Complex Complexions

Though you might expect this post to be about complex pyscho-analysis of the human condition, it ain’t.  Instead it’s about something super superficial.  Literally.  We’re talking surface-level here.  And not just any surface, one of the most important surfaces concerning human survival – skin.

In addition to preventing our guts from spilling out and being one of largest organs in the body, the skin serves as a barrier to protect us from disease.  But we don’t always appreciate everything that our skin does.  A lot of teenagers, myself included, are painfully aware of the problems our skin can cause.  My skin is far from perfect, so I guess that just means I have to put a little more effort into my skin care routine.  I’m no dermatologist, but that’s not gonna stop me from sharing my tips for taking care of your skin.

From what I’ve gathered, there are four types of skin: sensitive, oily, dry, and combination.  It seems a little silly to say that when practically everyone has combination skin, since everyone’s skin is different and probably embodies varying degrees of both sensativity and dryness.  The following advice should be taken in regard to your skin type.  Unless of course, you’re one of the lucky ones with perfect skin; feel free to share your secrets with the rest of us.

1) Cleansing
There’s a lot of facial cleansers out there, and the only way to find out which one works for you is by trial and error.  Whichever one you choose, try to stick with what works for you because skin likes routine.  In addition to your regular cleanser, an exfoliating scrub can be used onced a week to clear out any dead skin cells.  Wash your face after you wake up and before you go to bed, but you don’t have to use soap in the morning.
Also can someone explain to me why people in those commercials wash their face like this?

Like you are gonna get your bathroom floor all wet and then you will slip and you will damage your precious face which by the way is already perfect so please stop.

2) Product
In addition to washing your face, you can use spot treatment for all those pesky blemishes.  Salicylic acid works well, but it can also dry out your skin, especially in the winter.

3) Moisturize
Which is why you have to moisturize.  If you know me personally, you probably know that I use lotion like crazy.  And soap.  And hand sanitizer.  Make sure you use facial lotion (because the skin on your face is somehow different from the skin on your body…) at night and sun block in the morning.  Adding sunblock to your daily routine is a precaution against everything from sun-spots to skin cancer.

if you get sunburned (sunburnt?), you’re gonna need a lot of aloe vera. just saying.

4) Sanitize

Always wash your skin with clean hands.  Always wash everything with clean hands.  Clean hands.  Wash hands.  Do not use hand sanitizer prior to applying contact lenses.
Those robot face washers are good too.  It’s like a toothbrush for your face.

don’t tell me this isn’t passive aggressive.

But even with all the pressure on teenagers to have clear skin, sometimes not everything is in our control.  Hormones, man.  Try not to stress about it.  Try all those crazy drink six gallons of water a day (don’t do that, you’ll die because osmosis), exotic pineapple facial methods.  And then realize that everything will be okay.  Because beauty is more than skin deep.

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