I think the most intimidating part about skincare is just not knowing what your skin is and by that I mean type, texture, and the condition its in. Are you eating, getting enough ZZZ’s or drinking plenty of water? These are all things that factor into taking care of your skin and now as a young adult in my late 20’s I understand.
In my teens I really never had bad acne but did and still struggle with cystic acne. Cystic acne are those really angry red bumps that never really surface to anything and are deep within the skin. Now it could just be genetics, diet or that fact that the sides of my face have hair and the follicles get clogged. I’ve learned to be a bit more patient and try to keep my face as clear as it will allow me to. Texture to me is everything, you can add moisture or mattify the skin but you can’t really change texture depending on what you have going on. Picking at your skin causes scarring and squeezing a blemish can cause texture issues as well. I also think that as a young uninformed teen you expect results almost immediately when using skincare, If I could have told my dumb ass to sit tight back then I would have!
So forward to 2017, the 29 year old me is super into her SPF and starting to use retinol… how did we get here TJ? I’ve asked experts, have had many facials, lots of testing and research constantly. I have oily-comb skin and for some reason my skin is going through it with acne. I’ll have weeks where my skin is clear and then boom, blemishes all over the fucking place. I just deal with my skin accordingly and call it a day.
Skin care terminology can be a bit confusing but I’m going to breakdown a few that I wish I knew more about…
SPF – The pasty ass cream your mom would rub on you as a kid that smelled funky…Luckily SPF formulas have come a long way and no longer have to reek or feel tacky. SPF stands for sun protection factor, the sun gives off UVA and UVB rays which penetrate deep into the dermis. Unprotected skin and exposure to these rays can cause premature skin aging, wrinkles, skin burning and even skin cancer. Wear some SPF!
AHA’s – This stands for Alpha hydroxy acids which derive mainly from fruit and milk sugars. You’ll hear the term glycolic and lactic acids and think what the hell are those? These are acids that exfoliate the skin so they remove unhealthy dead skin. I feel that manual exfoliators can be a bit abrasive sometimes (gritty sandy exfoliators) and an AHA is a bit more gentle depending on the percentage you are using. They help with hyperpigmantation and acne as well. Just make sure you are using this in conjunction with SPF to protect the new layer of skin you are left with after using this chemical.
Retinol – This is new to my routine and I’m glad I did the research. Retinol helps to accelerate skin renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Most women benefit from starting a retinoid in their late teens or early 20s. I’m still researching and trying to find the right formula for my skin type.
Technique – Don’t be such a brute! Areas around the face can be very sensitive and thin (especially around the eyes) so being gentle is important. I also like to warm up my products in my hands before I apply it straight onto my face. This makes for better absorption of the product and I think you just get the full benefits of it as well. I also like to push my products into the skin, I describe it as a push/pat motion.
I don’t own your normal amount of skincare but only because my job is to try and test product out. I do have a few staples that I have repurchased and will never be without…
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (fantastic basic cleanser), Sunday Riley UFO Clarifying Face oil (my favorite for combating acne), La Mer Moisturizing Cream (a rich moisturizer that never fails, def worth all the hype), Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35 (game changing, it’s a primer and SPF in-one), Pixi Glow Tonic (best inexpensive Glycolic Acid that gives nice smooth radiant skin).
Oh and another thing… I always wash my face twice a day, you should too…