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Skin Care as /ˌselfˈker/

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Self-care and skincare go hand-in-hand. Taking care of your skin is a part of taking care of yourself, and self-care also affects your skin’s health.

Words By Flora Jin

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What is self-care?

Self-care

/ˌselfˈker/

noun.

The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

Self-care is getting to know yourself, being conscious of your thoughts and feelings, and present in your own life. It is important to find ways to look after yourself. Practicing self-care, you will notice you feel more control of your life.

There are a multitude of ways to practice self-care, and it is up to you to decide which methods feel the best for you. Exercising is a great way to take care of your body while boosting your energy and mentality. Find a way to integrate workouts you genuinely enjoy into your lifestyle. In addition, it is important to take the time to slow down, enjoy the silence, or meditate.

Tidying oneself and one’s space reflects directly on mood and productivity. Take the time to nourish your body with nutritious foods, whether it be through your own cooking or healthy take-out options. It was eye-opening learning more about the ingredients in your food; you become much more conscious of what you are putting into your body. The same also applies to beauty products: read the ingredient list and do your research.

What does it mean to take care of your skin?

First and foremost, you know your skin best. Products and ingredients have different effects on different skin types, so it’s up to you to research and test products for your own unique skin. To do this, figure out your skin type(s) and main concerns: what does your skin need? Then, find products that address these specific issues. Remember, a product that works for someone else may not work for you, and vice versa; there is no universal “ideal” product.

Treat your skin gently! Instead of rubbing your face with a towel to dry, pat dry or even air dry if you have extremely dry skin. Be aware of what you’re putting on your skin; check out the ingredients and find out which, if any, irritate your skin. Protect your skin from the sun, the leading cause for skin cancer and skin aging. Stay in the shade when you can, wear hats, and use sunscreen every day, even if it is overcast or if you are staying indoors; harmful UV rays can be present even when you cannot directly see the sun and can travel through windows.

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How does self-care affect your skin?

It is common sense that avoiding smoking and drinking will boost your skin as well as overall health. Stress management is another practice that affects both; stress reflects on your skin, so identifying the source of your stress and tackling the issue from the root will also lead to happier skin as well as a happier self.

Be mindful of what you put into your body. Beauty starts from the inside, and what you eat can easily reflect on your skin. Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet; too much grease and/or dairy can lead to breakouts. Some supplements such as collagen protein powder can also aid your skin. However, they cannot replace hydration and a balanced diet.

How can skin care serve as self-care?

Your skin can be a great reflection of your health. Acne can serve as a reminder to watch your diet, rest, and stress levels. Use your daily skincare routine as time to slow down and destress! Implement a structured skincare routine, take your time with each product, and enjoy the process. In addition, take special days to pamper your skin with masks or go all-out with an at-home spa!