Secrets to Almost Perfect Skin
My not-so-subtle transition to Glossier over glam products throughout the summer has brought me into the new world of skincare. This has definitely led me to staying in the safe, non-bustling backend of Sephora in my most recent visits, discovering some of the best brands I wished I only knew sooner. Naturally with skincare comes with the holy grail of clear skin. Some swear by a rigorous nighttime routine while others opt for a simple face wash.
I’ve spent months at this point attempting to perfect my own skin. Not that I’ve had that rough of a time, but acne scars and dry spots have always been enough of a problem for me to want to fix. While everyone has a different skin type, I’ve accumulated a bit of knowledge over time. Here are some of my tips for specific skin issues:
Yes! This counts as a skin issue, duh. The Chicago fall and winter, a combination of unnecessarily dry and extremely cold, do crazy things to my lips. They crack, chap, and sadly peel under the unpleasant conditions, and every year, I’ve tried to find the best solution. For me, the worst thing to use is Chapstick or eos; both dry out my lips so much, acting only as a 5 minute solution. A helpful tip is knowing whether you need hydration or moisturization. Hydration is how much water is in your skin and moisturization is how much lipid content can form a protective barrier for your skin.
I prefer something more moisturizing for my skin, so I put on Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer on my lips during the day. At night, I stick with Glossier’s Balm Dot Com. I put on a thick layer before bed and wake up with smooth moisturized lips!
Redness and Acne Spots
My skin has never bothered me too much with acne besides the regular PMS pimples or stress breakouts. But to keep my skin clean and less red, I’ve turned to softer cleansers both in the morning and night as well as water temperature I use to wash.
I use Philosophy’s Purity cleanser as well the Pore Extractor face scrub to keep my face clean. Lukewarm water is best with this duo, not causing too intense of an exfoliating effect for the mask and also cleaning off makeup in the most efficient manner.
I know many people swear by Glossier’s solution, but it hasn’t done much for me with its “chemical exfoliant” besides break me out more… so beware.
Maybe I’m paranoid about the puffiness of my face based on how much salt I’ve had that day or if I’ve drank enough water, but this is something constantly on my mind. I think someone’s alertness and presentation is heavily dependent on whether they look like they’ve eaten ramen before bed the night before or if their face indicates they’ve cried all night. Basically in short, puffiness matters. I didn’t really think there was a solution to this (besides drinking excessive amounts of water) but I recently discovered Herbivore’s Jade Face Roller.
This supposedly actives the lymphatic system to detoxify your body from.. toxins? It feels like a mini foam roller on your face and is supposed to relax and de-stress you. I was doubtful at first, but I’ve now ditched my contour for this, so I’d say it works.
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