Beauty Basic: The steps to flawless skin

Hello ladies,

Today’s post is especially written for all of you, who would like to have a better healthy skin <3

I have been asked a lot by people around me the secret of my flawless and healthy.
Instead of replying to them one by one, I have decided to post it here; so, more people can read it too.I believe, there are many women out there who have the same issue that they wish to solve.

Practically, there is no short cut to a flawless-healthy skin. It is all about good self-maintenance and self-discipline. The question is how committed are you to yourself? Without commitment, you will never achieve the result you expect to get.

If you are ready to commit yourself in this routine, let’s get into business!

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Step 1: Keep your face clean & moisturize well

3 simple steps:

  • Wash your face properly and regularly
  • Use toner
  • Moisturize well

It doesn’t take a fancy steps or formula to adequately clean and moisturize your face. No matter whether your skin type is dry, oily or sensitive, you shouldn’t skip the moisturizing step in your skin care routine. Leaving it out might quickly cause redness or flaking, and in time it can allow wrinkles and other aging signs to show up on your skin earlier than they otherwise might. Also, if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, moisturizing regularly might help ease some of the irritation.

Dermatologists have designated 16 different skin types, based on the following four categories:

  • Dry or oily
  • Pigmented or nonpigmented
  • Wrinkled or tight
  • Sensitive or resistant

Knowing which skin type you fall into makes it much easier to pick the right daily facial moisturizer. Often, skin care companies will label their face lotions with the corresponding skin type.

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Step 2: Eat Well

Watch what you eat! I believe all you must have heard this infamous statement: “You are what you eat!”
 Unfortunately, it is true. So, we have to be careful of what we consume. Always remember this, “is our way of noshing helping or hurting your complexion?

In short, What we eat can affect our hormone balance, cause acne, and create or lessen inflammation, which is associated with skin aging. Therefore, our food can be as important as the serums and creams you apply on your skin, says Dr. Wu. Here is some  25 foods that are good and fantastic for us and  our skin (click here).

 

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Step 3: Get enough sleep!

According to Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York, people with poor sleep, are easily stress and have higher level of stress in compare with those who get enough quality of sleep. It is because of the increased of stress hormone in the body, which result on the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. In contrast, a good night sleep will help to clear up skin, as well as skin health.

If poor sleep can lead to such a horrible issue, imagine what can happen to our skin, if we are lacking of sleep. I know the idea that we can get through the day with minimal shuteye seems to be catching on, especially for teens and young adult who are increasingly staying up to study, binge-watch shows and partake in all-night vamping sessions.

 

Here are six skin health facts of not getting enough sleep:

  1. Worsens existing skin conditions, such as causing acne breakouts, increased skin sensitivity, increased allergic contact dermatitis reactions, and so on.
  2. Detracts from your skin’s natural beauty. Lacking of sleep is causing the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce and translucency.
  3. Makes immune-related skin problems worse, i.e. the increased inflammation in the body throws off the body’s ability to regulate the immune system, which leads not only to getting sick more often, but also to flares of immune-related skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
  4. Results in less beauty –  Results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.
  5. Accelerates the aging process – During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this won’t occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight. This results in more noticeable signs of aging.
  6. Contributes to weight gain. Sleep also helps with weight management, which is good for your skin. Whereas, sleep deprivation leads to excess snacking and calorie consumption.

A quick fact of what our body does, in relation with the skin, when we are asleep

During deep sleep, the skin’s metabolic rate speeds up and many of the body’s cells show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins. Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for the repair of damage from factors like ultraviolet rays, deep sleep may indeed be beauty sleep.

The bad news, daytime sleep will not compensate for loss of nightly ‘beauty sleep’ as the energy needed for tissue repair is not available during daylight because it is being used elsewhere. Therefore, getting enough night sleep is very important indeed.

 

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Step 4: See the dermatologist

Why is it important? It is because we need a specialist or an expert in their field to help giving us the correct diagnosis and treatments for our skin problems; so we may find out what exactly is our skin problems and what the best solution is.

For example, you have an acne problem. A dermatologist can determine which kind of prescription skin treatment would be most effective for your acne and lifestyle.

In short, there is not one-for-all solution for acne or any other skin issues. It is because, none have the same skin types, i.e. everyone has different kind of skin types – I have an oily skin, but you may have a combination/dry/sensitive/pigmented skin. Therefore, the dermatologist has different prescription for people with oily skin than for dry skin. Further, they will also consider our lifestyle, which include our eating and sleeping, as all been mentioned above.

Therefore, I would highly recommend you to ask as detail as possible and take notes of what the dermatologist has to say about you and your skin problems, especially for my Indonesian fella, as I noticed from the people around me, as they do not understand the issue; they ended up depending on doctor’s prescribed skincare set, which I know is very tough for the skin + it is very expensive to afford too. So, try to work hard a little to understand your skin issue, so you do not need to depend on it, unless you have a especially rare skin issue.

 

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Step 5: Protect your skin!

Use sunblock before putting on your makeup, or find makeup that contain SPF in it. A research shows that a quarter of normally functioning skin cells that have been exposed to sunlight, may become skin cancer. Hence, we are encouraged  practice “safe sun”,which means not going into direct sunlight between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. when the rays are the strongest, covering up skin and using sunblock for areas that regularly are exposed.

More reasons why sunscreen is important:

  1. Our body needs to be protected from harmful rays as the ozone layer is depleting.
  2. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations
  3. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.
  4. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

Here is my favorite sunblock that I like to use: Nivea Sun Ultra Beach Protect SPF50+.

What I like most about this sunblock is that it is a spray sunblock – easy application. I don’t really like the lotion, as it is more sticky, more hard to apply as your hand cannot reach particular area, and last but not least, it also takes a while to absorb. In contrast, this Sunblock spray is very easy to apply, all you have to do is to spray it evenly on the surface of your skin, absorb quickly and does not feel sticky at all.

If you don’t like to apply too many product on to your face skin, you can seek products – skincare & makeup that has SPF in it, such as

 

Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse SPF 15
The Body Shop Vitamin E Protective SPF 15 Moisture Lotion
The Body Shop Vitamin E Protective SPF 15 Moisture Lotion
  • Rimmel London BB Cream 9 in 1 SPF 25
  • Wardah Sunscreen Gel SPF 30

There are more products available out there than I can list here. The above products are only some that I can share with you, to show that the many options available to help us protecting our skin from harm.

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So, that’s all my review for the day. I hope you all having a great reading time, and find the information useful. Don’t forget to follow me on my social media for more beauty boosts and updates.

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xoxo

Blossom Shine

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