This is an old blog post from my old blog that I think is still really relevant and useful. I have added a bit to it, but you can see the original post on my old blog – here!
I hope you all get something out of it!
Oh, and Happy Friday, by the way!
Although aging is inevitable, we can put our best effort forward and try to prolong it as long as possible. There is no permanent solution to the aging of your skin other than a facelift, botox or some other kind of surgery, there are ways to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant for the best possible you.
1. Cleanse: Cleansing is very important. When choosing a cleanser, it is important to choose one that suits your skin type and any skin conditions you may have. Therefore if you have oily skin, normal skin, combination skin, dry skin or sensitive skin, choose a cleanser that notes this on the bottle before purchasing or says “all skin types.” Also those with acne prone skin can usually use sensitive skin formulas. Your cleanser should be free of any irritants as these will only dry out your skin and age your skin more quickly. If yu are prone to dry skin, avoid sulfates and look for a nourishing oil cleanser or a soap free or sulfate free cleanser. If you have a more oily type, you can still use a cleansing oil if you want; it may actually help your skin balance out sebum production. It will NOT make your skin more oily! Make sure your cleanser is pH balanced and full of good ingredients for your skin’s needs.You should follow cleansing with the use of a toner as this will remove any excess dirt from your skin as well as restore whatever moisture was stripped from your skin during cleansing, although if you use a clarisonic or exfoliate, you can scratch the use of a toner. I personally just enjoy using them as I find it refreshing. It’s up to you!
2. Moisturize: The second step in your skincare regimen is moisturizing. Moisturizing is essential to anti-aging. If you have oily to oily combination skin, this does NOT mean that you should never moisturize. Although certain creams may be too heavy for your skin type, you still need to restore the moisture back to your skin to protect and nourish your skin. This will prevent premature aging and dryness in the skin or irritation, which can be just as bad to deal with as oiliness. Those with oily or oily combination skin as well as oily or normal to sensitive skin, especially breakout prone skin should refrain from using heavy creams and instead opt in for a gel based moisturizer or a water based one. Otherwise, using natural oil based serums is also fine, but I’d choose an oil free formula for day to minimize shininess. If you’re like my mom and hate oil “’til the very end,” then using an oil free serum is fine as well. This will ensure you get the moisture that you need without the added heaviness on your skin, which may irritate or produce too much oil or shininess on your skin, therefore causing a breakout or other skin issue. For those with normal or dry skin, creams or gels are okay, but make sure if you have especially dry skin to pay special attention to moisturizers with extra strength moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, and natural moisturizing vegetable oils such as evening primrose, rosehip and olive oil.
3. Treat: It is important to treat whatever skin conditions you may have, especially acne and/or wrinkles. For wrinkles on mature skin, be sure to either use a moisturizer with anti-aging benefits or otherwise an anti-wrinkle serum or cream,whichever you prefer. I personally prefer serums as they are usually safe to use for all skin types and less heavy on the skin. As for acne, an acne treatment gel on your breakouts is important to tame redness, irritation or other symptoms and root problems causing your breakouts. Some ingredients that are beneficial for both wrinkles and acne include but are not limited to carrot extract (natural vitamin A source), green tea, rose otto, natural peptides, hyaluronic acid, resveratrol, and DMAE. For any irritation, redness, or other inflammatory conditions, ingredients such as chamomile, green tea, lavender, and salicylic acid are all calming to the skin. In terms of salicylic acid, if you have especially sensitive skin, make sure the content of salicylic acid is below 10% as it may cause drying and/or irritation.
4. Protect: Lastly, protect your skin. All of it. This means not only your face, but also your neck and decollete area/chest, arms, legs and any other exposed skin not protected by clothing. Many people completely forget about their hands and hence why the first signs of aging show up there! This is important as it maintains the elasticity and firmness of your skin as well as the skin’s texture. Remember that consistency is key and you should use a body lotion with an SPF 15 or more on your body, even on cloudy days, (I use a body lotion with SPF rather than two separate lotions/sunscreens as it cuts down on time) and an SPF 30 or more on your face. If you want to go more for natural, try natural zinc oxide formulas and use body oils that include natural vegetable oils with natural sun protecting properties such as olive and sunflower oils. All of this will prevent premature aging and ensure your skin is in the best possible condition that it can be.
The Best Ingredients Based on Skin Type or Condition:
Normal Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Carrot Extract, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Olive Oil, Ginseng, Arbutin, Licorice Extract, Kojic Acid, Grape seed oil, Almond Oil, Sunflower Bean Oil, Fruit Oils, Natural vegetable butters, etc.
Oily Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Carrot Extract, Tomato Extract, Licorice Extract, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Salcyclic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, etc.
Oily/Combination Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Carrot Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, Tea tree, apple seed extract, apple pectin, lemon, thyme, sage, cucumber,Kojic Acid, etc.
Dry Skin: Niacinamide, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Hyaluronic Acid, Licorice, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Soy Butter, Kokum Butter, Almond Butter, Shea Butter, Lavender Butter, Natural vegetable oils, etc.
Sensitive Skin: Niacinamide, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Glycerin, etc.
Dull/ Uneven SkinTone: Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Licorice, Thyme, Sage, Lemon, Orange, Niacinamide, Green Tea, Chamomile, & Lavender.
Aging Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Carrot Extract, Tomato Extract, Amin Acids/ Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Evening Primrose, Raspberry Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Licorice, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.
Redness/Irritation: Salcyclic Acid (If sensitive skin, do not use!), Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Natural vegetable oils, Aloe Vera, & Niacinamide.
Acne: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Carrot Extract, Tomato Extract, Tea Tree, Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Apple, Lemon, Green Tea, Chamomile, Salicyclic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I will get back with you!”
I hope you all enjoyed this week’s “Old Blog Post” and got something helpful out of it!
Enjoy your weekend!