Happy Skincare Sunday!
For women, Summer is a time when we try to cut back on wearing heavy makeup and let our skin breathe. This is partly due to the fact that it is hot and nobody wants to sweat through their foundation. Nonetheless, caring for your skin underneath that makeup is always just as important as the makeup itself. Here are some tips to give you that summer glow without doing or spending too much.
1. Moisturize-Although it is summer, it is still important to moisturize. Lightweight moisturizers are some of the best for the summer time due to the fact that the skin sweats and may over produce oils causing us to look more dewy than usual. Moisturizers like Cetaphil and Cerave are lightweight and will keep you glowing but not over oily. They retail for about $12-$15.
2. Essential Oils-Essential Oils are some of my favorite skin care products. As I have mentioned before, they do not have to be used only on the skin, but for this post they will. Oils like Rose Hip Seed, Lavender, Vitamin E, Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil are great moisturizing oils that penetrate deep into the skin to give the skin a healthy glow. If you have oily skin, Rose Hip Seed and Jojoba are perfect as they are lightweight and non-comedogenic, meaning they will not break you out. Essential Oils can be found in your local Drugstore or Amazon.com for $6-$14.
3. Vitamin D-The sun produces vitamin D which can make the skin look super rich and glowing. Hence, when you stand in the sun to take a selfie, you notice your skin looks better. Getting Vitamin D from the sun can give your skin a healthy glow but always remember to protect the skin from the UV Rays by wearing a skin protectant such as sun screen.
4. Vitamin C-You can get vitamin c from actual vitamins yes, but using a vitamin C serum can brighten your skin and also treat dark spots by lightening them to return to your normal skin tone. It is best recommended to do serums before your moisturizer and to wear a sunscreen over the serum because it can be acidic and make your dark spots even darker.
Yes, I too have oily skin.
Before you get all sad and depressed, smile! This is not to be seen as a problem, instead embrace it.
What causes the skin to be “oily?”
Oily skin also known as seborrhea occurs when your pores become blogged and in return your skin produces excess oil. Those with oily skin are more susceptible to acne, acne scarring, and large pores.
Having oily skin can seem like a curse. But it is actually a gift! Here are some tips to dealing with your oil secretion.
- MOISTURIZE!!!!-Moisturizing oily skin may seem like a contradiction, but it is actually beneficial to do so. When oily skin is not moisturized enough, the skin will overcompensate by producing more oil. So, you are actually not doing yourself a favor by not moisturizing
- Consistency!!!!-Having a consistent skin care regimen is essential for those of us with oily skin. When our skin is acclimated to the regimen, it is less likely you will get new or constant pimples
- Sleep!!!!-Believe it or not, sleep plays a pivotal role in how our skin reacts. By knowing how much sleep your body needs in order for your skin to function at its best, you can prepare to keep oil down and have your skin looking flawless!
- Blotting!!!-Blotting is usually a term synonymous with makeup, but just because you do not have makeup on, does not mean you cannot blot. Keeping blotting sheets around can ensure you keep oil down when you are on the go.
- Makeup-Be sure to check ingredients on makeup bottles/packaging. Liquid Foundations usually cause oily skin to produce more oil. Be sure to use a mattifying primer and or a powder to help keep the oil to a minimum.
Repeat after me.
I am worth it, I am enough, I am beautiful, I am unique, I am me.
How did that feel? I hope you felt a sense of relief after saying those words. Why? Because it is true. We often compare ourselves to others, whether the physical or the mental. We admire other attributes about a person and wish they were our own. When someone possesses something we want, we tend to get jealous and look for validation within our friends and family. When you compare yourself, you are denying your value. You are asking, am I beautiful like them? Am I intelligent like them? Am I charming like them? If I am not, what can I do to possess attributes like this person? So, instead of being who you are, you are now aspiring to be someone else, not even realizing that what makes that person who they are, is by being themselves and honing in on the strong characteristics they possess. Instead of comparing yourself, you should find what makes you unique. Everybody has unique characteristics about themselves. It may be the way you walk, or the way you talk, or your smile, or a certain talent or skill you have. I encourage you to dig deep this week, repeat the words above and do some soul searching. What makes us all unique is the fact that we are all different and although we may endure some of the same experiences, we are all our own person, and instead of trying to be like or wish to be like someone else, you should spend time with yourself. If that means you need to be alone for a day, or take a social media break; clear your mind and remind yourself that your qualities are lovable and enough because the only affirmation you need is from yourself.