New year, new good habits – skincare being one of them.
Perhaps because I’m unemployed, with lots of free-time to research about anything and everything, I’ve recently found myself falling back in love with skincare. But as someone who loves to preach about repeating clothes and saving money, this isn’t good news – more spending haha. However, I haven’t felt this curious and excited about skincare in a long time, so 2018 it is. I’ll be channeling some coins into the cosmetic industry, try new things and really figure out what benefits certain products can bring to my face!
I had a mild acne from 19 to 20, which really bothered me because until then I had had perfect skin. During my teenage years I watched many friends deal with acne and leave it behind with high school. You can imagine how I felt betrayed when my ”puberty pimples” visited me in University!
How did I deal with it? I would try most of the drugstore recommendations from Youtube beauty gurus, only to realize the product hoarding was leaving me broke and not solving my problem. Most of the times those ”cheap ingredients” would instigate the appearance of more pimples.
I then decided to do what was right and ask a dermatologist for help. He recommended me Accutane for three months, I did it and was pretty pretty pleased with the results. I shared my thoughts years ago, in this video.
So, is skincare a lie?
Well, that’s what I thought after getting my skin back from the inside out. Many gurus will always have a new ”for acne-prone skin” product to rave about, as well as new pimples in their faces. Thing is, salicylic acid can only do so much if one has an undisclosed allergy. Besides the genetic and hormonal cases, most pimples are a result of an imbalance inside our bodies.
For that reason I genuinely started seeing the cosmetic industry as a deceiver. I threw away all my skincare products, including some not-so-cheap ones and decided I no longer wanted/needed a skincare routine. I would do the minimum: cleanse after removing makeup but not exactly right after, and moisturize every morning with the simplest product. I was really testing my skin to the limit to see if it would react to the sporadic cleanses and honey masks, zero scrubs and random moisturizers. Safe to say it has never let me down – my skin is pretty merciful to me lol.
However as I grow older, I’m able to acknowledge the fact that having good skin shouldn’t exclude caring for it. I had promised myself to start serious routine once I reached 25, but Caroline Hirons and her amazing skincare blog articles made me want to anticipate the good practices. Just two articles in and I was already feeling extremely guilty. First, for most times simply wiping my makeup off without taking the time to cleanse it. Secondly, for just taking my skin for granted in general. ”How can I spend a whole weekend taking good care of my hair and not once care about my face?” – it was about time I started acknowledging the most sensitive portion of skin in body.
Practices I’m adopting & Products I’m trying
1. Double cleansing
Cleansing the skin, especially after makeup is very important. I’m now committed to do this step properly. First cleanse (to remove makeup) can be done with wipes and a miscellar water. Second cleanse should be done with a cleansing balm, milk or oil. Apparently any foamy cleansers strip the skin completely, just like sulfate shampoos strip the hair strands – mind blown.
(Read more about it: Double Cleansing Cheat Sheet)
My pick: The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter
Reason: Budget for trial & recommended by Caroline in this article
2. Exfoliating toner
Apparently scrubs are bad, too harsh for the skin. The micro-beads present in some products don’t degenerate and end up killing sea animals. Exfoliating toners do a much better job in a gentler way.
(Read more about it: Toners – Basics)
My pick: Clarins Doux Exfoliant
Reason: Recommended by Caroline in this article
I haven’t used it because it may cause sunburn and I’m yet to buy sunscreen. For the meantime I’m using Apple Cider Vinegar (on wet cotton) as a toner, just to help further clean my skin on days I’ve worn makeup.
3. Face mists
A super easy way to add moisture to the skin. I have dry skin and this is my favorite discovery. I’m always surprised at how my skin feels completely hydrated before applying moisturizer. The shameful hoarder in me can’t wait to try other mists!
My pick: The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist
Reason: Budget for trial
I had been using Cetaphil (face and body cream) for years simply because of the Youtube hype around the brand, affordability and whelp, it did the job of moisturizing. However, after all these skincare discoveries I couldn’t not upgrade my moisturizer game! I must say it feels really good to try a more high-end product. The pricier creams are usually water-based, lighter in consistency and spread easily on the skin. Again – I have dry skin and I love the feeling of quenching its thirst (or quenching it even more, after applying the face mist)!
My pick: Clinique Moisture Surge
Reason: Curiosity & recommended by Caroline in this article
An everyday essential that protects and improves the health of the skin significantly. I have to stop disregarding it. There are mineral and chemical SPF’s.
(Read more about it: All about SPF)
I’m still in the hunt for one that won’t make me white, *sigh*.
So these are the practices and products I chose to adopt for now. There is more that should go into a skincare routine but I’m choosing to take baby steps. I want to research more before buying other products; I would also love to have professional help to choose the best products for my skin.
What about you? Have you establish a skincare routine? Does your skin need one? Let me know on the comments!
Also, let me know any information you might have on the products I mentioned – especially the Clarins toner!