I Stopped Using Skincare—My Skin Has Never Looked Any Better

I Stopped My Skincare Regimen For A Month— Now, My Skin Has Never Looked Any Better

My skin doesn't need a five star hotel spa treatment, after all.

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Ever hear the saying that all Asian girls have good skin? I bet you hear it all the time on every YouTube Tutorial or Into the Gloss Top Shelf Interview. In a perfect world, I would proudly say that I too have beautiful skin inherited from my Korean roots.

Truth is, I'm a recovering skincare addict straight out of rehab.

For as long as I can remember, I had acne scars, hormonal cystic breakouts, dark spots, under eye circles and other flaws that made my high school years an awfully awkward stage of my life.

Clearly, I couldn't understand why. Every night I did the religious "double-cleansing" routine you see on every Harper's Bazaar Get Unready With Me Vlog before slathering on a lineup of serums, essences, emulsions, and moisturizers. Follow that with an onslaught of sheet masks, mud masks, charcoal masks, and vitamin boosted creams before the grand finale—essential oils.

Every skincare trend out there, I've tried them all.

Glossier? Been there, done that.

SK-II? Biggest Asian skincare fraud out there.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask? $50 on the counter and it's sold!

Bioderma Micellar Water? I had the travel size, baby size, medium size, king/Costco-size with me everywhere I went.

Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray? I cringe every time I walk by the Floral section at Ralphs now.

Every facialist/dermatologist I met with didn't have an explanation. They simply threw at me more pore-clogging, medical-prescribed products to saturate my poor skin.

Things changed for the better when I recently underwent a LASIK Eye Treatment Surgery and I was required to stop wearing skincare/makeup products for a month during my recovery period. Sounds like every skincare guru's worst nightmare, huh?

Turns out, it was the best thing that has ever happened to my skin.

I have to say, it wasn't easy quitting cold turkey. My vanity is jam-packed with cream and lotion for every occasion, not to mention sheet masks in every scent and color imaginable. Waking up the day after my operation and heading to work fully bare-faced was terrifying—the equivalent to walking around naked in the middle of Hollywood Blvd. People looked at me differently, the barista at Starbucks knowingly stared at the red blotches on my face when I asked for extra caramel and extra whip on my Frappuccino and my coworker even asked if I was feeling sick and offered to fill in for my shift.

As much as I wanted to go back to my idealized regimen (with the whole "Hey guys, Today I'm starting off with my favorite cleanser…" shabam), I refrained from it for the sake of my doctor's orders.

And voila, within a week after my barefaced chronicles, my skin was miraculously becoming to heal. I sacrificed and the skincare gods blessed me with new skin.

That's when it hit me—perhaps, less is more.

I didn't need all that advertised junk for my skin.

Keep it minimalistic.

As the month passed by, my acne was beginning to heal. My skin was less blotchy and dry, less problematic and more healthy-looking. Don't take my word for it—everyone's skin is different after all.

Also, my skin still isn't perfect today, but the minimalistic routine has caught on with my life.

I did a well-needed detox for my vanity counter, donated all of my sheet masks and discovered Vaseline to be my biggest holy grail.

I still do a lot of trial and error with some products I find today. Currently, I wash my face with Dove soap (so boujee, I know), moisturize with simple face cream, remove eye make up with an oil-based, non-irritant remover before rubbing Vaseline on my lips and a little on my eyelashes.

Overall, I realized that my skin doesn't need a five-star hotel spa treatment, after all.

It's better to spend all that money elsewhere anyway.

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5 Inexpensive Websites For Summer Clothes

If you are looking to online shop for your summer closet, check out these stores.

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Summer is here and so is a whole new category of fashion; high waisted swimsuits, mom jeans, graphic tees, chunky sneakers, and many more styles that have become popularized in 2019. If you are trying to save some money while keeping up with the latest fashion trends, online shopping on the right platforms is a great way to get the most bang for your buck!

Listed are the five most cost-effective online stores that each have their advantages and disadvantages so you can spruce up your summer lookbook. The best way to get the most clothing items on these online stores for the cheapest is to search for promotion codes online and take advantage of any email sign up deals, student discounts, and general sales they are currently promoting.

1. Zaful

If you are looking for a very cheap option so you can put the most in your cart, Zaful is your best bet. This store is stocked with everything under the sun including swimsuits, tops, bottoms, jewelry, shoes, hats, and more starting at 4.99. Zaful offers 15% off of your first order as well as free shipping for orders over $49, so you can fill your cart with more items than you think you are paying for.

2. Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal is a great store for quality items that will live a very long life in your closet. Although the prices seem high at first glance, the online platform has constant deals occurring such as their current 50% off everything sale as well as their 60% off everything for students sale. Nasty Gal is a great brand to build your closet essentials due to the great condition and material of their clothing items.

3. Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Little Thing is a great online store to shop for summer events because of their beautiful dresses and tops. I recommend purchasing occasion wear from this brand because a lot of their loungewear and regular items are overpriced for what they are worth. In the sale section of Pretty Little Thing, you can find many dresses and dress pants for over 55% off. If you are looking for a few fancier outfits for summer occasions, check out the sale section of Pretty Little Thing to get some nice looks for cheap.

4. Misguided

Misguided is an online store that has a unique vibe in the clothing they sell that is worth a browse because of their eccentric and fun styles. The platform has recurring sales that range from 25 to 50 percent off, which allows you to get twice the amount that you pay for. If your style includes graphic t-shirts, oversized t-shirt dresses, and good quality loungewear, Misguided offers great quality items with low prices to spruce up your summer outfit aesthetic.

5. Boohoo

If you love rocking matching sets and co-ords, look no further that Boohoo for the best patterns, styles, and prices. Boohoo usually has a 50% off sale going on, which goes a long way when you can purchase a matching two-piece set for as low as $20. Although Boohoo sells beauty products and accessories, their sets and outfits are the best items to get your money's worth in quality and quantity.

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