anonymous asked:

what are a few things teenagers should do to avoid adult wrinkles and acne (like not wear makeup? or eat healthy, what really defines healthy eating though..?)

First, recognize that wrinkles are a natural part of aging and are inevitable. You’re not going to be able to avoid all wrinkles, but you can minimize the amount you have later in life and put them off a little. 

How to Reduce Wrinkles

  • Get adequate sleep. We’re talking 8 hours a night here. Also, sleep on your back.
  • Eat fruits & vegetables. Great for anti-oxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin B, but also just good for you in general.
  • Eat fish. It’s great for protein and Omega-3.
  • MOISTURIZE. I know I say this all the time, but moisturizing is so important for skin care.
  • Sunscreen. So important.
  • Likewise, wear sunglasses. They’ll protect your eyes, but also help reduce squinting (which leads to crow’s feet).
  • Use a topical Vitamin C. It helps protect your skin from sun damage and increase collagen production.

How to Prevent Acne

  • Wash your face regularly with a mild facial cleanser and warm (not hot) water.
  • Don’t over-wash your face. Twice a day is enough. If you have particularly sensitive skin, wash once a day, then simply rinse it later in the day.
  • Avoid using loofahs, rough cloths, or even exfoliating soaps (okay once in a while, but don’t make them your primary product) as they will irritate the skin.
  • Sunscreen. Again, so important.
    Eat fruits & vegetables.
  • Use an acne product. Look for the ones with salicylic acid, lactic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycol acid. But use it once a day to start and don’t use it all the time if you have sensitive or dry skin. You should also limit your time in the sun, because some of these products react badly with sun and can harm your skin.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Change your pillowcase at least once a week. If you have really bad acne, change it nightly. Buy a ton of cheap ones at Goodwill so you can get between laundry days easily.

Notice that a lot of those are on both lists? That’s the best place to start and care for your skin at any stage of life.

kordeiknowles  asked:

What type of skincare routine and recommended products do you suggest for a teenager with oily and acne prone skim with lots of blemishes?

Hello :) 

I’d recommend having a skin care routine and products like

  • Gel or cream cleanser. Try to avoid anything too foaming to avoid over drying the skin which can make your skin even more oily. Check out cleansers like Murad Clarifying Cleanser, Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser, Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser. These will help treat your acne but not completely dry or irritate the skin. 
  • Toner. Toner will help remove any excess makeup, dirt and oil left over after cleansing to prevent clogged pores. Toner just helps give your skin and pores a deep clean. Try toners like Murad Clarifying Toner, Mario Badescu Gycolic Acid Toner, Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner (at Ulta and Target), Burts Bee’s Brightening Refining Tonic.
  • Spot Treatment. Try to avoid all over acne treatments and stick with spot treatments that only dry out the pimple and not your entire face. Spot treatments help clear up acne at quicker pace than waiting for it to clean up on it’s own. 
  • Moisturizer. You can use any moisturizer at night, even facial oils. It’s important to use a really moisturizing product to balance out your skin. Sometimes oily skin is dehydrated because those will oily skin think they need to dry it out, so the skin ends up producing more oils to compensate. Stick to a moisturizing lotion or oil at night and a light weight gel moisturizer in the day time. Check out gel moisturizers like Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer, Simple Ultra Light Gel Facial Moisturizer, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
  • Clay/Purifying Masks. Clay masks help deep clean and tighten the pores as well as help dry up acne any you may have. Great to be used once or twice a week. Try masks like Boots

Other tips that would have been useful when I was a teenager with acne

  • Wash your makeup brushes, especially foundation brushes once to twice a week.
  • Double cleanse your skin. When wearing long wearing, heavy coverage foundation it’s designed to really stick to the skin so chances are you aren’t washing it all off at night causing it to clog your pores are night, Take your makeup off with a makeup wipe or cleansing oil first then use your cleanser to cleanse the skin. You could also just wash your skin twice for a better clean. 
  • Exfoliate your skin once a week. This will help clear up acne as well as keep your pores clear and free from dirt and oil to keep your skin from getting less oily. 
  • Dont pop pimples! It will spread the bacteria and leave acne scars.