Face it: Your skin needs love

With all the talk about contouring, highlighting, accentuating…. we don’t ever really talk about what to do when the make-up comes off. Why? Is it not glamorous enough? Bullshit. Let’s talk skincare and make it simple.

First off, Girl, you need to give a shit

Don’t save your face routine until you’re so tired that you’re half-asleep. There’s some beauty in taking the time to enjoy yourself, even if it’s only 5 minutes. Try to take a few minutes, uninterrupted, to get the water to a nice lukewarm temperature, and breathe! Too often, we rush through things, trying to get to the next thing. It’s too much to rush all day. Just chill, girl, and look at your gorgeous face for a second! Acknowledge that by doing this for yourself, you are showing yourself love. Isn’t that awesome?

So, what is your skin missing?

You’re already fucking glam, so what could I possibly mean? You need to acknowledge the skin-type you have. Don’t just use Clean and Clear because it’s cheap, use it because it’s what your face needs. If you notice something is drying your skin out, and you can’t bear to toss it, give that shit to a friend. Give yourself some gifting karma. Additionally, pay attention to the things that happen while you’re putting on your daily make-up: patchy dry spots, oily bits, acne that only occurs in one specific place… Once you’ve realized what your skin’s been missing, you’re already a step closer to that sexy-ass supple skin.

If you don’t know what type of skin you have, wash your face with any cleanser, and then wait two hours to see how your skin looks and feels. Here’s a little guide:

  • Normal skin – Normal skin girls don’t know how good they have it. No flaking or dryness. Skin feels smooth, doesn’t seem overly oily or dry. You don’t need much for your skin, just stick to lightweight formulas and be kind to it. You’re the lucky one, relish it. Maybe give yourself a face mask once a week if you really want to up your skincare game.
  • Oily Skin – Oily skin may look shiny and feel slick. The best thing for this skin type would be a gel or liquid formulas. To avoid breakouts, stay away from heavier bases- they are hell on oily skin. On the bright side, you will look young forever!
  • Dry Skin – Dry skin feels like you are wearing a mask of your own face. And it’s really tight. You may also have flaky areas that itch like hell, or some redness. My advice (I have dry skin too) is to stick to lotions, creams, and moisturise every. single. day.
  • Combination Skin – Combination skin, in my opinion, is the hardest to diagnose. You’re going to deal with all the stuff the other skin types deal with – oil, redness, itchiness. Your T-zone is probably oily, and the rest of your face is probably dry. The best attack is two-pronged: use gels for your t-zone, and lotions for the rest.

If you’re still unsure what your skin type is, comment and I’ll try to help you out! Try not to stress about it too much, just know that when your skin feels good, and it’s staying clear, you’re probably on the right track.

What skin type do you have? What has saved your skin?

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