1. What you put in your face is what shows on your face
It’s important to be mindful of what you put inside your body and what you put on your skin. For example, you should be avoiding chemicals like parabens and phthalates when it comes to skincare products because they can have negative effects on your skin. But alongside this, you need to be mindful of what you put into your mouth.Although this might seem contradictory, if you eat any food that comes from grains (like pasta, cereal, or bread), you might want to be mindful of what you put into your body because it can affect the way you feel afterward. When it comes to oral health, it’s important to proactively check if there are any preservatives that might be on your foods that can cause negative effects. Another thing to consider is what you put on your skin. If you used to use lotions or gels containing natural oils, you may want to reconsider all the ingredients that are contained in them because they can come with their own set of issues.
2. Find the best oil for your skin, and make sure it doesn’t clog pores
What are the best oils for your skin?
If you’re not sure, you should start with a good base oil because they tend to be more stable and less likely to clog pores.
There are many bases on which to choose, of course! But for simplicity and thoroughness, here are the top types:
Rice Bran Oil: This is my fav. base oil. It’s pushed through a fine strainer before going through a series of oil evaporation steps to increase its volatility and improve the rate at which it absorbs into the skin.
Safflower Oil: This is also a great base oil. But it has two distinct advantages. It’s supposed to be oily, and it has high amounts of linoleic acid, which acts as a skin barrier builder and sunscreen, thus helping with brightening.
Lavender Oil: This is the de-stresser oil. It won’t make you hyper, but it would help a bit if you find your mind a bit more clear by mixing it with something with a bit of sweetness. Lavender is a favorite for my clients and loved by skincare fans for its fragrant, calming properties.
Peppermint Oil: This is a great choice for all types of skin, and it can even be used as a makeup primer! There are multiple grinds, which lead to its superior evaporation rate.
Jojoba Oil: For dry skin types or sensitive skin types. This is a solid at room temperature so it doesn’t need to be pushed in any way, and you can use it on your face or body without further treatment.
3. Drink enough water to keep skin hydrated and glowing
It’s important to drink enough water to keep skin hydrated and glowing because dry skin is a sure sign of aging. When your skin is dry, it may appear flaky or look dull. It’s not just the skin that’s dry, but the entire body.Don’t believe me? Try this: take your hands and put water in each palm. Now, gently squeeze out all the water from your palm and repeat, this is much better than squeezing a lemon without biting into it. If you can do it with one hand, imagine how easy it would be to squeeze water out a whole body! Before you decide how much or little water you need, know that washing your face with water is not enough to replace lost fluids. Returning the skin to its naturally moist state requires a good mix of water and a skin care product that hydrates.
There are different types of skin care ingredients that can help improve skin elasticity (more on that later) but you also don’t want too much product, which may dry out the skin. Finally, be sure to keep in mind that certain skin care ingredients have other, more important functions, so consider reading the ingredient label to find the right amount.
4. Avoid using too much moisturizer, and use a cleansing routine that’s right for you
One of the most common mistakes people make is applying too much moisturizer or using a moisturizer that’s too heavy for their skin. It’s important to use a cleanser that is gentler on the skin and works well with your skin type.
Also, it’s important to apply occlusive ingredients (anti-microbial) prior to moisturizing.
“People really think that if what they bought is effective, it’s all right to use it. But correlation does not equal causation. We know that wash options can be beneficial, but we must also believe in the unintended consequences.”
— Paula Begoun, Licensed Dermatologist, New York City
Washing your face can have an unintended effect on your sebum. Your sebum is the oil in your pore that forms a barrier between your skin and foreign objects on the outside. When you wash your face, you remove the natural barrier that sebum provides and allow everything to come in direct contact with your skin.
As an exfoliating/anti-inflammatory skin type, you should be more concerned with excess sebum.
If the skin looks dull and spidery, there may be excess dead skin cells, and sebum may prematurely plug the pore.
However, clogged pores do not necessarily indicate excess sebum.