I’ll show you how to get a glass skin body for less than $29.97 in 7 days


Glass skin is basically a term used to describe an exceptionally smooth, even-toned, and lustrous skin that’s so flawless it has the appearance of glass.

How to get glass skin on dark skin

It is a clear and elegant way of describing a certain type of enviable complexion, with its predecessor term being coined as “honey skin” or “dewy skin”. A Glass skin aims for an intensely moisturized skin that gives off an almost transparent complexion with a “very youthful, lit-from-within glow.

When trying to get glass skin, the surface of the skin must be extremely smooth, without any bumps or rough texture at all.

In order to create such a moist and lustrous appearance that catches and reflects light (hence, glass skin), there should be a large amount of water directly beneath the surface of the skin. The skin nevertheless, should also look plump and firm.

How to get an even black skin tone

When most beauty bloggers talk about getting glass skin, most often than not, the face is the focal point. And I get it, that is the most visible part of our body, and that’s the part of our body that carries the most “skin issues”. Nevertheless, having a clear even tone skin is something everyone coverts. Everyone wants that ” glow up”.

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But when it comes to achieving a glass skin be it on the face or body, intense hydration makes the core of any glass skin beauty regimen.

Today’s beauty post on getting a glass skin body is also inspired by the Korean 10 step beauty routine, but without all the steps and in half the time.

I’ve been following the tips I would be sharing with you in a while for some time now, and I too have seen noticeable changes within a short period of time.

How to get a glass skin body

But let me just get this right off the bat, if you want an overall tight, smooth, even tone, and dewy looking skin irrespective of your skin tone or type, taking your bath with just any bar soap and slathering on some lotion won’t get you there.

The secrets to getting a glass skin body, what you may be doing wrong.

Everyone loves a clear and healthy-looking skin, and the glass skin trend does just that. Glass skin is meant to evoke the idea of a crystal clear piece of glass, meaning it’s all about skin that looks completely clear.

A poreless, dewy, baby-soft skin is the ultimate goal.

But of course, as with most K-beauty trends, glowing, glass skin can’t be achieved with just a few quick tricks.

The Korean glass skin trend is all about cleansing and layering lightweight, hydrating skincare products to help create the appearance of glowing, dewy skin.

Moisture is pretty much everything.

Nevertheless, when it comes hydration, it is always a multidimensional approach,

you have to both drink it and wear it.

Everything that strips you off of moisture is a NO, be it the midday sun, fluorescent lights, high altitudes, some drying bar soap, a poor lifestyle, or even the dry air from the AC in your car or bedroom.

But let’s face it, realistically, not all of these factors can be avoided or helped.

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Everyone knows that the epidermis is the outer layer of our skin which undergoes constant renewal every 28 days as of old skin cells at the top of our bodies die and are then turned over (removed) and replaced by new ones. Nevertheless, this turnover rate is much faster for infants and slows down over the course of our lifetime. This is why babies have much better skin.

Also see, HOW TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL BABY HANDS

The older we get, the more and more dead skin cells we have hanging around our bodies which in turn not only lead to clogged pores and dull skin, but it also blocks the skin from absorbing more moisture and nutrients from your topical creams and lotions, virtually starving your “good skin”.

Having starved skin, equals wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, loose, dry and flaky skin, etc.

A good glass skin body regimen needs to contain at least three things, a good body wash that does not dry out the skin, an exfoliator/toner, or a product containing a decent amount of AHAs or BHAs, and of course, a good moisturizing body lotion.

The 3 steps to getting a glass skin body in 7 days

So how do you make a “glass skin” happen for you in real life? Well, you’ll need to continually (but gently) disintegrate dull, dead skin cells and keep skin hydrated to the max. The following steps will show you how to do it in the most budget-friendly way possible, in the shortest time period possible.

How to get glass poreless skin naturally fast
but of course, let’s face it, results are always subjective.

As any beauty routine, how you start off, your foundation is always the most important step, especially when you’re trying to layer on products. This is why,

Step 1: use hydrating body wash only

Cleansing removes dirt and impurities from the surface of your skin for a squeaky clean finish. But the problem with most body washes is that they tend to be ridiculously harsh and drying to the skin, which is really counterproductive to our goal.

Just recently, I tried going a different route in terms of body washes, I instead started using my foaming facial cleansers in place of bath wash.

That was the best decision I had ever made.

I noticed that facial cleansers were not only way milder, but they were also more nutrient-packed than your average bar soap which makes them even more effective.

The trick nevertheless, for me, was to find a product that was not only effective but whose contents were large enough to also stretch out as an everyday body wash for a decent period of time.

Because you’re going to be following up cleansing with an exfoliant or toner which can potentially strip your skin bare, you must pick a facial cleanser that is both gentle, hydrating, and effective. 

Garnier skin active sulfate-free foaming cleanser is an extra-gentle cleanser that not only effectively removes face makeup, impurities, and excess oil from the skin while also caring for it, it is also rich in glycerin, a humectant that pulls in moisture to your skin like a sponge.

This sulfate-free foaming lotion softens as it cleanses, so your body is left feeling fresh and clean, never tight or dry, making it very much suitable, even for the driest of skin.

$9.81

When using, all you need to do is pump a little bit into your bath sponge and you’re good to go. You use it the same way you use your regular body wash.

Step 2: use a toner for your body

I know this tip is sort of new, but in my take from experience, this is one of the things that sets apart a glass skin body routine from a regular one, it is the holy grail.

Toner is basically the in-between skincare step. It’s meant to be used after washing your face or body in this case, before using your serum or moisturizer.

Toners prep the skin for moisturizers and serum while getting rid of excess oil and stubborn dirt, makeup, or leftover dead skin on your face or body after you’ve washed it.

Witch Hazel, is known to tighten pores, purify and refresh skin, it is a natural skin healer, long known for its astringent and pore cleansing properties.

$6.47

Although bioré is marketed as a cleanser, the ingredients contained in it makes it double as an effective toner. This formula works to deep clean by removing 99% of blemish-causing dirt and oil. Formulated with salicylic acid, this cleanser helps control oil and defend against blemishes before they even start.

To use this effectively, I would suggest you turn the contents of this bottle into an already used foaming cleanser bottle, as foaming up the product before application allows for much better absorption by your skin. You can then rinse off after.

Step 3: go crazy on a good moisturizer

Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance. When the skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like body acne can start to pop up.

If your skin tends to be oily, you should look for lotions instead of creams, and try to find a moisturizer with exfoliant ingredients. If your skin tends to be dry, look for a cream – they tend to have a much higher oil content.

Also see, DRY SKIN: 5 brilliant tips to get the most out of your moisturizer

Freshly moisturized skin tends to have a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes.

Bloom Collagen Firming Cream for Body and Face is an Intensive moisturizer with Aloe Vera, and Green Tea extracts for sagging, aging, and dry skin. This product is gentle enough to be used on your face, yet rich enough to help with dry skin on your body, and even the elbows.

$14.92

For extra deep hydration, from time to time within the week, after applying this moisturizer to my body, I wrap my body up with a plastic wrap to induce some steam therapy. The natural heat from having your body wrapped up opens up your pores and allows the product to sink into the skin, even more, tripling the hydration and the product’s potency.

In a nutshell, this trick ups your body lotion from just a moisturizer to a body sheet mask, which is another essential to a good glass skin routine.

Editor’s note: this blog post is actually shorter than I had planned it to be, this is so because I’ve been really busy lately and so this blog post have sitting in my draft for too long. A follow-up blog post to this one would definitely be uploaded soon and it will cover tips and tricks I didn’t give out in this one.

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How to get camera worthy skin for live streamers ASAP!


Whether you’re a gamer live streaming from your bedroom, a vlogger talking about random stuff online, or you’re simply just another social media user, the pressure to appear flawless on camera is always there as we are all in the “public’s eye”, always performing. Companies know about this pressures and the underlying insecurities that comes with it, so they spend hundreds of millions of dollars not only in production, but on marketing the sleekness of their products to us, but makeup by itself can only do so much.

Tiktok has risen to become a very huge deal in the past few years from seemingly nowhere totally kicking out Snapchat to the curb and turning it into something only “oldies” would use. I can’t even remember the last time I logged into that platform.

How to have clear skin on camera
tiktok grunge inspired makeup

Social media gave birth to history’s largest beauty trends, they’ve never been a time in history that people (men inclusive) spent more on beauty and cosmetics as like now, and this trend is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

When trying to get seamless makeup finish that covers our acne, hyperpigmentations, and other skin blemishes, using a high quality primer, concealer, and foundation is usually enough to do the trick. But the best makeup finish is always achieved on a clear skin, even if you are a professional.

How to get clear skin for camera
purple still remains my aesthetic color bias.

A clear and healthy skin is always the base of sleek makeup. Plus, no one really wants to get dragged for looking like a totally different person whenever the makeup and the face tune has been taken out of the picture.

In today’s post, I will be sharing our editors top rated skin Care products that could potentially help you tackle common skin issues like acne, textured skin, hyperpigmentation, large visible pores, and oily skin so you can achieve your camera visual goals and spend less on overall makeup purchase!

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Our top rated products to help you get a clear skin as soon as possible!

Pretty much everyone is familiar with the kbeauty 10 steps (sometimes 14 steps) beauty routine starting with a makeup remover if you’ve been wearing makeup, followed by a pre-cleanser which is usually an oil base cleanser, and then finishing off with an SPF for day, or a night cream for the night. This method of skin care have been proven to be highly effective by thousands of people, giving it a “holy grail” ranking!

How to have good camera skin

Here are some of our favourite skincare product you should consider incorporating into your everyday beauty routine if you want a piece of that action.

Every single product recommended here have been personally curated by me and is found to be reputable. These are also affiliated links, meaning if you use them to make purchases I would earn a little stipend but at no extra cost to you.

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When it comes to heavyduty face wash to help treat skin issues such as cystic acne, you definitely need a cleanser with a good amount of alpha hydroxl acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid to do the job.

Botanical tree Contains 10% glycolic acid, as well as organic extracts such as bamboo, shea butter, and tea tree. So instead of using a basic face wash that cleans only surface dirt, this acne cleanser uses potent ingredients for some good ol’ deep clean. This facial cleanser is a great way to start or end your day by helping to Brighten a dull-Looking Complexion. $20.90

How to get a clear skin for photoshoots

For oil base cleansers The Japanese beauty brand Kose Softymo does exactly as intended – it gently removes makeup, dirt, and any other sort of substances (oil, sunscreen, etc.) that can accumulate on your face throughout the day, and it is totally affordable, just $9.29!

To use, first make sure your hands are clean. Dry them off and squirt a small amount (a full pump would be too much – maybe enough to be the size of a quarter) on your palm or fingers (I like to put it on my fingers so that I can reach to clean areas on my face that my palms cannot). Gently rub the oil onto your DRY face. It will lift up makeup and dirt almost immediately, although you might need to spend a little more time and care on getting mascara/eyeliner off. The oil will remain the same colorless, oily texture. When you’re done rubbing, rinse your hands and face.

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Now on rinsing off, the oil will emulsify with the water and turn into a pale light blueish color, as it rinses off easily. I have never needed a second rinse as the oil does not stick to my skin like typical oils would. Once water is applied, it all comes off – there’s no residue or oily shine like you would expect, it’s just perfect!

How to get a clear skin fast

Lilianna Naturals’ Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid for Face and Eyes has been my very favorite Serum for some time now, most especially for the treatment of sun damage, acne scars, textured skin, and of course, acne also.

The Vitamin E in this product will help with hyperpigmentation, fading scars and the reduction fine lines. It also makes a great dark spot corrector for the face. It can be used around the under eye area as well to help with dark circles and wrinkles. Nevertheless, it is also great for women and men’s daily use as it has maximum prescription strength effectiveness while being gentle enough for sensitive skin. This product is also non comedogenic, and be used both day and night.

Tiktok skincare

How to: Wash and pat skin dry as usual. If you are going to use a toner, apply the toner before the serum. Use the dropper and put a nickel size amount in your hand. Use your finger tips to apply one thin layer of serum to entire face, neck and decollete (a little goes a long way). Allow to dry for 1 – 2 minutes. This can be used not just daily, but also under make up as well. Follow application with your favorite high quality moisturizer. This product cost only $19.99

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A skincare routine is never completed without the right moisturizer, NeuBeautics Collagen cream contains only pure and natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, etc. The essential nutrients of this cream provide moisturizing while nourishing and soothing skin. This collagen cream also fights the aging process, eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.

This nourishing formula supports skin regeneration during the day and at night, while the rich texture softly melts into the skin getting absorbed quickly, providing immediate sensations of skin comfort. NeuBeautics firming cream is three products in one: a day moisturizer that hydrates, a night cream that nourishes, and an efficient anti-aging treatment for women and men. This fast-absorbing, non-greasy cream intensively restores skin’s softness and suppleness. It is perfect even for sensitive skin due to its natural and safe compounds.

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This cult favourite product cost just a mere $18.89!

Final notes

Even if photo editing apps could grant you a swift magic-like quick fix alá bibidi babibdi boo, you cannot neglect yourself, self-care or skin-care as it can be directly related to your sense of self-worth, self-love and mental health, especially when you are being compared to a computer derived version of yourself. The best makeup is usually the one you never did.

This is why you can’t maintain your hair colors


Everyone wants beautiful flawless glowing skin and god-like hair, this is why the beauty industry has seen a significant amount of growth within the past few years with novel brands popping up each year like whack-a-mole!

During my unruly time spent endlessly at home, I figured out what better way to spend it than performing my own research on issues affecting my body, possibly even conducting my own mad scientist experiments while I’m at it.

And to say the least, it’s been rather fun and informative.

Effects of the sun on the skin and hair

I’ve always noticed how often my hair color tends to fade out within the course of the week, going from jet black to brownish. Sure after a good hair mask treatment, my color would be revived, but it eventually fades out again! Now my hair is natural, and I have never dyed it before. However, I am 100% positive that that brownish hair is not my true color primarily because it looks obviously faded!

Being a perpetual outdoor junkie, I had the suspicion that my lifestyle may be responsible for my problem, so I went ahead and did some digging.

In this blog post, I would be sharing with you why I really came to make escaping the midday sun a life priority!

The sun vs your hair

Effects of the sun on the hair

Before we dive in, let’s quickly recap what is SPF, what is UV rays, the difference between UVA, UVB, and UVC (and uncovering the reasons why we don’t get to read much about those).

SPF

The SPF denotes “sun protecting factor” – meaning the number of rays the sunscreen block. E.g. SPF 15 means, that 1/15th of the burning radiation will reach the skin, assuming sunscreen is applied evenly at a thick dosage of 2mg per square centimeter. Similarly, SPF 60, means that only 1/60th of the same radiation will reach the skin or hair.

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Deciphering UVA, UVB and UVC

Ultraviolet (UV) ray is a band of the electromagnetic spectrum with a specific wavelength: from 10nm to 400nm. This means that UV rays stand somewhere between visible light which the human eye is able to see and much shorter in length, X-rays. UV radiation is present in sunlight, contributing to about 10% of the total output of the Sun. UV is strong enough to cause chemical reactions in compounds, including fluorescence, strengthening the bones in mammals, and various photo effects achieved by photons, particles of light.

The difference between UVA, UVB, and UVC rays is the length of the electromagnetic wave:

  • UVA 400-320nm
  • UVB is 320-290nm

Therefore sunscreens with a “broad spectrum” are those which cover various lengths of UV-rays. UVA accounts for 95% of all the UV radiation reaching Earth’s surface that can constitute most of the damage from the sun. While UVB proportion is much, much smaller. UVC rays, however, get absorbed by Earth’s ozone layer and therefore are not something we consider in this overview.

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Effect of UV sun damage on hair

The hair shaft is a nonliving cell and, thus unlike skin cells, it requires no protection from carcinogenesis commonly caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin. Simply put, you cannot have cancerous hair fibers –  carcinogenesis in a hair shaft itself is not currently considered possible. If hair proteins in the shaft are altered by sun exposure, damaged hair can be removed and replaced by new hair.

However, UV radiation damages hair lipids, so photodamaged hair is dry and dull, as sunlight damages disulfide bonds – the protein links that create elasticity and essentially “holds your hair shaft together”. In addition, color-treated hair, already deprived of its natural moisture is more likely to dry and become brittle after exposure to the sun. Hair devoid of natural lipids, is subject to static electricity, fractures easily and appears frizzy.

Vulnerability of colour-treated hair

Human hair naturally contains two pigments: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Both are accountable for brown/black and red/yellow hues in our hair respectively and both get affected by UV rays. Another melanin, called oxymelanin, is found in unprocessed human hair that has been exposed to the sun. It is a similar compound found in bleached hair, as well. The amount of oxymelanin affects the value of the hair as well as causing photo-aging. This leads to natural “summer highlights” amongst those of us with untreated virgin hair.

The sun’s rays act very much like bleach on hair, says dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD. Bleach reacts with the melanin in the hair and removes the color in an irreversible chemical reaction. Bleach also damages the hair’s cuticle and protein, which is called keratin.

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Finer, lighter hair lacks the thickness or pigment that can protect it from the sun’s rays, Dr. Bergfeld says. Darker, coarser hair usually is oilier, and its thickness, darker color, and oil covering help to protect it. African-American or African hair is fragile due to its shape, which is thin, flat, and tightly coiled, Dr. Bergfeld says.

Making matters worse

Hot flat irons or rollers, chlorinated water in swimming pools or lightening your hair, this damage make it more vulnerable to the summer stresses of heat and this damages your hair’s keratin.  The damaged protein allows sun and heat to penetrate the hair more easily and results in a fragile hair strand.

“If you bleach or highlight your hair, you’ve damaged the hair already,” Dr. Bergfeld says. “To add to that by swimming in a chlorinated pool, or sitting out in the sun, you’re going to have very significant hair breakage.”

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sadly enough, people don’t really take seriously protecting their hair from the sun as much as we do our bodies, I guess since our hair doesn’t “tan or burn, or even get cancer” it’s quite easy to overlook it all.

All though there are currently products on the market that promise sun protection for the hair, I would not really bank on its effectiveness, especially as it is yet to be proven.

At this point in my life having long, beautiful, and radiant hair is sort of like a huge priority to me, especially when the state of your hair is a force strong enough to command respect to you on its own, it is one of the very first things people would notice about you!

The sun versus the skin

The skin uses sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, which is important for normal bone formation. But sometimes its ultraviolet light can be very detrimental.

Most often than not, people, especially women (me inclusive!) Are more concerned with the aesthetic effects of the sun on the skin than anything else.

Sometimes I think it’s because even though everyone knows that there is is a thing called skin cancer and there are people out there who have it, a lot of us still like to believe that we would be the exception, but so did those people!

Within the skin’s epidermal (outer) layer are cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can burn the skin, and over time, could reduce its elasticity and cause a person to age prematurely. Suntanning occurs because exposure to sunlight causes the skin to produce more melanin and to darken. The tan fades as these cells move toward the surface and are sloughed off.

Too much exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays can cause sunburn. UV rays penetrate the outer skin layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. People who do not have much melanin and sunburn easily should protect themselves by covering up sensitive areas, wearing sunblock, limiting their total exposure time, and limiting their sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The sun and ageing

I am always humbled in the presence of older women who have managed to age like fine wine, so I made the decision that I’ll do everything I can while I’m still young to “end up like them”. I made the decision this year to be more of a long term thinker rather than an impulsive one seeking instant results and gratifications! (something I am painfully guilty of). Sunscreens cannot fully protect you from our harsh modern environment, the damage has been done and we are left to deal with it and preserve what’s left of it, two points if it can be reversed!

Prevention is always better and CHEAPER than cure, so while you slather on expensive creams, lotions, and potions, do the significant, stay away from the causes if you can!


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Here are some of my amazon.com selections!

Every single product recommended here have been personally curated by me and is found to be reputable. These are also affiliated links, meaning if you use them to make purchases I would earn a little stipend but at no extra cost to you.

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Reef Friendly Sunscreen Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 50, 12 Ounces. $9.96

Rating: 4 out of 5.

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ 60ml / 2 fl.oz Coral reef safe sunscreen, Sun cream for face, Cica, UVA1,2 UVB, Broad spectrum, Lightweight, Sensitive skin, Essential Oil Free. $15.90

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Tea Tree Paul Mitchell Hair and Body Moisturizer, 10.14 Oz $15

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Curly Hair Products by Carol’s Daughter, Coco Creme Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter For Very Dry Hair, with Coconut Oil and Mango Butter, Paraben Free and Silicone Free Butter for Curly Hair, 12 Ounce. $11.99 $9.99

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

No one wants to see a zit, so this is how you get rid of them


I’ve been having all sorts of acne drama lately, I used to be one of the lucky teenagers when It came to escaping social death by acne, but as I ease into my twenties, those little demons finally realized that they are yet to pay me a little visit! I guess the only “bright side” about this is that I am currently under quarantine. 😐

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Nevertheless, I started doing research about acne and other related topics and I made some really interesting discoveries, through that, I was able to minimize drastically the number of acne spread across my face.

In today’s post, I will be exploring 3 very common types of acne, and how to go about laying death to them with minimal battle scars!

Some personal note: whether the information shared here today will be of any use to you depends on the degree of severity of acne you currently have, especially when comes it comes to using OTC products or the classic DIY approach. You may need to see a dermatologist.

3 most common types of acne

Having acne is no fun, regardless of what kind of acne it is. But knowing what type of pimples you are dealing with is one of the first steps you can take in addressing the problem and working with your dermatologist to figure out how best to treat it. You can start by reading over the three most common kinds of acne and see if what you are dealing with fits into any of these categories.

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Although there are numerous types of acne out there, these are the three most common type of acne afflicting the average person

  • Hormonal acne
  • Cystic
  • Whitehead or blackhead

Hormonal acne

This type of acne is fairly easy to recognize as it usually follows a distinctive pattern that corresponds with your hormonal cycles. In females, it often gets worse right before or after your monthly period, when your hormones are fluctuating. It may also flare up right around the time that you ovulate each month. Hormonal acne is also common in males, and may occur at any age. This type of acne is often found around the mouth area, including the chin, jaw and lower cheeks.

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Nevertheless, your monthly cycles aren’t the only things capable of influencing your hormonal balance. The kind of foods you chose to consume, the level of toxic chemicals present in our everyday products, as well as your general stress level, play a major role.

Not too long ago, the facial mapping system became popular as a means of deciphering what acne in certain areas of the face meant as a way of predicting the state of various aspects of our body. The philosophy behind this is that every part of our body is connected and the state of one area could directly influence the state of another.

The Chinese facial mapping system for acne
The Chinese facial mapping system

Cystic acne

When bacterial infections clog a pore of your skin, this reaction can trigger cystic acne, which often feels like it is deeply rooted far beneath the surface of your skin. Cystic acne may take longer to develop and longer to go away once a pimple has risen to the surface and created a head. This type of acne is often linked to oily skin.

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Cystic acne is the most serious type of acne. It develops when cysts form deep underneath your skin. This can result from a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that get trapped in your pores.

Although anyone can develop acne, cystic acne tends to occur in people with oily skin. It’s also more common in teens, women, and older adults with hormonal imbalances.

Usually, cystic acne can improve with age. However, the stubborn and painful bumps won’t go away on their own. If you suspect you have cystic acne, your dermatologist is your best line of defense. They can prescribe the medication necessary to help clear your skin.

Whiteheads or blackheads

These two types of acne are very common and may occur anywhere on the face or body. Both types are the result of oil clogging up pores, which results in bacterial infections and then creates pimples, pustules or nodules. While whiteheads are the product of white blood cells rising to the surface to combat infection, blackheads may be due to oxygen rising to the surface of the skin.

Photo of a whitehead
Whiteheads graphic

There are some common misconceptions about whiteheads. Understanding what can and can’t cause acne is important for getting rid of whiteheads. The following factors have little to no effect on acne:

  • Excessive washing and scrubbing doesn’t prevent whiteheads.
  • Dirt doesn’t cause acne.
  • Washing your face too hard can irritate the skin and worsen existing acne.
  • Greasy foods don’t cause acne.
Whitehead and blackhead graphics

How to treat

Different acne types require a treatment approach especially when the end goal is to not only cure and stop further recurrence, but to also prevent scaring.

Hormonal acne treatment

Skincare products can be used to treat mild to moderate cases of hormonal acne. Some natural ingredients that you should consider having in the products you buy should include

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Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil works by decreasing inflammation that can contribute to acne. One study found that 5 percent of topical tea tree oil relieved symptoms in participants with mild to moderate acne.

Tea tree oil is available in many of skin care products, such as cleansers and toners. You can also use tea tree essential oil as a spot treatment.

You should always dilute tea tree essential oil with a carrier oil before use. Popular carrier oils include coconut, jojoba, and olive. The general rule is to add about 12 drops of carrier oil to every one to two drops of essential oil.

It’s also important to do a skin patch test before using diluted tea tree essential oil. To do this, apply the diluted oil to the inside of your forearm. If you don’t experience any irritation or inflammation within 24 hours, it should be safe to apply elsewhere.

Alpha hydroxy acid

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are plant acids derived mostly from citrus fruits. AHAs can help remove excess dead skin cells clogging pores. As a bonus, AHAs can help minimize the appearance of acne scars.

AHA can be found in many OTC masks and creams. As with retinoids, AHAs can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity. You should always wear sunscreen when using products with AHA.

Green tea

Green tea is known for decreasing inflammation in the body. For a more holistic approach, consider drinking a few cups per day besides practicing your topical skin care regimen. Lotions and gels containing at least 2 percent green tea extract may be beneficial.

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Hormonal acne dietary tips

As your skin is a direct reflection of the state of your internal being, Research has shown that changing certain dietary habits can significantly reduce acne symptoms.

The following are the most evidence-based ways to control acne through your diet.

  • Watch the amount of sugar in your diet, this transcends added sugar, therefore this includes high glycemic index foods, these include white bread, ice cream, pasta, etc.
  • try cutting out dairy and whey protein
  • Eat mostly whole and nutrient-dense foods. One rule of thumb is to ” eat the rainbow”.

Treatment for cystic acne

  • Whatever you do, do not try to pop it, not only because it is impossible, but because you’d only end up making the matter worse!
  • when you first notice the presence of cystic acne, try to apply an ice pack to it as it helps constrict the small blood vessels feeding the cyst, thereby drastically reducing the size and redness of it.
  • The best way to treat acne is to use different ingredients that work differently and complement each other, That’s why I typically advise people to use both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
  • To maximize the efficacy of both of these active ingredients in your skin-care routine, a salicylic acid cleanser, followed by an oil-free moisturizer, topped off with a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment should be ideal.
  • Applying an over-the-counter, 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, which contains a low dose of topical steroids, can help reduce redness and calm inflammation.
  • When your cystic acne persists despite your very best efforts, try using makeup with a slight green tint to help mask redness and blend your pimple into your natural skin tone.
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Whitehead or blackhead acne treatment

A person affected by whiteheads can try boiling some water, putting it in a bowl, and then holding the affected area of their body over the bowl.

In the case of the head and neck area, they can create a steam tent by putting a towel over their head, to concentrate the steam onto their upper body. Some people find using apple cider vinegar useful, but I do not recommend it, rather you can try applying other natural ingredients listed below either in its concentrated form or contained in other skincare products.

  • Witch hazel
  • salicylic acid
  • alpha hydroxy acid
  • Tea tree oil
  • A mild retinoid cream
  • honey
Tips for preventing and treating whiteheads

Tips for preventing and treating whiteheads include:

  • trying not to touch the area
  • avoiding cosmetic, laundry, and cleaning products with irritants, such as fragrances or dyes
  • using only non-comedogenic (not pore-clogging), oil-free cosmetics and skin products
  • not squeezing, picking, or trying to pop whiteheads
  • avoiding places with high air pollution or increasing skin hygiene if exposed to heavy air pollution
  • washing skin thoroughly when in humid areas
  • avoiding tight-fitting clothes, uniforms, or sports equipment
  • trying not to scrub or aggressively cleanse the skin
  • avoiding sunburn
  • washing the face before bed and remove any makeup
  • avoiding the use of hair products on the skin
  • showering or bathing regularly
  • keeping long hair pulled back from the skin
  • Not obsessing over it
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Here are some of my Amazon.com selections!

Every single product recommended here have been personally curated by me and is found to be reputable. These are also affiliated links, meaning if you use them to make purchases I would earn a little stipend but at no extra cost to you.

Retinol cream for day and night by Poppy Austin. Cruelty-free, organic with 2.5% retinol, vitamin E, green tea, and, shea butter triple-sized 3.4oz. $19.49 (works well for acne too!)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Aveeno maximum strength 1% hydrocortisone cream with triple action pure oat essence, aloe, and, vitamin E for the treatment of cystic acne. $9.78

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

CeraVe salicylic acid cleanser |8 ounces| renewing exfoliating face wash with vitamin D for the treatment of hormonal and cystic acne, as well as face bumps and skin texture irregularities. $9.87

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“Holy Grail” TULA probiotic oil-free gel-cream lightweight face moisturizer. $48.00

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Amazon.com’s number 1 best seller Theyer’s alcohol-free rose petal with witch hazel facial toner with aloe vera formula- 12oz $10.95

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

QRxLabs 20% glycolic resurfacing peel pads with vitamins B5, C & E, green tea, calendula, allantoin. It exfoliates surface skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Ideal for the treatment of hormonal acne and whiteheads. $49.99 $24.95

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Skincare for people in their 20s: No B.S


First of all, I just want to welcome all my Ant readers to 2020!

This is officially the first post for the year 2020, I thought that as the year begins anew, it will be wise to start it off with a down to earth approach to skincare and beauty, leaving my consumer junkie self in last year and decade, where it belongs.

The consumer culture becomes more and more pervasive as the years rolls by. This reality didn’t really hit me until I went for my new year/ first quarter cosmetic shopping.

I often like to buy my cosmetics all at once, enough to last at least three months, I realized it not only saves me time but also money and necessary impulse spending.

Halo

When I went to the supermarket cosmetic section, I was totally astonished by the plethora of new products on the shelf, a lot of them promising, with sleek package design, and a scent sweet enough to cripple you.

But do you know the good thing about being broke, and not being able to afford every whim at a go?

It brings you down to earth, makes you conscious of your decisions, and gives you enough distance-time while you’re trying to raise cash, enough time for the frenzy you feel about the new product to wear off, giving you enough rationale to decide for yourself if you really need what you want.

In this new day and age, it’s kind of hard to trust manufacturers, influencers, and “skincare professionals”. Since one of the most primary motivations for people to do things is survival, one can not help but be suspicious of the reasons someone preaches or presents us something. Is it more of them trying to get more cash to survive and keep the lifestyle, or are they are genuinely interested in the publics’ benefit.

One of my new year’s resolution is to cut out the noises, the unnecessary add ons. To be wiser with my spending and also what I put in and on my body, I only have one anyway!


Since I turned 20 last year’s December, I’ve kind of gotten a bit more concerned about my body, as the quality of my 20s will greatly influence subsequent decades to come in my life

I’ve noticed how fast people are aging these days, cosmetically and physiologically. teenagers no longer look like teenagers, they all look like people in their 20s! and I’m not just talking about the way they dress.

I saw a woman on YouTube being praised for the way she looked at forty-five, but that’s how a forty-five years old woman is supposed to look like. a lot of people currently overlook an epidemic at hand; the modern human body is degenerating at a much rapid rate compared to our ancestors.

Skincare by the decades

Each year of our lives requires different approaches to care and maintenance. Some products are absolutely necessary, while others are honestly just noises.

You can see it as tools necessary for each milestone or decade of your life. You want to travel to each decade as light as possible, only taking what’s necessary, being disciplined enough to not fall into the trap of consumerism. You have to learn to look after your needs.

Skincare for the 20s

Skincare for young women
I’m the girl in the photo in case you didn’t know 😎

In your teens, the primary skincare needs are moisturizer, sunscreens, light exfoliation once a week or so, and acne creams. That’s practically it.

But of course, with environmental damage ever so potent, that may not be enough for most people, diet, and supplements should be your holy grail. Never take vitamin B12 nonchalantly if you suffer from acne, your skin will thank you.

Skincare for teens
I was wearing 0% makeup in this photo. Oh, and that’s my brother!

When you’re in your twenties, you would have to take it up a notch, you’re done developing at this time, so your body’s turn over rate slows down. This can be the breeding ground for all sorts of future menace.

Holy Grail skincare products for your 20s

This is the time to not mess with your moisturizers, dry skin should be something you fight against daily.

Dry skin equals wrinkles, flaky skin, clogged pores, and the need for more unnecessary makeup which I’ll get to in a minute.

A mild daily exfoliator with a good concentration of BHAs will really help with the appearance of post-acne scars from your teenage years while helping you maintain flawless skin!

Retinol, please do not ignore the retinol creams, these are one of the very few products that are actually proven to work, especially for anti-aging which should be something you should start to take seriously at this stage in your life, “prevention is better than cure” they tell.

Anti-aging for 20 years old

Sunscreen, this should be something, you should hold right next to your heart. Never leave the house even for a second without one, and if you live in a house where there is more than adequate amount of direct sunlight coming in during the day, wear sunscreen at home too. Don’t even think about tanning!

using a lip balm with an SPF should also be paramount.

About makeup

Personally in my take, I personally do not think women in their twenties need much makeup at all, especially makeup products like primers and foundations.

Makeup and the skin

I know this is sorta off mainstream, but the rate at which people use makeup currently is kinda cringy. Especially with the Instagram/drag queen inspired makeup trend which is just tacky on multiple levels.

It’s perfectly fine if you go for such a look at special appropriate occasions, but having that be your look day in day out, every day is just a No for me.

In my take, if you properly take care of your skin, 40% or more of the makeup products you use will be absolutely useless.

At the moment, I no longer use foundation makeup or primers anymore,

I only use BB or CC creams in place of foundation, some concealers where necessary, and some setting powder. Bronzers are on occasion.

Cutting down to just these few have greatly improved the quality of my skin.

I plan on dedicating an entirely new blog post on my skincare products and routine, as well as my makeup products in the future.

If you focus on care and maintenance at the foundation stages of your life, you will more than reap the benefits of it in the future.

Skincare for 20 years old

Supplements

My best take on supplements is vitamin C, E, and A.

You should also remember the power of biotin to your skin and hair, collagen from bone broth should be your new coffee.

Diet, diet, diet! You should take care of yourself like a kid you are responsible for, you wouldn’t hand a kid beer and cigarettes for a snack, neither are you supposed to feed it burgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

As the year begins, make a resolution to be more responsible for yourself.