Anonymous said:
Your skincare post is great, but just fyi the St Ives scrubs are infamous for actually being terrible for your skin. The ground up apricot bits are jagged and uneven, and cause tiny tears in your skin. Instead of a physical exfoliator like that, try a chemical exfoliator like a lactic or salicylic acid product!

Huh, I didn’t know that. Thanks for sharing with me, I appreciate that a lot. I personally haven’t had any issues with it but I’ll definitely post this for anyone who is thinking about buying it. I’ll keep your tip in mind the next time I buy a new face scrub!

My skin has been generally been very clear the past few months, so I decided to make a guide for taking care of your skin and showing my personal skincare routine along with some information to help others take better care of their skin.
I’m going to go over the main components of what affects skin:

Type of skin 
Skincare routine 
Stress and health 

Type of skin: I think one of the most important steps to skincare is knowing the type of skin you have. Fairer skin will be pretty sensitive while darker skin will likely not be as sensitive but may dry out easier or get oily. I’m a South-Asian woman with sensitive to normal skin, I’m prone to a lot of allergies. I can get really tan in the summer and not so tan in the winter. My skin gets oilier in the summer and pretty dry in the winter. I break out almost exclusively in my T-zone area. These are all important details to how I take care of myself during specific seasons. Your ethnicity, skin temperament/sensitivity, and so forth are all important aspects as to how you’re going to approach your personal skincare. What will work for you may not work for me.
Diet: Now, I’m definitely not the most health conscious person around, I wake up at 1 pm like every day and eat pizza for breakfast. But, I do think that it’s important to acknowledge that the food you eat affects your skin. I try to drink a lot of water, which is essential to your health in general. I understand that it can be difficult to always drink water, especially if you’re in school like I am. Caffeinated products are an easy way to get around that during the semester, but are not the best for you—especially soda and sugary products. If you’re not privy on drinking water, try this: every time you drink a caffeinated or sugary drink like soda or coffee, try to drink at least a cup and a half of water later in that day to make up for the latter. Along with water, I drink a ton of tea, which is also known to help your skin. I mostly just drink it for the taste, it’s incidentally healthy for me.
Skincare routine: I can’t stress enough that having a regular skincare routine will indefinitely help the appearance of your skin. What works for someone varies on an individual basis, of course, but I’ve found that washing/toning/moisturizing when I wake up and when I sleep is a pretty good start for everyone. Every day I wash with a cleanser, but a few times a week I like to use a cream face scrub to slough the dead skin off my face and clear my pores of any impurities or makeup. About once a week or once every other week I also use a facemask from The Face Shop.
To my recent knowledge, some people don’t know how to properly wash their face, here’s how:
If you have longer hair or bangs, pull all of that away from your face before you cleanse. Dampen your face either over a sink or in the shower (washing your face in the shower is pretty good for you because the steam of the shower opens your pores more than over a sink), this opens your pores and makes for a better cleansing. Alternatively, you can also dampen your face with a hot (clean) washcloth, though if you use the washcloth method make sure you use it exclusively for wetting your face. I prefer the former method than the latter because I’m lazy and would rather do away with an extra step of a washcloth.
Apply your cleanser or product of choice to wash your face with. Lather for a good amount of time—circular motions with the tips of your fingers is a good way of doing it, this massaging motion will help lift dirt and other gross stuff from your skin off your face better. Generally a good 30 seconds to a minute is a good enough time to lather your face, any more and you risk over-cleansing and drying out your skin.
Wash the cleanser off completely and use a towel to pat your face. If you rub the towel over your face you’ll irritate your skin, which is more sensitive when it’s wet.
Once your skin is dry, tone your face. Pour toner onto a cotton ball or pad and wipe that bad boy all over your face. Toner helps to restore ph balance to your face after washing (though some people dispute that your face balances itself out and the use of toner in general) and minimizes the pores and oil on your skin. This step is to your discretion, though it’s suggested for oiler skin.
After toning I apply a targeted tone corrector to even dark spots on my face, but this is obviously another optional basis. Some people might use a targeted acne treatment. This again, is up to your discretion. But after that you should moisturize your face. Get a pea-sized amount of moisturizer and apply it to your face. Some people like to spread it a bit in their hands before they apply. I personally pat the moisturizer to my face, though some people like to rub it in but I find that patting works best for me. The type of moisturizer/serum/cream you apply onto your face might require different application techniques, though. A lot of people like to use SPF moisturizer, though I personally don’t like any of the SPF products I’ve encountered because I don’t like how it feels on my skin.
Stress and health: This also goes back to the first section of this post about knowing your skin—my stress levels have a direct correlation to my face. During school my skin isn’t always in great condition considering I have deadlines and projects to worry about. But in the summer I literally sit around all day and marathon Netflix for 18 hours and sleep for 10—I’m certainly in a less stressful setting and so my skin is in better condition. My emotional health also has a pretty big effect on my skin’s appearance as well. Like many other women, my hormones really affect my skin; my skin is prone to nasty/painful breakouts before my period. If you work out a lot, then the sweating probably causes some breakouts as well. Some girls get better skin when they’re on birth control, some girls get worse skin on birth control—understanding how your medication affects your skin will also be a factor of its appearance. Basically, figure out your environment and daily routine and understand how that affects the health of your skin.
Products: I mentioned my skin type before, but here are some products I use or have used in the past that worked on my skin:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser: The newest skincare line that I’m using. I like the smell and feel of the cleanser (the cleanser literally is sparkly and champagne colored, it’s incredible) and my skin tone has definitely evened out more since using it.
St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub: I use this scrub a few times a week. It’s creamy so it doesn’t dry out my skin and has 2% salicylic acid that prevents breakouts. It’s a really great product and it’s super cheap—you can find it at any local drugstore, I bought it for myself when I ran out of cleanser in college and definitely recommend it to people with sensitive skin.
Lancome Crème Radiance: a gel to mousse cleanser that I really liked. It cleans deep and gets the makeup off your face pretty well and smells great.
Olay Oil Minimizing Toner: A pretty cheap and effective toner, I bought it but then switched to Lancome during the school year. I’m using it right now until I run out and can get a better toner, but it gets the job done. Some people will tell you not to use an alcohol/witch hazel astringent but I’ve had no problems with it so far.
Lancome Tonique Radiance: this toner works in tandem with the Lancome cleanser I mentioned earlier. It’s less severe than the Olay toner I’m using now. It’s a pretty good product.
Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer: This product isn’t part of the positively radiant line I use to wash my face with, but I like the product so far. The moisturizer has salicylic acid, which prevents breakouts. The product’s label also says that it “leaves skin soft and smooth, improves skin texture, evens out skin tone, improves skin clarity, prevents breakouts, clears up blemishes”—I’ve had no issues with it thus far. ***From what I understand, all Aveeno products are hypoallergenic and oil-free, so people with sensitive skin would benefit from this company’s stuff.
Shiseido Pureness Matifying Moisturizer: I really like this moisturizer, Shiseido is a really solid skincare line. It’s a very light moisturizer that absorbs quickly, which I like a lot—I don’t like when my skin feels oily/greasy after moisturizing. Your skin feels very smooth and soft afterwards, the matte finish is super nice. It’s good for combination skin like mine, but I think its best target is sensitive to normal/combination skin. People with drier skin won’t benefit too much from a light product like this.
Other beauty/skincare products:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector: this product is supposed to be applied before moisturizer and is meant to correct dark spots on your face. I’m not exactly sure if I like this product, but I figure using it with the same skincare line doesn’t hurt. I apply the product to small areas of my face versus target dark spots.
Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover: A pretty good makeup remover, like I said, Shiseido is a really solid line.
Lancome Bi-Facil: A good makeup remover as well, both makeup removers mentioned need to be shaken up before they’re used because they have a secondary lipid agent that helps rub makeup off. Both leave your skin feeling a tad slicker but it dries up pretty fast. (which isn’t a huge deal because usually right after I wash my face anyways)
L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover: Decent makeup remover, it’s oil-free but I find that it removes makeup less efficiently than the other brands mentioned but is cheaper and can be found at drugstores.
Other information and tips:
read here for information about benzoyl peroxide vs. salicylic acid products
Aquaphor is better for you than Vaseline. Aquaphor unlike Vaseline, is a water based product and has significantly less petroleum than the latter. During the winter I had some seriously cracked skin on my heel and I bought some Aquaphor and it healed my feet within a few days. My roommate had really cracked lips during the winter while she was sick and used my Aquaphor as well to help alleviate the pain. It’s great for dry skin, dry/cracked lips, and even eyelashes and eyebrows to help condition them. I keep a handheld tube of it in my bag with me at all times just in case I need to moisturize my lips.
As I mentioned before, I go to The Face Shop to get facemasks. The facemasks tend to usually have a sale where you can buy a few at a time for a cheaper price, so it’s definitely worth buying in bulk. The Face Shop is a Korean beauty shop that sells pretty affordable body/skincare/beauty products targeted to Asian women (which is great for me and people who have skin like me!). If you don’t have a Face Shop near you, they’re an international company and sell stuff online. If you become a member of a local Face Shop near you, you also get free samples with your purchases—I’ve gotten some really nice de-puffing eye-cream, sample sized toner and moisturizer, and skin serums for free.
As a rule, don’t pick your zits, but if you do make sure your hands are clean and your face is clean afterwards.
Anyone with bangs or hair that is cropped close to the face, be wary that your hair can cause breakouts on your forehead or around the sides of your face.
If you get your lips or eyebrows waxed, make sure that you take good care of your face afterwards. I break out very easily after I get waxed and usually wash my face right after I get it done. The oil used to remove the wax from your face (usually baby oil) is really bad for your skin. If you have sensitive skin, ask for sensitive wax and make sure they use aloe vera or witch hazel for your skin afterwards.
I’ve been taking biotin pills every day for almost a year, they help promote healthy skin/hair/nails. You can get them pretty cheap at a local drugstore for like 70-100 pills. My nails and hair have been growing healthier and stronger and faster as a result. My skin has been clearer as well.
I’m not a beauty guru or anything, but a lot of people have been asking for skincare tips lately. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask and I hoped this helped!

My skin has been generally been very clear the past few months, so I decided to make a guide for taking care of your skin and showing my personal skincare routine along with some information to help others take better care of their skin.

I’m going to go over the main components of what affects skin:

Type of skin


Skincare routine

Stress and health


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