Hydration from the Inside
During days when I’m out running errands and haven’t had much time to drink, that’s when my skin gets worse- prone to breakouts, more oiliness, obviously large pores and no amount of sunscreen or coverage could tame it. So? Drink up!
What I do is I equate each product with a glass of water. In the morning, I wear sunscreen, moisturizer and face mist. That equals 3 glasses of water. This is good whether you are lathering on products or not because water hydrates you from the inside out; and it’s a win-win because if you are using products, drinking water can wash away the chemicals from the previous night’s 25-step routine.
Eat Your Vitamins
Eat lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables or drink supplements. Below are the best vitamins for your skin.
Vitamin C is found at high levels in the outer and inner layers of the skin. It has cancer-fighting properties, role in collagen production and keeps your wrinkles at bay. The holy grail of the vitamin kingdom. This can be found in citrusy fruits such as lemons or oranges or other plant-based foods like berries. If you can’t afford any of those, then you can opt for the local ones like calamansi- which is super cheap and is everywhere.
Vitamin D has an important role in one’s skin tone. This one is relatively cheap. You can expose your skin to morning sunglight for at least 10 minutes a day or eat foods rich in vitamin D such as salmon or tuna.
Vitamin E acts to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sunlight. When applied topically, Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV rays, decreasing the sun’s ability to cause wrinkles and dark spots. To have this, you can eat foods like nuts and seeds, take vitamin supplements and use products that have vitamin E.
Cleanse Your Face
Basically I cleanse my face in the morning, before and after work-outs and before I go to sleep. However, we know that too much of a good thing makes it bad, so be sure to not over-cleanse your face when you don’t have to. For example, you don’t have to clean as frequently when you are just staying indoors
I held the lighter in my hands, felt its weight playing between my fingers. I flicked it open until I saw the light. I leaned in closer and breathed in deep. Sparks flew, smoke appeared and bit by bit my head felt lighter, my whole body slowly releasing the tension the day has built. I love the feeling I get from smoking. Really. But it’s no good for your skin in any way, so I had to let it go and you should too.
Be Gentle with Your Skin
I still use physical exfoliators at least once a week- but I use super gentle force because I don’t want to scrub my skin raw. Many people think that the harder they scrub, the rosier their skin gets, but no! Every increase in force increases the damage you are causing your skin. So exfoliate gently.
Nothing is uglier than a person scorned or stressed AF. No matter how glowing one’s skin is, if the very first thing that you notice about them is their frown, everything just goes downhill from there. So learn how to manage your stress, learn how to smile and see the good things in life and then you’ll see that you can actually feel and be beautiful, even if your face is laden with acne marks.
Until you read from me again.
These are the references for some of the scientific stuff from this article. Read more if you want to. A little more skin information doesn’t hurt I guess.