Let’s leave the Beauty Blender and the brushes to rest today and give our skin routine a reevaluation ;) We all have times where our skin doesn’t agree with us. Breakouts, acne, black heads – you name it. For some this is so common that they have given up fighting it. Genetically some of us have a tendency to get unclean skin due to numerous reasons as hormonal imbalance, slow metabolism, oily skin etc. Some of us get breakouts due external reasons as stress, lack of sleep and unhealthy diet. Then there is the different stages in life; teenage hood, pregnancy and menopause. As I said; countless reasons! Still we can do some things to help our skin improve, which is what this post focuses on.
As a teenager I struggled with blemished skin. While most of my peers were struggling with puberty’s effect on their skin for a while for me it just wouldn’t go away. For years I had severe acne and was pretty sure I would have to deal with it for the rest of my life. I had seen my doctor, taken different medications and nothing worked. As I became older I was so determined to find some sort of solution no matter the cost. My experimenting research did cost me quite a bit but in the end I found something that worked for me, and now it’s very rare that I have even a small spot on my face. On top of that all the scars and discoloration the acne caused are gone. Here are the products and tricks I used to get my skin under control. Hope you find it useful. Feel free to add your own tips and tricks and let’s us just have beautiful skin together ^_^
My 10 skincare hacks to fight acne
#1 Water! I’ve made it a habit to carry around a bottle of water so I won’t postpone drinking water because of my laziness :p
#2 Sleep! You need those 8 hours of sleep to restitute and de-stress your body and skin.
#3 Work out. I hate admitting it but working out and opening my pores by sweating out did show on my skin. Plus exercising releases stress. I wish I would do it more often :p
#4 Fruits and veggies. The antioxidants, vitamines and minerals has all the benefits in the books; they tighten up your skin, makes it softer, repair, refresh, prevent wrinkles, protect from sun damage and I could go on. The benefits are countless.
#5 Moisturizer. You skin needs to be hydrated. Like people they’re many different skintypes. If you are in doubt what kind of face cream you should invest in see a dermatologist. They can help you decide whether your skin is oily, dry, both, sensitive, irritated etc.
#6 Skincare routine. This was what made the difference for me. In combination with the points mentioned above my skincare routine completely changed my face. First of all – no matter what routine you use, please check what the products contain. This can help you a long way in the process of finding the right product for you. I had a daily morning and evening routine and I could tell a difference as soon as 3 weeks after I started using it. I am not lying it worked liked magic for me. Every skintype is different and since I cannot assure you the same product will help you I sure would recommend you give it a chance if you’ve tried everything else. I used these products for a year when I was around 18-19 years old and my acne never came back – not even when I stopped using the product. My acne disappeared and so did my scars. I never thought it would be possible so to every person who has given up on their skin: Try the Proactive Solution Skincare Routine! :)
#7 Oral contraceptive pill. This one is tricky because there can be side effects and therefore always talk to your doctor about it before you use the pill for skin treatment. You can get oral contraceptive pills with lower amounts of hormones. These are specifically produced to control hormonal imbalance and are not to be used as birth control.
#8 Face primer! If you read the previous “The Science Of Make-up”-post you will know exactly why. To prevent your foundation/concealer to clock your pores use a primer. It seals the pores and reduces the risk of getting pimples.
#9 Maintain hygiene. This is not only washing your face twice a day(which is very important too!). Do not touch your face with your hands without washing them. The amount of bacterias your hands get in contact with daily are more than you realize: money, door knobs, trolleys, remote controls, keyboards, phones and so on. You don’t know how many people touched these things before you and what they touched before using these things. Don’t share your personal tools as make-up brushes, sponges, towels etc.
#10 Wash your pillowcase. Often! For some reason a lot of people don’t think about this. More than anything else your face is in contact with your pillow case… and so is your hair! Newly washed, oily since the last time you washed it or full of product.
My skin is not too bad anymore. I would go as far as saying that my skin looks healthy all because of the 10 points listed above. I hope you will find it helpful as well.