Many of us suffer from a variety of skin concerns. Some of these include uneven skin tone, oily, acne prone skin and more. This post will be addressing some of these concerns and giving a few tips and advice on how to deal with these problems.
Uneven Skin Tone
A lot people suffer from uneven skin tone, whether it be on our faces or on our bodies or both. These can be due to age, exposure to the sun, friction, shaving and even products like antiperspirants. One way to help even out skin tone would be to exfoliate, at least once a week. It’s important to give yourself a really good scrub down to get rid of all the dead skin cells in order for newer ones to form. Most people use loofahs but what I find really works is Korean ‘Italy towels‘. They come in a variety of ‘roughness’ and really get a lot of dead skin cells off. You put your hands inside and use it to scrub your entire body. After soaking in hot water in the shower or bath for about 15 minutes, you can start scrubbing your skin. The best thing is that you don’t need to use any shower gel to give it a lather because it’s supposed to be just pure friction. Your skin will get red and it will kinda sorta hurt but you’ll be as soft as a baby’s butt afterwards.
For dark underarms a simple paste made out of baking soda and lemon juice or water will help lighten it up. All you need to do is mix some baking soda with water or lemon juice until it forms a nice paste and apply it to your underarms and leave it on for 15 minutes. If you keep doing this weekly or every few days, you will notice a huge difference. That being said, the same paste could be used to lighten up parts like dark elbows and knees as well!
For dull, uneven skin tone on your face, a moisturizer with Vitamin C in it works to help brighten up your skin instantly. The vitamin C also helps to fade dark spots and hyper-pigmentation from breakouts as well. Face oils such as Argan oil or Maracuja oil contain a lot of vitamins and essential fatty acids which nourish and hydrate the skin, fade dark patches and spots, help with breakouts, control oil and shine and give your skin a healthy glow. You only need about a drop or two every time, so a little really goes a long way. I highly recommend trying a face oil like Josie Maran’s Argan Oil or Argan Oil Light if you’re a first timer and if you have oily, acne prone skin. Trust me, it WORKS. The oil hydrates your skin so it doesn’t feel dehydrated and needs to produce more oil than normal. With the oil production cut down, there would be less chances of breakouts because there’s less sebum clogging the pores of the skin. It’s literally a win-win situation.
To keep breakouts at bay, I suggest using clay masks once a week or any other type of mask geared toward acne prone and oil skin. Ingredients such as tea tree, egg white, volcanic or ghassoul clay help to tighten pores and treat existing breakouts.
You should also cleanse twice a day, once in the morning and once at night if you have oily skin and make sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. I like using Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap in Mild which is geared to dry, combination skin but works just as well for my oily skin.
If possible, try investing in a cleansing brush such as the Clairsonic or a less expensive one from Missha or buying a manual facial brush such as the Scrubbing pad from Sephora or a bristle brush like this: This brush is also from Missha and has tons of soft bristles which help unclog your pores. Another tip for cleansing would be to work the brush against the grain of your skin. It’s better to brush both counterclockwise and clockwise depending on where you are brushing and which side of the face you are brushing.
Spot treatments that contain calamine, tea tree oil, sulfur, or hinoki cypress really help in calming pimples and keeping them under control. I especially like Etude House’s AC Clinic Red Spot Balm because it does a fantastic job of minimizing the pimple and reducing redness and inflammation. Also their Pink Powder Spot is very popular and does a great job of healing acne.
Another good spot treatment is Ciracle’s Red Spot Healing Cream which does the same thing and is super effective. The important thing to keep in mind when treating breakouts is that everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to certain products. Some DIY masks that are great at helping keep break outs under control are: Sandalwood or Turmeric paste mask, Aspirin mask and Egg white mask.
For entire skin care lines you can check out The Body Shop’s Tea Tree line and Etude House’s AC Clinic line as well as their Wonder Pore line; another great line of products is Holika Holika Soda Pore line and it doesn’t hurt to check out Ciracle’s Anti-Blemish Set and its other acne products.
Thanks for reading! If you have any more questions or concerns, please let me know!