Sunday, October 29


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:

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 can 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.

Vitamins are essential nutrients for the body. They 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.

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).

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.

REVIEWED: InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask, Baviphat Strawberry Toxifying Mask, Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask

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.

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.

Exfoliating Masks
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.

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.

Tools for skincare help to upgrade your skincare routine and make that cleansing step very purposeful. From pore brushes which serve to deep clean the pores, to face rollers which help with puffiness. 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 your routine.

Thanks for reading!
Ore :)


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