Perfect, flawless skin...
it's what companies aim to sell you. The idea that this can actually be a thing and your skin will always be exactly the same, no blemishes, no marks. The skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar insdustry. Basically we are paying to try to look the way they are telling us to look.
Skin is your first line of defense when it comes to your body. It's our largest organ, shedding cells daily to keep it healthy. A lot of things can harm our skin; sun, pollution, free radicals, physical harm and more.
But did you know that a lot of the things we are doing to our skin is also harming it? Things we were taught that help.
Below is a list of things that hurts your skin more than it helps and why.
Exfoliation is great for skin! Especially for dry skin that can have build up of dead skin cells. Exfoliation can help cell turn over rate, which means new, fresh skin.
Physical scrubs are often what a person turns to for this but is it the best choice? Some physical exfoliators are better than others but let me drop this now, none are ideal.
Soft scrubs still cause unnecessary drag and friction on your skin. Harsh things like baking soda, do not just cause unnecessary damage but the PH of baking soda isn't even near the PH of our skin. That can create a lot of problems with the natural flora that helps balance our skin.
These scrubs can also cause micro-tears all along the skin, wounds that will be open to bacteria.
Just skip the scrubs and go with a chemical exfoliate. You can even make your own from Vitamin C powder, citric acid and more (comment below if you would like a recipe). Chemical peels don't have to be expensive, toxic facials. Everything is made of chemicals. We are a big ball of chemicals. These naturally occurring chemicals I am talking about cause the 'glue' that's holding dead skin on to release easier. Removing dead skin can mean unclogging pores, helping fade scars and discoloration and even help minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
Chemical peels are the safest, more gentle way to revitalize your skin. Especially for acne prone or sensitive skin, you do not want to scrub your face with anything.
*Check with YOUR dermatologist before introducing ANY new product. My blog is for inspiration and suggestions, not to be confused with advice. Always seek medical advice first and allergy test throughly.
Simply not cleaning enough or too much
Why would cleaning too much be bad? Do I have to wash my face in the morning, all I did was sleep? I only oil cleanse, what else would I need?
Cleansing is the base of all your skin care. It doesn't matter what you put on your skin if your skin has a film of junk. A good cleansing routine can drastically change most skin types. It's recommended to cleanse morning and night. Why? Even though you are just sleeping, your skin is still exposed to bacteria and pollution. For 6-8 hours your skin is filmy with it. Yuck! I don't know about you, but when I wake up, I have to clean my skin. I just feels gross.
Oil cleansing is great, depending on the oils used. If you use a foaming, water soluble cleanser afterwards, most people can get away with a high comedogenic oil to cleanse with. Like coconut oil, avocado oil or castor oil. I love avocado oil (my nourishing, deep moisturizing oil), grapeseed oil (helps lipid barrier and high antioxidant) and castor oil (drying but high cleaning oil) in the winter. In the summer, I just use hemp seed oil to wash with. As your skin adjusts to changes in temperature and moisture content in the atmosphere, it's best to change your skin care to suit your new needs.
Always wash off with soap. Some type of foaming, water soluble cleanser. Oils that clog skin, like coconut oil and avocado oil, must be washed off with soap. Removing the clogging oils with the oils on your skin. Some oils, like hemp seed, are 0 out of 5 on the comedogenic scale. Does that mean you can just wipe off with water? Hell no. Imagine this, you have glue on your face all night. Dust, dander, fart air, tiny microscopic buggies and sebum secretions are all over that glue. You slap some oil on, massage it around don't wash it. That oil may be amazing for your skin but it's also tainted with all that yuck! Wash it off! Idc how good that oil is for your skin, it's tainted now. Wash that off.
Now is a great time to massage your skin as well. Massaging skin isn't necessary but I never realized how stressed my facial muscles were until I started messaging every day and night. Helps get fluids and swelling moving. I use a different stone sphere depending on my skin needs but rose quartz is generally a great pick. You can use your hands or I have friends that used spoons until they got their sphere in.
Choose a soap bar that is kin with the PH of your skin. Disrupting your skins PH is never a good idea, even for cleansing. Avoid harsh detergents! That's actually pretty hard to find but you can. Again, always check the PH of the cleanser!
Over cleansing not only removes all the hard work you just did on you skin care but unnecessarily aggregates skin and drys it out. Stick to twice a day.
Not using toner or using the wrong ones.
I get it. Y'all are busy humans. We don't have to for things we don't think are important. Well, if how your skin looks and feels is something you care about, it will only reflect what you do to take care of it. My whole skin care regime takes 10 minutes a night. I love it. I use it as my 'me time' and really pamper my skin that covered my inside-yuck all day. No bone and muscle showing today! Thanks skin! 👍🏼
There are two types of toners: cleansing toners and moisturizing ones. If you have to pick one, go with moisture. Hopefully if you read the last section, you can throughly cleanse your skin before.
Moisturizing toners do not have alcohol! That means no ACV (apple cider vinegar) or anything else with alcohol. ACV is amazing for skin, don't get me wrong but it does have alcohol. It would be considered a cleansing toner. Moisturizing toners are like hydrosols, rose water, etc. Acne prone skin types will want to avoid anything with a lot of glycerin.
The 7-skin method is the use of a moisturizing toner seven times in a row. Yup, seven. Patting each toner in (remember, rubbing is harsh and bad) until it absorbs. Then doing that seven times. The idea is a fully moisturized face absorbs more of the rest of your skin care. Sometimes I do this, sometimes I stop at two or three, if my skin feels moist enough. Trial and error for your skin needs.
The right toner can make or break your routine. If you use a cleansing toner (I have used two in one routine) follow up with moisturizing toner.
Not using oils after cleansing
Oh she's back to this huh?
Yup. That's right. I am. High quality oils are amazing for skin! They can take the place of serums, which often have not so great ingredients. No idea the logic there.
If I made you scared of oils in the oil cleansing section, good. You should be aware of what oil and when it's used on your skin, not just slapping things on because some blog said so
. Do not use high comedogenic oils as a serum step. Just don't. You will regret it. Pick an actual high quality oil like hemp, pomegranate or rose hip. These should be slightly tinted in color and lightly, naturally scented by the seed they originate. Hemp stinks (to some... others my love it. You know who you are) but it's one of my favorite finishing oils. Your finish oil should be 0-1 on a comedogenic scale. Stick to zero if your skin is very acne prone.
You do not need much, in fact too much would be bad. Just a few drops tapped all over the face is all you need.
Again. Always check with your doctor and allergy test! These are JUST TIPS. Not medical advice. I have not had the best results with plain pomegranate seed oil, I am VERY sad about that. When mixed with rosehip and hemp, my skin is fine. Sometimes trial and error is necessary to find what your skin wants.
Not Moisturizing skin
Finishing oils are amazing but generally you want to seal in that moisture with a good cream.
Picking a good cream is hard. You don't want a ton of parabens. You can't have pore clogging ingredients. You deserve quality product that will help not harm your skin.
Look for or make a cream with shea butter. Shea is a 0 on the comedogenic scale. Any butter with a 0-1 rating would be a good moisturizer. Again, if severe acne, go with 0.
Not wearing sunscreen!
If you made it all the way down to the end and don't want to wear sunscreen, you have wasted your time reading any of this. Sunscreen is crucial to having great skin. All skin types and tones need sunscreen. No questions, no doubts, no ifs-ands-or-buts. Even on cloudy days! WEAR SUNSCREEN.
Chemical sunscreens aren't the ideal choice for me. They absorb rather than reflect sun rays. This isn't ideal for preventing sun spots or freckles. I am a VERY freckle prone girl. Plus some of the sunscreen ingredients of chemical sun screens are scary when you heard about them from some folks.
I stick with a non-nano zinc oxide for me and my family. It's safe and even helps calm existing acne.
I make my own sunscreen so if you would like recipe, let me know!
There ya go. Don't do bad things to your skin!
I will have a blog featuring my skin care routine and seperate blogs featuring each step in detail for you, so keep your eyes open!
My skin has never looked better! I love the peace that my skin care brings. I try to make it a very zen atmosphere so I associate it with calm and relaxation. It's how I start off with a great day and end with a great night.
Love your skin that covers your insides,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants