Yes, you can get healthier, more beautiful looking skin! So what does that mean for you? It means that taking good care of your skin should be bumped up on your priority list. I am a firm believer that when it comes to healthy skin, it is all about achieving balance. To me, that means it is neither dry nor oily, it is neither irritated nor dull, and the tone of the skin is even on the entire face. It’s not always easy to achieve healthy looking skin especially when you live in today’s world. There are many factors that contribute to the overall health of your skin. Weather conditions, harsh chemicals, environmental pollution, sun exposure, stress and your diet are all things you should be aware of when it comes to maintaining a beautiful complexion. You may not always notice it, but your skin communicates to you on a daily basis. When it’s red and itchy, it’s shouting “I’m irritated!” When it’s dry and flaky, it’s saying “I’m thirsty!”. When warning signs like this come up, your skin is telling you that something is not right.
When I was struggling with mild acne years ago, I started to pay close attention to my diet and the products I was using. I was eating a lot of junk, which showed in my skin (they always say you are what you eat, right?). So I started to incorporate more vegetables and fruit in my diet. Back then I was also switching to different skincare products every week, and putting on a number of creams and serums. I thought I was doing my skin a favor by lathering on all these different products, but now I know that less is more when it comes to beautiful skin. I also learned that you have to find a routine that is best for your skin. Since my skin is both sensitive and oily, I stopped using heavy creams, and also started looking for products that were hypoallergenic. Sometimes products can cause an allergic reaction in your skin, which causes redness, dryness, itchiness and even acne. After a few years, I found a routine that is gentle on my skin and keeps my skin balanced. I really love DDF products and you will see some of them listed in this article.
A few things to remember when taking care of your skin is to BE GENTLE. I can’t say it enough. Stop picking at it, stop using harsh soaps, and simply stop touching it throughout the day if you can help it. Make sure to use sunscreen whenever you will be exposed to the sun. As I mentioned before, the condition of your skin will depend on the climate and environment you live in. In the Midwest, I grew up in extreme weather conditions. We had cold, dry winters that transitioned into hot, humid summers. It takes a toll on your skin, so you really have to change a few habits every season to maintain healthy skin.
Now that I live in southern California, I am constantly in dry heat (goodbye Midwest humidity!), so my main priority is to keep my skin moisturized and hydrated. That means using a moisturizer on my skin day and night, and drinking plenty of water. My goal for the past couple years has been to improve the clarity and tone of my skin so that I no longer have to wear foundation. I’m doing very well so far, and I don’t even feel the need to use foundation on a daily basis anymore since my skin looks pretty good when I wake up.
Below I have listed the skincare routine that has been working wonders for me, and I hope this works for you as well.
My simple daily routine for both day and night in 3 easy steps:
- Cleanse: I cleanse with Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Wash. I have been using this face wash for as long as I remember. This really helped balance my skin out when I was having acne problems. It gently cleanses your skin without leaving it feeling tight, itchy or dry. This is truly one of THE best products ever made, and I always recommend this face wash to anyone who is experiencing skin problems.
2. Tone: This can be optional, but I use a toner after I cleanse and before I moisturize because my skin tends to be on the oily side. I use a little bit of DDF’s Glycolic Acid Toning Complex. I pour a little bit on a cotton ball (a little goes a long way) and apply it all over my face. To me, this has been a miracle worker because it has evened out my skin tone, treated my acne, and has controlled the excessive oil production in my skin. I recommend this toner if you have oilier skin, have dark sun spots, mild acne, or are concerned about the prevention of fine lines. From what I know, Glycolic Acid is part of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid family and it helps increase cellular turnover in the skin. That process usually promotes a clearer and more refined skin tone. I know some people have used this to treat their acne and it really does give you a more clear complexion. If you are new to using toner, you can use this every other day for starters (especially if your skin is on the drier side) and see how your skin reacts to it. If you don’t think its right for your skin, you can skip this step and just focus on cleansing then moisturizing.
3. Moisturize: What’s the best moisturizer out there? Is it a DDF product? Yah, you betcha! I love DDF’s Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew. I really do recommend this moisturizer for everyone. Even if your skin is oily, you can use this moisturizer because it’s not greasy or heavy. It uses grapeseed to comfortably hydrate the skin. Once you apply it to your face, your skin absorbs it right away and feels as though you are wearing nothing. Another perk is that this moisturizer is perfect for sensitive skin. It’s hypoallergenic and dye free. There’s no perfume or scent. And it contains healthy vitamins such as A, E and C. They make two different versions of this moisturizer. One with SPF 15 and one that is without. I recently purchased the one with SPF since it’s the summer time and I’ve been more exposed to the sun.
Once a week treatment:
Origins Modern Friction Face Scrub: They say that this product can give you almost the same results as if you went and got a microdermabrasion treatment at the dermatologist’s office. I have never gotten microdermabrasion done, so I can’t compare. However, I can tell you that this product is one of the most amazing products ever made in the history of skincare products! My mom and I discovered this about 8 years ago, and we have both been using it ever since. It sloughs away dead skin cells, makes your skin appear brighter, and leaves you with a youthful, smooth face. This is a great exoliator that you can use once or even twice a week depending on your skin. I use it twice a week, but that may be too much for some people. I just love it so much haha! Remember to be gentle on your skin when using this product. If you feel your skin is on the dull side and needs some revitalization, then this is a great product to use.
A quick tip for acne prone skin:
If you have acne prone skin, I recommend DDF’s Sulfur Therapeutic Mask. Sulfur has proved to banish acne for me, so I would recommend using this mask once a week if you are having acne problems. You can also use this as a spot treatment at night. Just take a q-tip and apply it to your pimple(s). I will warn you though, it does have a slightly unpleasant odor since it is using sulfur (like rotten eggs), but the results are amazing!
Hope you found this helpful! Now go show off your beautiful skin!