My skin and I have an ongoing battle but I refuse to back down. In the summer it’s oily but less acne prone, and in the winter it’s on the dry/normal side but more prone to breakouts. I’m always searching for the latest and greatest to help my skin look it’s best, and slowly but surely my skin is starting to cooperate.
I wanted to share the skin care tips that have helped me out, in hopes that they’ll help someone else who’s battling their skin as well. Some of my tips are quite well known, but I tried to throw in a few that aren’t so familiar.
Wash Your Face Twice a Day
This might seem like a no brainer to some people, but I know that not everyone does this. Even when you’re sleeping your face gets dirty and your pores become clogged. Even if you’re in a rush in the mornings you can still use micellar water to get some of that dirt off; it’s better than doing nothing!
Again, maybe this is obvious, but it’s so important! Moisturizing helps your skin to look and feel healthy while also feeling comfortable. There’s nothing worse than dry, itchy skin, especially on your face. I use two different moisturizers, one for the day time that has SPF and a thicker night cream for before I go to sleep.
I’m only 21, and yet I’ve already started buying anti-aging products. I want to combat fine lines and wrinkles early so that when I’m older my skin still looks youthful. While anti-aging products can be expensive, there are also some great drugstore options. Do some research and figure out what you think is best for your skin.
Introduce an Acid
There are three acids most commonly found in skin care; glycolic, lactic, salicylic. Taken from xovain.com, “Glycolic acid is maybe the most common Alpha Hydroxy Acid around. It’s good for treating flaky or dull skin and hyperpigmentation, and it has the smallest molecules of any AHA, so it can penetrate deeply. Another fantastic AHA for anti-aging, lactic acid is a better pick than glycolic acid if you have sensitive skin. It’s becoming available in more and more products, which is great news if you want smooth, soft, even skin without causing redness or irritation. Salicylic acid is THE beta hydroxy acid of note. Unlike almost all AHAs, it can work inside the pores to loosen clogs and kill acne bacteria. Used at concentrations of 1 to 2%, it is less effective at exfoliating the skin’s surface, but a great choice for acne-prone skin.”
Don’t Drink Out of a Straw
Going along with the previous tip, I’ve started to notice a fine line forming on either side of my mouth. Once I was done freaking out about having lines at the age of 21 I realized that this is probably a result of drinking out of a Camelbak water bottle every day for the past two years or so. Camelbaks are great, but they have a straw you drink out of. Now I keep my Camelbak for when I go to the gym and use a different water bottle without a straw for everyday use.
Drink Lots of Water
With that being being said, it’s so important to drink enough water. Water hydrates the skin from the inside out, resulting in a brighter complexion. The reason I carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go is so that I remember to drink. For some reason it’s easier for me to have a water bottle by my side than an actual glass of water. Not sure why this is, it’s just what’s ended up happening. The water bottle I use holds 24 oz. and I drink 3-4 a day.
Have a Makeup Free Day
I think it’s really important to give your face a break from makeup at least once a week. For me, this usually ends up being a Saturday or Sunday when I don’t have too much going on. Going makeup free allows your skin to breath and really soak up the toners, serums, and moisturizers you may or may not be using. It also gives any acne you may have a chance to heal and go away.
On your makeup free day I highly recommend using some sort of mask. Masks provide your skin with more beneficial ingredients than just a moisturizer or toner would, and there’s a mask out there for all skin types. I have several different masks depending on what my skin may need at the time. Two of my favorites are the Nugg hydrating face mask for when my skin needs an extra boost of moisture, and the Mario Badescu drying mask for when my skin is breaking out.
Don’t Touch Your Face
I’m still working on this one myself, but I know it’s a terrible habit to touch your face. My instinct is to pick at my face but that only makes things worse. The best way for spots to heal is by not touching them and just letting them be…now if only I could follow my own advice.
See a Dermatologist
If, after everything, you’re still frustrated with your skin, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. I just did this about two weeks ago and I am so happy with the results I’m seeing. Dermatologists can prescribe treatments that are stronger than over the counter products, plus they know what will work with your skin and what won’t. I’ve been put on two different topical medications and I can’t believe the difference in my skin. I wish I had gone to the dermatologist sooner than I did, rather than wasting money on products that didn’t help or even made things worse.
Have a skin care tip of your own? Leave it in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,