Worlds colliding over here at Light in the Heart, ladies and gentlemen! I've got some tips for young women who are starting to begin their beauty routines and are interested in learning what kind of skincare they need for their ever-changing skin! I would have KILLED to have the wealth of beauty information that you can find on the internet now when I was in junior high. I mean, maybe it was out there in the ether somewhere, but I certainly didn’t have access to it. Luckily, my skin never got too insane, but there were definitely a few WTF moments happening every once in a while. So my best friend, Haley, and I would have her older brother drop us off at the mall and we trolled makeup counters in the department stores. Pre-Sephora. We had to rely on the wisdom of the ladies working behind those counters, who were definitely more concerned with selling us shit than actually teaching us how to take care of our skin. So listen up, kids! If you're wondering where to begin, it's right here. Let's talk basics.
CLEANSING. You should be washing your face with a gentle cleanser every morning and every night. You don’t need to get a super expensive one, and in fact, you are more likely to keep your skin healthy if you use gentler ones that don’t have fancy smells or chemicals. The last thing you want is to be scrubbing your face with anything harsh or drying.
TONING. Using a toner after you wash your face will help get rid of any gunk that you weren’t able to in the first go around, including dead skin, and will also help maintain the proper pH balance of your skin. It’s also super refreshing and will make you feel fancy.
MOISTURIZING. Everyone should be using moisturizer. In the morning under your makeup, and at night before you go to bed. Use a moisturizer with SPF for daytime; and at night, after washing and toning, apply a light moisturizer. (Also, please sunscreen your whole body every day. You don’t want to look like a dried out bag of leather before you’re 25.) You don’t need to drench your face in it. You should only apply enough for your skin to absorb without leaving you feeling greasy.
These are the three things that you should be doing every day no matter what. Rain or shine. Now, to go the extra mile, here are a couple things you can do to a few times a week to keep your skin game looking TIGHT.
SCRUBS. A scrub can help get rid of dry, flaky, skin and smooth it out so it’s soft and refreshed. Just make sure you don’t do it more than twice a week, and DO NOT get those “apricot scrubs” you see at the drugstore. Those are way too harsh and will make micro-tears in your skin. I also like to avoid any scrubs with micro-beads. They are insanely bad for the environment!
MASKS. I looooove masks. They feel so decadent and rich. Using one a couple times a week can help calm or prevent breakouts, as well as making you feel like a supermodel. With a little research, you can find a mask specific to whatever skin type or needs you might have.
Don’t feel like you need to be spending a lot of money on these things here either. You can get good quality products at your local drugstore. Just make sure that you avoid products with alcohol, because they will suck the life out of your skin.
Taking care of your skin doesn’t just involve putting things on your skin, you also have to care for it from the inside out.
WATER. Drink it. Lots of it. It will help you push out all the icky toxins in your system, keep your skin hydrated, and your face clear of breakouts. Pro-tip: Buy some chlorophyll at a health food store and pour a shot in a glass of water every morning and it will literally make you glow. I also find that I smell better when I drink it.
SLEEP. I know how hard it is to get enough sleep when you have to wake up at an ungodly early hour to get to school. I’ve always found it completely unreasonable that school starts so early. It can’t POSSIBLY be good for anyone’s brain and I bet it hinders learning. Or something. But try and get 8 hours so your skin can repair and nourish itself while you sleep.
NUTRITION. As much as we’d all love it if we could live off nachos, research shows that many foods can be responsible for helping skin stay young and healthy looking. Eat fresh food as much as possible, avoid processed junk, and try to find a good balance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So basically, LOTS of fruits and veggies. And take a multivitamin every day! Why not?
Listen babes, if you develop awesome skincare habits when you are young, it won’t feel like such a chore when you get older AND you’ll look fantastic. What’s your skin routine looking like these days? Do you have one?