Since it’s been awhile that I updated the blog, I thought I’d change the subject a bit and share with you ten simple ways you can improve your skin drastically- just by changing your daily habits! I am a skin care fanatic and had spent countless times trying out facials in Korea (and all over, but Korea by far is the best in beauty related services) and testing hundreds of different products. More so than makeup, I believe in looking flawless in your bare skin. While this can’t cure all, the simple steps below will definitely improve your skin within days. These are the things I wish my mother had told me growing up!
- Apply a lotion or toner IMMEDIATELY after you wash your face.
Yup, that’s right. Immediately means seconds after you wipe the water off of your face with a towel. Not a minute, or five minutes. or worst yet, 30 minutes after your wash because you were too busy changing into your night gown. You have just scraped off your skin raw by washing your face and trust me, your face is prone to all sorts of nasty stuff due to its dryness. The moral of the first rule: do not let your skin lose its moisture.
2. Wait in between toners, serums, lotions, and creams.
Have more than one skin care routine you follow? Once you apply a toner immediately after a wash (or lotion, or a serum, really depends on each individual), make sure that this time, you wait a bit in between applications. Wash your face, immediately apply a toner. Then wait few minutes. Apply a serum. Wait again for few minutes. Apply lotion. Once you give your skin a chance to soak in all the beneficial goodies in one product, it’s in a better state to take in the next, rather than applying all the gunk one after another.
3. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT touch your face. ever.
If you must wipe, scratch, rub your face, use the back of your hands. Your hands have a lot of bacteria that you do not want near your sensitive face. This includes your cell phone- do not let the screen touch the side of your face.
4. Wash your pillow cover once a week.
You should be changing all of your bedsheets once a week anyway, but for the students living in dorms who were lazy to wash your sheets, then wondered why you broke out all the time, your dirty pillow cover could be the reason! Did you know that some celebrities in Korea place a fresh new towel on top of their pillow every night and change it daily? They owe their glowing skin to fresh pillow covers. Yup, it’s true. My dermatologist in Korea who treats many Korean celebrities’ skin let loose this secret of theirs. Changing daily was a bit too much for me (I’m no celebrity), so I only change it once a week. But really, the more the merrier (for your skin)!
5. Change your pillow once every two years.
For the same reason above, change your pillow. You would be surprised at how much sweat, drool (embarrassingly yes), dust mites, fungus, bacteria, whatever it may be, your pillow absorbs. And keeps. So change your pillows frequently! I buy a cheap latex pillow like 100% Natural Latex Pillow by ExceptionalSheets, Queen or even Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Bamboo Cover by Coop Home Goods – Made in the USA – QUEEN, use the heck out of it for a year or two years, then buy another.
6. Apply sunscreen all the time, even when you’re indoors in your home.
You’d be surprised at the amount of UVA that enters your home even if you’re indoors. Ever wonder why many Asian woman look young? Because we avoid sun at all costs. We do not tan. ever. You can spot an Asian from far as we’re the one walking with our hands covering our faces even with the slightest sun out, and the one that is covered from head to toe (literally. the Korean ladies wear winter face masks in the summer) when we’re golfing or jogging. There’s no excuse to not wear one as there are great lightweight ones in the market which you barely feel it on your skin! Try to look for one above SPF 50. I highly highly highly recommend Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, 1.7 Fluid Ounce. The best sunscreen ever!
7. Don’t have time for a facial? Use the black pore-declogging skin mask and Clarisonic brush once a week.
Use the black mask to rid of your pores once a week, and a Clarisonic brush, such as Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Sonic Cleansing System, Pink to help take off the dead skin on your face that your hands can’t. Keep in mind, though, that it’s good to be gentle on your skin. Clarisonic brush is definitely needed to take away your dead skin that is preventing your pores from absorbing all the nutrients easily, but once a week is enough! I also recommend using the delicate brush like this one: Clarisonic Replacement Brush Heads for Delicate Skin.
8. Apply water, or mist, or both on your face, whenever you can.
The road to maintaining a youthful look is to avoid the sun and maintain the “water” on your face. And this can also mean literally. Koreans carry around a skin mist in their bags everywhere they go to keep their skin moisturized. D looks really young for his age, and I’ve observed after being with him for few years that he always keeps his eyes wet, as in, every time he enters the bathroom, he quickly puts water over his eyes and keeps it wet until it dries on its own. Yes, the water on its own can help in preventing wrinkles! A celebrity in Korea stated her secret to maintaining youthful skin was to allow the water to dry naturally after a face wash, without using a towel. I hate dripping all over the place, and have no patience to do so, but for those unlike me, this is a great habit and you can still apply the rule #1- apply lotion even when your face is wet, and let it dry and soak in all at once!