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

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!

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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 semi-colon 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 in to 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 & 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 glyphs 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 & the strength we all have inside of us.

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


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My Winter Skin Care Holy Grail

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While February has already shown us some beautiful days, it is safe to say some cold and dry days lie ahead of us. I have spent years trying to hunt down the perfect beauty products to keep my skin shiny and healthy, even through these drying months. The list I have compiled below is a combination of beauty products that I swear by and will keep you glowing head to toe this winter.

1. Face moisturizers.

1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: For dry and tight skin.

2. Olay Luminous Light Hydrating Lotion: For combination skin that needs a little glow.

3. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer: For all skin types, perfect for SPF coverage and hydration.

4. Coconut Oil: Any brand works! This oil, which is found in the cooking section of your supermarket, is perfect to hydrate and tighten skin overnight.

2. Lip products.

1. Burt's Bees: Perfect for chapped lips in need of some TLC.

2. Aquaphor: This ointment will reverse ANY damage done to your lips overnight.

3. Self-tanning products.

1. Loreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum: This serum sits on your face and body overnight leaving your skin bronzed and glowing when you wake up. It also lasts up to three weeks!

2. Tan Towel Self Tan Towelettes: This streak-free self-tanner applies through a towel and leaves a glowing, dark tan on your skin that is replicable to a real tan.

4. Body/hand moisturizers.

1. Coconut Oil: This versatile product is back again and will be sure to keep that dry flaky skin feeling fresh and new.

2. Cake Heavy Cream: This thick cream is used as a body balm that makes your skin glow, and as a bonus, you will smell like cake batter. Does it get better than that?

3. Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer: Made with natural hemp seed oil, shea butter, ginseng, and tons of vitamins, this moisturizer takes the gold as best moisturizer this winter.

5. Facial sprays.

1. Mario Bedescu Facial Spray: This facial spray is perfect to wake up and revive your skin, leaving it glowing and awake.

2. The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist: This face mist does not have long-lasting effects on the skin, but it's perfect for a quick and easy glow.

3. The Body Shop Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist: This smoothing face mist leaves your skin looking clear and soft, even in the harsh winter air.

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