I used to write a blog called The Skincare Siren. I still love skincare (and have transferred some of my old posts here), but in the end, I decided to discontinue that blog for two reasons.
The first reason is that our skin doesn't need a ton of products to maintain itself. I was very interested in the 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine a few years ago, and it did seem to work well. However, it's time consuming. I love to pamper, but it often takes away from moments with the people I love, so I've tried to narrow down my routine.
I now focus on doing a daily double cleanse, exfoliation 2-3 times a week, glycolic acid toner in the morning, eye cream every day, a night moisturizer, a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, and several masks a week. This probably still sounds like a lot! However, I no longer layer serum upon serum, and sometimes I do one cleanse only. There are also nights I don't put on any moisturizer, so that my skin does not rely on external sources all the time to stay hydrated. In addition, I don't wear much makeup on my days off. The trick is to listen to your body. Maybe there are days you want to use more products, but most likely, you can get by with less.
The second reason I stopped writing primarily about skincare is that I don't want to promote the idea that we need to buy new products all the time. Being a beauty junkie, I would, of course, like to try every new thing, but my wallet disagrees. While I will continue to experiment with new skincare items from time to time, I have some mainstays that continue to work for me. So for the sake of all our budgets, I will remind us of this familiar phrase: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Great skin seems to depend mostly on lifestyle, anyway. Getting enough sleep, exercising, drinking water, avoiding getting sunburnt, etc. These habits are free, and have nothing to do with the products we use.
Thanks for reading! Look forward to chatting with you through The Last Night of My Twenties.
At times, it seems like I’m living a dual life. There are days when I’ve eaten well, exercised, and done my full skincare routine, ready to jump into bed at a decent hour. However, I also find myself up late writing music and going to concerts. I love doing those things, so I don’t mind, but this can result in eating In-N-Out in my car at 1am, and coming home with barely enough energy to run a cleansing wipe over my face.
Note: you probably know that if you want your ideal skin, then eating junk food, leaving your makeup on overnight, and getting very little sleep is definitely not the way to attain it. However, IF nights like that ever happen to you, as well, then here are my tips for maintaining good skincare habits the rest of the time.
The bottom line is that late nights should be kept to a minimum if you want to look and feel your best. I certainly won’t judge you if they happen, though, and hope these pointers are beneficial to you.
As you might've guessed from my post about the ice facial, I love to experiment with different skincare methods. These are some of the strange things that I do in the name of beauty:
Ever wonder how the actresses of classic Hollywood looked so great without all the advanced beauty tools we have available today? While researching these women's techniques on getting ready, I came across the star Joan Crawford's infamous "ice facial." It was believed that Joan splashed ice water twenty-five times across her face, every time she washed up. Pretty intense.
However, it is true that icing can improve the look of your skin. Even Kate Moss is said to soak her face in a bowl of ice water and cucumbers the morning after a night out. So what makes this technique so beneficial?
One advantage is increased circulation. Icing gives you that glow and rosiness usually only achieved after a brisk walk on a chilly day. In addition, icing helps your skin products absorb better, can bring down redness in any acne you may have, and reduces facial puffiness, giving your cheekbones a more contoured look. Though scientists say we cannot change the shape of our pores, somehow icing also seems to make pores look smaller, albeit temporarily.
Though I don't use Joan's exact method, I've been icing my face for a while now, and will most likely never stop! My everyday tactic is running an ice cube over my face after I wash it. I focus on the eyes, gently moving the ice from the inner corners to the brow in a circular motion. This helps push excess fluid out from under the eyes. When I have more time, I wash and exfoliate my skin, followed by the ice facial. I fill up a big bowl of ice water, and submerge my face in there. I then do a bit of the face splashing approach, and follow the whole thing up with one more ice cube to run over my skin.
Icing couldn't be more affordable, and is one of the best ways to perk up your skin quickly.
Tried and true skincare tips.