I’ve definitely had my struggles with skin… Of course when I was a teenager, I had breakouts, but it continued into adulthood for me. Finally, I was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis (a kind of adult acne) and I was able to get it under control. I have to work a bit harder than some to keep my skin clear than some and I wanted to share my routine as I know that breakouts and acne can be hard on self-esteem/confidence.
I know, I know, everyone’s busy and doesn’t have time to get 6-8 hours. But I find my skin looks sallow, tired and I break out much more easily when I sleep very little. It’s worth it to get that extra hour in.
Dull skin isn’t pretty, especially in the fall/winter, and exfoliating is the way to beat it. But nobody uses a harsh scrub anymore (remember the St. Ives Apricot Scrub?); we’ve graduated to brushes (I’ve been using Philips’ PureRadiance– I find it more gentle than the Clarisonic). Not only does it remove residual makeup, it sloughs off the dull, dead skin, boosts circulation and increases absorption of skincare products… My skin literally glows after use.
3. WEAR SUNSCREEN
I used to HATE it when my mom got on my case for not wearing sunscreen as a teenager… but she has the most beautiful skin and now I get it. I wear it every single day (even when it’s rainy and grey out). Not only should you do it for health reasons (i.e. skin cancer), but do it for beauty: the sun responsible for 80% of your skin’s ageing a.ka. wrinkles, brown spots.
So many benefits you can’t even count them: working out not only makes you feel good (endorphins) and look good, but also it helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin.
Even if you have oily skin (my t-zone can look like it’s wet sometimes), it’s important to moisturize (especially in the winter). Just choose the right formula: I stay away from heavy creams and go for serums. I use Jan Marini Vitamin C serum in the morning (before my sunscreen) and Di Morelli Retinol at night.
PS Hydrate internally by drinking water too!
Yes, this is incredibly cliche, and yet, it’s always the happy people who look the most glowing. So even if you’ve got a massive spot on your chin, smile and most people probably won’t notice!
photo by Britney Gill
Any tips/tricks or traumatizing skin stories? I’d love to read them in the comments!