Everyone dreams about acne-free glowing skin but have no clue how to achieve it.
One thing for sure is that it’s never too young to start taking care of your skin to avoid dry skin and wrinkles in the future. Once you adopt a skin care routine with products that work for you, you’re on your way to radiant skin in no time!
Determine your skin type first before applying a product to avoid irritation or oiliness. Here’s a chart to help you out:
- Dry skin: Flaky or rough.
- Oily skin: Excessive shine, greasy, big noticeable pores.
- Combination skin: Dry in areas such as the cheeks and oily in forehead, nose, or chin.
- Sensitive skin: Becomes easily irritated after applying makeup or skin products.
- Normal skin: Balanced skin, not sensitive.
After knowing your skin type with certainty, follow this skin care routine and you’ll soon hear never-ending compliments!
Step 1: Cleanse
Use a gentle cleanser to get rid of impurities twice a day in the morning and at night. Washing your face too many times a day will dry out your skin. If you’re an athlete or work out, you might want to consider washing your face after any sport activity to avoid clogged pores and acne. The product that we recommend is Pacifica Sea Foam because it’s for all skin types, it’s sulfate free, paraben-free (no harsh chemicals), and it’s super effective when removing makeup. It also smells really good because it’s made with coconut water and sea algae complex. Once you’re done washing your face, pat dry your skin with a towel (don’t rub). For under $15 at your local Sprouts or Target, it’s a steal!
There’s nothing better than using natural products for skin care! Toners help your skin maintain a healthy pH level and they are packed with antioxidants and humectants to balance your skin. Unfortunately, this is the step that most people forget or don’t know about but can make a huge difference. Andalou Naturals has a wonderful floral toner made with rose stem cells. It literally smells like roses and feels refreshing when sprayed on your face. Best of all, it won’t irritate your skin because it’s meant for sensitive skin. Apply it in the morning and at night after cleansing. You can purchase this product at Sprouts.
Step 3: Moisturize
There’s a moisturizer meant for a specific skin type, which is why it’s super important to determine your skin type first. The best moisturizers for young skin are the ones with sunscreen since excessive UV exposure is one of the main causes of wrinkles and dark spots. Estee Lauder sells a moisturizer for young skin that is packed with anti-oxidants, has an SPF 15 sunscreen, and smells like refreshing cucumbers. You want to make sure it smells good enough since it’ll be on your face, but remember that too much fragrance can irritate your skin. This moisturizer comes in different versions for dry skin, combination skin, and oily skin. We recommend oil-free for oily skin to avoid excessive shine. If you have acne, you might want to try a moisturizer that has salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Step 4: Apply Sunscreen
If your favorite moisturizer doesn’t come with sunscreen, you should purchase one separately. Clinique’s Super City Block has an SPF 40, makes your face feel smooth, and evens out your skin tone. One of the biggest problems with sunblock is that it feels heavy, but not this one! It’s super lightweight as it’s oil-free and doesn’t smell like sunscreen – it’s also fragrance-free.
EXFOLIATE ON A WEEKLY BASIS
Exfoliate your face 1-2 times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and impurities. Origins has a retexturing mask with Rose Clay that works wonders! Your skin will feel tight and refreshed after each use. You might feel tingling in the first 30 seconds but don’t worry, it’s working its magic. Its light scent is amazing!
BONUS SKIN CARE TIPS:
NEVER wear makeup to bed: Sleeping with your makeup on will clog your pores and eventually lead to acne.
NEVER play with your pimples or pop them: We get it! It’s super tempting to pick your pimples to hide them especially when they come out on the tip of your nose or your forehead. But it’s way worse being left with a scar. Leave them alone, it’s not a big deal. You’ll only have them on your face for a few days before they disappear. Purchase a acne treatment with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to avoid them in the future or to speed up the going away process.
BEST WAY to hide your blemishes: Use oil-free makeup or a concealer to hide your blemishes. Concealer should be used to hide smaller blemishes and makeup for larger areas.
MINIMIZE unhealthy tanning: Lying under the sun for hours at the beach to even out your tan will damage your skin. Avoid tanning beds at all costs. You might think you’re too young to develop skin cancer, but it affects all ages. If you need to tan for a special event, try airbrush tanning as it’s a sunless option.
LOOK FOR “nonacnegenic” or “noncomedogenic” makeup: These are less likely to clog your pores and cause acne. Water-based makeup is preferred over oil-based makeup. Check their expiration date so you get the best quality.
NEVER share your makeup: Germs from other users may cause unpredictable reactions. Sharing eyeliner, may give you an eye infection while sharing brushes might cause you to break out. Don’t take the risk, use your own supplies.
DON’T apply makeup in the bus or car: It might save you time to apply makeup on your way to school but those bumpy roads can cause you to scratch your eye.
MAINTAIN a healthy diet & exercise routine: It’s not enough to have a skin care routine. Your diet has an impact on the condition of your skin. Eat loads of fruits and vegetables, eat plenty of proteins. Exercise to clear your pores and get enough sleep to let your skin cells regenerate and avoid droopy eyes/dark circles.
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