My mom definitely held skincare as a priority for us girls. She told me prevention was better than trying to fix it later so I really can’t take all the credit here.
Thanks to mom, I wash my face morning and night without fail. I cannot sleep unless my face is clean. I also never forget my skincare!
I’ve tried SO many products and this is probably my top 3 most asked question so I guess this blog is overdue!
I went through a phase in 2013 where for an entire year I only used products from my kitchen on my skin and hair. I washed my hair with baking soda, moisturized with coconut oil, put olive oil under my eyes at night and did hair masks with eggs. It worked for me but then I got sick of putting food on my face so…there’s that.
And speaking of food: #realtalk what you put in your body definitely reflects on the surface. If you eat junk and throw your body out of whack-your skin takes a toll. Ever notice when you don’t sleep well or drink water your skin looks a little sad?
If you don’t drink water, you deprive your skin.
If you eat a ton of sugar, you’re more prone to breakouts.
If you never wash your face, that is pretty gross.
Long sciency story short: consuming too much sugar will result in enzymes which break down collagen and create inflammation. That is NOT GOOD news for your mug. And your skin is made of cells which consist of water. When there is a lack of hydration, your skin will turn dry and yucky.
So anyways, back to my explanation of my eclectic skincare routine: I also lived in Korea for a few years and only used Korean skincare during that time (I still use Korean rice water face wash by Body Shop).
Korean skincare includes many brightening products. I liked “snail mucin” by COSRX. This is an added step in skincare called “essence” which is applied after toner but before moisturizer. I also picked up on using seaweed masks there which I still do from time to time.
I change my skincare products often. I joke that I like to “sneak attack” my skin by using a product then changing it up often. I typically go back and forth between 2 products at a time. For example, right now I’m using Beautycounter moisturizer during the day some days and also a Peter Thomas Roth one. At night I’ve been using Strivectin anti-wrinkle cream and an eye serum by Biossance.
It all really depends on your age and individual skin needs. Everyone needs added moisture under their eyes since that skin is different than the rest and everyone needs to keep their skin protected and moisturized.
I read an article once saying that if you have oily skin it’s best to use an oil because your body will adjust and stop making so much oil when your supplying it with enough. That made sense to me so I always keep my skin very hydrated no matter what. Now that I’m not a teenager anymore, my skin can be kind of dry unless I keep it moisturized so, there’s that.
You also have to hydrate from the inside out. Like we talked about, keeping sugar consumption to a minimum and drinking plenty of water is important for healthy skin.
That being said I’m going to legit be a hypocrite and say how important exercise is to healthy skin. I’ve been seriously slacking on hitting the gym lately but when I do, my skin always looks better. Why you ask? Because when you sweat you give your pores a chance to clear out and it also increases blood circulation which is good too. This is also why people go to the sauna. It helps your skin to detoxify.
Exfoliate! Our skin cells don’t regenerate like they used to. For real! Ever notice how kids have beautiful skin? It’s because their skin cells turnover so fast. #jealous
Ours are slower so they need help. That’s where a gentle exfoliating wash comes in. I probably exfoliate my face a few times a week. I also dry brush my entire body before I shower. You can get a dry brush at most grocery stores. Simply stand in your shower and brush your skin upward toward your heart for increased circulation and exfoliation.
Oh and I use sunscreen like a boss. Seriously, especially during the summertime you’ll never see me without a hat on or sunscreen. The sun can be very damaging to your skin if overexposed so you have to be mindful of that.
The trademark Guac hat didn’t start for no reason-I keep my face out of those rays!
So basically, NEVER go to bed without washing your face, ALWAYS moisturize, exfoliate away the old, SPF, and stop frowning or you’ll get wrinkles!
and I do have wrinkles btw. My skin does occasionally breakout thanks to hormones. (Which I use tea tree oil for and it works miracles!) I just try to treat my skin as nicely as possible and hope it gradually eases into my 30’s!
So now that I’ve ranted here’s the deal-my rules of skincare:
- ALWAYS wash your face in the morning and at night. Maybe even in between if you need to. DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE especially with the phone. germs guys. Your skin needs to breathe. Give it some space.
- Protect it from the sun and elements. SPF, hats, lotion, etc. The world is a tough place, your skin would like some barriers.
- Drink alot of water (Okay, I’m terrible at this. I rationalize that coffee is made with water…so….)
- SWEAT! Yes. Workout. Go to the sauna-just sweat all the toxins out of your pores! Sweat naturally clears your skin. Sweat now…glow later. That’s my motto! (Or it would be if I hit the gym more…but hey, work in progress)
- TAKE A LAYER OFF-exfoliate. Get rid of those dead skin cells and remind your skin that we haven’t given up hope! Theres a variety of exfoliating face washes out there or you could always use some nifty products which I will list below.
- PLAY FAVORITES-treat your eyes as more special than anything else. Why? because your skin around your eyes is different. It’s extremely thin and lacks oil glands so you need to be very gentle with it and moisturize it. Eye creams are lighter and less greasy for your delicate under eye area.
- HANDLE WITH CARE-breakouts that is. Do NOT pick at your face. First off, your hands are filthy. Second, you don’t want to make it worse or scar yourself and have to deal with a long term mark.
- Don’t neglect your NECK! Your neck needs care too. Moisturize it with whatever you’re using on your face.
- DRINK COLLAGEN like a boss. I noticed a huge difference in my skin when I started drinking collagen regularly. It gave me back that youthful plump skin that I was pretty sure I lost with my 4 years of sleep deprivation that motherhood gifted me.
- DO NOT SCRUB. Don’t use a washcloth on your face you barbarian! If you are rough with your face you are unnecessarily pulling on your skin and asking for it to give into gravity. I use my hands to gently wash my face and pat it dry. #benice
- CHAPSTICK-hydrate your lips too! Chapped lips are a sign of dehydration. We’re always taking and eating and ya know, breathing! a barrier of chapstick offers protection and hydration.
- Be DEDICATED to your skincare routine. My morning routine: wash my face, apply toner, essence, eye cream, then regular moisturizer. My nightly routine: remove makeup thoroughly, wash my face, eye cream, night time moisturizer, chapstick. Once or twice a week I exfoliate and I try to do a face mask (usually charcoal or coconut oil) once a week.
While I am slowly making a transition to all natural skincare, my list of products is not there yet. So, just know that the following list is not entirely organic/plantbased/etc. It’s just what I like and some of what I like still has some junk in it. I also change what I use as I find better products that work for me so please don’t take this as an end all be all of my skincare! haha
Suggested products (in no particular order other than what popped into my head that I love):
- Beautycounter cleansing balm. This stuff melts your makeup away yet it’s very gentle and moisturizing. I love it.
- Cocokind chlorophyll mask
- Biossance Eye Serum
- Beautycounter Charcoal mask
- COSRX Snail Mucin Essence (that extra step!)
- Skinfood Rice Brightening Scrub Foam
- StriVectin SD Wrinkle Cream (prevent and treat!)
- Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Face Moisturizer
- Vital Proteins Collagen Powder
- StriVection Advanced Acid Resurface (another way to exfoliate!)
That’s all folks!