Many times we have so much going on with our lives that we forget how to properly care for our skin. The season changes, we’re out late with friends, we’re too tired to remove our makeup, or we binge watch Netflix with junk food. We get so caught up with our day-to-day activities that keeping our skin routine tends to get in the way.
Skin care has a lot to do with how we look day-by-day. However, today I will write about a few hacks that I have learned along the way. I was always taught to wash my face every morning and night, but as I got older and begin to experience acne I knew there was more to my skin care routine that I needed to do.
Washing my face every morning and every night was not enough to clear my skin from the breakouts I begin to experience my senior year in high school. However, I knew I needed to implement a skin care routine that worked for my skin type. I’ve always had oily skin and there are many benefits to my skin type. One of them being that I won’t age as quickly, ha-ha. So I will put up with all the extra shine my skin has to offer 24/7. Therefore, I will need to find products that work for me in order to look and feel my best every day.
The food you consume makes a big difference, especially when you have acne. However, there is not a direct correlation with junk food and acne, there is a correlation with dairy products and acne. It is important to pay attention to what you eat and whether it is causing you acne or any other health issue. It is also critical for your overall health and your acne to drink plenty of water. How much water should you be drinking daily? Well, that depends on your height and weight and whether you’re a female or male. However, it is important to drink water and to pay attention to the food you eat.
Another important factor when dealing with acne is STRESS. I cannot stress this enough find things that help you reduce your stress. Stress can lead to many other health issues if not properly managed. However, it is important to manage it. No matter how big or small it seems, take some time out of your busy day to do something that you enjoy, such as a hobby. Do things that you enjoyed prior to school and/or work.
At the end of the day, do not let a small pimple on your face prevent you from going out!
Skin Care Routine.
Start out with a morning and nighttime skin care routine. If you do not wear makeup, you can skip certain steps. If you would like to know what steps to implement into your morning and nighttime skin routine you can read my post at How to Get the Perfect Skin- Daily Routine. I have explained each step thoroughly for you.
However, depending on the season you may need to change your skin care routine. This is something to keep in mind if you notice your skin to look flaky during the cold months. One thing that I have learned with my skin care routine is to avoid using oils during my morning routine and instead use them at night when my skin actually needs them. Oily skin produces and excess of oil glands in the morning. Therefore, I usually wait until the evening to apply any facial oils from my routine.
Always pay attention to your skin and what works and what doesn’t work for it.
The Food You Consume.
A healthy diet plays a huge role on how great your skin looks. You may even have a natural glow because of how healthy you eat. However, not every meal will give you a glow if you only consume junk food. Your skin produces what’s within so if you’re only consuming processed food than your face will not have a natural glow to it.
As the saying goes, “you are what you eat.” Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle regardless of how your acne is at the moment. Your acne will eventually fade one day and you will only be left with memories. Eat home cooked meals and stay away from processed food.
The healthier you eat, the healthier you’ll feel.
My journey with acne really taught me some things I would have probably never figured out until it was too late. I learned to manage my stress. Some studies indicate that there is even a “stress acne” that one gets when they are STRESSED! However, prior to attending professional school, I had already developed ways to reduce stress in which actually helped me tremendously while in school.
I learned to take a break from whatever it was that was stressing me out. I found hobbies that I truly enjoyed that would take my mind off the situation that I was stressing. I learned how to do my nails, makeup, cook, monetize my use of social media, and found some very interesting books to read.
When I started professional school, I knew what to do whenever I felt stressed, BREAK TIME! It was truly my favorite time because I knew once I took 30 minutes to an hour break I would be really to go. Everyone’s journey is different but along the way you will learn so much about yourself. Which is way it’s your journey and therefore you should enjoy it.
Embrace Your Skin.
This goes back to your journey. Everyone gets breakouts, however, the way you look should never prevent you from living your life to your full potential. There were some days, that I would wake up and experience so much redness on my skin. It was rough but I had things to do and if I didn’t do them than they wouldn’t get done. I had no choice but to leave my house and look red all day. I didn’t care what others had to say or how others stare at me. I didn’t wear makeup when I had acne because I felt that it would only make my skin worse.
No matter how many stares I received from people I knew this was my journey and eventually it would be over. At the end of the day, you have to realize that people are always ready to criticize you no matter what. As long as you understand that everyone is dealing with something it will be easier for you to know that everything in your life will be okay. Your acne will soon fade away and you will than be able to helps others handle their skin care issues.
Enjoy your journey and never let what others say affect you.