The Basics of Skin Cleansing
Skin is like the body's gossip rag. It reveals things that we don't usually want known, like our eating habits, stresses, or even emotional state. In short, our skin doesn't lie. We can fake beautiful skin, but isn't it better to have the real thing? Get great skin by respecting it—know your skin type and care for it accordingly. Everything will follow from there.
Determine Your Skin Type:
- Oily - You have shiny, skin, enlarged pores, and are prone to blemishes and blackheads.
- Combination/Normal - You have smooth skin, medium-sized pores, an oily T-zone, and dry dry cheeks.
- Dry - Your skin feels tights, especially after cleansing. It's flaky, with occasional red patches.
Basic Skin Care Regimen
- Cleanse - The best way to cleanse your face is gentlest way possible. Massage face in a circular motion, using the pads of your fingers. Use warm water—too hot or too cold isn't good for your skin.
- Exfoliate - Remove dead skin cells by gently scrubbing skin—use a light touch! Exfoliate five times a week if you've got normal or oily skin. For dry and sensitive skin, do it once a week or not at all—it can irritate your skin.
- Moisturize - Even oily skin needs moisture! It's best to moisturize right after cleansing while your face is still damp. Use light lotions and gels if you've for oily skin, heavier creams if your skin is dry.
- Protect - Never forget sun protection—it's crucial for young skin. Use sunscreen formulated for the face. Sun protection is important even for dark skin, so don't skip it!
Fiction: Chocolate and greasy food cause skin to break out.
Fact: Numerous scientific studies have shown that there is no direct relation between diet and acne, although the vitamins we get from food have an effect on our skin.
Fiction: The more you wash, the less breakouts you'll have.
Fact: Too much washing can cause dryness and irritation, leading to more breakouts. Twice a day is enough, once in the morning and once at night.
Fiction: Getting a tan will clear up acne.
Fact: Tanning can temporarily mask the redness of zits, but not actually clear them out. Although beautiful to look at, sun-tanned skin is actually considered damaged.
Fiction: Drinking plenty of water keeps your face moisturized.
Fact: Your body will be well-hydrated, but it stops there. There is no relation between the amount of water we drink to how moisturized our faces are.
Fiction: Pores open and close.
Fact: Pores do not change shape. They can appear to be larger or smaller, depending on how clean your skin is.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.