Sunday, February 10, 2013

Starting Up With Skincare | A Guide to Good Skin

If you've been reading my blog in the past month, you'll know that someone needs to hold the gun and make me commit to a skincare ban. On the other hand, why spend money on all this makeup, for you don't really need makeup if you have good skin.

Now, let me make something clear - I am NOT *repeat * NOT a skincare expert. I'm just an everyday girl, but I do like to research and I am able to form my own opinions. That being said, within the past month, I have noticed a dramatic difference in my skin (and my friends have too), but my skin is still transforming. Throughout the process, I've made a dent in cracking the code to my skin and I've had a few epiphanies along the way...and here I am to share them with you. (NOTE: get ready for a rambly one...)

Number one, being just an everyday girl, I pretty much fit right into the category of "ballin on a budget." I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on skincare. On the contrary, I cannot stress enough the importance of high quality skincare. Drugstore moisturizers, Clean & Clear acne products....most of it is all crap. They don't contain good ingredients - basically, I hate to break it to yah, but the are DESTROYING your skin! I used to use all drugstore products, but once I switched over to a higher quality cleanser (thank you, Origins), the change was so dramatic...just overnight! Imagine the difference your skin could make when you got rid of all those crap products and switched over to the good stuff...impecable.

Wallets aside, I also think it's really important to sample products before you buy them, so you don't waste your money. Places like Origins (I know) give out amazing samples. Even if I go in there to buy one thing, I leave with at least five samples. Over the weekend, on my window shopping trip (P.S. I passed), the lady at Origins was so nice and PRAISED us with samples "for taking care of our skin so early." My point exactly - sample, sample, sample!

Similarly, it is so easy to get lost in the skincare/beauty world - raves all over the place. What may work for someones skin may not work for yours, and visa versa. Along with sampling, I am sure to look up tons and tons of reviews before I buy something - people with dry skin, people with sensitive skin...before you know it, I've pulled an all nighter!

Now that you've sampled, looked up reviews, it's time to buy. I like to follow the general routine - remove makeup, cleanse, tone, serum, and moisturize. Removing your makeup is such an important step. Makeup is meant to last a really long time on your skin, and, more likely than not, one cleanse isn't going to cut it. You can double cleanse (which is not a bad thing if you're using a really good quality cleanser), or remove your makeup...or both! Also, a lot of my friends just will use makeup cleansing wipes to "cleanse" *cringes*. NO NO NO!!! Lord, help this girl! Toner is really important to prep the skin for the rest of your routine and to make sure all the "gunk" is gone. Serum, my favorite, really adds that extra booste to the skin for a specific problem: acne, dark spots, fine lines, etc. Last, moisturizing is really important - even if you have oily skin. Part of the reason your skin gets oily is because it has to find a way to moistrize itself! Amen!

Along with having all the works, I think it's really important to have a "working skincare wardrobe." No ones skin is the same all. the. time. Sometimes mine, for instance, is a bit more dry, more oily, a bit spotty, dehydrated...you get the gist. 

For the last paragraph, I'm going to make it short and sweet (congrats if you've made it this long) - 

The skincare goddess! She has served as an invaluble source in my skincare makeover. It is mandatory for you to check out her blog for a skincare over haul. She knows her shit (whoops - but really). She knows skin, even better than the dermatologist I was going to did (huhumm).

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post! I will definitely be doing a skincare update soon - once I've really cracked the code. If you have any questions about skin, my routine, ANYTHING...just leave a comment or (as always), you can shoot me an email.

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