Hi lovely readers,
Today I’m going to show my revised skincare routine and discuss how to improve skin texture and appearance. I used to have terrible acne – so much so that in middle school I burned my forehead putting toothpaste on my pimples. I really didn’t stop breaking out until about 6 months ago and I don’t even have to edit my skin in pictures anymore! (Not that you ever have to – that was just one of my insecurities.)
The first thing I learned is that acne often isn’t an overproduction of oil. It can actually be the rest of sensitivity and a lack of moisture. Using harsh chemicals like the ones in Proactive can actually further inflame the skin and cause more breakouts or excessive dryness and redness. I used to skip moisturizer and even use salicytic acid wipes, but since I’ve implemented a water-based, light moisturizer in my skincare routine I’ve noticed I break out considerably less. All of the products I use now are gentle cleansers and moisturizers.
Since I’m 23 now, which I know is still relatively young, I’ve also started to use anti-aging products, particularly eye cream. I use one with vitamin C which also increases how bright and refreshed your under-eyes look. My moisturizer is also anti-wrinkle.
I also think a face mask a few times a week can make a big difference. Here are the ones I use, which all serve different purposes.
I also have stopped consuming alcohol or drugs. I’m in recovery, and one of its benefits is that my skin is much clearer and has the appearance of being awake. When I was using, I used to get bumps all over my cheeks and I even started getting them on my arms and legs. Even eating greasy foods increases the likelihood of inflammation and acne, so I try to avoid those too.
My last two tips are to consume as much water as you can, and to get enough sleep. I know those things aren’t always entirely possible, but I have found that buying a really cute and portable water bottle has helped me feel motivated to increase my water intake. Additionally, I try to sleep at least 8 hours a night, and if I end up with some sleep debt I try to make up for it. This seems to have helped my skin achieve a glowy, healthier appearance too.
Thank you so much for stopping by to read!
Lots of love,