My name’s Ana, and I am obsessed with all things skincare!
Long story short.
In my early twenties, I had a really bad skin reaction due to prolonged amounts of time in the sun. I was recommended by my dermatologist to stay indoors.
In the middle of Summer.
Yeah right! So I opened Google and started my journey in the endless world of skincare and its ingredients. It turned into my passion that still lasts to this day.
Here’re a few principles which I’ve learned so far…
1 Less is More
With skincare, it is not about the quantity, it’s about the quality.
Some companies (both high street and luxury) put a lot of unnecessary stuff in their products. I understand that global brands do this to give their products a longer shelf life.
But sticking in bad quality ingredients /cutting production costs and lowering efficiency of the “good stuff” is a no-no. I’ve come across quite a few bloggers in their twenties who are proudly sharing their 16-step-night-routine with millions of followers. And honestly, their skin is not screaming health. Not according to the 28-step-make-up morning ritual that follows.
2 Know your skin
Your own skin of course! But also how it works, what it does and how it reacts to different situations.
Why does it feel tight after using your favourite face wash?
What causes it to look dull when you wake up?
Why are make-up removal wipes a no-go? (obviously acceptable if partying hard at a festival!)
Thinking about questions such as these will make you want to read the list of ingredients on the packaging at least twice. You’ll end up spending an extra few minutes in the bathroom, which hopefully will make your skin glow.
Information in Lifestyle media and some blogs can be misleading. This is because the big brands pay them well to promote their products.
I don’t leave home without mascara on, however, I am not a big fan of foundations. I think it is just an easy way out…to hide imperfections that happen if you don’t take skincare seriously enough. Healthy skin should be worn bare.
And here’s some good news: you don’t have to break the bank to get a naturally glowing skin.
3 Skincare is a long term investment
When you start providing your skin with the right ingredients, the change doesn’t happen overnight.
It’s the same as expecting to lose weight by signing up for the gym.
It takes time and consistency. But …
4 We only have one skin.
We can lift our boobs, shape our waist, change our thighs from thunder to slender. But we can’t “replant” our skin. From the day we are born till the day we die, we only have one. And we all know that the “miracle serum that claims to make your skin look younger in only two weeks” doesn’t really exist. It’s never too late to start.
5 Common sense is everything
Ok, I have a life too. So I understand that sometimes we just want to delete the “panda” look with a good old wipe after coming home from the “just-one-drink-after-work”. But this really shouldn’t happen too often.
I also don’t believe that all natural is always the best. Finding a balance that fits your lifestyle, your budget, and your skin is crucial.
So here she is.
I named my little philosophy Skinity. I hope to see you again soon!