Lately people have been asking me a lot about my skincare routine. And I'm a little taken aback by it because I feel like my skin is no different from most other people. I still get pimples (and I have the dark spots to prove it! lol.) But if you remember one of my earlier posts I explain my skin type
and what I do generally
on a week to week basis with my skin (I wish I did this every day, but I don't
). But when I think about it, the one thing that has contributed to the clarity of my complexion... sunblock
. I wear it daily: rain, sunshine, snow, summer, winter, spring -- every single day. I mix two pumps moisturizer and one healthy squeeze of my favorite sunblock every day.
|Salicylic Acid is a helpful ingredient if you have acne prone skin.|
Sunblock is great for blocking harmful sunrays but it also helps to minimize the dark spots that women of color often get after a pimple has flaired up.
My non-scientific explanation for why it helps: After a pimple, the affected skin is very sensitive to the sun's rays and gets "tanned" more than the rest of the skin leaving a dark spot. The more pimples you get the more dark spots you'll end up with. The sunblock blocks those rays and minimizes their impact. [Below is my skin with no make up.]
Other benefits to clearer skin -- Because my dark spots are a lot more subtle it minimize how much make up I have to put on and allows me to use lighter coverage foundation. I still wear my Mac Fix Fluid foundation (which is medium to full coverage) but since my skin has evened out, I can dilute it with my moisturizer and still get good results. I mix one pump of foundation and 1-2 pumps of moisturizer to create a home made tinted moisturizer. I started doing this last summer when I noticed my skin had cleared up and I've been doing it ever since.
Labels: beauty, Skin Care