Despite my complete obsession with all things skincare, sometime my acne just won't budge. Like everything else in life, my skin has its really good days, and its really bad days. Today, I thought I'd share a few of my skincare tips that I've collected over the years.
Cleanse, cleanse, and then, cleanse again! I can not stress this enough. Triple cleansing you face at the end of the day makes all the difference. This is something I used to do religiously last year, but then after a while started slacking off which made my skin very unhappy. Thankfully I picked this habit back up again, and in just two weeks I can already see a difference in my complexion. I suggest using an oil based cleanser to start, then a water based cleanser, and finally your regular face wash. I use Caudalie's oil cleanser, Ponds Cold Cream as a water based cleanser, and then I'm currently switching between a prescription face wash, and St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Face Scrub.
Toner. I didn’t start using toner up until a few months ago when my friend Jessica swore that it improved her skin. And FYI, Jessica has the most beautiful skin, so whatever she says I trust. Toner is the first thing I put on my face after I cleanse, as it balances the pH of the skin, and in my case, significantly reduces redness and the size of my pores. I love Thayers Witch Hazel Toner, it's rosy and smells amazing .
Drink water and avoid sugar. It’s true, water is the cure all remedy for basically everything in life. Keeping yourself hydrated is a key way to cleanse from the inside out! On the contrary, eating processed sugar will increase skin problems, not to mention it just makes you feel icky (not to say I don’t indulge in my favorite treats now and then).
Sunscreen. One of the best things you can do for you skin is apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen not only helps protect your skin and reduce the signs of aging, but will help prevent acne scarring.
I hope you find these tips useful if you're struggling with acne, or if you just want to get into some healthy skin habits.