1. Find products for YOUR specific skin type. Look into ingredients like salicylic acid (for normal/oily skin) or glycolic acid (for dryer/aged skin) and see how they affect your specific skin type. Don’t just do Proactiv or whatever bevause everyone else does it.
2. Kinda goes with no. 1, but look at the ingredients in whatever you’re putting on your face. Labels like “paraben free” are typically better for your skin. Look up ingredients you aren’t sure of, and make sure they aren’t notably corrosive chemicals.
3. Do a swatch test on your wrist or forearm for all skin products before putting them on your face. If the product irritates the skin on your arm, DO NOT put it on your face.
4. Do a mask once a week to really clean out your pores (cheap ones can be found at Target, Walmart, or your local pharmacy).
5. Drink lots of water, and eat fresh fruits.
6. MOISTURIZE DAILY. Even if you have oily skin (there are moisturizers specifically made for oily skin types). Moisturizers with SPF are a bonus for extra protection.
7. Shower/wash your face with lukewarm/cooler water. Hot water can dry out your skin immensely.
8. My skincare routine order: remove makeup, facewash, exfoliator, mask, toner, acne/spot treatment, moisturizer/spf
9. Never ever ever sleep with makeup on
10. Coconut oil and other essential oils can be great for your skin, but they can also clog up pores if you have an oily skintype. Bear that in mind.
11. Try to buy skincare products of the same brand, or at least that have similar ingredients. Mixing the wrong brands/chemicals can cause acid burn on your face (which from personal experience hurts like a bitch and takes a while to heal.)
12. Witch hazel is a fantastic all natural toner
13. For more acne prone skin, try to find a moisturizer with salicylic acid for that extra defense. Clean and clear ($8 at any drugstore) works wonders
14. Don’t pop your pimples ever (but if you do, make sure to only pop the whiteheads)
15. Those tiny black dots on your nose are supposed to be there. They’re pores, not blackheads, and should be cleansed regularly. However, you should still have those little pores on your nose visibly. Stop tryna get rid of them.
15. Touch your face as little as possible
16. Change your pillowcases often, especially if you sleep on your front
17. Every few months, change up the brand of your skincare products. The oils and bacteria on your skin eventually adapt to the products you use, and they stop being as effective
18. Some brands of birth control can actually double to clear up your skin
19. Wash your scalp and hair often, especially if you have acne on your hairline
20. Relax. Skin can be severely affected by extreme stress levels
21. Swap out your heavy foundation for a light BB cream on casual days. BB cream is more protective and moisturizing for your skin, and still offers natural coverage
22. Look for makeup products with SPF. These products can moisturize and protect your skin from sun damage while still keepin ya face beat
23. Always moisturize and prime before putting on makeup, to make it last longer and to keep your pores clear despite layers of foundation, concealer, powder, etc
24. Splash/spray some rose water onto your face before moisturizing. This both tones and hydrates your face to really lock in moisture.
25. Don’t go overboard with the amount of products you put on your face. Sometimes, less is more.
Okay so I know that drinking water is the most reiterated thing ever and also one whole gallon per day sounds like a ton, but here is how/why I do it and why you might also benefit.
One gallon seems like a shit ton of water to drink, but it’s really not hard. I use the big mason jars that hold 4 cups and all I do is drink 4 in a day (4x4: 16 cups). I always drink with a straw because you actually drink more naturally when you have a straw, idk why. It’s just easier and I can honestly finish a whole quart really quickly because of it.
Anyway, once you start with a gallon a day, there are two main benefits that I have been loving (and I’m sure there are more).
1) bloating/weight loss: often, people think they are hungry but are just dehydrated. If you’re trying to lose weight or just be healthy in general, drinking water will help curb appetite and stop cravings. I’m no expert, but in my personal experience, it had helped me lose a couple pounds without doing anything differently.
2) skin: particularly, those annoying red bumps on your face that aren’t full-on whiteheads so you can’t pop them, but no matter how hard you try, they are always there. You know what I’m talking about. As soon as I started a gallon per day, they DISAPPEARED. I’ve always had decent skin, but this made it even better.
Dip facial tissues/toilet paper into the mixture and place onto your face for 10-15 as a sheet mask.
2. For Blackheads:
-1 tablespoon of honey
-1 teaspoon of milk
Dip cotton ball in mixture and apply to affected area. Rinse thoroughly after 15-20 minutes.
3. For Acne:
-2 tablespoons of mashed banana
-1 tablespoon of baking soda
-½ tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
Mix and apply to face for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
4. For Dark Spots and Acne Scars:
-1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
-3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
-½ tablespoon of pure almond oil
Mix and apply to face. Rinse thoroughly after 10-15 minutes.
5. For Wrinkles:
-1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
-3 tablespoons of tomato puree
-1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
Mix and apply to face. Rinse thoroughly after 15-20 minutes.
1. Tree Hut Hydrating Overnight Masks ($14.99, available at Ulta)
2. Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off ($11.50, available at Ulta)
3. I Dew Care Pure to the Pore Mask ($19.00, available at Ulta)
4. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Mask *comes in charcoal or peel-off cucumber* ($3.99, available at Rite Aid)
5. Biore Deep Charcoal Cleanser ($5.99, available at Target)
6. Biore Pore Strips ($6.49, available at Walgreens)
As some of my followers have helpfully pointed out, lemon juice and baking soda CAN be harmful to your skin if used excessively or on the wrong skin type. Please be cautious using these ingredients. I personally have TRIED all of these masks myself, I’m never gonna post stuff like this without guaranteeing it works. I had no problems with either ingredient, my skin looked and felt fine, but that is not a guarantee that the same will pertain to you. Please be careful, test any dicey products or ingredients on your hand or arm and make sure that they are not abrasive before applying to your skin, and perhaps lessen the concentration of these ingredients when making these masks if you still choose to make them. Thank you to everyone for reblogging with the reminder that some ingredients can be harmful, I completely forgot to add that disclaimer. Stay safe hoes💖
Summer is just under one month away and many of us who have been hibernating in all regards are elated to start the Summer ‘16 festivities. We’re taking the word of many fine people all over and saying if your hibernation includes a complete obliteration of the word “shaving” from your vocabulary, we have you covered. We’ve compiled our best kept secrets for the finest shave that you’ll ever know but we’d also like to give you a fair warning… you will not be able to stop feeling your legs, these tips leave your skin so soft, it’s almost unapproachable.
1) It’s a common myth that not shaving for a period of time until just prior to needing to shave, will result in maximum smoothness, this is entirely incorrect. The faster you get into the habit of shaving, the smoother your legs, arms, etc. will be. So if you have a date, party, seance, make sure you start several days before to ensure the smoothest shave when it is really necessary.
2) Shaving with Oil - yes, we fulllllllllyyy recommend shaving with oil but this needs to be expanded on just a tad. Per our experience and we’ve tried every oil under the sun (coconut, argan, rosehip, olive, castor, you name it!) Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the absolute crème de la crème of oils to shave with. Not only is EVOO the most hydrating for us but it also for some reason leaves us completely smooth longer. Our great Aunts to our best friends have aggrandized coconut oil for every use under the sun but we’re telling you; EVOO leaves us smooth for 3-4 days while coconut oil is a mere 1-2 days, tops!
ALSO, on the topic of oil, it’s extremely tricky to shave with but here’s a no frills account of how we do:
-Pour about 1/4c of EVOO in a container and place in shower with you.
-Allow the steam of the shower to soften your hair follicles for at least 5 minutes.
-Once your skin is feeling supple, take a quarter size amount of oil into your hands and massage it onto your leg for around 2 minutes (or whichever body part you’re shaving, just make sure to massage each body part in between shaves i.e. massage oil into left leg, shave left leg, then repeat steps for each body part of your choosing.)
- When the leg is coated, rinse your razor and begin shaving against hair growth, making sure to rinse the razor head completely every 2-3 swipes to prevent clogging.
MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE SKIN COMPLETELY MOISTURIZED WHILE SHAVING! IF YOU’RE NOT THE QUICKEST SHAVER, NO WORRIES. JUST MAKE SURE TO RINSE THE SKIN EVERY FEW SWIPES!
Skin that is not adequately dampened is the #1 cause for nicks while shaving.
Once done go ahead and massage the remaining oil into the skin, you’ll be a walking heart-eye emoji for the next couple of days. After leaving the shower, we like to moisturize again with our Leighis Butter for an absolute goddess radiance.
3) Ingrown Hairs and Itchiness after Shaving. To prevent ingrown hairs and itchiness after shaving, we recommend two things. One- Use a toner over shaved areas after shaving. We recommend Witch Hazel or your own DIY Sea Salt Toner or ACV toner, just send us an ask if you need the recipe. Two- Exfoliate! We dry brush 3 times a week at least to keep the dead skin at a minimum. We also whip up a quick Pineapple Mask that we use over our entire body as a chemical exfoliant which we prefer over scrubs. Shaving also helps to remove dead skin, so the more you do it (as long as it’s in a hygienic, safe fashion) the less issues you’ll have with ingrown hairs and itchiness.
4) Men razors give a closer shave than women razors. I believed this for so long! My absolute favorite razor was the Gilette Fusion, my step-dad had purchased a bulk of them from Sam’s Club and I was completely hooked for years until trying my favorite now, the Schick Hydro Silk which has the smoothest glide ever! We’ve done our research, Gilette uses the same razor blades for their men and women lines and we’ve read that it mostly comes down to the angle of blade, the curvature of the razor head, and the handle as a whole. Overall, we like that women’s razors are designed for the hair on our most commonly shaved areas (i.e. legs, bikini, and underarms) so we’re voting Women’s over men’s any day but we implore you to experiment for yourself. We just recommend a razor of quality with at least 4 blades, the Schick Hydro Silk and the Gilette Fusion both have 5 and that you change the razor head as soon as it dulls.
Here’s just a few more pointers:
- There’s no need to push down hard when shaving! Simply glide the razor over the skin in straight, controlled strokes.
- Shaving with oil is going to extend the life of your razor, which is great for your bank account and no more poisonous shaving creams but you’ll have to spend a few more minutes cleaning the razor. After each use, we rinse our razor head, soak it in an alcohol solution for a few minutes, then take a cotton swab with alcohol, and dab it clean. This is necessary and will prevent infection just in case of a nick.
- If you do happen to cut yourself while shaving, just rinse with cold water, cleanse with hydrogen peroxide, treat with Neosporin, and cover with a cool bandaid (recommend: Spongebob or the Simpsons [our aura is Yellow])
Lastly, if you’re feeling fancy, soak in a warm bath tub enchanted with a natural bath bomb, we use the Leighis Goddess Bath Velvets to start a really penetrative moisture. These bath velvets are no joke when comes to moisturizing so much so that the oil isn’t even necessary but we use it anyway. After daydreaming in the tub for around 20 minutes, we feel our legs, ascend to heaven, come back, shave, ascend again then moisturize once more. But this is almost lethal luxury! We reserve it for birthdays, Christmas, and every Thursday because Treat. Yo. Self.
We hope this helps! Thanks for reading, our ask is open for advice!
My mental health has a huge impact on my physical health, and of course my skin and acne. I have to be mindful to keep my stress levels low in order to be happy and healthy. Here are just a couple of self care tips that I use.
1. get a cup of tea. Fruit tea, green tea, camomile tea, spearmint tea are all good options for your skin. ☕️
2. Go for a walk. Often if I’m feeling down about my skin or something I just wallow in my room, a quick walk round the block really does me good. 🏃♀️
3. Appreciate things. If you see a rainbow stop and stare, if you spot a cute cat stop and play with it. Slow yourself down. Allow yourself to stop and appreciate things.🌈
4. Talk to someone. Your parents, partner or friend or whoever, talk to them about how your feeling that day. Or just chat about tv shows or the weather. Talking to people helps me feel less alone and just overall more positive.👭
5. Journal. Whether it’s a skin journal or an emotions journal or just accounts of your day it’s good to get it out on paper. You can throw the paper away if you need to after but writing it out feels cathartic.📔
6. Write out your routine. From skincare to brushing your teeth. Write out what you do and what order you do it in for the morning and nighttime. This stops you from forgetting things and gives you a structure to work to. 🗓
7. Try meditation or yoga. This might not be your thing but just try it. There’s lots of beginner guides on YouTube.💆
8. Have you remembered all you medication? Take your meds and supplements if you haven’t. They could be contributing to you feeling low. 💊
9. Water. It’s an easy way to help your body and skin. Drink your water. 💧
10. Go to bed on time. Beauty sleep is real people. You’ll be helping your health and your skin by getting an early night.🛌
Yummy Skin Care: Eat foods that are good for your skin!
- Carrots: Vitamin A helps to prevent sun damage, dry skin, dry hair and helps your body to absorb iron which is good for the skin, too.
- Walnuts: Biotin keeps your skin, hair and nails healthy and helps your skin to heal faster from injuries, Vitamin E protects your skin because of its antioxidative effect and may even help with neurodermitis, Omega 3s helps your body to keep your skin hydrated.
- Water: Keeps your skin moisturized from the inside and naturally prevents dry skin,it also keeps your skin elastic and helps to transport vitamins to every skin cell
1. Dark Chocolate - Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity.
2. Greek Yogurt - Prevents wrinkles and makes your skin firmer. Eat a single serving daily to make your complexion smoother.
3. Pomegranates - They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick.
4. Walnuts - Softens skin.Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion’s texture.
5. Peppers - Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Studies found that carotenoids – the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies – can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Aim for about two cups of peppers daily.
6. Sunflower seeds - Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily.
7. Kidney beans - They’re high in zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels. Have a four-ounce serving of kidney beans to help your skin stay clear.
8. Soy - Evens out your skin tone. One cup a day should yield results.
9. Oatmeal - Makes you look younger.
10. Green Tea - Reduces reduces redness. Sip at least one cup of green tea a day.
2) refrain from taking too much dairy products (if you can, try to cut dairy out for a while & see how that works out for you)
3) sleep early!
4) eat less fried food
5) change out your pillow cases and towels on alternate days
6) wash your face with cold water to help close your pores
7) exfoliate your skin (at least once a week! for oilier skin types try doing it every night with a gentle exfoliator and amp up the strength of the exfoliator when u deem it fit)
8) Exfoliation Tip 101:
the thing about exfoliating, you CANNOT use too little or too much. If you use too little, you’ll hurt your skin and might agitate the pimples/acne. If you use too much, you won’t scruff off the dead skin. Mapping out your face helps you use the right amount exfoliator cleanser on each mapped out area .
9) Masking with a sheet mask everyday helps reduce pimples and scars
10) Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel is a great natural moisturiser for oily skin. It’s not sticky unlike many I’ve tried, it dries off matte which is great and helps absorb excess oil produced during the day
11) Apply some coconut oil to your acne/ pimples at night. It helps heal them without drying the skin.
12) do NOT touch or pop your pimple/acne as it leaves scars and you might make more pimples due to the dirt on your hands
how i cleared my acne/pimples , if you want a more detailed post, lets get this to 50 reblogs! (oh-t0rii.tumblr.com)
This has nothing to do with my normal blog content, but everyone will have a pimple at some point in their life, and sometimes they’re really difficult to get rid of, but I hope this can help you guys!
WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE DOING ANY ACNE TREATMENT!!
1) Baking Soda mixed with a bit of water until it’s a paste, and put on your face for 30min. Make sure to wash it all off afterwards.
2) Put lemon juice on cotton balls, and use these to clean your acne. DO NOT LEAVE THIS ON YOUR FACE!!! Wash off after you dab clean to prevent drying.
3) DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIMPLES!! Your hands are filthy. They touch all kinds of surfaces, and the oils and bacteria from your hands just makes the acne so much worse.
4) Do not use multiple acne remedies at once! They will dry out your skin SO MUCH, and peeling can be just as annoying as acne. Make sure to keep your skin properly moisturized by not over-using treatment, or using moisturizers that won’t clog your pores, or have a lot of oils in them.
5) Strong green tea that has been cooled to room temperature, and apply this to your acne. You could also put this in a spray bottle and spritz it on your acne. You can leave this on over-night, and this can be repeated as often as you want - without drying.