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[Requested] 10 Steps in My Skincare Regime:
I was asked by a few of you to run through my skincare routine, and I don’t do that too often simply because our skins are all different and what works for me might not necessarily work for you. (Do always be careful about trying to new skincare because there are always ingredients that work fine for me but that might cause a reaction for you.)
So instead of talking about a routine in terms of the products I use (they change all the time), I’ll talk about the key things that I keep in mind when it comes to skin maintenance.

1. Wash your brushes religiously. I wash cream/liquid product brushes and sponges after every SINGLE use. I wash powder brushes at least about twice a week. If they come in contact with any active acne, I wash them after a single use.

2. Disinfect your pressed powder products by spraying with denatured alcohol. This includes pressed powders, blushers once every 2-4 weeks. I usually disinfect shadows only if I’ve touched them with fingers while doing swatches. 

3. Oil cleansing. I’ve used emulsifying oil cleansers for the past 10 years and have no intention of stopping. I find the massaging and rubbing much gentler - and more thorough - than using cotton pads. I also use it after a workout or if I’ve been sweating the whole day, just to clean out the pores. I avoid wipes wherever possible unless I’m on the go and don’t have a choice.

4. Exfoliate. Chemically. I like glycolic acid and salicylic acid for removing dead cells and keeping the pores clear. Physical grainy scrubs aren’t thorough and can’t be used too often if you have sensitive skin like mine, because they can cause micro-tears in the skin and usually make my skin worse. I like Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night every other night. Once or twice a week I’ll use Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant, which is cream mask that eats away at dead cells and smooths out the skin. Expensive but so worth it.

5. Apply antioxidants. Many people don’t want to hear this after they’ve invested hundreds and thousands of dollars on expensive skin supplements, but it’s been proven that topical application of antioxidants like vitamins and plant extracts can work much better for skin repair and protection than oral supplements, because anything you swallow gets digested and synthesized by your body for other organs and tissues first. Only a tiny amount of what you pay for gets delivered to your skin. This is not to say you shouldn’t eat healthy in general. Just save your money on those collagen and vitamin-based skin supplements and invest in a good serum. 

6. Sunblock. Understand what you’re buying and wear it all the time. SPF is how LONG a block will protect your skin from UVB rays, and PA is how long it will protect you against UVA. People always think SPF means the intensity of protection. It doesn’t. It means duration. If you are porcelain-pale you likely have a natural skin protection factor of 1-2, and an SPF15 will only protect you for 15-30 minutes. If you have very dark skin on the other hand and a natural skin protection factor of about 7-8 or so, an SPF15 could be good for a few hours. Ditto for PA. PA++++ (4 +’s) is the highest grade around currently, and I don’t recommend anything lower than 3 +’s because UVA is in many ways more dangerous than UVB because you won’t feel it burning and destroying the collagen matrix in deeper tissues, or damaging your DNA.

7. Sulfur. This has long been one of my favorite anti-acne ingredients because it just works better for me at quickly treating active spots than things like benzoyl peroxide (not good for long-term use), salicylic acid (better for prevention than treatment) and tea tree (doesn’t work for me at all). Different things work for different people though, so just be aware of the different options available and test to find out what works best for you.

8. TRY not to touch your face. It’s hard. I know. Especially when we are itching to pick at clogged pores. But I’ve proven to myself time and time again that picking usually makes it worse than just leaving that small little clogged pore alone. This is one thing I haven’t really managed to control yet. New Year’s resolution!

9. I don’t use sheet masks. Gasp. Not that they harm the skin. I have nothing against sheet masks and used to use SKII masks way back before it ever became a rage in recent years. But honestly, aside from the psychological benefit of the “self-pampering” experience, I never found it to do anything permanently beneficial for the skin that regular skincare can’t do, and it always felt very wasteful. Like pouring half a bottle of serum on your face and neck in one sitting and hoping you will get faster results. If you love it and don’t mind the cost, go right ahead. It’s a nice relaxing treat and is a good way to temporarily plump and smooth the skin for an hour or two. Just don’t expect any lasting miracles. 

10. If you have a problem that you’re struggling to fix, go to a reputable dermatologist for a consultation to try and understand the underlying causes and solutions available once and for all, rather than trying to diagnose yourself based on truckloads of differing “expert opinions” in magazines and online articles, or tons of potions and lotions promising you eternal youth, devastating beauty, and the kitchen sink besides. You often end up wasting a lot more money - and making things worse - in the long term. 
Apr 7

Sella Skincare Classic Facial Bar

asianskincareobsession:

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For the past two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of pampering my skin with Sella Skincare’s Classic Facial Routine. The Classic Facial Routine includes the Classic Cleanser, Classic Serum Treatment, and Essence Cream. I will be writing about these products one by one to ensure detailed reviews.

Oct 9
naturalfemina:

7 Health Benefits of Cucumbers:

1. HYDRATES! Cucumbers help eliminate toxins and replenishes the body with a water content of 96%.

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naturalfemina:

7 Health Benefits of Cucumbers:

1. HYDRATES! Cucumbers help eliminate toxins and replenishes the body with a water content of 96%.

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Sep 3
tobefre-ed:

Oatmeal with berries, banana, honey and peanut butter :)

tobefre-ed:

Oatmeal with berries, banana, honey and peanut butter :)

Aug 1

5 Ways to Get Your Best Summer Skin Yet

birchbox:

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In the summer, my skincare routine goes into overdrive. Extended exposure to Mr. Sun isn’t very kind to our complexions. On top of that, I’m even more prone to breaking out during the hottest months of the year. That’s why I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tips for taking care of my skin and feeling confident even in the sweltering heat!

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Birchbox: 7 Tricks for Nixing Summer Breakouts

birchbox:

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Thanks to the sky-rocketing temps and humidity, our skin is constantly on the verge of an epic breakout during the sticky summer months. In a valiant effort to avoid a major complexion revolt, we’re incorporating these seven game-changing tips into our daily skincare routines.

  1. Whether…
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