Skin deep

'Beauty is skin deep'. Gabi Bouvier reflects on another interpretation of this saying; about how skincare is just as important, if not more, than packing on the makeup. Check out some of her tips for updating your skincare routine.

For those of you who want to use full coverage foundation, good for you. And for those who want to rock the bare face, no makeup look, I say full steam ahead. Whatever you decide, physical health includes taking care of your skin. You can cover imperfections or flaws with makeup as much as you'd like, but unless you also take good care of what is underneath, you aren't doing your skin any favours. Think of it like visiting the dentist. Sure, they can fill in a cavity if you get one, but it's all around better for you if you brush your teeth well, and avoid the cavity in the first place. Even if you prefer to use foundation and concealer, it is a good practice to keep the skin underneath healthy as can be.

Personally, summer is when I experiment with my skincare. As a student, it is the most forgiving season. I can get enough sleep at night, avoid stress, and have time to experiment and try new products. Most importantly, for me, I can deal with my skin if it doesn't agree with the new stuff I try, which can easily and often be the case.

Here are a few tips for anyone else who wants to take this summer as a chance to improve their skincare:

1. Always give the product a fair chance. Your skin might need a week or two to adjust to a new routine or product. Sometimes, I find that a new lotion will make me breakout, but only for a few days.

2. On the same note, don't try to change your entire skincare routine all in one day. Switch out products one at a time; change your lotion one day, and your cleanser the next. No need to rush, and this way, you give your skin the chance to get used to all the change.

3. Don't forget lip care! Lip balms are really important, especially ones with SPF. Lips can burn just as easily as the rest of your skin.

4. Drink a lot of water. Water hydrates your skin and flushes toxins from your body. Don't just rely on lotions for moisture. Especially under the sun.

5. Don't dismiss it till you try it (or before you do a bit of research at least). I have recently discovered facial oils, especially as a replacement for lotions. At first, I was convinced oils would make me break out like crazy, but it turns out certain oils such as jojoba oil and grape seed oil are well suited for acne-prone skin. That doesn't mean it will work for everyone with acne, but it is worth looking into.

6. Less is more. A good product doesn't need a huge long list of ingredients, especially if the majority of them are unpronounceable. Summer is the best time to do some research and discover what you are putting on your body. A good product also doesn't have to be super expensive. So don't worry about the new 'it' brand, and look for what actually works for your skin.   

7. Don't forget your sunscreen! The best preventative for skin cancer and aging is always going to be sunscreen.