One of the most common mistakes in aesthetics is to think that beauty is merely an external matter. In fact, few remember that our appearance is a direct reflection of our internal health, which includes our nutrition and our mental and spiritual health.
That’s why the issue of skincare is so vast, diverse, and often misrepresented.
So, where do we start? How can we begin taking care of our face as much as we nurture our nutrition or training sessions?
Instead of spending mindless money on a celebrity skincare line or an influencer’s campaign, why not research the actual products you need for your personal care? After all, everyone’s skin and face are different and need unique catering.
I know, it’s time-consuming research, right? Well, we are here to help and share tips! We chatted with Miami-based and passionate Peruvian esthetician Cecilia “Cici” about attainable and sustainable skincare routines, including what foods and habits you should consider consuming and which practices are an absolute “no.” If it’s one of the purest things you can control this year, it’s definitely your skin!
Here are tips and advice from Cecilia “Cici” on how to improve your skin. For more information on her skincare business, Cici Skincare, you can check out her website, where she will also be giving out a 15% discount during February and March.
Tip #1: If you have acne, try ice cubes and tea bags
The best items you can use and grab from home are ice and tea bags. The way you use them is, for example, if you have acne, use the ice and the tea bag, use chamomile or lavender tea, blend it like normal, and then put them in ice cubes. You then use the tea ice cubes to rub it in your face for about 30 seconds to a minute every day, and it will help a lot the inflammation of the acne. This also helps with breakouts, redness, and sensitivity of the skin. Do it daily to see a result! It is also great for anti-aging if you use green tea! Green tea has a lot of antioxidants and helps repair the skin.
Tip #2: Everyone should use vitamin C and SPF during the daytime
The main ingredients and skincare products that everybody should have are vitamin C and SPF for all skin types. The vitamin C helps us protect our collagen molecules from sun damage during the day, and SPF will block the sun rays from coming into your skin and creating damage. Blocking the sun rays will help you prevent hyperpigmentation. If you are over 25 years old and entering your 30’s, for sure have a retinol cream. Retinol is an anti-aging ingredient and accelerates cells’ turnover, especially overnight.
Tip #3: Exfoliate!
The essential habit in a skincare routine is exfoliation. People should exfoliate their skin 2-3 times a week because we shed 30-40 thousand cells every minute. To exfoliate, we can do physical exfoliation or chemical exfoliation. Physical exfoliation is the most common for a person to do at home. It’s basically a powder, little grains, that we rub in our skin in circular motions. This removes the dead cells. Those dead cells make our skin look dull, blocking the new cells to shine. By exfoliating, you’re eliminating those cells and allowing the new cells to be out, giving you a glowing complexion.
Tip #4: Avoid sleeping on your face
Sleeping on your face is the worst thing you can do if you want to avoid aging. We’re all going to age, but we want to age gracefully. When you sleep on your face, your skin is getting wrinkled. Also, the cotton material in pillows makes your skin dehydrated. It creates those lines.
Tip #5: Think of what you consume
For example: avoid sugar. But if you want to keep sugar: honey is a great alternative. Honey has a lot of amino acids that help the skin function. Walnuts are perfect for keeping your skin acne-free due to all the omega and fatty acids. Coconut water is another type of water to keep your skin hydrated and prevent breakouts and blemishes due to vitamin C and minerals it has. You should have a balanced diet. Don’t overdo certain things.
Tip #6 – Pandemic related: double cleansing the skin will help mask acne!
Double cleaning the skin at night is essential. Use oil or balm cleanser that helps pick up all the dirt and bacteria our skin grabs during the day before the daily nighttime face wash. This helps balance our ph.
In addition to these strategic tips, Cecilia shared some of her favorite products that she personally recommends, including a basic routine anyone can do with them. She recommends the following: Micro-Exfoliating Honey Cleanser by Circadia, Advance Serum Vitamin C from iS Clinical, Hydra Cool Serum by iS Clinical, Blueberry and White Tea Mist by Circadia, and Night Time Repair from Circadia.
As far as the basic routine goes: during your daytime face wash, you should use the cleanser, the mist, vitamin C, and SPF. During your nighttime face wash, you use the cleaner again, the mist, the serum, and the nighttime repair. Yes, you should wash your face twice daily, and with time!
Although this list contains a variety of information, it serves as a guideline to either help your routine or have you start looking into them to get a better idea of what you should use to get your skin glowing and looking as fresh as possible.
Skincare implies monetary, time, and energy investment. Getting in the habit of certain foods and routines will make it easier for your skin to stay looking flawless and avoid those “quick fix” and expensive gimmicks! Get to it already!