11 Easy Skincare Tips That Saved My Skin

11 Skincare Tips That Saved My Skin And Can Save Yours, Too

Struggling with acne is never fun for anyone, so I hope that some of these tips are able to help out anyone else currently struggling with it!

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I've been struggling with acne for over two years now. I've been to two different dermatologists, been on three types of antibiotics and four different medicated cleansers/creams and nothing helped my skin.

I took it upon myself to start finding over the counter products that work for my skin type and these are some tips and products that have helped my skin improve so much over the past year.

Disclaimer: everyone's skin is different (I have combination, acne prone, olive skin) and these tips may not work for everyone, but they definitely worked for me!

Prep AND Prime Your Skin Before Makeup!

I've noticed that my skin is a lot happier with me by the end of the day if I do my normal skin routine on top of adding a primer on my skin whenever I wear makeup. I use Cetaphil daily face cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen daily, which have all helped my skin so much.

Don't Overdo Skin Treatments/Masks!

Limit yourself to one skin treatment per night and two skin masks per week to ensure that you don't damage your skin.

Invest in a Good Toner!

I swear my life changed once I started using toner. It's meant to be used after cleansing to restore the pH balance of your skin. I use a Thayers alcohol-free toner, which is great for sensitive skin because it isn't too harsh. Also, there is aloe vera in this particular toner which is great for reducing redness and the appearance of scars.

Always Use Moisturizer!

Yes, even if you have oily skin. It's a common misconception that people with oily skin don't need a moisturizer when, in most cases, that's so far from the truth. A lot of people with oily skin have it because their skin is actually dry, so it begins to produce excess oils to defeat the dryness.

ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN!

I wish someone told me this a long time ago. If you're anything like me and have scars on your face (mine are from acne, but any type of scars are applicable), then being in the sun only makes them darker and harder to get rid of.

Use Products With the Same Base Ingredient!

Using products that have different ingredients (such as oil and water based products) can cause them to not mix well and separate easier. Also, if you use retinol or vitamin A creams/serums and use a vitamin C serum as well, it will definitely increase sensitivity in your skin since both are very powerful ingredients.

Stop Using Makeup Wipes!

I could go on for days about how bad makeup wipes are for you. Their only pro: they're convenient. Aside from that one pro, they irritate your skin, they don't get all of your makeup off (it's the true definition of surface cleaning), and they can definitely worsen fine lines, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation.

Stop Picking At Your Face!

I never listened to people whenever they said that if you pop one pimple then two will come back in its place. Well, I still don't think that's exactly true but whenever you pop a pimple, dust, dirt and even the oils from your fingertips are exposed to the open pore.

Start Reading the Ingredients in the Products You Buy!

Avoid products that contain parabens, sulfates, and if you have sensitive skin, avoid fragrances as well. Also, avoid Oxybenzone (a common ingredient in sunscreens) because it disrupts your normal hormonal levels and can lead to serious reproductive/health issues in both men and women. I use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen which is Oxybenzone-free.

Watch What You Eat/Drink!

You've probably heard it hundreds of times, but water is your best friend! Spicy and fried foods and foods high in dairy can lead to breakouts.

Skin Mapping is SO Useful!

Olivia Jenkins

The location of your acne can be the first indicator that there may be an underlying issue.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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11 Things All Beauty Wannabes Think Watching A Makeup Tutorial

I thought baking was for food only.

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Even though I don't wear much makeup on a day-to-day basis, I can appreciate it as an art. I watch James Charles, Jeffree Star, and the like on YouTube pretty frequently, and I am continually blown away at how they use products to highlight their best features, create designs, and transform their face. As much as I'd like to be able to, I don't think I will ever have those skills.

Here are some of the thoughts that run through my mind while watching a makeup tutorial.

1. "This MUA has so many makeup products I don't know how they keep track of it all."

At least for the YouTubers I watch, they have beauty or makeup rooms that have drawers, shelves, and tables filled with every makeup product from every brand. I don't know how they keep track of it all and decide which products to use for that particular look.

2. "They have such nice skin the foundation doesn't even seem necessary."

Practically every MUA video starts off with the MUA complaining about their acne breakouts, even though their skin looks absolutely flawless. Sure, the foundation makes their face look better, but it also seems like a waste to cover up naturally good skin.

3. "How do you match your foundation shade?"

It seems like an impossible feat, but even the MUAs struggle too. James Charles made a video about this after receiving comments about his foundation always being too orange.

4. "The highlight just makes their face look sweaty."

Yeah it looks cool, yeah it's a pop of fun, but I will always contend that overall, it just looks like sparkly sweat.

5. "What does the 'baking' step even do?"

You apply this white powder to your face, let it sit while you do other parts of the makeup routine, then brush it all off. What does it do while it's just sitting there? Plus, to me, their face doesn't even look that different in the before and after.

6. "With all the palettes and all the colors, how do they decide which shades to use?"

Between all the palettes of eyeshadow, they certainly have dozens, if not hundreds, of purple shades. Likely many of them are about the same hue too. So how do they decide which purple shade is best for the look?

7. "That has to be the most perfect winged eyeliner I've ever seen."

And they got it on the first try.

8. "They were able to make the other eye to match."

Between the eyeshadow and eyeliner, it's a mirror image.

9. "False eyelashes look scary but also really pretty."

I'm not personally a fan of the really big falsies, but I have to admit that they look better than natural eyelashes. It's just the gluing something to your eyeball part that makes me never want to try it.

10. "Wow, the lipstick just really brings the look together."

It's always the last step, so it's not until this point that they say "the look is complete."

11. "Even if I'd put in a lot of effort, I don't think I could ever replicate this look."

The whole point of a tutorial is so the audience can try it at home, but it will never truly look the same.

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