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Thursday, June 8, 2017

5 Simple Steps for growing your Skin Care routine in your Twenties


You know way back in secondary school (high school for our international readers) when you were going through puberty and your whole body changed? I remember lots of people I know having struggles with Acne, always trying different products to control some crazy breakouts. I remember thinking I was pretty lucky to not have that stress. But more recently, I've concluded that I might have  just been a late bloomer. Or maybe it's just the stress of getting older. Either way, in your twenties it's important to build a skincare regime that is able to control acne, keep your skin moist and well protected.




Cleanse!

Dependent on your skin type, the kind of cleanser you use will vary. Maybe you use a cream cleanser although you have oily skin, or an exfoliating cleanser while you have dry skin, and that's perfectly ok once you remember not to over-cleanse. If it feels too squeaky clean or dry after you have washed your face, then you are probably using the wrong cleanser for you. Remember the skin produces its own oils to protect it and we shouldn't strip it completely away with washing.
On a similar note, remember less is more. There is no need to wash your face 4 or 5 times a day, especially multiple washes each time. Again you are stripping away all the oils that keep your skin looking supple.

My favourite cleanser of the moment is the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Grapefruit cleanser. It has 2% salicylic acid to battle any acne and does not strip my normal-type skin. I also enjoy using a micellar water to cleanse off my makeup or just for everyday cleansing, because it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry and is super easy to use. If your skin is sensitive you can try out micellar water (blog post coming on my comparisons) or the multipurpose Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, which is especially good for dry skin. 😍😍



Exfoliate!

While I used to be an advocate for physical exfoliators like St.Ives Apricot scrub and other cleansers containing microbeads, I've found they have been less and less effective for my skin. Sometimes it appears as though I am breaking out more while using them. I've moved to using gentle chemical exfoliants such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid which gently remove dead skin cells. I use the Ren Skincare Glycol-Lactic renewal mask to brighten my skin when it's looking really dull, but on a daily basis, my Neutrogena cleanser, pairing it with a silicone face brush.
Again like with cleansing, don't over-exfoliate, it'll make your skin care routine more troublesome.

Ren Radiance Renewal Mask - Glycolactic Mask

Tone!

Lot's of people seem to omit this step, but since I started updating my skincare and including this, I must say, my skin feels a lot smoother and supple. After trying a sample of the SebaMed Gentle toner, I had to buy the full size. It contains witch hazel, hyaluronic acid and silk proteins and is said to have a pH of 5.5. I love how it replenishes my skin after I've cleansed. Now, this step is not always necessary, but it is definitely something you could try.

SebaMed Visio Gentle Toner, Bioderma Atopic Intensive Baume

Moisturise!

I have a long time struggle with moisturisers and sunscreen. This is an essential step, regardless of your skin type. There's this misconception that persons with oily skin should not use moisturiser, but it's quite the opposite. For me, although my skin type is normal I have the hardest time finding a moisturiser that doesn't clog my pores in this Barbados heat. So far I've really enjoyed gel-cream moisturisers, but the best ones are usually quite expensive. I've also enjoyed using the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre (milk cream concentrate), Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, and currently, the Bioderma Intensive Baume which is actually for atopic skin  I'm yet to see how the Bioderma performs when it gets even warmer.


I also have been looking into eye creams, but those are hella expensive. However, this is understandable because the eyes are a very delicate area, and there has been extensive research into the technologies used in eye creams. Really it can be quite difficult to choose an eye cream dependent on the price and the concerns you want to address. I recently came across a list of the best eye creams and look forward to trying a few when I travel, as many of these aren't available on island, but for the mean time, I use coconut oil (the oil of wonders) and that seems to be working to keep the wrinkles and dryness at bay.

Sun protection!

Although I know this step is important in preventing skin cancer, sun spots, darkening of spots and premature ageing, it's my most disliked step. Why? Because I'm yet to find a face sunscreen that doesn't make me feel like an oil-slick. What I have been doing is wearing foundation with SPF in hopes that it would protect my skin, but I still continue the hunt for the perfect sunscreen. If you have a fave that works even when it's hot hot hot, please share it!

What other skin care products or steps do you think are crucial in your skin care routine?

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