So this post is coming into existence because my friend Lindsey Penn asked for some advice on skincare one day.
First of all I have to point out that I’m pretty sure we have the same type of skin since hers is oily like mine. I have dry skin and because of that my body overcompensates the oiliness it produces because my skin is so dry. So oily = dry.
To combat the acne that I face from my skin type I use more natural remedies, but I have tried many products in the past as well and have found a few selections that haven’t failed me yet. I mostly got the natural remedies from YouTube videos (Michelle Phan, Secretlifeofabionerd, Bubzbeauty). They have flawless skin, they swear by their methods, I’ve tried them, and I also swear by their methods. If what I’ve typed down below doesn’t work out for you then we just have different skin types, and I would recommend that you do some more research.
Basically I cleanse my face every morning and every night with Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub.
Another method of cleansing that has worked great for me is:
Take a palm full of oatmeal then squeeze your fist tight. Run lukewarm water over your clenched fist with the thumb facing up so that some water seeps through. Add a few more water drops to really dry areas in the oatmeal in your palm. Apply the wet oatmeal to your face, not leaving huge chunks on your face, leave it on for 15-30 minutes, rinse, then moisturize.
Besides that I make sure that I do two things within the span of a week.
- Use a face mask
Exfoliating can be as detailed or as easy as you want so here’s some methods I use when I exfoliate once or twice a week.
The easiest way is to use L’oreal’s Go 360 Deep Exfoliating Scrub. It’s the light orange colored one and all you have to do is wet the scrub that comes with it with hot water, rinse your face with hot water, then apply the product to the scrub. When you are exfoliating make sure to do it in circular motions.
Other options for exfoliating are as follows:
- One ripe (organic) tomato
- Fine granulated sugar
- Clean dish, cutting knife, and board
Just slice the top of the tomato off to create a scrub with a handle if you’re lucky. Coat the wet part of the part you cut off with sugar, evenly apply it to your face in circular motions (especially the nose and forehead), then wait 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Towel dry then moisturize.
- 3 tablets of uncoated asprin
- Honey or aloe vera
- Water and a dish
Clean your face, place 3 tablets of asprin on a dish and add 1 or 2 teaspoons of water. Mash up the aspirin with your finger then squirt honey or aloe vera onto it. Mix then apply to your face in circular motions. AVOID THE EYE AREA. Wait 15 minutes, rinse, then moisturize.
Green Tea Scrub
- One green tea teabag
- 3 tablespoons of white sugar
- Cup, bowl, and boiling water
Steep a teabag in a cup filled 1/3 of the way with boiling water. Let it cool for about 2 minutes or until it’s slightly warm. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of green tea to a bowl (you can also add extra ingredients: Honey moisturizes, lemon cleanses, yogurt soothes, and baby oil softens) and stir. Make sure your face is clean (use the grapefruit scrub) then apply the mixture to a cotton pad. Exfoliate in circular motions for 1-2 minutes, rinse, then moisturize.
On to the face masks! Face masks are very important because they give your skin the nutrients that it’s deprived of everyday. Pollution and the weather can be very harsh on your face, and I swear if you use face masks at least once a week for a month you will notice a great different and become a face mask whore like me.
You can go the easy route and buy individual face masks for $1 at your local Asian outlet store (I get mine from HMart or THEFACESHOP):
Really these are God-sent.
Or you can go the long way which is also quite therapeutic and also not as long once you routinely do it. My face mask day is usually Sunday night.
Egg White Facial
- One egg
Separate the egg yolk from the white. Beat the whites until they are frothy, make sure your face is clean, and apply all over the face avoiding the eyes. Then wait for it to dry, rinse your face, and moisturize. This tightens and most importantly whitens the skin.
Kitty Litter Mask
- Unscented kitty litter
- Aloe Vera (optional)
- Bowl, water, towel
DON’T GIVE ME THAT LOOK haha this is honestly one of my most used masks. It works extremely well, trust me. Clean your face, scoop 2 tablespoons of kitty litter into a bowl, and add enough clay to make the clay look muddy. Add aloe vera if you want. Microwave for about 10-20 seconds to make the mask warm. The clay should look flat and muddy with water underneath it. Apply to your face with your clean fingers, avoiding your eye area. Wait for 15 minutes, rinse, towel dry, then moisturize. You should use this at least once every 2 weeks. It’s good for oily skin with large pores and is a detoxifier.
Acne and Scar Reducing Mask
- 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar or Cider Vinegar (Not ordinary vinegar)
- 5 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 2 teaspoons of green tea
- A bowl
Add 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of green tea, and 3 teaspoons of sugar to a bowl and mix. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of sugar to the mix. Clean your face, and apply in circular motions for about 2-5 minutes. Let it set for 10 minutes, rinse, then moisturize.
Baking Soda Mask
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water. Apply onto face and wait no more than 10 minutes. This mask may sting a bit depending on your skin’s level of toleration. You can also use this as an overnight spot treatment for sudden acne pop-ups.
- 1 tablespoon of milk or yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of natural honey
Mix the ingredients together and apply to face in a circular motion using a cotton pad. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse, then moisturize. This moisturizes and brightens the skin while reducing redness and blemishes.
- 1 teaspoon of oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon of yogurt
Mix, apply, rinse then moisturize. This is great for skin with rashes or flakiness. You can also add honey.
I don’t usually do this, but you are supposed to apply a toner after you’re done rinsing your mask off and before you apply moisturizer. It removes any left overs from the mask that rinsing may have left out, and also evens out the complexion. Here are some toners that have worked great for me.
- A dish and a cotton pad
Pour less than a sip of champagne onto the dish. Soak the cotton pad on the dish then wipe it all over your face. Moisturize.
- 10 caplets of uncoated aspirin
- Witch-hazel liquid
- Travel sized container
Place 10 caplets of aspirin in the container and fill half of the bottle with witch-hazel liquid. Shake it up before each use, apply to face, then moisturize when dry.
I know that this may seem like a lot but it doesn’t take much effort or time to do any of these.
So here are some more haha:
Egg Yolk Moisturizer
- The yolk from the egg white facial
Prick the yolk and apply it evenly all over your face. Wait to dry, rinse, use toner, and moisturize. Or skip the toner and just moisturize.
Rub it over your face. The purpose of this is to use it after you cleanse your face using a mask. When you cleanse or exfoliate you want your pores to be open so that you can get all the dirt out of there. If you don’t then they’ll close up and become pimples. So after you’re done taking all the crap out of your face you want to seal each pore up so that nothing else gets inside. This is where you use the ice facial.
Also, during the time that you cleanse or exfoliate your face you should use warm water to open up your pores. Then while you wash it off you should use freaking cold water.
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
- An old foundation brush
- Microwavable container
Mix the milk and gelatin together, it should look lumpy. Put the mixture into the microwave for 10 seconds until it’s gooey. Apply to your nose with a foundation brush, wait 10 minutes, peel off, then use an acne serum. This is to get rid of blackheads and can be applied to other areas of the face. Maybe even the back, I don’t know, why not try?
I guess I should point out some key things to remember:
- Clean face with basic cleanser. WARM WATER
- Exfoliate or use a face mask (if you’re using a store-bought face mask then disregard any steps after this and just go to sleep with it on)
- Rinse with WARM WATER
- Rinse with COLD WATER or use Ice facial
- Towel dry then use a toner
- Always apply and rinse off product in circular motions. Never pull down on your face. You’ll just be creating unwanted wrinkles.
- If you’re applying with your fingers make sure they have been washed with soap for 1-2 minutes. They must be clean.
- If you’re using a store-bought face mask they recommend that you wear it for 15-30 minutes. I just put it on before I sleep, sleep with it on, and by the time I wake up it’s dried out and my face feels smooth and moisturized.
- Always avoid your eye area when applying a mask.
I hope that this helped some of you. It’s probably better to just look up the YouTuber’s that I mentioned above and watch their videos on skin care.
Disclaimer: I don’t own any of these skin care methods mentioned above. All images are credited to their rightful owners.