“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Skincare has always been a necessity for me. I still remember when I got my first Neutrogena Wave in elementary school: every day would begin and end with a soapy face above the sink, and I felt so grownup and sophisticated. Washing your face is the most basic part of self-care. Whether you’re 13 or 53, you should take care of your skin. God created us with the utmost care, and we can worship Him by being good stewards of His Creation.
My skin has been behaving extremely well lately, but let me give a disclaimer: there are so many factors that contribute to acne, dryness, discoloration, and pore size. Genetics, medication, diet, hydration, and sensitivities all play a huge role in your skin’s health. My skin changes vastly with the seasons. In the summer, I get whiteheads around my chin and eyebrows every month; in the winter, I have to coat the same area with Aquaphor every night. The products I use may or may not work for you, and I’m not a dermatologist. If you’re having serious skincare concerns, meet with a professional!
It’s important to take care of yourself because your body, face, and health are gifts from God. We should steward everything God gives us with excellence, because nothing is guaranteed to last through tomorrow. My skincare routine helps me de-stress, gives me time to organize my thoughts, and resets my mind at the beginning and end of each day. Skincare starts from the inside, and I’ve seen huge improvements in my complexion by drinking tons of water, cutting back on dairy and sugar, and exercising. There are a few products I’ve been using that I absolutely love, though. If you have any product reviews or questions, leave me a comment below!
- Boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser: I love this product because it pulls impurities out of my skin in the gentlest way possible. One bottle lasts forever, and I’ve never experienced any sensitivity to it. Most mornings and nights, I put one pump of face wash on top of a silicon cleansing brush and massage it over my face for a minute or two. The brush I use came in a FabFitFun box, but I think most silicon cleansers will do the trick.
- Facial Serum or Oil: After cleansing, I put a pump or two of Limelight’s Palmarose & Sunflower Face Oil into my palms, rub my hands together, and pat it onto my face and neck. If I have any other serums laying around, I’ll add that too. Serum and oil help balance your skin after daily wear and tear, and there’s something out there for every issue.
- Moisturizer and Eye Cream: My favorite moisturizer changes with the seasons, and usually depends on whatever is on sale at Sephora. I’ve been using one from First Aid Beauty at night and one from Grown Alchemist in the evening, which has held off the ashy patches that usually pop up once the temperature drops. Make sure to apply moisturizer and eye cream gently, and don’t forget your neck!
- Castor Oil: I’ve been using castor oil and a clean spoolie on my eyelashes every night for the last month to recover from years of waterproof mascara and eyelash curlers. My lashes started falling out a few months ago, and the castor oil has helped them grow back long and strong.
- Manuka Honey: This is a new addition to my beauty routine, and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone. Honey has been used in skincare since Cleopatra ruled Egypt, and its one of the simplest, cleanest ingredients you can add to your routine. It’s antibacterial, anti-aging, moisturizing, exfoliating, and never expires. A few times a week, I put on a quarter-sized amount in the morning in place of my face wash, leave it on while I make breakfast, then wash it off with clean hands and warm water. The honey’s granules gently exfoliate and it leaves my face feeling radiant and moisturized. One tub lasts forever, so it’s worth investing in high-quality honey.
At the end of the day, your appearance is the least significant part of your beauty. You are beautiful because of the Holy Spirit within you, and your beauty shines brightest when you love well, serve others, and dream big. Don’t get me wrong, I can let a breakout steal my joy just as much as the next person; but, true beauty lies in the heart. If your self-esteem sinks when you look in the mirror, remember that God is still God, He made you and loves you, and your acne won’t follow you into Heaven.