In recent times, I’ve come across some posts regarding “skin care product recommendations” and those, are usually sponsored advertorials which feature expensive products and at the end of the post I find myself going, “well that’s moderately interesting, but i ain’t gonna spend $300 on a damn cleanser that pops bubbles on my face or because it removes my dead skin.”
If I wanted to do that, I’d mix sand with soda and wash my face with it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not really the [ Step 1: Cleanse face in circular motions / Step 2: Pat face with toner / Step 3: Finish off with hydrating mask ] kind of girl.
Fancy, but not something I’d bother with often.
…So yeah, then I had this ingenious idea, “I should come up with so-called beauty posts that actually provide helpful, inexpensive tips that every girl can pull off” and so this post is born.
You know, just simple information that could go a long way.
No “buy my $300 product for beautiful skin” kind of bullshit.
This could go horribly wrong, since I’m not a skin care expert and I’m not even sure whether these tips are helpful or not to you all but they work for me, and I suppose sharing is caring and I do care about you even though I don’t know you exist :’)
I’m gonna start off simple today, focusing on very simple ways to prevent blemishes. Hopefully I am able to continue with more helpful and interesting tips in the future.
Kkk enough talking, here’s the good stuff!!!! Ready or not here they come.
Jessica’s Skin Care for dummies 101 :
The easiest blemishes to get rid of are the non-existent ones.
That’s my one-liner translated from “prevention is better than cure”. If you’re a young adult like me, then pimples are your worst enemies. Zits, blemishes, whatever you choose to call them… they’re all the same.
And they’re ugly. They also happen to be a recurring problem that almost never seems to go away. It’s not that I don’t cleanse my face properly, but they just keep showing up!
Then one fine day, I realized something.
My blemishes always appear on the same parts of my face. Most commonly found on my forehead, secondly above my lip, and thirdly on the side of my face.
At first I brushed it off and thought it was just because I had an oily T-Zone but everything always happens for a reason, so says the bible anyway and here is my reason.
Are you one of those girls who constantly finds the need to re-adjust her fringe every few seconds?
Well, you might want to stop doing that so often because that could be what’s causing you those irritating blemishes on your forehead that you could never figure out why they keep appearing.
Victoria Beckham says hi. (I google-image-d pimply and she was the first on the list. LOL)
Let’s zoom in.
Ewww I know right…
These small little blemishes on peoples foreheads are usually caused by dirt build up that is trapped in our pores.
Our hands, along with our mouths and private bitties are the top places to collect the highest concentration of bacteria in our body.
We hold and touch so many surfaces everyday – from waking up and using the toilet (wash your hands!)
Then going to school / work and holding the MRT hand rails on our way there, then coming back home to log on to the computer and type in Jessica’s blog URL on a keyboard that’s hardly cleaned (yeah nobody ever cleans their keyboards)
Just think about it – there is so much bacteria being collected from the things that we touch all the time! EVERYTHING has bacteria on it.
Imagine this - You are holding onto the same hand rail as a seemingly innocent and normal old uncle standing right beside you in the MRT but hey,
That very same uncle could have been taking a shit, digging his nose and wanking off 15 minutes ago,
ALL without washing his hands!!!!
And guess what? You’re holding the very same hand rail he touched!!
Whatever that was on his fingertips is now on yours, including the rest of the bacteria collected from other passengers.
MRT hand rails are possibly the least of your worries.
Don’t forget about money - one of the DIRTIEST everyday things we put our hands on.
It’s been passed on from person to person for decades. It’s been in the filthiest wallets and hands and god knows where else it’s been.
These are just a few examples of the simple things in our daily routines we’d seldom stop to think about how filthy they are.
The longer you go without washing your hands, the more bacteria you collect so if you are a vain bitch having a bad hair day then Congratulations, you re-apply bacteria to your face every 2 minutes when your fingertips touch your forehead so you could re-adjust your fringe!
This explained why I would always have pimples on the very same spots on my forehead.
When I stopped touching my forehead so often, the number of blemishes I had there also decreased dramatically.
No pimple-preventing serum is going to help if you’re just going to reapply all that bacteria on your sensitive skin again.
For this reason, I never let anyone touch my face because every time they reach out their hand towards me I imagine them pooping and not washing their hands then I flinch.
I especially hate it when they go, “Wow Jessica, your complexion is so nice!” then they reach out to my face to touch it WTF. If it’s so nice, why do you want to ruin it with your dirty fingers?!? Who touches peoples faces anyway? Off-limits tyvm!
Ok back to my post.
After solving my forehead blemishes, I was rather pleased with myself but I was bugged by another problem.
If dirty fingers are causing the blemishes on my forehead, then what the hell are causing the pimples on my cheeks?!
I don’t touch my cheeks all that often.. at least not enough to cause pimples.
But something else does - My cellphone!
Perhaps most men don’t re-adjust their hair as often, but they definitely use their cell just as much. So this applies to EVERYONE.
Uh-huh. Your beloved BB / iphone / whatever other random phone you are using is the perfect place for bacteria breeding.
You use it everyday,
It’s warm (perfect for germs to multiply),
You leave it on random surfaces…
Then you pick it up to answer a call, and at the same time conveniently giving the side of your face a nice 2 minute germs bath.
Ooooh, don’t forget the constant tapping of keypad while you send out SMS-es, your fingertips spread some germs lovin’ again!
…The best part is that they are never, ever cleaned.
Not occasionally with a tissue when you’ve dropped food on it, I mean properly cleaned with soap, like your hands!
How many times a day do we put these
bacteria breeding grounds phones to our faces?
Certainly enough to cause a sensitive teenager’s skin to break out from time to time.
According to a recent study, in some cases they can cause skin infections as well.
“There are more germs
found on your cellphone
…than on your toilet seat.”
And I’m not pulling all this information out of my arse… I actually do my research! Go google everything I’ve said in this post if you don’t believe me. (why wouldn’t you anyway? I’m convincing)
So the next time you put something to your face, think again!
It could be housing millions and millions of germs that shouldn’t be anywhere on your face.
Clean your phone frequently with anti-bacterial wipes.
I also try to make it a point to bring hand sanitizer wherever I go.
Yes, I’m serious.
No really, stop laughing at the idea. You know what else is really funny?
Your facial expression when you look at your phone under a microscope and see with your own eyes, just how much germs and bacteria is living on your cell.
Wait, don’t just clean your phone – clean everything that comes into contact with your face!!!
Wash your hands regularly, and oh oh one more important bit – girls, make sure your make up is clean as well.
Don’t be a cheapskate, throw away that 2 year old foundation bottle. Make up isn’t supposed to be kept that long.
In this warm climate we live in, bacteria thrives everywhere, and your make up brushes included. Instead of applying foundation, you could be applying germs!
Oh and one last thing about hair…
People have this misconception that having bangs would cause forehead blemishes.
Honestly, how dirty can hair be? Not even half as dirty as your hands. I had bangs, and I didn’t see any increase in forehead blemishes….
More than likely, it’s your dirty fingers, people!
Well I hope that this post was interesting and helpful, even if it was in the slightest sense.
Remember kids, that MRT hand rail isn’t really quite what it seems!!!!! There is more to seemingly clean surfaces than what meets the eye.
P.S – random images taken from google. Credits go to respective websites (click on images to go to their link)
I know how you feel.
I never looked at cell phones and hand rails the same way again.