It's so important to take care of the skin your in. I wanted to share my list of ten essentials for your daily routine to reveal your most beautiful skin within. I'm also going to share some of my own personal skincare tips that have helped me throughout my skincare journey. I would have to say I was pretty lucky growing up. I never had any major issues with acne. I've always been one of those people that would get a pimple here or there at the most inconvenient time. It seems like they'd always want to appear right before a special event. Go figure! I also usually get them around that time of the month. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone.
Over the years I have learned how to care for certain areas of my face differently. I focus on applying more moisturizer on my dry areas and tend to put my acne cream only on my t-zone, when a breakout appears. I hope these tips are helpful and I'll also link some of my top skincare products below as well. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or if you decide to try any of these ideas/products.
• 10 ESSENTIALS FOR EVERYDAY BEAUTIFUL SKIN •
Always stay hydrated-I can't stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water helps to aide in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. A huge benefit is that drinking more water will give your skin a radiant glow. Our skin is made up of 64% water. I usually try to drink at least half a gallon of water a day. We lose water in sweat, feces, urine and when we breathe out. It's very important to replenish your body and keep it hydrated. Just think of your body as an engine and your fuel is water. Whenever you need a recharge or feel like your tank is running low just take of a sip of some H2O. (Btw I totally didn't mean for that to rhyme! HAHA)
Use a toner-Toner is a water-based liquid that contains active ingredients to help address specific skin issues. It helps to remove debris like oil and traces of makeup. After washing my face both morning and night I apply toner to a cotton pad and rub it onto my skin. It has a soothing feeling that repairs and smooths the skin’s surface. My skin always feels refreshed and clean afterwards. It also helps prep your skin for anti-aging treatments and serums. I always apply my eye cream, moisturizer, and SPF once I'm done toning my skin. Skincare Tip: If your skin is on the drier side, stick to using toner just at night to help eliminate dirt and clear your complexion.
Moisturize day and night-Using a moisturizer helps your skin maintain its balance. It also helps to plump up your skin and lock in water which fights away wrinkles. Overtime moisturizing your skin regularly will help to replenish your skin’s lost hydration. I always apply moisturizer right after I wash my face in the morning and and after washing my face at night before going to bed. A huge plus is that a lot of moisturizers on the market have an SPF. If your looking to kill two birds with one stone that might be the best option in choosing the right moisturizer that works for you.
Don't neglect your eyes-Although there isn't a specific age as to when you should start using an eye cream, it's recommended to start as early as in your low 20's. The eyelid is the thinnest skin on the body and the skin around your eyes is usually the first to show age. The best candidates to use an eye cream are those who experience dry skin around the eyes, very noticeable dark circles or developing crow's feet. I usually apply my eye cream only at night during the summer. During the winter season I like to apply my eye cream in the morning and at night because my skin tends to be more dry in that area. To apply eye cream you only need a pea-size amount. I use my ring finger and delicately pat and apply the cream around the orbital bone.
Exfoliate at least 2 x a week-I usually exfoliate my skin in the shower three times a week. I find that it's easiest for me to do when taking a shower in the evening before going to bed. I exfoliate both my face and body. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the skin's surface. It can be performed mechanically, by using an abrasive scrub on the skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing. It's important to exfoliate regularly because as we age the process of cell regeneration slows down. Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking luminous and healthy.
Sunscreen is a MUST-This is #1! In my opinion sunscreen is the most important skincare step. It's recommended to wear an SPF of at least 30 or higher on a daily basis. Sunscreen helps to prevent facial brown spots, premature aging skin and skin discolorations. The essential skin proteins, such as collagen, keratin, and elastin are all protected by sunscreen. I use a moisturizer that has an SPF of 30 everyday. On days where I know I'm going to be out in the sun for long periods of time I use an SPF 70 and try to reapply every 2-3 hours. If you usually forget to put sunscreen during your morning routine, I strongly advise that you always keep a tube in your purse or car. Personally, I prefer sunscreen in a cream/lotion form but they also have sprays as well.
Eat HEALTHY fruits and vegetables-Vitamins and nutrients are key to having healthy skin. There's a reason why they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. What we put into our bodies really does make a difference on how our outer appearance will look and feel. If your not a huge fan of fruit, a great idea would be to melt chocolate and drizzle it on top. Also if your not big into vegetables, try making a stir fry with your favorite choice of protein and rice.
Wash off your makeup before going to bed-It is very important to remove makeup before going to bed because it can cause extensive damage to your skin during the night. The skin renews itself while you sleep, and when you leave makeup on, you are preventing that from happening. As most makeups are made of oily substances; when it stays on for the next day, it clogs your pores and leads to the appearance of more acne and blackhead breakouts. I suggest having facial cleansing wipes on your night stand. They have been a huge savior for me especially on nights when I'm exhausted and just want to plop into my bed.
Make sure you get your beauty rest-Good sleep habits are essential for living a long, healthy, productive life. I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. It is recommended to get anywhere from 6-9 hours of sleep depending on your age. It's always the best feeling when you get a good night's rest. I even enjoy taking power times when I feel like a need a recharge on the weekends. As you snooze, your body produces a growth hormone that is significant for collagen production. Adequate sleep is necessary for the liver’s natural detoxification process, which is critical for skin health. The benefits are endless.
Try to reduce STRESS from your life-Stress causes skin issues to flare up regardless of what you're prone to, whether it's psoriasis, acne, or eczema. Constantly making certain facial expressions, like furrowing your brows when you're stressed or pursing your lips, can lead to deeper wrinkles in these areas over time as well. Try to take time for yourself and meditate. I find that whenever I'm feeling stressed I like to listen to music, exercise, or write my thoughts down on paper. Whatever works for you, just try to think positive and remember that it could always be worse.
My personal skincare secrets:
- When my skin is oily I use blotting paper to remove excess shine
- I try to drink green tea at least twice a week
- I take fish oil supplements regularly
- I use a rejuvenating skincare mask a couple times a month
- Sleep with a satin pillowcase
- Try not to eat dairy
- Try not to touch or pick at my skin especially when I have a breakout
Skincare Products :
St. Ives Apricot Scrub • CeraVe AM Moisturizing Facial Lotion with SPF 30 • CeraVe PM Moisturizing Facial Lotion • Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets • Bigelow Green Tea • Neutrogena Make up Removing Wipes • Thayers Alcohol-free Witch Hazel Toner • Aveeno Lotion SPF 70 • Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment • Nature Made Fish Oil Supplements