Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Skinny on...Skin

{the ol' epidermis}

My Skin Story
I'll attribute my Korean genes for my (usually) easy to manage skin. Growing up, if I wasn't modeling, then I wasn't wearing makeup. I was a soap and water kind of girl. Then, I lived in Africa for 4 months, without running water, makeup, meat, or dairy. Needless to say, my system was shocked when I returned to the states.

That's when I realized the importance of taking care of my skin and finding a personalized regimen.

Here's how I like to do it.

*Drink water! Everyday. All day long. Clear Pee, Clear Face. That's my motto. I know, I'm like a modern day Confucious.

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Eat well! Your skin is the biggest organ you have, and one of the first places that toxins will try to escape out of. Good bacteria vs. bad bacteria. Many skin issues can be traced back to what you are putting in your body.

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Wash your face before bed! It's a great habit to get yourself into. Take off your makeup, as well as any environmental pollutants in the air that have settled on your skin during the day. (Dust/Smog/Pollen/Smoke/etc).

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Let your skin breathe! Take a few days here and there to go on a makeup vacation. Think tinted moisturizers instead of heavy foundations, if the thought of being bare faced makes your squirm. (I know, some days I slather it all on and thank the makeup gods above for cover-up and a full coverage finish).

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Natural products are kind of amazing! Try to avoid using (too many) harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubs on your face. Think gentle cleansers. You want to keep the PH of your skin balanced, so don't strip it of natural oils if you want it to perform a healthy regenerating process.

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Moisturize moisturize moisturize! Your skin soaks up everything you put on it. With the right moisturizer, it's like giving your face a drink of water.

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Sunscreen! Make it a part of your morning routine. Ever see an older woman with amazing glowing skin and barely any wrinkles? It's either from sunscreen...or plastic surgery. We'll assume sunscreen!

Favorite Face Things
*Cleanser: Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, {
Mychelle Dermaceuticals} or something gentle, like Cetaphil or CeraVe.
*Moisturizer: Philosophy's Hope in a Jar
*Daily Vitamins: Fish Oil/Flax Seed Oil
*Homemade Scrubs, (salt w/ honey, sugar w/lemon juice, brown sugar w/olive oil)
*Olay Pro-X Facial Cleansing Brush (like a mini-facial)

Favorite Pimple Taker-Downers
*Tea Tree Oil (dilute with water! antibacterial spot treatment)
*Aloe Vera (has amazing healing/anti-inflammatory properties)
*Apple Cider Vinegar (dilute with water! Great as a toner/regulates skin's PH)

Happy and healthy skin wishes to you all!

xoxo

{Bon Bon}



33 comments:

Chloe said...

Great post!!
I find it so useful and interesting!
Thanks for sharing your tips!

Mandy said...

Thanks for sharing Bon! X

Molly Gray said...

Nice roundup! I also never used to wear makeup but now that I work I feel like I have to and I can definitely see the negative results on my skin! But my motto is that if I am not at work, church or on a date: no makeup!

What are your thoughts on keeping everything (cleanser, moisturizer) in the same product line? I've heard mixing and matching can be bad for your skin because the different chemicals can react poorly...

Jennifer Rod said...

these are awesome tips! thank you bon bon.

Courtney B said...

Love this!! DIDO to the moisturizing!! I wasn't very on top of that before my massive break out mutilation..but I am now :) And my skind loves me for it!

mary said...

Yeup. I knew you were an expert on the dermis! You are a derma-doll-ogist. Obvi. You soo pretty in your korean skins. I am def going to get this brush today! Loves. xox!

Brissa said...

i would have never thought to use aloe vera! you're a genius!

Michelle (michabella) said...

These are AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Great post!!! So glad I'm not the only one say "clear pee, clear face"!. ;)

xoxo

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

I'm really glad you posted this. I have so many more problems with my skin now that we live in a humid climate. When we were in Colorado, I barely had a pimple. Grrr...It probably doesn't help that I'm not sleeping much or eating well, though! Thanks for the tips - I'm feeling inspired to do better!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

I need to start taking better care and these are great tips . I didnt know cleaning your face with honey could be good for you!

kira said...

Interesting post. I definitely don't have that many regiments, but I totally swear by moisturizer and sunscreen!

Mrs F. said...

This is a great post! My skin changed dramatically since I moved from Brazil. I am trying to turn actions into habits - like washing my face every night. I am pretty good with never forgetting sunscreen though!

Thanks for sharing your tips!

xo, Ana
My (Newly)Wed Life

Lauren said...

Following now! :) Love your blog!!! Thanks for sharing all those tips! :)

Linh said...

Ok. Not to sound vain, but I thought I had pretty good skin...until I saw yours! WOW :) I agree with all of these. I think the asian genes also helps :)
xoxo
-linh
http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Why did you have to bring up the water thing?! Guilt, guilt...

Katie said...

Thanks for the reminders! I need to be better at basically all of these suggestions!

Morgan said...

thank you so much for your thoughts on skin care!! it's always nice to see how others manage their "faces" :-)

Alexis Kaye said...

You have beautiful skin!!!! Thanks for all the tips! :)

Sal said...

Thanks for stopping by little blog! Love yours here! Congratulations on marriage and the bubba on the way!

Sal x

http://danielandi.blogspot.com/

Megan said...

Great tips!! I am a definite wash my face every single night freak!!

natasha {schue love} said...

GREAT skin tips! Water is so key...and I like the idea of taking a break from make-up...letting your skin breathe a little! :)

 Curly J said...

I made myself go and get a glass of water after reading this! I'm going to really try this time.. really really hard! As a teacher I tend to save my patience for educational type settings, so I usually get frustrated that the water isn't doing anything and then I stop! lol BAD.. TERRIBLE... I KNOW. I will try.

Bridget said...

haha, i love the title "pimple taker downers"

Notes She Wrote said...

wow these are GREAT tips!! i've had sensitive skin my whole life and I've had to learn some of these things the hard way! thanks for sharing! :)


Notes She Wrote

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

YES!!!

this post just made my day. true story. thanks for all the great skin tips lady!

Chelsea said...

Awesome post, awesome blog!! As I'm getting older {and a bit wiser} I'm trying to make it a real priority to take better care of my skin. These tips were great! Okay, gotta go wash my face now ;)

Shalyn said...

Thanks so much for this- I actually learned a lot and will definitely be drinking more water- going for clear pee!

.Candy. said...

great advise and can i interject, great skin!!

♥♥

http://intoxicatedchameleon.blogspot.com

kelley mackenzie said...

yepp-you've convinced me! i didn't even have to read it after seeing the picture of your skin! haha starting now i will only be drinking water for a month--my body may go into shock, but it will be good! haha

LoveLife{s.a.h.m.} said...

great insightful post! cute blog girly!!!

Jessica said...

Such a cute little blog, and YES to everything you just said. However I wish I knew this earlier haha.

Naomi Peffer said...

Bon I'm randomly searching through your posts. Skin care is hard and annoying for me so I clicked this one. But I thought I'd post a comment on here that recently I've been using Lavender Oil on my face because it's a healing oil. I've loved the results. I just put it on after I wash my face morning & night.

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