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Monday, November 4, 2013

Basic Skin Care Tips

Hey there! I stumbled upon a beauty article this morning and I thought, hey why don't I post something similar to this one? So, here's a quick guide on how to have healthy skin without spending too much. 

Disclaimer: I am not a skin expert or anything, all of these are things I learned from beauty gurus on YouTube, my forever idols, Michelle Phan and Bubzbeauty. Subscribe to their channels! I have been watching their tutorials since first year college and I tell you... They are awesome! They helped a lot in my epic transformation. Hihi! Any who, some are from personal experiences and the rest are from Captain Obvious. Haha!

A fair complexion brings a radiant glow and beauty to a person. But how exactly can you have flawless skin without going to derma clinics? Here are some tips for healthier skin:

1.      Prevent sun damage
Protect yourself from the sun because it could be very harmful to the skin. Intense exposure to the sun can give you wrinkles, skin problems and other signs of ageing. Much worst, it can cause skin cancer. That’s why whenever you go out on a trip (very important for outdoorsy people) or when you’re going out, don’t forget to use sunscreen. If you’re headed to the beach or a theme park, bring a sunscreen with you of at least SPF 15. Reapply when needed and especially when you’re swimming. I recommend The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

I used it when we went to El Nido, Palawan last summer. It is definitely much better than the previous sunblocks that I have tried before. It has this light and smooth mixture unlike other sunblocks that are gooey and sticky. Plus, it's very affordable. I think I got three bottles for P500 at the SM Department Store. 

For those who wear makeup every day, get into the habit of choosing BB creams and foundations that come with SPF. But avoid wearing high SPF foundations or creams at night time or if you have a photo shoot because your face might appear super shiny in the photos. Also, always seek shade. The heat of the sun is not as healthy as it was before. Avoid the sun between 10AM and 4PM; it is the time when the sun’s rays are most harmful.

2.      Cleanse your skin
If you wear makeup all the time, always remember to wipe it off gently with a clean cloth and cleanser before you sleep. Or better yet, get rid of stubborn makeup by using a facial wash. I have three skin care products in my bathroom which I cannot live without. The Olay Clarity Fresh Cleanser, Celeteque Facial Wash and St. Ives Exfoliating Apricot Facial Wash

One thing you should know is that the process of exfoliating is really important because it removes dead skin. But it is not recommended for you to exfoliate everyday -- unless you want to look like a glistening vampire. Over-exfoliation causes forehead shine and even skin flaking, so two to three times a week would do. I don't know anything about combinations of skin care products but these three work wonderfully for my skin. Blemishes rarely appear on my face and I don't have oily skin as well, so I guess it is a good combination.

Sleeping with makeup on is a big no-no! Moisturize every morning or every night to rejuvenate the skin and give it a fresh look. They say skin care products work best during night time so try applying your favorite moisturizer before going to bed. I am currently using a face spray moisturizer from Korea, it's called Aqua Moisture - Moisturizing and Soothing Facial Mist. I got it from my very close friend, Yee-Gi.

3.      Watch out for external elements that can cause skin ageing
Pollution has been a problem here in the Philippines since time immemorial. If you don’t own a car, you pretty much don’t have a choice but to use public transportation for travelling. Believe it or not, chemicals and fumes that PUVs and private vehicles emit can get into your skin. To prevent this, always bring with you facial wipes and facial sprays to cleanse your skin while travelling. Don't forget to choose hypoallergenic ones, in case your skin is ultra sensitive to skin care products. 

4.      Live a healthy lifestyle
I guess this one is pretty self-explanatory. Quit smoking and eat a healthy diet. Elements that cigars contain are very harmful not just to the skin but to the internal organs. Also, try to have a balanced diet. Eat plenty of green, leafy vegetables. Lessen intake of soft drinks and junk food. Instead, drink natural juice nectar and lots of water. 

These are my favorite brands. Good for 
the skin and body detox. Try to look up 
@detoxifybar and @theskinnyjuiceryph 
on Instagram.

It took me a long time to stop from drinking soft drinks. Now, I am proud to say that I can control the urge. I have been practicing this for almost two years now. Another factor that can cause skin ageing is stress. So try to relax more and get plenty of sleep to regulate blood circulation in the body.

5.      Clean the devices/other things that may come in contact with your skin
Get into the habit of cleaning your mobile phones regularly. Germs spread like wildfire in your gadgets and you don't even know it. It can be transferred to your skin as you talk to someone on your cell phone. Also, clean your makeup brushes/applicators regularly. Make sure that they are squeaky clean whenever you apply makeup. 

6.      Hydrate your skin
Drink plenty of water. Water helps eliminate toxins in the body that can cause damage to the skin.  Drinking plenty of water may prevent dry skin.

7.      Change your pillowcase often
You may not know it but your pillowcase may carry germs too. Combination of hair products and facial oils on the pillow case may cause blemishes. A lot of silk pillowcases are now available in online shops. It's what most celebrities use in my observation. So try this one too. Trust me, you'll sleep like an angel!

8.      Never pick at blemishes
Don’t squeeze out your zit. Infection and scarring may bring permanent damage to your pores. Just eww!

9.      Good hygiene
Take a shower everyday. The temperature and weather here in the Philippines are factors that increases microbes on the skin. So take a bath regularly, use soap, facial wash or scrubs to exfoliate your skin. 

10.  Drink vitamins
Vitamins A, B, and C are essential to the skin. Vitamin E helps improve the skin when applied externally. I drink Ascorbic Acid and Enervon regularly. Aside from it's health benefits, vitamin Cs and multivitamins help me stay alert and active in class. I drink Ferrous Sulfate too because I am anemic. If I don't, my face would look so pale; it helps in regulating the blood circulation in my body. Multivitamins are available at any grocery stores.

If you have naturally radiant skin, you wouldn't have to wear cosmetics all the time. You can go out without makeup and still feel confident and beautiful. So yeah, that's pretty much it. 'Til the next post, buh-bye!


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