Omg blog abandonment x_x
THINGS HAVE BEEN SO HECTIC LATELY with exams, past papers, stress outs, bitch sessions and dance battles that I just haven't had a chance to update anything :( But my guardians have taken me out and now I have wifi past 9 o'clock hehe!
So anyway today I'm here to share with you guys my skincare tips!
excuse the pile of laundry at the back there
Not the most flattering picture of me and Sarah, but I feel like it shows off our skincare efforts quite well in the natural sunlight :)
My skincare story:
I had very bad skin for the whole of last year :( Since I moved to England, my skin was acting up because of all the fried food and overload on sugar. I had really bad acne for the whole of my year 12 life (Sept 2011 - July 2012) and it got particularly bad right before summer.
As a result, my self esteem took a dive. I was constantly feeling inferior and trying to hide my T-Zone and avoiding the Sun. However I went to see a dermatologist over summer which definitely got the ball rolling in terms of getting my life back together :). It's been a slow but sure process, and now I'm very happy. I still have confidence issues due to body image and imperfections but getting my skin normal has been a HUGE step. I hope this will help anyone who is currently going through that phase.
The basic tips that will change your
- Change your pillow cases at least once a week. You sweat at night, and thus all the gunk on your pillow case will cause pimples and just exacerbate the acne that you already have. It's best to change your pillow cases and sheets AT LEAST once a week. Also, try not to sleep on your hair as that's a source of oil which may clog up your pores during the night.
- Shower at NIGHT everyday. The best is to shower every morning and every night especially in hot climates, but if you don't have time for that then I recommend showering at night. Some people may prefer the morning, but if you have skin problems, SHOWERING AT NIGHT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. By showering at night, you wash away all the dirt on your body and face (and hair!) that has accumulated during the day before you sleep. If you have skin problems, sleeping with oily hair is quite risky and just washing your face doesn't mean it's as clean as taking a proper shower.
- Don't use cleansers. This mostly applies to people with sensitive skin. A lot of the acne washes will dry everything out which causes your skin to produce even more excess oil. Try just washing your face with warm water (water that is too cold or hot will shock the skin and cause capillaries to break, resulting in redness). This washes off the outter dirt while maintaining the skin's natural oil balance.
- Wash your face every morning and night. You've just spent 7-8 hours with your face stuck to a pillow. You might've been drooling. Who knows right :p I would also recommend exfoliating your face twice a week, but this might not be appropriate if you have a lot of acne. Don't use anything that is too rough. As your skin starts to clear up, slowly start using mild exfoliants only in the areas where there aren't any spots as you don't want them to scar. But exfoliating the clear parts of your face will make your skin softer and nicer ^^
- Make it a habit to not touch your face. Chances are you're going to unconsciously do it, so make a habit to stop resting your chin on your hand during class, brushing your hair out of your face or rubbing your eyes. Simple steps lead to big results :)
- Invest in a good make up remover. This can be in all varieties... water base, oil base... Just make sure that absolutely all of your skin make up does come off. Using a toner is also very good to make sure everything is out. Try to use a cotton pad instead of your hands when using the toner, as this will wipe off excess unwashed makeup rather than scrub it further into the skin.
- Sleep early, eat right. Your skin uses sleep to regenerate. This just gives you an excuse to sleep more ;). The oil/sugar content of foods may cause hormonal stresses which can lead to break outs. Eat stuff that makes you feel good, and it'll show on your skin :) Also try not to stress out too much!
- Visit a dermatologist. I would have never gotten my skin this healthy had I not visited my dermatologist in Thailand. She gave me medication approximately a year ago, and I still use it occasionally if I feel like my skin needs a little bit more care. Trust your doctor and make sure you stick to exactly what they tell you to do (cos this way if it doesn't work then you can just blame the doctor and you're not wasting your time & money by not doing as you're told right :p) However it must be noted that acne medication can be quite harsh so you shouldn't really use it excessively.
I hope you guys found this useful :) These are the things that I've integrated into my life (along with my skincare routine -which I might blog about later-) that has totally changed the way my skin has looked and felt. It's actually quite weird because my problem area (forehead) has now become the nicest region on my face haha.
For girlies who struggle with T-Zone acne: it's better to get it on your forehead than your cheeks. The skin on your forehead is much thicker, and therefore chances of long term scarring are pretty slim.
Stay pretty and let me know any other tips down in the comments :)
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