"Walk like you own the place.."

10:03 PM

I have written one post just on skincare for people with eczema and this one will be for basic skincare that applies to everyone. And I will also include some good tips for a better life.  I know most people will think “what could a 21 year old have to teach or say?” Don’t let my age fool you; I have been through, and seen, a lot.
So, lets start with the basic skincare tips.
1.)    Wash your face twice a day. Anymore than that can dry your skin out or make blemishes worse.  The only time this does not apply is if your go to the gym a lot. In that case, carry some cleansing wipes or rinse your face with water.  Likewise, not washing your face in the morning can lead to build up in the pores.  The same can be said for not washing off makeup before bed.
2.)    Moisturize day and night.  Using a good moisturizer is a key component for keeping skin soft, and also essential for keeping skin youthful.
3.)    ALWAYS wear sunscreen. I will beat this tip to death because of its importance.
4.)    Toner is really not necessary.  In fact, many people do not understand the purpose of it.  It just picks up whatever dirt is left behind after cleansing.  If you have a good cleanser, or one that also tones, they are just a waste of time and money.
5.)    The key to great skin comes from the inside out. Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. And green tea.  The antioxidants fight off free radicals, which play a role in the aging process.
6.)    Find a retinoid, they are the best at fighting aging. But if you do have sensitive skin or eczema, be very careful if you do use them.  In fact, I would say to try and avoid them.
7.)    Don’t forget your eyes; they are the first to reveal signs of aging.  Wear sunglasses, contacts or regular glasses (if needed) to prevent squinting.  Also, invest in a good eye cream or serum. Which can be a daunting task as there are so many out there. It is just trial and error.  If you live near a Sephora, do not be afraid to ask for samples and advice. Also, they have an awesome return policy. 
8.)    If you want to see reviews on products, check out Total Beauty.  They have any brand and product you can think of.  Also, Sephora has a community called Beauty Talk which is good for getting all kinds of tips and information on products. Another great up and coming site is Beautylish. It is like Facebook for beauty fans.
9.)    Sleep, and not necessarily 8 hours.  The amount needed varies from person to person.  Sleep allows the skin to repair and renew itself.
10.) Avoid sleeping on your stomach; doing so can create wrinkles on the cheek, chin and neck.
11.)  Certain fabrics can also create wrinkles, so avoid any that are tough, use more silky ones.
12.) wash your hands before applying makeup and washing your face. This is a good way to prevent additional breakouts.  It seems obvious, but it is an easy one to forget.
13.) Know your skin type, and stick to a regimen that it is ideal for it. Don't be tempted to try products that are not designed for your skin type. Easier said than done, at least for me it is.
14.)When applying sunscreen on your face, use a teaspoon. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you find the right kind it won't be. Let it absorb and dry, your face will not get greasy or look white.  I like Up & Up Sunscreen SPF 30 at Target.  It works just as well as other brands for a fraction of the cost.

Now for some tips on life:

1.)    Challenge yourself.  That is the only way you can truly grow as a person. 
2.)    Surround yourself with encouraging people and people that bring out the best in you.
3.)    See life from another’s perspective.
4.)    Volunteer.  I can say that as a former hospital volunteer, and as a medical clinic volunteer, there is nothing more rewarding.  In fact, I think being a volunteer in a clinic or hospital is something everyone should experience at least for a day.
5.)    Take some “me” time everyday, even if it is just for a few minutes.
6.)    Never take the ones you love for granted and tell them how much they mean to you.  This one is difficult for me since it is hard for me to express my emotions.
7.)    Learn a foreign language and a new culture.  Not only will you be well rounded, it is good for the brain.
8.)    Trust no one at first.
9.)    Be the bigger person and always act with dignity.
10.) Be tactful.
11.)  Never let anyone tell you can’t do something. After all, there is nothing more fun than proving naysayers wrong.
12.) Be a good friend, but not a doormat.  I am always there for peolpe, but in turn, they are never really supportive when I need them to be. They just act like it, and you can always tell the difference.
13.) Learn to cook.  Knowing you prepared a good meal is very satisfying.
14.) Stay organized, if only to reduce stress. But if you are like me and can’t find anything if it is organized, skip this one.
15.) Don't be ignorant.  I know they say ignorance is bliss, but in reality, it just makes one look stupid.
16.) Just be kind and polite.  That can make a difference to someone.
17.) "Walk like you own the place, talk like you know it all and act like know one can make you fall."
18.) Be confident.  Find something(s) you love about yourself and emphasize it.
19.) But don't be cocky.  There is a very fine line between the two.
20.) Stay positive.  Not only will you feel better, so will those around you.
21.) Learn to laugh at yourself.
22.) Never give up and always fight for your dreams.
23.) This is more of a wish and prayer for everyone.  I hope you find someone that believes in you more than you believe in yourself; someone that never lets you forget that your goal is possible and always lets you know that you will get there and be amazing, someone that gets just as excited for your accomplishments as you do, and someone that just thinks you are something special. And I also hope you feel as grateful about knowing that person as I do and NEVER take them for granted. If I had never met that person, I would be stuck as a journalism, English or communications major and would just be settling and taking the easy way out. I now know I can accomplish my life long goal of being a doctor.  I have accomplished and done things I otherwise would not have. And if you do not have someone like this, be that person to someone else.
24.) Support those you love.  I know what having a lack of support from friends can feel like, so don't make yours go through that.
25.) Don't let bad experiences with love, friendship and family harden you. I have let this happen to me, and I have shut out the world for fear of being hurt again.
26.) When things are bad, just keep going. Don't let it knock you down, not even for one second.
27.) Treat others the way you want to be treated. Life would be so much easier if we all followed this.
28.) Inspire people.  It doesn't have to be anything drastic.  A simple word of kindness, or a compliment can do the trick.

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