If you haven't already heard about the Beauty Week that Sara from You.And.Me.Are.We. has going on, then you need to go check out some of the posts.
Here are all the links:
Monday: Make-Up from You.And.Me.Are.We.
Tuesday: Nails from Life as a Young Mom
Wednesday: DIY Beauty with I Couldn't Help But Wonder
My topic is skincare, something that I'm very passionate about!
First off, to have good skin, that means you need to take care of it.
Makes sense right?
In my Skin Secret post, I talk about these products quite a bit
but I wanted to hit on them again.
First, wash your face. I use cetaphil from the drugstore. It's about $5-$6 and the bottle lasts forever.
It's not harsh and it doesn't dry out your skin until it's like Death Valley.
Then, use a toner. A toner is great because it helps to even out skin tone and reduce inflammation and redness.
I use witch hazel toner. Again, it's about $5 and it's all natural.
It helps any skin irritation so I use it on razor burn too.
This is seriously a holy grail product right here.
You don't want to have wrinkles before your old enough to be a grandma do you?
No. You don't.
I do have to admit though, that this is somewhere I fall short of often but I'm trying to be better about it.
They say to wash your face twice a day,
but I usually only do it once unless I use make up
which is my next thing...
We all love to look our bests and a lot of us will use a ton of makeup products trying to hide the imperfections.
If you have bad skin....
step away from the makeup brush.
Just drop it and listen.
Do not cake makeup on your face.
It clogs your pores, which causes more breakouts causing you to use more makeup
which is just a vicious cycle of clogged pores.
I honestly will use blush and powder on my face daily. The foundation and other stuff only comes out when I'm going somewhere nice.
So you've done all that
Now what if you still break out.
You can use a spot treatment and dry it out (which I will do sometimes).
Honestly, the witch hazel helps heal breakouts so I rarely ever use a spot treatment anymore.
For real, I usually see a pimple dried up and healing in about two days when I use witch hazel on it.
I also look at the source, using this handy tool.
Basically, different areas of your face mean different things, usually related to nutrition.
I'm not going to outline each area because the blog post that the picture is from does a great job of that
but I will highlight my problem areas and problem areas of others I know
If you break out on your forehead (zone 1 & 3) it means that you don't have good elimination patterns. That means your waste builds up in your body. Drink more water.
Your chin (zones 11, 12, and 13) are related to hormones and also food allergies. So check to see where you are in your menstrual cycle and if that doesn't seem to be the culprit then be on the look out for food reactions.
Zone 14 (your neck) is related to stress. This is a major problem area for me. It can also mean that your body is trying to fight off an illness so give yourself a break.
Now that you know where it comes from, you can be more prepared to fight off breakouts. Here are my top tips for treating a breakout when you see it coming on.
First, take some ibuprofen. This will reduce redness and swelling, causing it to look smaller.
Next, drink more water. I can't tell you how many times that I've been on a soda fast and drinking only water that my face cleared up super fast.
Third, do your daily routine and give it a boost with a spot treatment.
If you have somewhere you need to be and a pimple popped up, go ahead and put some concealer on it but keep it as clean as possible until it's healed!
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