Sunday, October 29

5 Simple Tips to Achieve Perfect Skin


For some people, perfect skin is not achievable. And really, the truth is, it is not. However, getting close to the near perfect skin- skin in which you have minimal problems, clear, healthy-looking skin is possible. The only downside is it takes work and consistency. Keep those two ideas in the back of your mind as you read this post.


It is common knowledge that your skin will be better if you take off your makeup every night, washing your face twice a day, drinking lots of water and wearing sun protection daily.  But what if you do all these and your skin is still not getting better? There are other simple things you can try, such as:

ONE. KNOW YOUR SKIN
Knowing your skin type is the first step to knowing how to handle your skin. Is your skin sensitive, dry, combination, or oily? is it smooth or rough? is it acne prone? Once you know what your skin type is you are able to know what products you can use and what you cannot use. This is the first step to creating a routine and making the most of it.


TWO. TRY SKIN VITAMINS 
Vitamins are essential nutrients for the body. The cannot be made in the human body and have to be taken in the diet. They work as coenzymes and precursors for enzymes in the body and some serve an antioxidant function. For skin, vitamins can be taken in fruits, drinks etc and also as the added bonus, topically on the skin. Vitamins great for skin are A, B complex, C, E, and K.

Vitamin A. antiaging, fights acne, smoothens the skin and regenerates the skin. 
Vitamin C. Antioxidant, targets free radicals and works to reverse sun damage, needed for collagen synthesis. 
Vitamin E. Moisturizing, helps with sun protection. Works with Vitamin C for greater antioxidant power. 
Products recommended: Rainshadow Labs ARRS/ARRSI 2.5% Retinol Serum, Rainshadow Labs Anti Aging Clear Skin Serum.



THREE. GLOSS OVER LABELS, PRODUCT HYPE, AND CLAIMS; ANALYZE THE INGREDIENTS 
Analyzing your ingredients, not just following hypes and knowing your skin better would help you know whether you should use a name brand one step makeup remover and wash or makeup wipes or to use micellar water and a gentle cleanser.

It would help you know whether you need an astringent after washing your face, or whether you should use a salicylic acid toner, or rose water, or witch hazel or even apple cider vinegar. It would help you know whether it is safe for your skin to use lemon juice or baking soda or to rather choose a gentler option like honey and activated charcoal.

Avoid the social media product hype and never buy anything that goes on your skin (including foundation and powder) without researching its ingredients. Many countries have ways of listing ingredients, It is best to note the order of how the ingredients are listed as well as a note that a product might claim to do something to the skin and yet lack the active ingredient needed to perform such action. the product might even have the active ingredient but lack the appropriate concentration for the action (this is when you notice where the active ingredient is located on the list).


FOUR. USE TARGETED MASKS AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK 
Masks are an added step to your skincare routine that functions to deliver the active ingredients needed for the skin over a longer period of time and in a higher concentration than regular skincare products. They serve different functions but generally can be used as antioxidants, moisturizers, skin nutrients, and detoxifiers. For every skin type, there is a mask, but not all masks work for every skin type. Hence the reason Tip #1 is very important to achieve perfect skin.

Clay Masks
Clay masks are beneficial for people with oily to normal skin, dry skin and sensitive skin should avoid clay masks unless the mask has an added moisturizing ingredient or is gentle. Clay masks detoxify the skin, deep cleans and absorbs excess oil, while providing minerals from the soil.
Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask
InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask
MISSHA Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask
Clean and clear blackhead eraser cleansing mask
Skin79 Apple Mint Fresh Mask (review coming soon)
Baviphat Strawberry Toxifying Mask (review coming soon)
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (review coming soon)

Cream Masks
Cream masks are great for those with dry skin and definitely not for those with oily skin. they serve one major purpose which is to moisturize. However, they may have added benefits such as brightening or antiaging and sometimes even acne control.
Holika Holika Bulgarian Rose Petal Moisture MaskSkin79 Lemon Brightening Mask
CLEAN & CLEAR CONTINUOUS CONTROL Acne Cleanser
Etude House Play Therapy Wash OFF Pack Brightening up (review coming soon)

Lotion Masks
Lotion masks are for all skin types but mostly for dry skin. However, there are lotion masks for those with oily skin that deliver light serum lotion, even some for acne prone skin (Etude House AC Clean Up Sheet Mask). Lotion masks have various purposes and they are all based on their active ingredients and the texture of the lotion.
My Beauty Diary is my favorite lotion mask brand because of their varieties and the fact that they have never disappointed me. I will list my few MBD favorites but for more masks and skincare reviews check out my skincare megalist
Kose Clear Turn Q10 Eye Mask
My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask
My Beauty Diary Q10 Rejuvenating Mask
My Beauty Diary Lemon Vit-C Mask
My Beauty Diary Rice Mask
My Beauty Diary Sake Yeast Mask

Scrub Masks
Scrub masks are for rough skin (sometimes they are just regular face scrubs like St.ives) however if you leave it on for a few minutes, the salicylic acid works on acne skin and then you can scrub away after.
St.Ives Naturally Clear Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub
Skinfood Rice Mask Wash off
Skinfood Black Sugar mask (review coming soon)
Homemade Activated Charcoal mask (review coming soon)

Peel Masks (physical and chemical peel)
Peel mask come in two types, the physical peel, and the chemical peel. The physical peel is the most popular one on social media, its goal is to remove gunk from the pores and oil, and leave the pores clean and empty.
The Chemical peel involves Microdermabrasion, Glycolic masks, enzyme masks etc. They are common spa treatments that are designed to slough off the top layer of the skin (dead skin cells) and reveal fresh baby skin. They are great for targeting wrinkles, rough skin and hyperpigmentation.
Queen Helene Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque
The Face Shop White Mud Nose Pack Peel-off type
Alba Botanica Enzyme mask
Rainshadow Labs QMRB Bamboo Cranberry Anti-Oxidant Mask (review coming soon)

Sleeping Masks
Sleeping masks are mostly for dry skin. They have active ingredients that target different problems from hyperpigmentation to wrinkles: But ultimately, They are for those who need moisture. The mask is applied at night and rinsed off in the morning. It is like a facial cream or gel that never really absorbs: only the active ingredients absorb into the skin.
TCM Chinese Traditional Medicine Korea Ginseng Sleeping pack
holika Holika honey Acerola sleeping pack


FIVE. AMP YOUR SKIN ROUTINE WITH A BEAUTY TOOL
There is a better way to get a deep clean than just your hands. Tools for skin care help to upgrade your skincare routine and make that cleansing step very purposeful. From pore brushes which serve to deep clean the pores, to spin brushes and sponges. To the bubble sponge for those with dry skin (serves to gently clean). Once you know what tool works for you, stick with it and you would notice how effective it serves to your routine.
What special ingredient do you add to your routine that has made your skin so much better?


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