I am sure that everyone can relate to experiencing an awkward phase in life with his or her skin. Whether the stage was short-lived or a recurring issue, a breakout of any kind was seen as detrimental. If things were really bad, then all measures were taken and resources were exhausted on home remedies and the latest skincare products. Thankfully, over time this has become a faint memory of the past and everyone’s good earned money can go towards more pressing necessities of life.
Yet, despite getting older, it is essential that the same urgency from years ago be applied today. Amongst work, school, exercising, leisure activities and every thing in between, our skin takes a beating from the external environment around us. From traveling between a rural and city areas, I have noticed a change not only in my skin, but my regular routine as well. Because of this, I decided to take the initiative to start a new facial skin care routine once I get back to school in the fall. Of course, I had to share it with you all, so check out my Skin Care Guide: Keep that Melanin Poppin'!
1. Avoid bar soap when possible
It can leave skin feeling tight and looking dry. Try replacing it with a gentle, water-soluble product. Depending on your skin type, there are options for the consistency of soap. My replacement product for the bar of soap is Ivory’s Original Body Wash for under $5.
2. Find appropriate products for your skin type
Cleanser: Oily skin – “soapy” | Dry skin – “creamy, moisturizing” |
Sensitive skin – “foamy” cleanser
Moisturizing: Oily - Combination skin – gel or serums | Dry skin – creams and lotions
3. Wear sunscreen daily
This will help with two things – fighting aging and protecting from uneven skin tone.
My family and I use the Banana Boat brand with SPF 30, which can be found at stores such as Walgreen’s for under $5.
4. Exfoliate once a week
This step will bring that youthful glow back to your face by shedding the top layer! Because I have sensitive skin, I use Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser, which is priced around $12 at Wal-Mart. If you prefer a cheaper option, there are cleansing towels by brands such as Burt’s Bees that are priced under $8.
The recommended intake of water is eight 8-ounce glasses, which is equivalent to about half a gallon. It may be a challenging task, but try to set goals for yourself throughout the day as motivation! Before you know it, this habit will reflect in clear, radiant skin!
Remember to always be gentle with your skin! Also, pay close attention to your routine so that you are able to identify and adjust if necessary. Feel free to comment your skin care routine below with any tips or product suggestions!