Some day, you’re going to look back and remember that time when you were sad each night, your last sprinkle of hope drowning in the pool of tears in your pillow, your hand clutching your mouth in an attempt to shut yourself up because it’s two in the morning and you’d hate yourself if you woke up your family. You’re going to remember getting up the next morning and avoiding looking into the mirror because you know that the bags under your eyes and your pale skin and your dry lips had taken away every sign of life in your appearance, and you didn’t want to see the mess of dull colors you had become. You’re going to remember sitting in the bus with their faint voices in the background, laughing and screaming and joking because they were happy and you were invisible. You’re going to remember sitting alone at lunch, feeling as if you were a ghost, crying and shouting for help but they couldn’t hear you, they couldn’t see you, and they couldn’t help you. You’re going to remember gazing at your wrists, at those beautiful streaks of red that your razor left behind and you’re going to remember smiling because that, to you, was art. You were the canvas. Your razor blade was your brush. You’re going to remember everything you’ve been trying to forget, and then you’re going to realize that maybe forgetting isn’t the cure for this aching in your soul. You’re going to look around, you’re going to hear the soft cries of your baby or the laugh of your husband or wife or the buzzing in the office because you got that dream job, and your going to gaze down at the scars your arms still carry and you’re going to embrace them, because they’re a reminder that you did it.
Double Cleanse. If you’re especially prone to breakouts (same!) double cleansing can be the salvation you need. For those of us who choose to wear makeup, a single face wash session at the end of the night isn’t enough to totally remove every last bit of product from your face and still get deep into your pores so the cleanser can y’know clean. Wash your face once with an oil-based face wash and then once again with a regular cleanser.
Carefully Exfoliate. While abrasive scrubs and exfoliates may feel like the best thing for your skin, overdoing it can lead your skin to think it’s deprived of oil and it will overproduce it leading to nasty breakouts. Chemical exfoliation is the best way to remove dead skin and increase cell turnover rate. BHA + AHA combos are easy finds at the drugstore (Pixi Glow Tonic! Just try it!) and give your skin a naturally plump, luminous feel without a harsh scrub.
Salicylic Acid #1. Try a face cleanser for that second-round clean with salicylic acid to combat breakouts. Focus on your t-zone for a squeaky clean face. This is also the key ingredient in a ton of spot treatments.
TRY: Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser, Clean & Clear Continuous Control Wash
Don’t Forget Toner. Toner plays an absolutely crucial role in minimizing pores and smoothing your complexion. There are toners for virtually every kind of ailment out there from acne scars to dull skin, so find one that best fits your issues and apply daily. Soak a cotton pad and apply in upward strokes to your clean face.
Moisturize EVERYTHING. I cannot stress this enough. Moisturizing is everything and a key to stopping breakouts, especially in the summer. You should be applying a thicker moisturizer before bed and then a lighter one with sunscreen before putting on your makeup in the morning. Be sure to moisturize your neck too to slow the aging process. Your future self with thank you, trust me.
Be Forgiving. This step is crucial. When you stress over school, boys, weight, etc. all you do is cause breakouts. Try stress relieving exercises like yoga, meditation, or journaling. Practice good eating habits, get lots of sleep, and really pamper your skin. Relax, and give it all time.
My Skincare Routine
Wash face in warm shower (to open pores) with Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Swipe Clearasil Acne pads all over face. Follow up with Georgette Klinger Vitamin C toner all over a cotton pad to even out complexion. it seriously got rid of all my acne scars in like a week
Rub Glossier Priming Moisturizer all over face
Apply Glossier sunscreen all over face (crucial!)
Spray Mario Badescu Rose Water all over face for extra moisturizer
Take off makeup with miceller water
Wash face with Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
Tone face with Clearsil pads and VItamin C Toner
Apply several drops of moisturizing pure argan oil all over face
Apply Glossier Rich Moisturizing Cream all over face