Skin care has always been important to me. I remember being a little kid and making my younger cousins sit still for my “facials” or trying to heal their sun burnt skin with milk baths, creams, and frozen aloe filled sponges. I even remember staying home “sick” from elementary school a few times (sorry mom) to have a DIY spa day. As I got older I incorporated more lotions, potions, and DIY treatments into my skin care routine. Even to this day I still give my little cousin and her friends tips and tricks to handle their constantly changing skin.
My love for skin care really took off when I was 14. I enrolled in a summer camp at my local tech school where for 3 weeks I learned all about skin and hair. I learned the proper way to give a facial and what not to put on your skin. I continued to do this camp every summer for a few years. Each year I learned something new and my love for glowing skin continued.
When I was a 18 my skin freaked out due to a sugar allergy I had developed. Genetically I wasn’t supposed to have more than a few blemishes pop up every once in a while. I didn’t even get my first zit until I was a senior in high school. Once my skin broke out I became determined to “fix” it any way I could. Not knowing where to start, I tried everything I could get my hands on. I only made my skin more irritated. After 2 years of dry, sensitive, broken out skin I finally managed to fix my problem. After a few more years of random blemishes popping up I finally figured out what works for my skin. I’m happy to say that my skin is clear and under control. Today I’m sharing my top ten tips I wish I knew when I was a teen.
MY TOP 10 TIPS:
- DRINK WATER – This is probably the most important tip I can give. Hydrated skin is happy skin. Drink plenty of water. Nothing dehydrates your skin more than coffee and soda, make sure to cut back. I love to fill a large water bottle with ice, water, and a fresh squeezed lemon. I drink this mixture before bed and I wake up with hydrated glowing skin.
- EAT YOUR FRUITS & VEGGIES – I know. I know. Pizza is better 🍕. But the key to great skin is what you put IN your body. Up your intake of FRESH fruits and veggies. Putting kale on top of your pizza instead of cheese is just as good and it’s a little better for you too. Your skin will thank you.
- GREEN TEA IS KEY – I recently got in to drinking a cup of green tea a day. Now that summer is here it’s been hard to have a hot cup of tea every afternoon. I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin when I drink green teas as opposed to when I don’t drink it. Bonus: You can trade your cup of coffee for a cup of green tea. It has all the same benefits but it’s better for your skin.
- DRY BRUSH – I started dry brushing when I was 15. I first discovered it from a friend who is also into skin care. Basically you brush your body with a soft bristle brush in strokes towards your heart. Dry brushing unclogs pores and exfoliates. It also releases toxins that are trapped in your skin.
- MOISTURIZE – I wish I had known to apply lotion day and night on both my body and face. This is something that is still really hard for me to do but when I do it, I notice a difference in my skin.
- DOUBLE CLEANSE – If you wear make up be sure to use a good cleansing balm to get all the make up off then use a gentle face cleanser to clean your skin. Make up wipes are great if you’re in a pinch but try not to use them on a regular basis they can really do damage to your pores.
- SPLURGING ISN’T NECESSARY – Paying 40$ for a face cleanser or moisturizer that has the same ingredients as the one in the drugstore is ridiculous. I recently found this CLEANSER from Walmart and it does all the same things (if not more) than the expensive cleansers from sephora.
- USE A PORE STRIP – I LOVE biore pore strips. I’ve been using them for years. It’s so important to keep your nose and chin clear from the pollutions of everyday life. Tip: don’t rip it off like I did the first time I used one (I was a kid and saw it happen on the princess diaries) read the directions and pull slowly.
- DETOX BATH – You’re never too old for a bath. I love to take a hot bath once a week filled with epsom salts, coconut oil, bubbles, and a bath bomb. Not only is it a good way to decompress but it’s really good to pull the toxins from your body.
- FACE MASK ONCE ONCE A WEEK – There are so many face masks to try, wether it’s store bought or DIY. I like to use a light hydrating mask once a week and a heavy duty clay mask once a month to really pull the toxins and clean my pores.
There are so many tips that I could write a whole other blog post about it. I’m going to share three more bonus tips that have really made a difference for me.
- SWEAT IT OFF – Regular exercise reduces stress helping to keep acne at bay. It also increases blood circulation and sends more oxygen to your cells. Just remember to clean your skin immediately after working out so your sweat doesn’t clog your pores and don’t wear make up. It just makes it worse.
- SLEEP – I wish I had known how important sleep is for your skin. I notice SUCH a difference when I get a full nights rest. My sister and I were recently talking about our skin and she told me that when you get breakouts on your forehead it’s from lack of sleep. 🙌🏼 Now whenever I see a blemish starting I make sure to rest up. Sure enough it’s cleared by the next day.
- SUNSCREEN – I recently talked about the importance of sunscreen. Make sure to apply a moisturizer to your face with an spf of 30 or more. As for your body try finding a sunscreen that dries fast and isn’t greasy. I like to use THIS ONE.
These are some tips I wish I had know early on, they’ve really helped. Obviously i’m not a professional. These are tips that have worked for me and my skin. If you have any concerns about your skin definitely seek a professionals help. When in doubt love your skin no matter what.
There’s so much I want to share but this post just isn’t big enough. I’m happy to introduce this new segment on my blog “Beauty Talk”. You can expect to see more skin and hair related posts. If there’s a specific question or post you want to see feel free to send me an email. I’d love to hear your thoughts.