Receiving compliments on my skin is one thing that I’ve always been fortunate enough to be receiving for as long as I can remember. From when I was just 10 years old, through puberty to now, when I’m at the ripe old age of 23, that’s been one part of myself that others have always made a point of complimenting.
I remember that, just after starting highschool, I was getting pretty worried that that would become a thing of the past. I ‘invested’ in some Cetaphil, some cleansers by Neutrogena, etc..
I heard many of my friends discussing their use of Pro-activ and such, and just couldn’t get my mind around it. How some would spend so much money on using ‘miracle creams’ (was it a cream? Not even sure) while when I’d try the same, though on the cheaper side, I’d get pretty bad reactions or have my face feel dry as a mask before I lathered on some moisturizer to counteract those effects.
It was also pretty early on when I realized that good skin was a combination of genetics, as well as how you treated it.
Are you slathering on the sunscreen before going out in the summer?
Hopefully. We’ve all seen those before and after comparisons of just how damaging regular exposure to UV rays can be, in addition to the inevitable breakouts that’ll follow when you’re in your younger years.
Another thing that I've done for as long as I can remember on the recommendations of my mother which I'm sure helps, or at least in no way hurts, was to moisturize my skin, from bottom to top, on a daily basis. To this day, when I go to my boyfriend's place and shower, you can guarantee you'll see me applying some Aveeno (as I don't bring over my Neutrogena nightly face-cream).
An addition thing which I do and I’m sure is part of why I’ve had relatively clear skin for as long as I can remember, is drinking a lot of water. A lot of water as in a water bottle is right up there with my cellphone and keys, things that I don’t leave the house without.
Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, wrinkles, and has pores that prominent. That may be because water almost literally ‘plumps up; the skin. Water may also fend off breakouts by decreasing the concentration of oil on your skin. In addition to these two benefits, a variety of structures in the skin that support collagen require water to work effectively.
When skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes. So don’t forget to keep up with your H20-intake!
In terms of diet, the less greasy/processed foods, the better. If you’re having fast food, or even just going to an Indian restaurant a couple of times a week, it should be no surprise that you may get some breakouts as a result. I mean..
We’re all aware that these foods are pretty rich in fat/cream, right? Unfortunately, all this oil will come out via your skin as well. Leading to some not so pretty breakouts, possible acne in some instances as well.
Rather than spending lots of money on random ‘miracle’ products, you should spend it on consulting a good dermatologist. Skin problems could be from one of several different causes; everyone's skin is different and what works for one person may not work for another.
Beauty and supply stores are going to be more concerned with you spending money at their store than fixing your problem, which the associates may not even be trained/educated enough to handle correctly.
naturally balance sebum secretion to keep it moist against the external environment. That would apply to wearing an entire face of foundation/bronzer, as well as the ‘cleansers’ after.
Taking a break from cosmetics from time to time do improve skin and its resilience, once you give it a chance to breathe and not be weighted down and clogged up by all these artificial oils and chemicals.
The use of cleansing products such as Cetaphil would be the main culprits, here. Yes, they may clear your skin of excess oil. But what do they replace that with?
A boatload of chemicals that are not only irritating for many, but also extremely dehydrating.
A big component of your skin maintaining a glowy-look is its natural oils. Being stripped of them constantly will not only leave your skin drier for short-periods of time, but will result in an over-production of oil. This will be the beginning of a vicious cycle-
You strip your skin of natural oils. → dries out → over-secretion of oils to compensate for what is lacking→break-outs.
Rinse & repeat.
Hence why it’s crucial to maintain your skin’s moisture barrier. Random breakouts (ironically enough, largely in the t-zone), spots, an uneven skin tone and skin that looks dull will become or remain, a thing of the past.
Glow for it.
Lastly, up your exercise!
The more you can do outside, the better, though gym sessions are great as well.
This one goes along with the whole idea of the fact that the better your skin can breathe and more oxygen/toxins it has removed, the better it’ll look as well as feel. This one goes along with the fact that, post-exam week, I not only feel but look semi-zombie like in terms of complexion. One bike-ride on a path by the water and I’m back to being as glowing as ever.
How does that work? Simple really. All your skin really wants is to get rid of toxins and get a good dosage of oxygen both from blood as well as just breathing it in externally. It’ll get from a nice bike ride or jog outside. If you’re not too into things like that, even a short, brisk walk regularly will suffice.