5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT SKIN CARE

I wanted to bring together my list of five things I have learned about skin care and makeup. Remember I am no professional. Simply an Avon Representative and regular female who started late in life when it came to knowing what I do know about makeup. Though I have been wearing eyeliner since I was 13 due to having trichotillomania.

Start Early

Many people are taught to give their babies gentle soaps and lotions to keep their skin healthy and soft. As we get older though, I have noticed not as many parents do this beyond the infant or toddler stage. They just make sure kids wash up. Not that this is a bad thing, but at least teaching kids about sunscreen and using a lotion on rougher areas will teach them that their skin is on big organ of the body. You try to teach them to eat healthy. Their skin should be included. I was watching Today on channel seven where I am at and they mentioned that people 18 and up have seen a rise in skin cancer. Mostly those tanning beds and it’s been touted for a long while that those things aren’t good. I have never used one. Plus, people aren’t always using sunscreen. When you are young and when your kids are young teach them to at least wear sunscreen and follow up with after sun care. Put what lotion is best for them on their skin. Just yesterday when the kids went swimming or playing in the water at grandmas house, I made sure they put on sunscreen. I used Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus with SPF 30. It is water resistant up to 80 minutes. Sometimes mosquitos are in an area simply because there is a pool or maybe a water puddle nearby. I let that sit in for 15 minutes. I used Anew Hydra Fusion Daily Beauty Defense with SPF 50. As for aftercare I use Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration. It has 24 Hours of Hydration. Plus the smell is wonderful.

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I have mentioned some great skin care products for regular skin care in my post titled 4 Skin Care Saviors + 1 Popular Brand.

Know That Your Skin Type Can Change

byr skin type is affected by so many things. Genetics and hormones are at the top. But what also causes your skin to be the way it is can be from medications and diet. I for one can personally say that since becoming vegan, my skin is less oily and I have less breakouts. But my back still has issues, thus why I use one of the products mentioned in the article I linked above: Panoxyl. I love it! Still, growing up I had oily skin. I had breakouts. I still have oily skin but now my face and even the skin on my shins has changed to being combination oily skin. So I treat it as such. Treat your skin to its type. Get to know products and what is in them as that has a major affect as to whether or not it will work. Take for example that for us oily skinned folk toners should not have alcohol in them. I like witch hazel with no alcohol by Thayers. My brother got me into using Witch Hazel when I was 15 when he was having really bad backne. It really is genetic for us at least. It was my brother that taught me this one thing about skin care for acne. Also, lotions should be oil free. There are some like Jojoba is said to mimic your natural oil production but I have found that it isn’t that way for me. But if it works for you that is awesome. Dry skin comes with large pores. Mostly. This is the case with my mother. In recent years I have noticed the dry spots on my face do in fact have large pores. You get large pores because your skin is trying to create more oil so it dilates. Here is an article that I like that talks about skin types and how they can change do to a variety of factors called.Your skin type is affected by so many things. Genetics and hormones are at the top. But what also causes your skin to be the way it is can be from medications and diet. I for one can personally say that since becoming vegan, my skin is less oily and I have less breakouts. But my back still has issues, thus why I use one of the products mentioned in the article I linked above: Panoxyl. I love it! Still, growing up I had oily skin. I had breakouts. I still have oily skin but now my face and even the skin on my shins has changed to being combination oily skin. So I treat it as such. Treat your skin to its type. Get to know products and what is in them as that has a major affect as to whether or not it will work. Take for example that for us oily skinned folk toners should not have alcohol in them. I like witch hazel with no alcohol by Thayers. My brother got me into using Witch Hazel when I was 15 when he was having really bad backne. It really is genetic for us at least. It was my brother that taught me this one thing about skin care for acne. Also, lotions should be oil free. There are some like Jojoba is said to mimic your natural oil production but I have found that it isn’t that way for me. But if it works for you that is awesome. Dry skin comes with large pores. Mostly. This is the case with my mother. In recent years I have noticed the dry spots on my face do in fact have large pores. You get large pores because your skin is trying to create more oil so it dilates. Here is an article that I like that talks about skin types and how they can change do to a variety of factors called Does Your Skin Type Change As You Age?

You Skipped A Wash

Granted that skin needs daily care but if you miss a wash because you got busy, as long as it isn’t when you pass out with makeup on, you will be fine. The only time I got upset with missing a wash was when I was pregnant with my middle child and due to hormones, I needed to wash my face A LOT. I even had to shave daily. It was horrible. But now, I do occasionally miss a wash in the morning. Not so much at night. The thought of the days oils on my pillow, though it gets dirty with use regardless, just grosses me out. But if you are on a strict regimen due to prescription, it would be best to keep up at it as best you can. Sometimes we get busy. Just wash when you can twice a day. Plus, as recommended by Refinery, it’s okay to break a routine. In fact it could be beneficial. Let the skin be skin.

See a Doc If Something Is Very Bad

The two times I have had to see a doctor for a skin issue is this one time I had a really hard and tiny black pimple-like thing on my arm that hurt. I am still unsure what it was but had to have it removed. I missed work for it though I would have been fine to work. It was just I worked in food so they take stuff like that serious. The other time is when I got a cyst. I have noticed I am having them more frequently and it is noted that some people just get them. I had one in my armpit. The best I could think is maybe I nicked myself shaving and now use an electric shaver. I had it for about a week. I did see a doc on the third day and was prescribed meds. Now, not that I am advocating this, but it did work, I used the old heated bottle trick to bring it to the surface and drain naturally. It did work. I did it for a few days and even did soaks using a special bottle I keep for such needs because it isn’t easy doing an effective compress on your armpit. The rag got cold far too quickly. So I used salted water in a bottle necked bottle and kind of laid down. I was still taking my meds. I did wear something comfortable though because it hurt putting my arm down. And I had to wear very loose shirts. But things like this need medical attention as you may never know if there is a more serious cause. It can really play havoc on the skin. You don’t want an infection to spread either. Please don’t be like guys I have dated a use a blade to dig it out. Dude, just no. And it’s gross and unsanitary.

Exfoliate

You wash. Sure but do you exfoliate? When you are wanting to make sure all parts of your skin look even and to have makeup go on better or even use sunless tanning lotions, its best to exfoliate. Some people get skin build up and even though they wash, it still shows because it makes the skin look darker and a bit dirty. My daughter gets it on her chest. I can tell if she didn’t exfoliate because it’s dark in spots. You would be amazed at how much it helps everywhere on the body. Lotions and makeup just work better on clean exfoliated skin.

What are things you have learned about taking care of your skin? Let me know in the comments below.

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