I used to struggle with bad skin—oily skin, hyper-pigmentation, acne, you name it. Perhaps it was the fluctuating hormones, or my non-existing skincare, but I was quite embarrassed of my skin at times.
Fast forward to present day, my skin is clearer and more radiant, and while I do have the occasional hormonal breakout, I’m happy to say that I’m much more confident in my bare skin. In fact, the other day I ran into an old classmate of mine and she remarked on how much my skin has improved since she last saw me a few years ago. That really boosted my confidence and it led me to this post that I would love to share with you guys today.
Whether you’re just entering adolescence and those pesky breakouts are popping up, or you’re just looking to change up your skincare game, girl I got you!
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1. Invest in the right skincare
If I can give you one thing to take away from my entire post, is this: invest in the right skincare for you. This step is crucial to having beautiful skin and I didn’t fully embrace proper skincare until I was in my 20s.
It took me years to find the right skincare products for my skin type and it was all through trial and error. There are three general skin types:
Oily. Large pores, oily and shiny skin, regular to frequent breakouts.
Combination (oily + dry). Oily T-zone but dry cheeks.
Dry. T-zone and cheeks are dry, prone to redness and sensitive skin.
Bear in mind that these three are the most general skin types and your skin may change as you age or when your environment changes. The fun part is that you get to test a few different products to see if they work for your skin. For those of you concerned about cost, always ask if they provide samples for you to try, or do some research online about reviews left by people with the same skin type as you.
For those of you who have dry and sensitive skin like me, or if you’re curious, I use the products listed below for my current skincare routine. If you’re just beginning to venture into skincare, you do not need Steps 4-6. I absolutely love my current skincare routine because they work wonders for my skin!
My current skincare routine:
Step 1: The Face Shop Natural Rice Water Cleansing Oil. Not only does this remove all my makeup, it leaves my skin soft and clean! I am on my 8th bottle now.
Step 2: Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser Fleur de Vigne. I first found this gem when I moved to France and I have been using it ever since! Smells so fresh and it leaves your face feeling clean without the tight, squeaky feeling.
Step 3: Pixi Glow Tonic with Aloe Vera and Ginseng. Glow indeed! I’ve recently discovered this when I was in Malaysia, and the tropical weather left my skin looking dull and drab. A friend recommended this toner and voila! Instant glow and smooth skin.
Step 4: Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream. Since my eye area is prone to dark circles and dryness, I use this eye cream to moisturise and rejuvenate my peepers. Bonus points for the orchid fragrance as well!
Step 5: TruSkin Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E. This step is for targeting your main skin concerns. Mine is dryness and skin pigmentation, so my focus is on moisture and brightening my dull complexion. I LOVE my serums because they work so well for my skin and serums have a permanent spot in my skincare routine.
Step 6: Pixi Rose Oil Blend. I am a sucker for any rose products. That’s why I was delighted to find Pixi’s Rose Oil Blend and even more so when I discovered that it works so well for me. You only need 2-3 drops of oil for your entire face, pat it in, and the result is plump and moisturised skin! If you’re worried about oiliness, don’t. I’ve had friends with oily skin types who use this face oil and they love it as much as I do! Sometimes I even rub some of the rose oil at the tips of my hair for that rosy smell and hair shine!
Step 7: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. Did I mention I love rose products? Unsurprisingly, given that some of its key benefits for skin are soothing sensitivity and redness, moisturising, controls sebum production and it gives you that radiant glow we all want! This cream may be quite heavy for daytime use, so I would recommend it as a night cream.
Face masks! I usually apply face masks every couple of days and almost everyday when I’m travelling. I prefer sheet masks because they’re convenient to transport and to use. My favourite masks are Dr. Jart sheet masks and the SKEDERM Snail Jelly Face Mask Sheet (try it!).
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! You shed skin everyday so incorporating gentle exfoliation into your skincare routine will help you attain that smooth and radiant complexion. I always remember to exfoliate at least twice a week with the Skinfood Black Sugar Exfoliation Mask. This yummy product works as a mask and an exfoliating scrub, but remember not to eat it even if it smells good!
2. Drink your water
I have been taught really early on that it’s important to drink lots of water each day. Given that our body is 60% water, it would make sense that water is vital not only for the functioning of our body, but also for healthy skin.
Most health experts recommend the 8X8 rule, which breaks down to 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water daily. Proper hydration will help protect the elasticity of your skin, and maintains skin density, meaning less wrinkles and fine lines. I mean, we can all agree that dehydrated skin is not a cute look, am I right?
Admittedly, I can sometimes neglect this habit (sorry, mum!), especially during the cold winter months where I feel thirsty less often. That’s why I use a transparent water bottle such as the Nalgene Tritan water bottle, so I can physically see how much water I’ve drank. Not only is it BPA-free, the Nalgene Tritan is also affordable and it comes in many cute colours!
3. Get moving!
I can go on and on about the benefits of exercising, but I’m sure you’re all well aware of how important exercise is for our physical and mental health.
That being said, regular exercise is beneficial for your skin. I remember when I first approached my dermatologist regarding my drab skin, the first question she asked me was, “Do you exercise regularly?”
There are plenty of research that suggests exercise helps improve blood circulation, aids in skin repair, and the sweating will help purge pores! If you’re not sure where to start, I always recommend watching free youtube videos that you can do at home. For those of you who are always travelling like me, you don’t necessarily need a gym to work out. I do my workouts in my room with the help of resistance bands for that extra muscle work.
4. Be like Sleeping Beauty
When grandmothers say that the best beauty accessory you can have is adequate beauty sleep, they mean it.
When you sleep, your skin renews itself and repairs all the damage done while you were awake. In fact, scientific studies show that inadequate sleep wrecks havoc on your skin, causing breakouts, increasing inflammation and dulls skin complexion. This leads to the breakdown of collagen in skin, the component that gives your skin that bounce and youthful glow.
If that isn’t bad enough, lack of sleep increases risk of weight gain and accelerates skin aging. Yikes! I would know because I experienced all this before during my sleepless university days.
So learn from my mistakes and take it from the health experts. Catch some zzs and implement a regular sleeping pattern to ensure that your skin has the chance to rejuvenate and repair itself during the night.
5. Enjoy the sunshine with sunblock
I will be the first to raise up my hand to say that I’m guilty of neglecting this step. My hyper-pigmentation on my cheeks area is proof of this neglect. However, a recent trip to my facialist and a skin analysis later, I am a new convert.
Don’t be like me and lather up on sunblock protection. Whilst beautiful and uplifting, the sun’s rays are harmful for your skin. Divided into two types—UVA and UVB—ultraviolet rays accelerates skin aging, increases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and it damages the skin. Not to mention, UV rays are carcinogens, meaning they cause cancer.
You can still soak in that wonderful Vitamin D and get that sun-kissed glow by lathering up on sun protection. Remember that nothing is worth the increased risk of cancer, not even beautifully-bronzed skin.
I personally love the Bioré Watery Essence Sunblock SPF50. It’s super lightweight and it doesn’t stick to my skin or blocks my pores which is pretty much all I’m asking for from my sun protection cream.
6. Stress less
I know, easier said than done. How am I supposed to stress less when I have a business to run, a house to take care of, and my kids are eating peanut butter off the carpet? I hear you sis.
However, it’s important to find out how to keep your stress levels in check. Being stressed will cause your skin problems to flare up, meaning more breakouts, redness and even inflammation. For healthy skin, and for the sake of your mental well-being, find a way to destress that works for you.
If you find that exercising helps you to relax, then put on a pair of cute leggings and hit the gym! If you’re always on the move, you can download and listen to podcasts on your phone or in the car whilst you’re on the road. Personally, I love to wind down with a glass of red wine and a nice bubble bath with a face mask on.
Invest in yourself, and you will see the results.
So how did you like this post? I am extremely passionate about self-care and finding out ways to improve my physical and emotional well-being. I believe that the best investment you can make is in yourself. Otherwise, who else is going to do it for you? If you like this post, leave a comment and let me know! Also, share with a friend and spread the love!
Until next time.
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