizer or oil that works for your skin and use it routinely! Cerave or cetaphil are great drugstore brands that will last you literally forever.
- Eye cream: Start using a heavier moisturizer under your eyes to keep them young. You don’t have to splurge, coconut oil and vitamin e does wonders.
Choose a chemical exfoliator rather than a gritty one, because those can rip tiny holes in your skin over time, but exfoliate as much as you need. Don’t over exfoliate but make sure you do at least occasionally. I usually do it once a week or every two weeks, but it really depends on your skin.
Go to lush!!! Buy a mask, make one out of ingredients in your kitchen, whatever you do just treat your skin to a mask once a week. It’s a great way to regulate your skincare and keep it clean. Again, do a little research and find a mask that works for you!
Hopefully this helped guide you guys in the right direction with your skin. Stay healthy and clean and your skin will show it 🙂
Check out my post about my favorite LUSH skincare products!