Monday, October 29, 2012

Personal Tips: Guide to Clear, Beautiful Skin

These are my personal tips based on my own personal experience. I'm not a dermatologist (maybe I was in my past life...) and I'm not pretending to be one. But I thought this might help some of you out if you're struggling with stubborn spots. And by the way, I have combination skin prone to acne.

If you'd like me to share some tips with you, jump ahead!





1. Wash your face twice a day: cleansing is probably the most important step in having clear skin. Don't over-wash though, because you'll strip off all your natural oils and your skin will compensate by producing more sebum. Make sure you have a cleanser suitable for your skin type and wash your face as soon as you wake up and right before you go to bed. NEVER EVER go to bed with makeup on. Always "pat" with the towel after you wash your face, never rub, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.

2. Wear sunscreen: this is the most important step in preventing aging. It doesn't matter if it's not sunny out - even if it's raining or snowing, you are still getting harmful UV rays. Unless you're wearing a tinted moisturizer/foundation with SPF, massage some sunscreen on your face before you apply anything else. Many companies have come out with more skin-friendly sunscreens that don't feel eeky-oily or make you look like a ghost (white face). La Roche Posay makes some great ones that are great for acne-prone skin.

3. Moisturize: find a good moisturizer for your skin-type. If you have very dry - normal skin, look for a cream. If you have combination-oily skin, look for gels or anything with the word mattifying on it.
A serum underneath is optional.

4. Exfoliate: 2-3 times a week, depending on your skin type. See how your skin reacts to your exfoliator first. If your skin is tough enough, oily and not sensitive, you can probably do 2-3 times a week. If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating is the key to cell renewal. Getting rid of dead skin cells will leave you with a more radiant complexion. You can choose between mechanical (exfoliants with beads) or chemical exfoliation (such as those with glycolic acid, doesn't involve rubbing). Never exfoliate if you're having awful breakouts! This will only make the acne worse and will increase redness and irritation.

5. Drink plenty of water: everyone knows this, but it's a good reminder. Keep your body hydrated and it will reflect on your skin.

6. Don't touch your face: this is a bad habit a lot of us are guilty of, and most of the times, it is a subconscious action. Think of all the things you touch from the moment you get out of bed. Keys, keyboards, cash, coins, door handles, and I could go on and on... The more you touch your face, the more bacteria you're adding to it, leading to future breakouts and making existing ones even worse.

7. Keep your hair off your face: oils on the hair will clog your pores. Have you ever had short bangs? Do you remember having horrible breakouts on your forehead? Yup.

8. Don't pick: I'm guilty of this, and many of you are as well, I'm sure. A spot will usually last 2-3 days without picking. If you pick at your breakouts, it is more likely they will last even longer due to infection/scarring/irritation.

9. Change your pillowcases frequently: I'm not going to get all graphic here, but pillowcases can be a home for germs. You want to make sure that if you're placing your face on anything, it's clean.

10. Wash your face in the shower: a must if you get ANY conditioner near your face. This can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.


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