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Skin Is In

Ah yes, I’m 24 years old and I use under eye cream twice a day, serum, moisturizer, exfoliate and use sunscreen whenever I’m out in the sun in the summer. Yet- I seem to be the strange one here. People say that I’m stupid to be spending so much time and money on my skin and my lotions and potions.

What I find strange is that people don’t take the time and effort now so that when the future roles around they’ll be golden. Do people think that they’re inevitable with aging and skin cancer? If anything, I wish I was more diligent with my skin care when I was younger, but alas, I was not and have since learned.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care.

Somehow, the friends that I speak with can’t justify the money that I spend on serum and cream, but they can justify doing a #makeuphaul, going into Sephora and spending hundreds on eyeshadow, eyeliners, bronzers and blushes. Who uses an entire eyeshadow palette to the end? Who? Find that person and I’ll buy a lottery ticket because it does not happen.

I choose to invest my money in my skincare over any other beauty product, and in my humble opinion, think that other people should as well. 

None the less, here are the things that I do to take care of my skin which is obviously very different than everyone else’s and is always undergoing a constant change and transformation. As my skin, age, budget and the seasons change, as do the products that I use. 

Firstly, I wash my face at night, never in the morning. It reminds me of being in middle school and the answer to pimples was “why don't you wash your face more?” which meant that I grabbed a bar of soap and moisturized with some shady body cream. My skin was dying for moisture, and I am so sorry to do that to my skin! I prefer washing my skin at night because it takes off my makeup at the same time. Two for one, I’m all about the life!! 

I’m currently using Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash - this cleanser contains small microbeads so that it does a light exfoliation at the same time as cleansing.  I find that this one doesn't make my skin feel to dry and I do like the exfoliation factor in it. I've bought this a few times before, however at $25 a pop ($16 if you find it at Winners.. like I did), I wouldn't mind looking into another company.

After I cleanse I usually use some coconut oil to take off any extra makeup on my eyes that I might have. Quick and easy and I like the fact that I can use coconut oil for many reasons (oil pulling anyone? Hair mask? Yup.. it does it all) instead of having to spend money for each separate thing. I’m all about saving money and minimizing the amount of beauty products that I have on my desk.  Not often that you hear that, do you?

#LifeGoals to be so rich that my entire skin care is La Mer

Next comes under eye creams. I’ve used Korres, L’Oreal and currently I’m on Neutrogena Hydro Boost. To be frank with you, I don’t find a large difference between any of them, likely because I don’t really have any under eye wrinkle, puffiness or dark eye bags so I can’t compare the direct changes that it gives me as I’m using it as proactive skin care. Nothing beats 8 hours of sleep and sufficient hydration and I for one always always always have 7-8 hours of sleep a night! At the end of the day, all three of the ones that I’ve used have given me moisture around my eyes which is what I need. Once I run out of what I’m currently using, I’ll start to research for the best eye serums for young skin- ones that act as a preventative agent. For winter months, this one is great as the hylauronic acid within it helps to really moisturize the skin under my eyes. 

After my eye cream comes my favourite step and my favourite product- serum! It’s my weakness, I love looking into different ones that are available and shopping around for them. This is the one product that I would recommend to not skip, and to not skimp on- it’s more than worth it for what it does to your skin. Currently I’m using LaNeige WaterBank, however I’ve also used Caudalie which I love. I decided to use Waterbank because my skin was super parched, and I knew that this one was really good for moisturizing properties-and I can agree! My skin isn’t dry at all, however, for my next serum I want something that does something other than moisturize, like protect against external forces/pollution, add additional vitamins to my skin, etc etc. 

My next thoughts would be to by Kiehl’s Midnight Oil- I’ve heard great things about it and would love to try it out. They also have a moisturizers and under eye creams but I think I’ll stick with one item from Kiehl’s before putting all of my eggs into one basket.

For face cream, embarrassingly enough, for someone who’s currently preaching about the importance about skin care, I’m on that drug store stuff. However, I am looking to switch to something better.

I don’t use face cream at night, only in the morning and it must, must must must contain a minimum of SPF 30. No joke fam, the idea of anything less than that will make me feel as if I’m burning to a crisp… even in the winter. This is non negotiable! Once my current moisturizer runs out I’ll be searching the internet like a crazy man to find what’s good without breaking the bank.  

 Once to twice a week I’ll exfoliate my skin with some sort of a scrub, currently I’m using the Body Shop Coconut scrub, which I find to be too harsh. I’m always a fan of a home made sugar and honey scrub- nothing makes my skin softer!

On random days I'll use the Bliss "That's Incredi-Peel" glycolic pads. They're gentle enough that you can use it without washing it off once you're done, and I find that my skin is much smoother, softer and that my pores are substantially smaller. However, I do this randomly, whenever I have the time and don't think that I would spend the money on it again. 

What I’m trying to say in this post is that it’s worth it to spend time and money on your skin, and that any type of skin product (be it drug store or luxury) is better than nothing, and at the end of the day, sunscreen is king. Great skin is the best foundation that you have, and the effort that you put in now will pay off well into your future. 
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