tips for clear skin(face)

Girl. You’re GAWGEOUS, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. One thing that MANY people have problems with is their skin. Personally I don’t think I have “perfect” skin, but I really have been blessed with pretty good skin overall, and I thought I would share with you MY tips on how to make your skin more manageable, and have the effects of good maintainence show.

Firstly, you want to try to figure out what skin type you are; oily, dry, combo, sensitive, “perfect”, etc. I have very dry skin, that is my biggest downfall, but most of the time, you probably couldn’t tell that I have dry skin, and that’s what you want to do, you want to give off the appearance that you have good skin. I am a strong believer that if you are confident with your skin, it just boosts up your overall confidence by A LOT. Putting on pounds of makeup to cover up your skin sure does do wonders, like look at all those airbrushed models out there — but that isn’t always the BEST way to go at it. I always say that ‘less is more’. I hate using a lot of product and keeping product on my face for long periods of time. Product really can clog up pores, and that causes pimples and all that gross stuff. Also, you need to drink LOTS of water, this helps SO MUCH to clear your skin up, and water flushes away toxins. 

My Daily Face Routine:

  • I wash my face and brush my teeth RIGHT after I wake up
  • Teeth is another important factor, you want to keep your teeth as clean as you possibly can. Brush your teeth about 2-3 times a day. Toothpaste with baking soda helps polish your teeth(making them look whiter). The taste may not be appealing at first, but later on, you get used to it. Toothpaste I use : SENSODYNE – Baking Soda. Sensodyne is generally very recommended by Dentists, so you’re pretty safe with anything recommended by Dentists. And always remember to floss as well!
  • As with my face. I wash it with lukewarm water first(opens pores)…and then I use Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser. This is an oil free product, so for those of you that have oily skin, have no fear. For those of you that have dry skin( like me) just moisturize after using this. So you just pump out a bit, and then lather it over your face(it doesn’t actually lather THAT much, but a small amount) and then I wash it off with cold water(closes pores), it really makes me feel refreshed. I have gone through two bottles of this stuff already, so I will definitely promote the usage of this. This retails for about ($6-$10 CDN)
  • Once I’ve washed my face with that cleanser, I just moisturize. I use AVEENO Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer (this is slightly on the pricey side for drugstore products…. ranges around $19-$27 CDN. for about 120 mL ….yeah that’s a big price range I know, but it goes on sale frequently). In my opinion, this is a better product if you have oily skin, it tends to be a little drying if you don’t put a fair amount on. But I still like using this product. 
  • Another moisturizer that I use daily for my face is PONDS- Dry Skin Cream. I would NOT recommend this if you have oily skin, it would probably just make it more oily. This is REALLY hydrating and it just quenches your skin making it feel INCREDIBLY moisturized. This retails for about ($5-$10 CDN) and you get a good amount of product…and I have gone through 2.5 bottles/containers in the past 3 years. 
  • I don’t really use foundation, because as I said before, I don’t like having product that stays on my face for long periods of time, especially make up– but if you want something that is LIGHT, you should try a tinted moisturizer. One that I have and use on occasion is AVEENO’s tinted moisturizer. This gives you very light coverage but helps even out your skin.  I find this to be drying, so I just use one of the above listed moisturizers underneath. Retails for about $17-$25 CDN.
  • LIPS. You can’t forget about them lips. EOS Lip Balm — my favourite, and it tastes so good. It’s made with 100% natural ingredients, and 95% organic? something along the lines of that. They have so many ‘flavours’, it’s great, and they last FOREVER and keep your lips SO SMOOTH! Retails for about $4-$6 CDN.
    Nivea lip balms are also very popular, and I have used a fair share of them – they’re available EVERYWHERE.
    If you’re looking for something ‘tinted’ — I would say go with Burt’s Bees, my favourite shade is Rhubarb by Burt’s Bees ($4-$6). 
    Another option for tinted lip balms – Maybelline BABY LIPS, I was thoroughly impressed by how moisturizing this was. PLUS it has SPF 15 in it. I currently own Pink Punch and Cherry Me(my favourite!). They also have non tinted, clear ones as well. Price: $4-$7 CDN.
  • Remember to moisturize throughout the day if you feel the need to, especially in the winter months!
  • Night time face care = IMPORTANT! So much bacteria and dirt build up on you face during the day- it’s gross, but that’s reality.
  • Sometimes I’ll use a makeup wipe to wipe off my makeup before hand – I really like the Yes To Cucumbers face wipes, it smells really good, but it does dry out my face but it’s expected, plus you’ll be washing it with water and stuff afterwards. Price: $10 CDN.
  •  I wash my face with water, and then I use AVEENO Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser. When you pump it out, it just comes out as foam….and it really washes away any unwanted oils and dirt on your face. Your face just feels clean. (Price: not completely sure…around $10-$13 CDN)
  • St. Ives Apricot Scrub for Sensitive Skin – this is an exfoliating scrub, and I use it about once or twice a week. You want to be careful with scrubs, you can’t use them daily, or they’ll scrub off your skin — and you don’t want that! This just does what a scrub does, scrubs off dead skin and just helps your skin look more fresh. 
  • After I have washed my face…I will moisturize AGAIN — usually with AVEENO and/or PONDS (as said above).

Try to do something along the lines of what I do, even with other products to fit your skin type, and within a little while, you should start to notice some changes. No matter what, you’re beautiful. 🙂 

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rainy days…ughh.

Who likes rainy days? I woke up this morning and my friend had texted me saying ‘I hate my life’. I was like ‘WHAT’S WRONG?!’  And she replied that it was raining and she couldn’t get up. I looked up out the window, and my reaction was the same as hers, and then I fell back asleep. I didn’t actually fall asleep, my alarm(which is the radio had been playing for about 30 minutes) — there was a radio contest to win tickets to the sold out J.Beebs concert in October, clearly someone’s day was made by winning those tickets by being caller #9. Anyways, I got up because I figured I  had to actually get out of bed and get dressed and get ready to go to class. Barely had any motivation in me. My breakfast consisted of a Pop Tart and a glass of water, so pathetic. I need to get more food. Sigh. I don’t really want to walk in this rain, I just want to snuggle up under a blanket. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!