Friday, January 26, 2018

Skincare 101: Come Thru Glow


I promised you guys a few weeks ago that I would post about my current skincare routine for my face. Healthy skin is a priority for me after approximately two years of fighting Adult Acne. Two long years of dermatology appointments, trial & error with harsh prescription grade creams, ointments and pills, and god awful skin!

It was not until I implemented a sound daily regimen with the right products, and overhauled my diet that my skin condition improved. The current state of my skin is immaculate, and I am doing my damnedest to keep it that way. I get compliments on my skin daily, and I am constantly asked about my regimen. Well...here it is....

Rest

Proper sleep habits are necessary when it comes to healthy skin. When you lack proper rest, it literally shows all over your face! From bags and dark circles under your eyes, to blotches and uneven skin tone. These are all residuals of insufficient rest.

Refresh

Our skin endures the effects of cosmetics, environmental elements, and food consumption day in, and day out.  This daily wear and tear leads to enlarged, and clogged pores. A great way to combat life's beating on our skin is to implement a sound daily/nightly routine that includes cleansing and toning.

Cleansers that are mild, gentle, and non-irritating are recommended. I use hand cut , organic soap sold at Canvas Skin Spa. I use Carrot Ginger, Oatmeal, Lavender, Avocado and Sage on my face. 


My preferred toner is Dickinson's WitchHazel, which I steep in fresh lavender, lavender oil, and aloe vera gel for 30 days before using. Another fave is Thayer's Rose Petal & Aloe Witch Hazel. I love Witch Hazel because it removes impurities, seals my pores, and it is non-drying. 

      
Rejuvenate

As a result of the daily wear and tear the skin endures, skin cells can break down and become weak. Exfoliation aides in eliminating dead skin cells, and rejuvenates the skin so that the new cells can breathe. I exfoliate my skin 3-4 times per week, because I naturally have dry skin.

Exfoliators that are nourishing and non-abrasive are recommended. The best exfoliators are made of natural ingredients that we often have around the house. You can whip up a quick, affordable scrub in just minutes.

Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

1C Brown Sugar
1/2C Oil (Olive, Grapeseed, Almond, etc.)
1/4C Honey

Another critical component of rejuvenation is hydration. Healthy skin requires daily, constant hydration. The most effective way to hydrate your skin is with water and a moisturizer.

Consuming 8-10 glasses of water each day will ensure that your skin maintains its elasticity, and that it is hydrated.

Moisturizers afford your skin additional hydration, and those that are mild and natural are best for your skin. My current moisturizing regimen is a cocktail that consists of a dime sized amount of aloe vera gel, essential oil of choice, and Aveeno Baby Lavendar Moisturizer. I then follow this with a healthy douse of rose water, which I make from distilled water and 100% rose oil. I repeat this regimen both morning and night.

I have been obsessed with essential oils, and learning as much as I can about their respective properties and benefits as of late. Here is a short list of the oils that I have been using: Jojoba, Rose Hip, Lavender, and Tea Tree. These oils have an extensive number of benefits including antibacterial, reducing scars and fine lines, hydration, and antioxidants. A key to essentials oils is to break them down via carrier oils such as olive, grapeseed, and almond. Essential oils applied directly to the skin can cause irritation ad discomfort. As such, it is best to add a few drops of essential oil to a healthy amount of carrier oil, then apply to skin. 

Proper Diet

When it comes to skin, you are what you eat! Your skin is the body's largest organ. As with all other organs, you have to lend proper care and management. A nutritious diet, paired with the regimen outlined above will ensure that your skin is both healthy and radiant.

I overhauled my diet a year ago, and removed all processed, fried, and artificially sweetened foods. I now eat whole foods, and farm to table as much as humanly possible. As a result, my skin is at peak performance. 

Dietary supplements can also aide in achieving and maintaining healthy skin. I personally incorporate Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E in my daily regimen. 

Vitamin C Prevents inflammation and irritation, increases the skin’s ability to defend against UV rays, and affords firmer/tighter skin

Vitamin D Affords soft, youthful, healthy skin, and increases the skin’s healing abilities.

Vitamin E Prevents and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, lines and dark spots.

Makeup

I love makeup just as much as the next gal, but I limit myself to wearing it to just 2-3 days a week. The reason being is that I need my skin to breathe, and I do not want my pores to become clogged from wearing makeup 7 days a week. I wear "skin" the other 3-4 days a week, and I still look good because my skin is flawless.

When I wear makeup I prep my skin with primer to create a barrier between my skin and the products used. I also hydrate with rose water between foundation, concealer, and powder. This helps to keep my skin moisturized while wearing makeup products throughout the day, and it helps those products blend like butter.

I remove my makeup at night with oil free makeup remover, and then proceed with my cleansing, toning, and moisturizing regimen outlined above. Finally, I never re-use dirty brushes because they hold bacteria that causes breakouts. I use a brush once, and then I must clean it before I use it again.

So, get out there and grab all of your supplies…build a consistent regimen, and prepare to take the best selfies of your life! Seriously…..as with anything else in life, consistency is key. I promise you that once you see that good glow push through, you will NEVER miss a beat in your skincare regimen!

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