They say a woman’s vanity is her hair. But if Jean Seberg and Mia Farrow have taught us anything it’s that we can be beautiful without it. But hardly so if our face is a disaster.
Which is why a good skincare routine is essential if you want to feel “naturally” beautiful.
Over the years my face has changed more times than fashion. When I was a teenager I never had problems with my skin and always pitied my friends that dealt with red, painful acne or blemishes or blackheads. I had perfect skin. Until about 25. And then my struggle began.
I won’t lie to you and tell you that I’ve fixed my issues and now have perfect skin because that would be so very, very far from the truth. However, it’s drastically improved by following a few guidelines.
- Your insides affect your outsides. Drink plenty of water on a daily basis and eat healthy. While supplements have their place in your life, don’t depend solely on them to “cure” you. While some people swear by taking biotin, collagen, etc orally on a daily basis, others protest it does absolutely nothing. My answer to that? Try it for yourself. If it works then great but if not then just remember that you’re not alone. On the other hand, focusing more on a healthy diet and water intake is never going to hurt you.
- Soap and water may not cut it. Have you ever met that person who just washes their face in the shower with their body wash or the soap dispenser in a public restroom? I can’t understand this. My face would remember for weeks if I ever did that to it. If you’re a normal person then please don’t do that. Identify your skin type and then proceed to find the products suited for you. Try to stay in the same product line since these products are generally created to work with one another.
- Have a well rounded routine. Toner, eye cream, moisturizer—the list goes on. It can add up, true. But if you’re not getting the results you’re satisfied with by only using moisturizer then chances are you’re going to keep spending and wasting money on your search to find the “right” one when really it’s because you actually just needed to tone first or use an eye cream or a serum.
- Stick to a product when you find one that works. Samples and subscription boxes galore can actually wreak havoc on your face if each month you’re changing you face wash, moisturizer, etc. So, so, so not good for your face! If you do find a sample you like then invest in the real thing and stick with it. Otherwise you’re going to keep spending money on products to fix your problems that came from irritating your skin. A vicious cycle you can avoid.
- Give it time. Sometimes after freaking our skin out so much, it needs time to heal. Even if you don’t see results right away with a product you’re trying, give it time. At least a month. By then you should know if it’s helping or not. Of course if you’re having an obvious bad reaction to it then it wouldn’t be wise to continue using it.
- Get help. Walking into your local Origins or whatever is near you and just chatting with a professional (for free!) can really make a difference. They generally see it all and can help you find solutions to your specific complaints.
- Always wash your face at night. Face bacteria (particularly makeup face bacteria) festers. Then it gets on your pillow and festers more. If this means keeping makeup wipes by your bed then just do it. Your face will start to look better and better the less you sleep in your makeup. Just trust me. It’s not immediate but something you notice gradually over a few weeks. Put an end to face festering!
On that note, look for more posts to getting your skin on track in the future!