Hey everybody! Merry (belated) Christmas! I hope you have all had the most amazing past few days, filled with lots of love and laughter.
I berated myself for being such a lame blogger today, so I finally got off my butt and I hope you accept this peace offering of a post. I have had the craziest few weeks, I started vac work and two days in, my mum was admitted into hospital, turns out she needed major surgery, thankfully all went well and she is in recovery post-op. But oh boy! Home without my mum has been hectic, if I have learnt one thing, it’s that I am in no way ready to have my own family. The monotony of sitting in traffic after work, only to come home and have to prepare supper is my personal version of hell. Luckily my cousin and I take turns to sort out supper so I haven’t resorted to pulling my hair out yet.
However, the late nights, rushed early mornings, stressing about uni results (I passed!!!) and busy days have begun to manifest on my face. As I took out my last batch of lemon and orange poppy seed muffins from the oven, I passed the mirror en route my room, I made the mistake of glancing at myself and geez, my skin has gone to poop. I have not been sleeping enough, drinking enough water or eating as many fruits and veggies as I was when at campus. I’m about to go on a skin reset so I thought I’d share some tips to help your skin recover. I noticed how these had helped when my skin bugged out during exams.
This is what my skin looked like in July, August and September.
October rolled around and this happened, the next picture is where my skin and I stand now. I cut a fringe to hide my forehead!
DISCLAIMER: These tips are in no way going to clear your skin up overnight, they’re more like habits that help to calm your skin down and prevent future breakouts.
I think a lot of the time we’re so focussed on applying a cream or serum to fix the surface, we could actually fix the problem by controlling what goes in our bodies.
- HYDRATEEEEE. As cliche as it sounds, drinking ~3L of water a day is so important. I try to get some of that water by loading up on green tea. It’s so good at detoxing my body and getting rid of all the junk I sometimes consume.
- Fruits and veggies are another huge help. I find drinking a blended fruit juice in the mornings leaves me so energetic for the day ahead. I know I’m getting some good vitamins early in the day.
- Sometimes what doesn’t go in is as important as what does. I’ve found when I increase my dairy or red meat intake, my skin tends to act up a bit more. Try excluding one food group a week and see how your skin and body reacts to the change.
Now onto what can be done on the surface…
- Germs accumulate rapidly, especially in makeup brushes. There is no way I have the time or patience to wash them daily, instead I picked up some rubbing alcohol, diluted it with water and I spray that solution onto my brushes daily.
- For general glowy skin, we HYDRATEEEE again. A good moisturiser goes a long way, dry skin can cause an over secretion of sebum which can cause more damage. It also makes your skin look healthier and your makeup looks so much better on dewy skin rather than dry. (I try to opt for hydrating primers and fixing sprays as well).
- A gentle exfoliant is key to achieving that smooth supple glowy finish. I love my Drops of Light from The Body Shop, it has a gel formula which is so gentle on your skin.
I’m sure there’s many more skin hacks I have yet to try! Drop me a few in the comments. I hope I can bring my skin back to its July glory!
P.S. I’m going to be doing a smoothie/juice post real soon!
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Love you guys oodles and oodles!
P.P.S. No matter how dry, pimply or unhealthy your skin is feeling, that’s just the surface, you’re so much more beneath that, I have had days where my skin made me feel terrible about myself, remember that YOU are beautiful!