Listen to YOUR Skin

moisturize

When it comes to cosmetics, using one product is never enough. Wearing makeup consists of applying a moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, primer, eye cream, BB cream, foundation, concealer, powder, highlighter, blush, bronzer, setting spray and whatever else you’d like to put on your face. I understand that beauty is expensive, but damaging your skin is a price way too high to pay. Every beautiful painting begins with a clear canvas. Concealing your flaws with more makeup will not improve the condition of your skin. It will hide imperfections temporarily, but the damage can only worsen. You are adding chemicals that clogs pores. Moisturizing is something most experts recommend you do on a daily basis. I beg to differ. While conditioning my body is something I do every day, I don’t always moisturize my face. What many people get wrong is ignoring the signs. You need to LISTEN to YOUR SKIN.

How can one get flawless skin? I will state the obvious: Get a good night’s sleep, try to stay stress-free, eat healthy, drink water/hydrate yourself, don’t smoke, do drugs, or drink excessively. You must wash your face at least twice a day with a good cleanser (in the morning and before going to bed). I will also add that you pay careful attention to how your skin reacts to beauty products. For instance, I have combination skin (which means that it is dry/normal in some areas and oily on my T-zone: forehead, nose, and chin). During the summertime my face feels more oily, whereas, in the winter I get extremely dry patches. When moisturizing I have to use products with salicylic acid on my T-zone to control the oil, and use a heavy cream to cover all the other dry areas. Nonetheless, in those hot summer days, I may moisturize only twice a week, but will use an anti-aging cream more frequently under the eyes. I also avoid wearing too much makeup if any. I may apply sunscreen and a bit of concealer with a hint of blush.

I noticed that when I moisturized daily, or switched beauty products my skin would respond negatively. I took notice of those products that work and ones that did not. If my face feels oily, I use a cleaning scrub. And if my face feels dry, I use a mild facial soap since it is less harsh and more soothing leaving my face feeling soft and normal. This is how I keep my skin clear (I hardly breakout). I learned to listen. Over moisturizing is the equivalent to overeating, even when you’re not hungry. When you’re starving your body will let you know and you feed it. Now, we need to listen to our skin and know when it is thirsty or it needs a break. This is very important. You’re going to live in that skin for the rest of your life. Learn to love and take good care of it. Analyze your beauty and lifestyle habits and listen to what your skin is telling you. And last, but not least, do invest in a good dermatologist who can further guide you on perfecting the condition of your skin.

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