I Stopped My Skincare Regimen For A Month— Now, 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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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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