After you’ve come to terms with your skin type, the next step is to find products that are tailored specifically for you. We understand the lure of beauty products! More than anything, there comes a time in a woman’s life when she is immediately drawn to the brightly advertised words printed across a tub of moisturizer that promises to shrink her pores overnight or an anti-aging serum that guarantees skin supple enough to battle a newborn baby’s. The struggle is real. So until there comes a time when we figure out to Photoshop pimples or blackheads in real life, chances are you’re not going to find a miracle product that solves all of your facial issues. Skincare takes patience, girls! The results are rarely instantaneous and most of the time requires absolute dedication to the cause and many misfires from trying out the wrong products. However, balanced skin can be achieved by following the holy grail of skincare, which is to plainly put it; cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Many people are under the misconception that all it takes for flawless skin is a good cleanser, but that could not be further from the truth! Toning and moisturizing one’s skin is just as important as cleansing, and is most definitely not just a “preference”. A good toner helps to balance out the pH value of skin, as well as remove impurities and clean out dirt from pores to subsequently reduce them. It’s also a commonly false statement that people with oily skin do not need to apply moisturizer, which is clearly not the case. Skipping out on moisturizer, especially when you have oily skin, can cause sebaceous glands to produce more oil if it feels that the skin is not getting enough and in fact worsen your issues with shine. Thus, omitting a toner and moisturizer in your daily skincare routine is a no-no! For well-balanced skin, cleanse, tone and moisturize twice every day; once in the morning and once at night. Exfoliating is also an important step, and can be done two or three times every week to clear out heavy-duty dirt from pores and to scrub off dead skin cells. Once in a while, it wouldn’t hurt either to use some juicy skin masks! These babies are basically the equivalent of your skin drinking water, and does wonders for refreshing and rejuvenating your face. Try your best to find aloe vera, rosewater, or vitamin E in a facial mask as these 3 ingredients have been found to significantly whiten dark spots, lighten acne marks and all around #glo-up your skin!
Struggling with dry skin is no walk in the park. Your oily-skin sisters might find that you have things easier, but we know that flaky, itchy and painfully taut skin is not fun to deal with! If you fall into the cursed category of dry skin, there are some steps you can carry out to reduce it. First of all, employ a top-of-the line moisturizer. If you’re looking to invest in something that is going to benefit you in the long run, Shiseido Waso Fresh Jelly Lotion would be the way to do it. This moisturizing lotion is a long lasting gel-like finish that gives your skin unrivaled radiance and dew throughout the day. Here’s another underrated gem- sleeping masks! A sleeping mask works to repair your skin overnight, and if you’re looking for one that works, you can trust Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask to do the job. This is a power-packed sleeping mask that hydrates your skin, leaving you with only supple, baby-like skin in the morning. On a side note, those with dry skin might also want to take a closer look at their makeup regime. Chances are if you find your skin becoming increasingly dry throughout, it could very well be attributed to the type of makeup products in your kit! For starters, makeup lovers with dry skin should opt for both liquid or cream textures when looking for foundation. It’s easy to love everything matte, but trust us when we say this is one sacrifice your skin will most definitely thank you for.
For those in that never-ending battle with oily skin, fret not because we have not abandoned you! If your oily skin has got enough firepower to fry a whole egg, you might want to rethink your whole regime. Oily skin has been proven to be a lot peskier to cure than dry skin, and can attributed to a plethora of other things like stress, menstrual cycles, working environment, an unbalanced diet, just basically waking up on the wrong side of the bed is enough to trigger an episode of oily skin. However tough, oily skin is no where near impossible to combat (and we happen to love a challenge), so suit up and go for the number one step to tackling this issue- cleansers! Take the Chica Y Chico Hatching Foam Cleanser for example. This baby might has well have been gifted to us from the Grecian gods because not only does it tackle head on oil, dirt and other impurities, it’s also gentle enough to retain your skin’s natural moisture and not dry it out. Talk about a double agent, except this foam cleanser works for both the good guys. Other than cleansers, you can easily win the fight against oily skin with none other than clay masks. Clay masks are basically what it’s like to give your skin a reassuring hug, making sure that it’s still taken care of at the end of the day after harsh weather, stress and other chemicals. Speaking of, Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a mask that contains kaolin, which is a ninja in absorbing excess oil and removing sebum, leaving your skin soft and smooth for the rest of the day, totally shine-free. However, amidst the cleansers and masks, another way to control excess shine are none other than the classic oil blotters. Oil blotters are little pieces of square-shaped papers that help control oily skin throughout the day, by keeping skin matte and shine-free. These handy blotters even go over makeup, making sure you’ve still got on that killer highlight and impeccable concealer at the end of a wipe.
All in all, there is little that compares the importance of taking care of your skin. Makeup products come and go, each promising flawless skin and a new way to cover up blemishes but the most dangerous thing to do is to rely too much on a temporary fix. We love playing wake up and make up just as much as the next girl, but at the end of the day, there comes a time to draw a line between concealing a blemish and actually getting rid of it! In a time of the “cosmetic-aesthetic”, there is nothing more important than distinguishing the differences between makeup and skincare, as well as giving both of them a good balance in your book. Girls, your skincare routine is your sacred time and no one should be able to take that away from you! So whether or not you have oily skin, dry skin or even a combination of both, instead of aiming for perfect skin, aim for the healthier one. At the end of the day, no matter how many facials you sit for, or how many lasers you put yourself through, if proper skincare does not start at home, it will all be for naught. From the bottom of our hearts at Shoppr, we urge you to wield that moisturizer like a sword and strive towards the best version of your skin!
because you deserve only the best