Significant lessons I've learned all these years about our skin
Some people might be wondering why we have to be concerned of our skin. I've heard some who say that they are not too mindful of their skin, they don't use special products for it. For me, we have to keep our skin looking good and healthy because our skin is the suit of our body and we will be wearing it for the rest of our lives. Another thing, is that our skin is a part of our physical appearance, which is, the first thing that other people sees. Thus, this could either build or break our confidence when we face others so mind as well make it good.
Before we know how to really take good care of our skin, we must first find out what is our ethnicity and skin type. It is very important to use only products that suits your skin type and your ethnicity. Before, I just use/try anything that catches my eyes. Whether it is L'Oreal, Celeteque, Godiva, The Body Shop, you name it! It's like i'm experimenting with my face. LOL. Later then, I've realized that products that are specially made for Asian skin is still the best for me. Maybe because Caucasian products are specially made to suit whatever weather they have there, and same as Asians. When I tried L'Oreal, my skin didn't liked it and it caused me irritations. Maybe the formulation is too harsh for me, it obviously didn't suit me. That was the time when I didn't know that I should use Asian products and I should look for labels like "fragrance free", "alcohol free", "paraben free", "hypo-allergenic", "non-comodogenic" because of my sensitive skin.
I thought before that if a product is expensive, it will be effective and it will work for you - another misconception. Regardless of the price, a product may or may still not work for you! We maybe surprised that a friend is using a cheap product but has good complexion, while we are using way more expensive stuff but our skin is still dull. This only shows that the product doesn't suits us. I have used The Body Shop before and we all know it's a bit pricey. But it just won't improve my skin problems that's why I have to stop using it and look for a more optimal product.We have to really try and try to find what suits us best and this will not be easy. I hope I can just help you a bit by guiding you on what you should look for :)
As for me, I have sensitive/acne prone skin... I use facial wash that is very mild and gel type. I've read somewhere that foam facial wash could make your skin dry (suited for oily skin) that is why gel type is more recommended for sensitive skin.
I also try to stay away from toners with alcohol because it can strip the natural moisture of the skin. Toners with alcohol are more recommended for oily and blemished skin.
For moisturizers, I try to look for products labelled "non-comodogenic" or "oil-free" to avoid clogged pores. Clogged pores are the worst nightmare for me! I also seek for moisturizers which has watery texture which is easier to absorb for the skin. I cannot bear using a greasy moisturizer specially with the kind of weather we have in the Philippines.
In cosmetics, I see to it that it has SPF and is non-comodogenic. A lot of people get breakouts from cosmetics so you really have to be careful on choosing these. As much as possible, I want to minimize the amount I use of these as I am avoiding clogged pores. If possible buy from stores with good reputation.
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