Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time to talk about our skin and its importance....

I've been waiting to do this post and seeing as it's Friday I have loads of free-time to do it.
Now I'm sure most of us want perfect skin but I've got to admit, I haven't really seen many people with perfect skin and if they have got it they were either blessed with this or natural and medicinal techniques/treatments. But the most important thing above those is to have healthy skin, follow a skincare routine to keep your skin clean from make-up, dirt or oil and most importantly hydrated.
So I shall be telling you tips I have learnt from a fantastic site (I will put link to their website and Twitter below) and maybe my own skincare routine. Here we go with the tips I have learnt:

1) The most important thing is to wash your face morning AND night. Washing your face in the morning removes dirt and oil from your face that may have gathered onto your face whilst you were sleeping. Most of you may already know this but the oil can come from your hair or if you sweat at night. Now here is one big tip I learnt, I really didn't know this but I follow it religiously now: Make sure you use your facial cleanser AFTER shampooing and conditioning your hair. Now when I heard this I just thought, why would it make any difference, then I figured it out when I read further on. A lot of shampoos and conditioners include ingredients that once rinsed out of your hair, seep onto your skin, and can clog your pores and irritate the skin.  Cleansing after will remove any of this hair product build-up from settling on your face. It is even more important to wash your face at the end of the day because our skin comes into contact with so many things everyday. We all touch our face, mobiles are on our face and all the bacteria can transfer so you must wash your face. The skin is renewed overnight therefore you need to get rid of any residue on your face before you sleep. I've got to admit, some nights I'm so tired that I just use a make-up wipe/cleansing wipe and then sleep, but I would say do not make this a habit, it's not bad to do it sometimes but you really shouldn't all the time. 

2) Exfoliate at least twice a week, for sensitive skins, once a week will be enough as you do not want to irritate your skin too muchExfoliation is the removal of cellular buildup (dead skin) by use of gentle skin polishing beads. The best time to exfoliate is in the evening before bed, when your skin can have time to breathe and be restored.  Exfoliating can also occasionally cause mild redness on the skin which is painless but caused by the friction of the beads being worked in a circular motion against your skin. Because of the redness that can form you shouldn't exfoliate for a big event a few hours before it, if anything I feel you should do it the night before as whilst you sleep the redness will cool down.

3) Moisturizing is the key! You must keep your skin hydrated 24 hours a day. Whether you wear make-up or not, everyone, and I mean everyone, even guys, should moisturize their skin because your skin needs hydration and without it your skin will pull oils, bad oils i.e. sebum, to the surface in attempt to hydrate the skin as the skin is clever enough to realise that your skin is dry. These bad oils can cause more breakouts to happen than usual. Using a fragrance-free moisturizer will balance the moisture of your skin, which in turn, eliminates bad oils from creeping their way out of your skin, therefore less breakout. An oil-free moisturizer is best to use twice a day. Only those of you with severely dry skin may want to look into using a moisturizer infused with oil for the night time, but then continue using an oil-free moisturizer during the day.

4) This next one is a big one, which I know I don't follow myself either, which is bad. We should all have at least 8 hours of sleep. Our skin restores/renews itself when our body rests therefore it is vital we take this step seriously. I will admit, most nights I get roughly 6-7 hours sleep and that will be because I do school work till 12am-1am becuase I 
Procrastinate after school time i.e. between 5-8pm. Basically meaning I'm lazy and don't do my school work in that time, when I have the chance. I am hoping to change that this coming school week, so wish me luck guys lol. But yeah, on weekends I tend to get more than 8 hours sleep. I stay up working, talking to friends etc till roughly 2am then eventually knock off around 2.30am then walk up at 12pm the next morning, or should I say afternoon. Studies show that getting enough sleep at night reduces wrinkle formation and cell turnover is 8 times faster at night than during the day. Your body and skin temperature is higher as well, which allows age-fighting and acne-fighting products to seep deeper into your skin at night.

5) I'm sure everybody has heard of the phrase "You are what you eat". Well stupid as it may sound, trust me I used to think the same as you, it's 100% right. Before getting to the main facts, I would first like to say there's a purpose to the 1st picture on the left, it's not to make anyone feel bad about themselves, but for everyone of us to understand whether our diet is correct. Now many teenage girls do the wrong thing, by going on crash diets and eating something as small as half a apple, as shown in the picture, but it is wrong. You can become severely ill by this, causing you to be underweight, near to or pretty much anorexic or even worse, hospitalized. From someone who is underweight, myself, not from my diet but I just lost a huge amount of weight compared to my height as I am very tall maybe in a another post I'll explain. But the point is, I hate being this skinny, but I've been told I've got fast metabolism which means I'm burning calories at a higher rate than average therefore have trouble putting on weight. But yeah my point is that you don't have to eat less meals, you just have to eat the right foods aka a balanced meal in moderate amounts. The dietician told me I could eat roughly 4-5 very small meals a day, but mainly she told me to stick to 3 meals a day at a moderate amount of food, which I do try and do. Sorry for going off point there a little. I kind of felt the need to point out/explain that 1st picture. Now to the facts. What you take into your body will exude through your skin so eat lots of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins like fish and chicken. Many of these foods have essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to boost our immune system, fight off infections, and keep our skin looking good. Avoid processed foods that are loaded with an excess of sodium, sugar, and fat. These foods can clog your pores, make you feel lethargic, and show negatively through your skin.

6) Another obvious one, which everyone must have heard all they time. We need to hydrate. We are meant to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I think I'm slowly working to that goal, hopefully will reach 8 glasses a day soon. Water will keep your skin more hydrated and flush toxins out of your body more quickly, reducing your acne breakouts and fine lines and wrinkles. Drinking water compared to sugary or caffeinated drinks will give you more balanced energy throughout the day and keep you more alert and healthy.

7) Lastly I would like to say excercise. We should excercise 4 times a week. I'm really bad with this, other than walking to and from school and PE in school, I don't do much excercise. I used to go to the gym, then I stopped all of a sudden, so I really need to start up again. And now for the facts. Besides keeping you fit and healthy, working out allows your body to sweat out all the toxins that would normally take longer to diminish. It promotes good circulation, which in turn opens your pores, freeing the trapped oils and debris from your skin.

And that is all the tips I have. I hope these helped and hope you have enjoyed reading them. Tomorrow's post will be my skincare routine. So good night, good afternoon, good morning, wherever you guys are. Talk to you soon x

Credits go to:

This is where I learnt this information and other skin related stuff, most of the time it's from here, if it isn't I will mention it in that post.

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