Rise and shine because I have a little something for you!
Instead of telling you about a product that works today, I'd like to share all of my skincare beliefs. To be honest, I don't know if my beliefs are 100% true or if they are even scientifically correct, but I purchase products and carry on with my regimen around my skincare beliefs. I would like to say that my beliefs have done me well because my skin hasn't acted out in a really, really long time, and I have been able to maintain it! For the record, I have dull, dry, and sensitive skin, but if you have oily or combination skin, I think these beliefs may be able to help you too. Are you ready?!
Victoria's skincare belief #1: Hydration makes your skin resilient and keeps all skin troubles out of the way!
I think that hydration is so important because it helps to delay aging, makes you look super healthy, can help dark circles go away, and keeps your oil glands under control. All skin types need to be hydrated, and a few ways to help with staying hydrated include drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, getting an air humidifier if you live somewhere with dry air, and moisturizing well (and right for your skin type). Everything is just better if you're hydrated! Look like a grape and not a raisin!
Victoria's skincare belief #2: Exfoliating is so important, especially if you have acne and bumps! Wearing layers of dead skin isn't fashionable.
I never used to exfoliate my back (ew, gross, I know). I paid a lot of attention on exfoliating my face that I forgot about my back! There was this one time I was super stressed and I noticed that there were very many red bumps and whiteheads on my back. It was the worst my back had ever been. I invested in a back scrubber and started to use that with my body wash. The acne and red bumps I had cleared up within the week, and I finally understood the importance of exfoliating.
Exfoliating clears away dead skin and unclogs pores (I'm sure you've already heard this already). If you have oily skin and are prone to bumps and acne, don't forget to be extra detailed when exfoliating. Once you clear away dead cells, remove dirt and oil, and unclog pores so that they can breathe again, your moisturizers and toners will work so much better as they have the green light to penetrate your skin. If you don't exfoliate, you might as well not even put on that cream.
Victoria's skincare belief #3: Bad oil production begins when you are dehydrated! Don't punish your thirsty self with acne!
Looking at you, oily and combination skin types! Dry skin types already know that hydration is key in their skincare regimen. I believe that oily and combination skin types are chronic dry skin in disguise! My reason? Because when you're an oily/combination skin type, you tend to stay away from anything that seems oily or too hydrating because you're scared of breaking out. Sounds about right? When your skin is dehydrated, oil glands begins to produce more oil to moisturize it! So, I believe that if you're an oily skin type, your skin is so naturally dehydrated on a daily basis that oil production gets out of control. The result? Acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and troubled skin. For oily/combination skin types, if it makes you more comfortable to stay away from oil, find a moisturizer that is water-based (mineral water or seed water preferred). And for those with dull, dry skin like me, I believe that oils and water-based moisturizers will work! P.S.-- Oil isn't the only thing that can moisturize!
Also, I believe that many oily/combination skin types diagnose themselves as that type but are actually a dry skin type. If your face feels tight with nothing on after the shower or if your face starts to get more oily after sitting around with no makeup on, you're probably a dry skin type! Don't mistake that oiliness for oily skin! Your skin is probably just trying to hydrate itself by producing oil.
Victoria's skincare belief #4: Bad oil is not the same as good oil.
I only have this as a belief because my oily/combination skin type friends are absolutely scared of using cleansing oils. I believe that the oil on your skin becomes bad because it is so prone to getting dirty from just being exposed to the dirt, bacteria, and toxins in the air. This causes acne, where the white pus is actually the remains of dead white cells that fought a tough battle with the bacteria on your face.
Good thing cleansing oil exists because the oil is able to bind to the oil on your face better than water ever could! If you have oily skin and you are hesitant, maybe this article will help you gain more insight into why I think oil cleansers are the good oil that fights with the bad oil you want to get rid of.
Victoria's skincare belief #5: Consistency is key. Skin needs to be fed.
If you want clear, glowing skin, you have to commit to your skincare regimen everyday. Just like how one can get back the 10 pounds she/he just lost last week by going back to bad habits, your skin is changing constantly (and also aging every minute) and all your hard work from face masking and exfoliating diligently the week before can seriously just all go down the drain if you don't keep it up. Feed your skin everyday, give it that little massage that it needs, and treat it just like your hungry stomach (that's if you're eating healthy, regularly, and well of course). Be consistent for skin success.
Victoria's skincare belief #6: Tapping product into your skin and being gentle (using your pinky, middle, and ring fingers only) with your skin is absolutely necessary.
I believe that tapping products into your skin helps the product absorb so much faster. Light taps are all it takes! I also highly, highly recommend everyone to use their pinky finger when tapping in eye cream, using their pinky finger ONLY when exfoliating (feels very awkward but you get used to it), and using their middle and ring fingers to spread and tap in product. When I work on my face, I imagine that I only have three fingers. Once I started to be gentle with my face, my face changed for the better. When I give myself a facial massage, press facial pressure points, or get a facial, being more rough (in the right ways) is okay.
Victoria's skincare belief #7: Effective skincare products do not always have to be expensive or well-known brand names. However, investing $$$$$$$ in skincare products as a whole is always a required expense (if you care about your skin).
I'd rather spend more on putting nice stuff that will improve my skin rather than spending more on gunk that will damage it more. I truly believe that Korea is the mecca for skincare as it is years and years ahead of many in skincare technology, research, and techniques. Not only that, their super affordable brands (THEFACESHOP, SKINFOOD, NATUREREPUBLIC, INNISFREE... just to name a few), have many great products that are very natural and effective. You don't have to spend a fortune on skincare products to have great skin, but you do have to be committed to spending on a variety of products long-term in order to have great skin.
Victoria's skincare belief #8: Parabens aren't actually all that bad. Marketing made it a red flag.
I believe that parabens, in low amounts, are safe in cosmetics. Parabens are used in cosmetics as a preservative so that your product, especially if it is made out of natural ingredients, does not start to mold and attract bacteria. Parabens enter the skin quickly and are also excreted quickly by the body. The link between parabens and cancer is not solidified and there is no solid confirmation that parabens, in low amounts such as that used in cosmetics, causes cancer. Here are a few more places that talk about this from a more scientific standpoint: 1 and 2.
Marketing is seriously the biggest drive when it comes to cosmetics. If you have a product that nobody knows about, you probably won't get impressive sales. More importantly, if it is a health product, people only absorb product information through brand positioning and marketing (basically, whatever the company wants you to know so that you will make the purchase) because they haven't actually tested the product. What I believe that people don't know is that the facts in a marketing campaign may be false. But once everyone believes that something is dangerous because of marketing, companies know that their consumer buying behavior has changed so they must respond to "the scare of (insert proposed substance here)" to increase sales. Of course, there are absolutely horrible chemicals out there in skincare that have some solid evidence, but for me, parabens are not a major red flag. I try to lose it whenever possible (because it is better to be safe than sorry), but I always keep in mind that if parabens aren't being used to preserve the product.. then what is... potassium sorbate (which also comes with its own set of health risks)? In general, I am always happy when parabens aren't part of the ingredients list, but I don't freak out if it is one of the last 4 ingredients listed.
Victoria's skincare belief #9: Not sleeping sometime in between 10pm-2am is a sin to your skin.
I love sleep, and I love it more when I sleep before midnight because I give my skin an opportunity to repair itself. I think it's truly amazing that the condition of your skin can improve overnight and every night! Research has shown that skin repairs the best at night, and especially between 10pm to 2am. In addition, since your body temperature is naturally higher at night (cooler in the daytime), products on your skin penetrate better. There have also been studies that report melatonin (this chemical makes you sleepy) a suppressor of UV-light damage to skin. There is no better magic than sleep magic for your skin.
Victoria's skincare belief #10: Being frugal with your skincare products is like skin dieting. Stop starving your skin!
I use globs of my skincare products, and I'm not scared to pump the bottle more than three times. Product does not scare me (of course, I don't use the entire bottle in one sitting), and I have seen wonders happen to my skin when I am VERY generous to it. Of course, this is because I really know my skin, and I know how much product makes it really happy. I've felt that feeling that you have when you purchase a brand new bottle of product. I feel elated. I feel complete. But most of all, I feel scared because I don't want to run out of product too quickly. Take a deep breath and repeat. It is much better when the product is doing great things for my skin rather than sitting like a wallflower in a bottle. Repeat, repeat, repeat. And then try. Go for it. It's your product and you have the freedom to do whatever you want with it. Don't withhold goodness from your skin.
Victoria's skincare belief #11: If you freak out over a pimple, you're going to stress out and get more pimples.
Truth. Cortisol is the steroid/stress hormone that gives you that horrible feeling we all know. It can cause hormonal imbalance and lead to breakouts. I believe that if I have skin trouble, remaining calm is the first step in the right direction to remedy the problem. Just chill.
Victoria's skincare belief #12: Don't be lazy. Showering when you come home, no matter what time it is, equals my biggest skin secret.
My friends know this. My former and current roommates know this. I shower before I sleep, always. If I stay out late at night, I come home and the first thing I do is take a shower. It doesn't matter if it's 4am, 5am, or 6am. It doesn't even matter if I only wore BB cream that day. I still shower. No matter how tired I am, I shower, and I don't punish my skin for my being out too late. Having clean skin, toner, essence, and a moisturizer on before I sleep at any hour is a must. My skin looks drastically worse when I sleep without treating it right.
Victoria's skincare belief #13: Knowing your skin and making your own skincare routine based off of your personal needs is the way to go.
Who says that you have to follow a certain routine? The best routine is one that matches well with your skin type! I believe that everyone has a unique skin type. You and your friend can have oily skin, but that doesn't mean that the same routine will work! Maybe your friend has oily skin that is more sensitive or maybe you have oily skin that scars more easily! Or perhaps you have darker eye circles than your friend! I believe that knowing your skin is the entrance to getting the healthy skin that you've always wanted. I also believe in micro-diagnosing, which is a little thing that I made up for myself. I always say that I have dull, dry, and sensitive skin, but really, when I purchase products, I hardly categorize myself as solely a dry skin type. Instead, this is my thought process. My skin looks pretty fine after it is moisturized right (the current moisture routine I have is working). I don't really have dark circles if I sleep enough (sleep is absolutely necessary for my skin, and Vitamin C isn't really necessary for my eye area right now). I don't really get oily around my T-zone, but I do notice that I have blackheads (I need to exfoliate and clean my T-zone more). I noticed that I have random large pores on my cheeks (I need to get a pore tightening serum/toner for those specific areas). I have a small wrinkle on my right smile line (I need to add retinol to that tiny portion before I sleep). When I think this way, I tackle my specific skin troubles and forget about cookie-cutting myself as a standard dry skin type. I just have skin, okay?!
Victoria's skincare belief #14: Put your impatience somewhere else because great skin does not happen in one night (but it does happen overnight as your cells turn over).
Your patience will be tested if you want healthy, glowing skin. Coupled with commitment and dedication, patience will help you achieve the skin that you've always wanted. If your skin is very troubled, give it time to heal and repair itself with the help of your chosen products. There are many layers of the skin and healthy skin begins from the deepest layer. I believe I have the skin that I have always wanted now because I was patient, consistent, dedicated, and committed to making it happen.
Victoria's skincare belief #15: Korean skincare and beauty habits are worth looking into.
Yes. Always yes. You can't deny that Koreans know what they're doing with their skin when so many of them walk around with acne-free complexions and flawlessly even skin tones. With so many wonderful products in the highly advanced and forward Korean cosmetics market, why wouldn't you try a few of them? Koreans spend much more on skincare products than many other countries, and much of the profit is used on research and development. I really believe that there has been no Korean skincare product that has completely failed on me. Not only that, there hasn't been a Korean skincare product that has damaged my skin or made it look worse. I trust that the Korean skincare experts really know what they are doing, and this trust that I have with them remains unwavering and strong.
There you have it! These are my 15 skincare beliefs in great detail. While I haven't had any of my beliefs verified for being scientifically or factually correct, I think that it may be useful to many of you who want to understand how I approach skincare. These beliefs have made a wonderful change in my skin, and now that I've found personal success in achieving the skin that I've always wanted, I hope that I've inspired you to give your skin and skin decisions some greater thought.
Thanks for coming here, and I hope to see you again next time! Onward to getting your ideal skin!