How to Take Care of Your Skin πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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    Listen to your skin.
    Your skin, I promise, will let you know what works and doesn't work. Don't ignore dry skin, eczema, oily patches, hyper pigmentation. Paying attention to your skin not only has vanity benefits but can also alert you to other underlying health problems lurking under the surface.
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    Drink more water.
    Water flushed out toxins and waste from your body. The skin is the largest organ of your body and thus not drinking water, toxins and waste naturally accumulate under the skin.
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    Figure out what breaks you out.
    This is a long and drawn out process. But there may be specific foods or situations that break you out. For example, I break out literally within the hour of eating chocolate. I am also prone to stress induced breakouts. I'm also fairly certain I'm slightly lactose intolerant though I have not cut out enough dairy to know whether this actually caused acne.
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    Sleep more.
    Skin repairs itself in sleep, friend. More sleep equals more time for the skin to repair itself.
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    Spend a little more money.
    Skincare gets pricey very quickly, but some products are actually worth more money because they work better and use more high quality, natural ingredients. For my skin, I find that natural rather than artificial makes a huge difference and I can use a mix of high end and drugstore products. Likewise many higher end skincare products allow samples β€” in this and with full sizes, a little tends to go a long way.
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    Spend a little more time.
    My regular skincare routine at night takes a little over half and hour, but I personally find this to be worth it because I have found products that work for me and a routine that works for me.
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    Things change.
    I didn't break out until college, when my skin got a little more dry. I had oily skin my whole life up until then, and I still have moderately oily skin. To compensate for these changes, I've changed products. Which is scary. But it's likely that in your skin care journey, you will need to change products at some point. And that's ok.
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    Understand that things don't happen overnight.
    It takes time. There are very few products that can boast immediate changes and even then it might not work for you. It took a long time for your skin to get the way that it did. And it will take at least a little bit of time to make it healthy again.
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    Wear less makeup, or rather wear lighter products.
    Makeup clogs pores! Less makeup is fewer clogged pores. This does not factor in other things which clog your pores. But there are makeup products which are lighter on your skin. Again, try things!
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    Remove your makeup.
    Dear god, don't skip this. Someone once told me they were breaking out, but that they sleep with makeup on so they don't have to do it the next day. Wash your makeup off at the end of the day. This is SO important.
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    Learn to love your skin as it is.
    This goes with above. You need to love your skin in the journey. And for me that meant going out without makeup, and feeling uncomfortable. People, especially the people that matter, don't care. Don't overthink it.
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    Products:
    I have combination skin and have dealt with severe acne scarring and hyper pigmentation. I can also be very abrasive with my skin, some people can't. These are products that I have found work for me. They may or may not work for you.
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    Coconut Oil
    I've had oily skin. I know it's scary to put oil on your skin. But this really does work as a spot treatment for acne. The easiest way I know how to describe it is replacing bad and harmful oils for healthy oils in your skin.
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    Origins Checks and Balances β€” $22, 5oz
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    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion β€” $7, 1oz
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    Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion β€” $15, 8oz
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    Innisfree Real Squeeze Face Masks β€” $15.40, 15 sheets
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    Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray β€” $7, 4oz
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    Lush Ocean Salt Scrub β€”$21.95, 4.2oz
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    Origins Ginzing Face Wash β€”$19.50, 5oz
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    St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub β€” $3.69, 6oz
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    Lush Smuggler's Soul (Limited Edition) β€” $18.95, 3.1oz
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    Neutrogena Ultra Sheet Dry Touch Sunscreen Spectrum SPF 55 β€” $7.19, 3oz
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    Gold Bond Healing Lotion with Aloe β€” $9.79, 20oz
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    Chanel Vitalumière Aqua — $49