If your skin is naturally oily like mine, you learned early on in life that blemishes/blackheads and acne form much easier/quicker than you would like; am I wrong? I mean, oily skin does have It’s pros also don’t get me wrong, I’m just saying that because of this, is why I realized that I needed to start taking care of my skin at an earlier age than most. Unfortunately I didn’t go through my teenage years with flawless silky skin like most of my friends and had to work with what I had and made the best of it. Fast forward to present day, I have my skin routine down and have learned to embrace and appreciate my skin. After all, it is the largest organ on your body, that is a true story by the way. I want to shift the focus from facial skin care to body skin care so keep up.
Whether you have oily skin, dry, or combination, all skin types need some TLC and maintenance to keep it at its prime. Maintenance not only helps your skin stay and look healthy, it also helps with the aging process ensuring that it does so optimally while preventing pre-mature skin aging as well. The following tips and tricks Is what I have found works best for me and my skin type so if you don’t know your skin type, visit an esthetician or dermatologist to gain some personalized skin insight.
Flawless Skin Do’s and Dont’s
At least once a week, twice at the most, I exfoliate my entire skin (excluding my face, I’ll tell you why later) with an exfoliating hand mitten and scrub while I bathe or shower. The skin naturally de-sheds so to speak like a snake, obviously not that extreme but you get the picture. Well It’s the same concept as the snake getting rid of dead skin, our skin naturally does the same; As dead skin cells form, we need to help the process along through exfoliation. Exfoliation also helps remove dirt and grime hanging out in your pores which is the culprit for blemishes. I like to make my own exfoliating scrub by using jojoba oil or argan oil, brown sugar, a little tea tree oil, and a dash of lavender oil with eucalyptus or rosemary oil for scent. If you prefer to buy It from the store, check the ingredients and make sure its all natural. You don’t want un do your progress by polluting your skin with more product junk.
- Dry Brush
Something you should consider doing on a non- exfoliating day is dry brushing your skin. This helps stimulate and promote healthy blood circulation while de-shedding excess dead skin while gently exfoliating. Make sure you use a non abrasive brush and gently brush your skin in a long linear motion, the same motion you would do if brushing your hair. Dry brushing is also mentally relaxing and helps relieve stress and calm down anxieties especially if you have your partner doing it for you; very mentally stimulating so give it a try.
Coconut oil, argan oil and jojoba oil have been the best moisturizers for my skin. I moisturize all the time especially after I shower or bathe. I take advantage of the bathroom steam and immediately moisturize after towel drying. Steam naturally opens up your pours which helps the oils penetrate into my skin quicker. Look for a moisturizer that works for you being mindful of the ingredients.
Caffeine has toxins and anti aging properties that are immensely beneficial for your skin so look for moisturizers and/or exfoliants that contain caffeine in them. Not only does caffeine detox, it also helps with cellulite and skin pigmentation and helps firm and even skin texture.
- What’s in your body wash?
Just like I mentioned earlier with ingredients in your exfoliants and moisturizers, the same rule applies to your body wash. Check the ingredients and ensure they are as natural and clean as possible; you will notice a big difference and your skin will thank you later.
- Put Your Hair Up
In the shower that is. I don’t know about you but I like to get my money’s worth and leave in my hair conditioner for at least 5 minutes to really let it soak in and get in there. Back in the day, I used to leave my hair down during this process and (oh I cringe just writing this by the way) let my long over conditioned hair rest on my skin. This is a big no no. The products used in conditioners are for your hair not for your skin so imagine these ingredients soaking into your skin…eek! No wonder I broke out. Smh.
Try these tips and you will notice an improvement almost immediately; Especially if you start with exfoliating. It’s incredible how much something so simple makes a difference. Let me know your progress in the comment section below. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow. Cheers!