Sunday, 7 June 2015

How To: Get Clear Skin (ft. Clearasil and Korean Skincare)



Hello lovelies~


Today I have a different blog post from usual. I thought it would be a good idea to write about my tips on how to get clear skin using skincare products everyone can incorporate into their beauty regime.

I will be featuring products from Clearasil and Korean brands! All the products are affordable and will not break your bank.

Firstly I will talk about the most important tip anyone can ever give you regarding your skin health.

Eating healthy: Your skin, the largest organ in your body, reflects your internal system. If you treat yourself with good healthy food, you end up cleansing your body from all the toxins that end up in your skin texture. I am sure most of you battling with acne have seen the chart of acne that shows you the correlation between problems in your body with the part of your face acne breaks out from. It is a good way to tell you that what you put in your body will have a powerful influence on the way you look and feel.



Sun Protection: Everyone has heard about the importance of sun protection for your overall health and skin. I believe it's an essential to always be protected from the sun due to the dangers of UVA and UVB rays. For more information, head to Clearasil's informative website on Summer Skin care!

QUICK SUN PROTECTION TIPS

Ultraviolet A rays, or what I call UV Aging, is what causes premature aging because it penetrates deeper into the skin.

Ultraviolet B rays are what people typically use sunscreen/sunblock to avoid. UV Burning (these are not scientific terms) usually only penetrate into the epidermis (outer layers) and causes sunburn.

✰ Sun Protection Factor (SPF) mainly refers to protection from UVB rays.

Broad Spectrum Protection refers to protection from both UVA and UVB rays. 

Did you know the PA+ PA++ PA+++ and so forth rating system is not approved by the FDA? So I always use sunscreen that says Broad Spectrum Protection. However this is the system used in Japan/Korea commonly. Each country have different standards for their different climates. Just like how the British Standard for sunglasses is lower than the Australian/NZ standard because our sun is more harsh.. Your sunglasses should be labelled with the Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1067:2003. If they don't they are only fashion spectacles.

Always wear sun protection if you are outside for longer than 10 minutes. Doesn't matter if it's cloudy or if it's winter! UVA rays are powerful enough to penetrate through glass in your office or home.

A lot of people have asked this before and it's the question of... when do I apply sun protection? Before or after makeup? I personally apply it after moisturiser and when it has already dried. Just so I can avoid any chemical mixing that may minimise sun protection.

✰ Sun Block acts to block out the sun rays from penetrating into the skin. So typically people associate sun block as thick and gives a white cast.

✰ Sun Screen acts as a screen and deflects sun rays, though it is not 100% successful so some still penetrate through 

✰ Remember to apply enough sun protection. Two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin is what usually testers for sun protection use. I talk more about this in the bottom of the post. 

Always apply sun protection throughout the day! It does not stay effective for long

MedicationThere are prescriptions available from your dermatologist in severe cases.

 I understand there are different cases with different individuals so I am not saying that following these steps will absolutely without a doubt give you clear skin. However for the majority who are looking for skincare tips and tricks to maintain healthy better skin, these are the products you can look into.

Clicking on the bolded product name will bring you to my separate review.

Cleanser:

The first step in the skincare routine is facial washing! Cleansing is important to remove the pollutants, makeup and bacteria that accumulated throughout the day. It is especially important to remove makeup thoroughly before you go to bed each night because makeup that stays on your face end up enlarging your pores and stretching your skin, with a loss of elasticity imminent.



Here I am featuring Clearasil’s Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash. This Clearasil has been on the market for a long time now and is an affordable product to try! Gel cleansers are a great choice for combination skin as it is designed to remove excess surface oils, but any skin type can use it. Check out Clearasil's Skin Care guide which can help personalise your daily routine. Cream cleansers might be more beneficial for individuals which very dry skin.

The Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash works fast due to salicylic acid which is a pimple fighting ingredient. This product is also dermatologist recommended, meaning it was tested in the laboratory. The best thing is that there is no alcohol in this product!


Toner:

Toner is the most debated product out of the simple cleansing, toning, moisturising routine. Some people swear by toners while others argue the benefits. I personally have lived with and without toner, trying to see if there is a visible difference in my skin if I did or did not use it.

The answer: Yes there was a difference. And it had to do with the hydration level. I found that using toner helped promote moisture in my skin. However this will be a different story if you choose to use astringent which is heavily alcohol based and mainly for refining pores.

Moisturisation is key in maintaining healthy clear skin as it keeps the skin from drying and producing more oil in order to balance skin texture. More oil production can lead to blocked which eventually turn into pimples and bumpy skin.

Toners also work to remove the left over cleanser residue and balances your skin pH.


Recommendation: Etude House Wonderpore Freshener Toner (click for review)




I have been using Etude House’s Wonderpore Freshener for almost a year now and really like it as a gentle toner. It did not break me out even though my skin is sensitive to new products.

Note: Toners are sometimes called ‘lotions’ in the Chinese, Korean and Japanese beauty industry.

Serum:

Serum is not part of the basic skincare routine but I believe is a good product to incorporate into your daily beauty regime. Serums contains high concentrations of skin beneficial ingredients and penetrates deeper into the skin for a more effective result. Serums have a heavier texture compared to ampoules or essences, and are formulated to target specialised areas.

This is especially good if you have a certain skin concern as there are a numerous amount of serums on the market that cater to many individuals.

Recommendation: It's Skin Power 10 Formula LI Effector





My current concern mainly on facial and acne scarring so I have been using It’s Skin Power 10 Formula LI Effector which is an ampoule, but is similar to serums.

Moisturiser:

I mentioned why moisturisation is important in the Toner segment. It is extremely important for you to moisturise even if you feel like your skin does not need it. Keep your skin supple and you will be rewarded.


Recommendation: Skinfood Royal Honey Hydro Cream



This is a hydrating treatment cream with royal honey and royal jelly extracts to get you a moisturised and translucent complexion!

Extra treatments

Exfoliation:

Important for scrubbing away the dead skin cells that accumulate daily. Regularly dead skin cells make your skin appear dull and can lead to blocked pores. It also helps with fast product absorption.







Clay/mud masks:

 Draws up the impurities from your pores for deep cleansing! Best used after steaming your face with a hot towel or steam machine. Also, by extracting excess surface oils on the skin, pores are minimised.




Recommendation: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Spot treatments:

When you have stubborn spots you need to go quickly, whether it is for an important event or in general, spot treatments are amazing at targeting the site directly and drying up the acne to heal quickly.

Dual spot treatments that are both makeup and skincare can be a lifesaver at times.

Recommendation: Clearasil Daily Clear Tinted Pimple Clearing Cream





 Pores need to be kept clean in order for skin to be clear of acne. This fast absorbing cream penetrates deep into the pore removing bacteria while acting as a cover up. Fast absorbing products are great for busy people as it does not leave an unsightly residue.

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So there you have my simple guide to clear healthy skin. Please use this guide with discretion.


Until next time, annyeong~

P.S. I am now on my short 2 week hiatus for my uni finals!
P.S.S. If you have been a long time reader, I wrote a short series with "HOW TO: ___" and now after 2 years, I am writing another one! 

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