Ok honestly, can anybody tell me what it means to have “good skin”?
I think about that sometimes. Is it smooth skin? Clear skin? Light skin? All of the above? I guess it depends on what you value most right?
I think I have good skin.
I value healthy skin, and I suppose that’s good.
I’ve always been very overprotective about my skin (e.g. I don’t let people touch my face, i wear hats and sunscreen). Luckily, it’s never been too bad, just the occasional blemish here and there. I owe it to the genes… and to my personally devised skincare routine.
I don’t mean to brag (but also yes i do) but I get a lot of compliments and comments on my skin. These comments are always delivered with the fascinating mix of frustration and wonder, and it makes me feel good and sometimes uncomfortable.
But whenever I get one of these compliments, here’s what I always let them know:
- My complexion is something that I work on. It’s not magic or an overnight quick fix.
- I don’t always have clear skin.
Contrary to popular belief, I am human. I have bad skin days too. I just make sure that the good days outnumber the bad.
So here are my tips on how to keep your skin clear and healthy:
(please note that I’m not a skincare professional, and these are just some personal philosophies)
1. Drink loads of water.
Drinking water is SO underrated. Staying hydrated throughout the day does wonders for your skin; it keeps it from going dry and it can clear up your pores.
I make sure to drink at least one glass every hour. (I bring around a thermos that I can refill)
Yes it will make you pee 12 times an hour but it’s so worth it.
2. Pay attention to ingredients.
Be wary of the face products you buy. Never buy based on trend or brand, always check the ingredients at the back.
As a general rule, if a product has too many ingredients that I can’t pronounce, it’s not going on my face. I look for lots of natural ingredients based on what my skin needs.
Navigating through the world of face products can be overwhelming, there are so many “breakthrough” ingredients that brands try to convince you that you need.
Here’s a little cheat sheet that I follow:
Charcoal: Good for oily skin, and unclogging pores. This can come in many forms: soaps, cleansers, scrubs, and masks.
I use the Dark Angels Cleanser from LUSH once a week.
Soap Free Cleansers: NEVER USE REGULAR SOAP ON YOUR FACE. Soap can dry out your skin really badly, leaving it flaky and tight.
I highly highly recommend Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
Salisylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil : For acne prone skin, look for cleaners with Salisylic Acid or Tea Tree Oil. These are really good for drying out and eliminating zits and blemishes.
SPF: Never leave the house without SPF. Never. Period. Done.
I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 70. It’s light and won’t leave your skin feeling filmy and sticky.
**A more detailed skincare routine will be up soon!
3. Keep it simple.
Don’t overload your skin with silly 12-step routines, I personally don’t believe in those things. Most of the time, less is more. Your skin needs to breathe and space to absorb each product. It can’t do that when you start piling on product after product after product.
Never forget: quality over quantity.
4. What you put into your body matters.
If you eat a lot of shit, your skin will look like shit.
Try to stay away from over-oily food and foods that make you feel sluggish afterwards. Balance out your diet with raw fruits, vibrant vegetables, and whole foods. If you do this while constantly hydrating, you’ll see a world of difference.
5. Consistency is key.
Honestly, none of the above matters if you’re not consistent with it. Stay on track and soon it will become habitual.
I love my skin, no matter what. It’s far from perfect: I have dark circles sometimes, redness, and unevenness but I can go out with no makeup and still slay the world. No matter what kind of skin you have, whether its perfect or far from it, it’s uniquely yours; every bump, scar, scratch, patch, and spot. Don’t be afraid to own that.
Love your skin and it will love you back.
here’s a bonus photo of me taken at 8 am with zero makeup.
!! photos are from the brands’ respective sites, and featured photo is from pinterest!!