Hey, it’s Cho, and I recently received the most lovely gift from Paula’s Choice that included 3 bottles of their 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant as well as two products that I hadn’t tried previously. If you missed that unboxing, you can watch it here! To keep the cycle of positivty moving forward, I’ve decided to give away TWO bottles of the BHA! Check out those details and how to enter the giveaway by clicking here. Ok! Now that we’ve got that house cleaning out of the way, let’s talk about today’s blog post: SKINCARE FOR GAMERS! NANI?! I never thought there would be a day where I’d discuss both video gaming and skincare in the same post, but here we are.
If you frequent this blog enough, you know why developing a skincare routine is important for everyone. If not, you have some reading to do. But I’m talking specifically to my fellow e-boys and gamer girls here. I know you’re not going to use 5+ products over the course of a day. That would obviously take too much time from World of Warcraft grinding or stomping petulant teenage boys in Fortnight. My favorite games are Dead by Daylight, Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Check me out on Twitch to watch my live-streams! No matter your game of choice, I have the perfect beginner routine for you!
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This simple 3-step routine will dramatically impact your skin & gaming performance for the better. Healthy skin will lead to confidence in social interactions at your local competitions while also boosting your performance in matches. And if you’re on an e-sports team, you definitely want to have clear skin when representing brand partners. The majority of these products will be coming from Paula’s Choice’s DEFENSE line of skincare products. They specialize in minimizing, reducing and preventing the impact of environmental damage to your skin. They even defend against the damaging effects of HEV/blue-light that can be found in smartphones, laptops, TVs and monitors. Ya know, all things that gamers use on a daily basis. Lastly, the products mentioned today will be good for ALL skin types. I’m trying to take out the guess-work when it comes this routine, because I know you’re too busy creating a new world in Minecraft.
Level 1 Beginning Stage: Cleansing
Yes, I know this seems obvious, but it’s so important to be cleansing your face every single
morning night before bed. I’m going easy-mode on the gamers here, but really, you should be cleansing in the AM and PM. For this step, we’re going with Paula’s Choice Hydrating Gel-To-Cream Cleanser ($18). PC’s cleansers are gentle in the way they remove dirt & oil from your skin while not being overly stripping. I’ve tried 3 different cleansers from them, and this one seems to be their strongest. I love the consistency of it going from soothing gel to a skin-softening foam right before your eyes. It’s loaded with antioxidants that will help strengthen your skin barrier, protecting it from environmental pollutants like smog, cigarette smoke, and car exhausts. And you haven’t seen smog until you’ve visited your local Smash tournament where no where wears deodorant! I kid… except not really.
Level 2 Intermediate Stage: Moisturize
Moisturizing your skin every night is going to help to keep it soft, nourished and give it better complexion. Paula’s Choice Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer ($29.00) is a new favorite of mine that I recently was gifted from Paula. While PC doesn’t include any fragrances in their formulas, this smells just like a tasty granola bar! This is due to the use of flax seed as an antioxidant. This formula is a tank specializing in both the antioxidant and moisturizing attributes. However, it is both lightweight and easy to absorb into the skin. This product is definitely the MVP on your team of products!
For those gamers who actually venture outside during the day, I always recommend Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 ($29.00). Also packed with superfood antioxidants, this will help neutralize airborne pollutants before they can cause damage to your skin. Included also are powerful ingredients like vitamin-C and niacinamide which will help to naturally brighten your skin and diminish signs of aging.
Level 3 Boss Stage: Exfoliate
Alright. I know most gamers are NOT doing this step! They’re totally missing out on one of the most crucial steps of any skincare routine! I go into detail why using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($29.50) is essential in one of my recent blog posts which you can read here. TLDR: it’s going to help clear your skin of acne and give you a smoother brighter skin tone by unclogging pores and reducing their size. And you only need to use it 2-3 times a week at the most. It’s not even an everyday step in your routine. Do NOT skip this final level!
And there you have it! Skincare doesn’t have to be on the hardest difficulty setting. These formulas are scientifically proven to do what they claim to do. No fluff, no pomp and circumstance. Just products that will work for your lifestyle and defend you against pollutants that we expose ourselves to every day. While I would love for you to use the above affiliate links to purchase your products, please do check the prices on PC’s website to ensure you’re getting the best deal! Using my affiliate links above is a FREE way for you to support me monetarily, and I appreciate you for doing so! Now head over to instagram or twitter and tell me what’s your favorite video game to play right now. And if you’re interested in joining my Discord channel, click here for an invite!