Let’s talk about our skin, baby.
When it comes to skincare, it can be a little overwhelming. Trust me, I’ve been there. At least throughout college years, it was always about makeup. It was a fun
(and expensive) hobby to have and it gave me the confidence I needed at the time. As I got older, I started to wear less and less makeup – for many reasons. Fast forward to now, my perception on makeup has completely evolved.
Today, I live by this phrase: skin is in. Out with the old, in with the new. I’ve come to realize that skincare is so much more important than the makeup you’re using to cover up your beautiful skin. Don’t get me wrong, makeup is SO much fun, but a quality skincare routine is what’s going to truly make your skin look its best; and therefore look its best when you’re older.
If you’re in your early 20s like me, feel blessed. Right now your skin is the most youthful, plump, and glowy it’ll ever be. Even if you struggle with some blemishes or acne spots, your skin is at its prime time. You don’t have any wrinkles or age spots yet, your cell turnover rate is at its highest, and your face is firm and lifted. Now’s the time to start truly investing in your skin and taking preventative measures.
So what does this mean exactly? This means taking care of your skin in two ways: topically and from the inside out.
Topically: Taking care of your skin topically means investing in quality skincare products that have quality, potent ingredients. I hate to say it, but a lot of the products you buy from the drugstore are no good. Makeup drugstore products are great; skincare products on the other hand are a different story. For skincare, you pay for what you get. You’re paying for the quality of the ingredients in the product. Drugstore skincare is cheap because it’s watered down with low quality ingredients. Ever wonder why your “said brand name” drugstore product isn’t getting rid of your blemishes? It’s because the ingredients aren’t strong enough to do the job. If you’re able to spend the extra money, I definitely recommend getting higher quality skincare products. I promise it’ll be worth it.
From the inside out: Taking care of your skin from the inside out starts and ends with what you are putting into your body. *Your skin is a direct reflection of what you put into your body*. All that sugar and salt you’re eating is going straight to your face – I know I wish this wasn’t the case either. You know your girl loves her sweets. Yes genetics can play a major role in how good or bad your skin looks, but what you eat has just as much of an impact. If you’re not drinking enough water or eating unhealthy, your skin is going to reflect this either now or later in life. Considering our skin is the largest organ of our body, proper hydration from the inside out is vital. Strive for at least two liters of water a day.
To break it down even further, here is a list of things you can do almost immediately to invest in your skin:
- Use high quality skincare products tailored to your skin’s needs. Use these consistently for day and night.
- Take off your makeup and wash your face before going to bed. Your skin’s cellular renewal occurs while you’re sleeping so you want to get all of the makeup, dirt and grim off from the day.
- Moisturize. Your skin needs hydration no matter what skin type you have.
- Use SPF. Nothing ages the skin more than the sun. This means using a facial sunscreen all year-round. Even in the winter, the sun’s UV rays are just as powerful as they are in the summer. Temperature/heat doesn’t correlate to the amount of UV rays that is exposed to your skin.
- Drink lots of water.
- Stop touching your face. When you touch your face, the germs from your hands directly transfer to your skin and can cause breakouts.
- Stop picking your acne spots. I know the urge can be strong, but picking at your blemishes will only irritate the skin and will leave scarring.
- (Finally, stop using the St. Ives Apricot scrub. The exfoliate beads are actually broken up apricot seeds that purely scratch the surface of your skin – in no way effectively exfoliating and dissolving dead skin cells.)
I hope this was a helpful overview into the amazing topic of skin. Makeup is great, but from here on out, skincare is the new makeup. Get on the hype train because your skin will thank you now and definitely later. I don’t know about you, but preventing wrinkles instead of causing them is what I’m about.
Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist, esthetician or any sort of medical practitioner. I’ve learned a thing or two about skincare over the years and just want to pass along all the amazing tips and tricks with you.