A lot of people have asked me how I keep my face looking youthful and acne-free. You see, when I was around 18-19, I suffered really bad acne. Med school is stressful, I’m sure you already know that. I’d have more than 10 pimples at any one time on my face. It was a horrible time. Fast forward 10 years (yes I am turning 29 on Tuesday), it’s no longer something that I have to worry about. There are a few things that have helped along the way and I’d like to share them with you today.
1. Beauty comes from within.
I’m sure you have heard of the saying “You are what you eat”. True enough, as our diet affects greatly on how our skins look. I indulge in a variety of vegetables and fruits each day (the more colourful, the better!). I make sure I drink at least 1.5 litres of liquid, that includes at least 6-8 glasses of water and perhaps some freshly squeezed fruit juice. Alcohol not counted. Besides going vegetarian 2-3 times a week, I also go vegan now and then for the whole week to purge toxins out of my system because of my semi-party lifestyle.
2. Lemon is the secret weapon
Before I eat anything during the day, I’d start with a glass of hot water with lemon juice sweetened with honey. Not only it helps to kick start the metabolism, it’s rich in vitamin C, citric acid, and B vitamins. From time to time, I’d used dilute lemon juice on my face. It helps to decrease pigmentation, exfoliate, and keep the oil level in check. For sensitive skin, simply add some honey or yoghurt for a milder face mask. Make smoothies with fruits, yoghurt, honey and lemon for a healthy breakfast drink that’s good for you inside and out. Yum.
3. SK II
SK II is the best thing that has happened to my skin. I’ve started using it since 2006 and I saw a clear transformation. My cleanser and moisturiser change from time to time, but one thing that has remained constant, of course, is the Facial Treatment Essence aka “Miracle Water”. It improved my complexion dramatically, repairing tired skin and refining the texture. My skin became much more radiant and youthful. Few months ago, I’ve started using the Facial Treatment Repair C (works like a serum), recommended by my mum (Yes, she’s a huge SK II fan too), which reduces fine lines and help maintain skin renewal. Here are all the SKII products I’m currently using.
There’s actually one thing missing from the pic: Skin Signature Cream. I’ve finished that few days ago and discovered that it’s now RM519 a pop! I’ve decided to try out Olay Regenerist, recommended by several bloggers. So far so good. As for cleanser, I’m using Bio-essence’s Bird’s Nest Nutri-collagen and Whitening Cleanser. It’s gentle enough but cleanse effectively. Inexpensive too.
4. Let your skin breathe
Contrary to what you see in the photos. I actually don’t wear make-up majority of the time except for events and gigs. Although I already use a pretty good combination of foundation that won’t clog the pores, I still prefer to have nothing at all. But when I do, I use a BB cream and a mineral powder foundation on top for light coverage. Make-up removal is vital. I like using an oil based formulation for a better result. These are great for mascara and eyeliners too. I use the SK II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil, followed by a foaming cleanser.
5. Rest and relaxation
It goes without saying how important a good night’s sleep is for one’s well-being. If I don’t get enough sleep, my skin looks blotchy and dull. Stress can also cause break-outs. When I’m going through a particularly difficult week, I make sure I give my skin plenty of attention. A face mask is great for this. Not only it replenishes your skin’s need, it’s also relaxing. Do it with music. I love the SK II Facial Treatment Mask. If I don’t have time to lie down with a mask on, SK II Skin Rebooster is another great product. I just need to put it on for about 10 minutes after my cleansing routine, rinse off and moisturise as usual.
6. Choice of Contraception
This might or might not come as a surprise for you. If you are on the pills, or considering going on the pills, you should know that there are some combinations that would either causes break outs, or eliminate them. In my earlier years, I’ve tried a few that did really bad things to my skin (Levlen, Microgynon 30, Microgynon 20). It wasn’t until I started using Diane-35, my skin was finally free of troubles. Every individual reacts differently to different hormone combinations. So get plenty of advice from your doctor, or your friends who are on them.
I hope that’s been useful for you, feel free to ask me any questions especially for point no. 6. Off to do a face mask before Oktoberfest Party tonight.
Signing off with a naked pic of myself… I mean naked face.
(Taken with my phone, time to get a new camera, perhaps?)