After almost a year of regular visits to a skin clinic for facial treatments, I feel confident enough to share some of the skin care advice I’ve picked up along the way on how to keep skin looking great. Here’s some of the advice that I personally apply on myself:
- Get a facial treatment once a month. Get that extraction facial! It’s beneficial because it deep cleans pores, which keeps skin clear and smooth out bumps.
- A deep exfoliator should be used at least 2-3 times per week. It’s a must! You won’t see much of a difference in the effectiveness of your skincare products if you don’t exfoliate your skin.
- Apply sunscreen consistently. When you’re not protected with sunscreen, even limited exposure to the sun’s radiation can cause damage to your skin.
- Retinol should be your best friend when it comes to skincare. Retinol encourages your body to produce more collagen, leading to better-looking skin. Never skip retinol if you care about maintaining youthful skin as you age.
- Massage your face. This speeds up the removal of toxins from your system and brings more oxygen and nutrients to your skin. It also improved blood flow and rejuvenated your skin for a glowing complexion. Follow this IG account for more tips: Karina_Na_More
- The most important basics for skin care are cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen, but here’s the complete list :
- Use the same facial care routine on your neck as you do on your face.
- To get rid of under-eye bags when you wake up, freeze 2 spoons overnight or at least for half an hour, and then put them under your eyes. It can help reduce puffiness because the cool temperature constricts blood vessels.
- You can use a face mask once a week or up to three times a week.
- Don’t be a cheapskate when it comes to skincare products. The older you get, the more money you need to spend to maintain your skin. Start using the quality ones in your 20s.
- Moisturizers work best when the skin is hydrated. Put lotion on your body while the skin is still somewhat damp.
- Use eye cream or gel before you go to sleep.
- Wash your face twice a day with lukewarm water. In the morning and before you sleep. Washing when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog, smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.
- My aesthetic doctor told me to use Fucidin Antibiotic Ointment whenever I get acne. You do the same! You can get it at the pharmacy.
Retinol and sunscreen are two things that I wish I had started using when I was in my 20s. Unfortunately, I haven’t. I started using it in my 30s. So, if you are still in your 20s, it is not too late to avoid making the same mistakes. Get started using these two right now! When you reach the age of 30, you will be glad that you did it.
I know that not everyone is blessed with good skin. Whatever your skin condition is, I genuinely understand how you feel. I’ve had both good and bad skin conditions. When I had a severe acne breakout, it really impacted my self-esteem. I never gave up trying to find find a way to fix my skin, and thankfully 2 years later I finally did.
It is very important to take care of your skin (yourself in general), and not be lazy about it. Don’t do it for other people—not for men, not for haters, not for friends—do it for yourself. You want to be that person who looks into the mirror and says, “Oh! look at you. how gorgeous!” Hey, listen, you don’t need to be perfect. We’re all different in ways that make us interesting to some people. As long as you are treating yourself well, there is no reason for you to believe that you are not good enough, beautiful enough, or whatever negative things you want to say about yourself. Don’t feed yourself with those thoughts. Focus on what you can control and let go of the rest. What I mean by that is; when you have acne, you can always find treatment, and if you have crooked teeth, you can straighten them with braces, but you can’t magically grow an extra set of legs if you are short, and if your face looks like “you,” it can’t magically transform into Kendall Jenner—that’s out of your control. Fully accept yourself; all of the positive and negative qualities as well as things you can improve. It can help you become completely aware of your flaws without becoming emotionally attached to them. This awareness of yourself can help improve your behavior and build better habits. ❤