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Why You Need to Understand Your Own Skin
General advice is good for average people. Are you average?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a cartoon deer on the internet with a background in chemistry and a hyperfixation on skin. This is not medical advice.
If you can understand that dietary needs vary from person to person, then you can understand why I can’t respond to every zero context “what cleanser should I use?” question on Twitter. So, let’s break this skincare stuff down in order in bro terms:
Determining your skin type is like figuring out your overall caloric intake. If you haven’t already, go read this and take the test to figure out what your skin type is. That piece will tell you everything you need to know about your skin at a high level.
You’ll need to get the three basic steps down: cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. Think of this like your basic compound movements - everyone needs to start somewhere, right? These three steps will cover your bases at a high level.
Figure out what the specific skin issues you want to tackle are. Do you have acne? Fine lines or wrinkles? Blackheads? That’s like figuring out your weak points that you need to train with accessories. Then, deciding what treatment you need and how to implement it is like writing your program. It’s not going to be the same for everyone because it’s unique to your skin, your lifestyle, and your goals.
The three basic steps are a general outline, just like everyone needs some combination of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Once you understand your skin type, you’re then armed with the information you need to then pick out products that will work best for you.
Further, so much of skincare comes down to personal preference. Asking whether you should get cleanser X or cleanser Y is kind of like asking whether you should get chicken or beef to hit your protein goal - the answer comes down to preference, your other health needs, and how you will uniquely react to it.
And sure, there’s nuance here! Some products and formulations are just better than others. I’ll continue working on my end to produce content that will explain this stuff in a digestible way to empower you to make decisions about your own health and aesthetics.
That’s all for now! Happy skincare!
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