Okay so I still get a pimple here and there, I'm not an alien. However, my skin has significantly changed for the better and I want to share it with all of you. For awhile I was really questioning life, like "how am I 26 and still breaking out like a teenager?" I couldn't see an end in sight, every month I would have maybe one or two days of clear skin and then my face started to act up again. I'm sure you understand how frustrating that is.
Alright, let's get into it.
1. Foundation / Tinted Moisturizer.
The very first change that I made was I switched over to an organic and more natural alternative when it came to foundation. I figured this would have the biggest impact the quickest because it's what was on my overall face. Now, I didn't want to give up makeup altogether because there are pollutants in the air that could also cause harm so I wanted to keep a barrier. What I noticed was that my skin felt less irritated under my makeup. When I washed my makeup off at the end of the night, it wasn't red or spotty anymore.
I started masking, like seriously masking. I started to pay attention to my skin and my days and what they had in common. As females, our body changes so drastically from day to day. Some days I would be oily, dry or textured more than other days. I began to ask what my days looked like before I experienced those "symptoms" if you will. Did I drink alcohol the night before? Did I throw on extra makeup for a night out? Did I have a huge cheeseburger and fries? All of those days had different results on my skin so I would tailor my night mask to match the events. A lot of the time I was able to stop breakouts before they happened and would wake up with great skin.
3. Look Ma, no hands!
I stopped picking at my face, this was huge. Prior to my regimen change, every time I found a new breakout I would pick at it. This is the worst thing you could do because you actually just make the situation worse. When you pop a pimple you bring all the blood to that area of the face, pop vessels and leave yourself with marks and spots that can last weeks, that's if you're lucky enough not to scar your face.
So are you supposed to just stare at pimples? No. Use a "pimple popper", black head extractor or what is properly called a comedone extractor. This uses minimal pressure to extract all of the dirt and gross stuff without adding more strain on the face. They are so easy to use, just be sure you're cleaning between use. You'll find breakouts heal way faster.
4. Organic Soap
I'm sure you're tired of hearing me talk about all things organic but I promise you that it makes the world of a difference. Once I switched to organic soap my face wasn't overly dry and paired along with serums I was able to forego my eczema medicine that I used to take nightly for the past 16 years. SRSLY. I literally cured my own eczema which I'm the most happy about.
5. Double Cleanse
It takes me awhile to wash my face because I want to make sure everything is clean. So I use an organic cleanser to remove my makeup and then I use organic soap to make sure that my cleanser got everything. Simple enough.
6. Stopped Exfoliating Everyday
Exfoliating can be effective, I suggest doing it actually but please don't do it every day. Your skin needs time to heal and to regenerate and it can not do that if you're scrubbing at it every night. I learned this the hard way after realizing some breakouts would not go away for so long. Turns out I was reopening those wounds and re-exposing them to junk. Shame on me, I know. Now I exfoliate maximum of two nights a week and that seems to be a good amount.
I can't say enough good things about serums, organic serums that is. Natural oils are so so so life changing. My face feels nice, I never thought I'd say that. I believe this had the biggest impact on the overall texture of my skin. I swear by Magic Organic Apothecary but Glossier has a super pack that's pretty legit as well. Serums have the power to make you glow without the grease. Even those who have oily skin can benefit from it. A lot of the time, if you have oily skin it's your body trying to compensate for the lack of good oils. Give it some good stuff!
8. Tea Drinking
As you may or may not know I'm a huge coffee drinker. However, my husband is a tea drinker. So now we drink tea together nightly and my tea of choice is Get Gorgeous by Republic of Tea. It has plenty of anti-oxidants that have been knowing to aide in healthy skin. It tastes good and it can't hurt. It's part of my routine and I love it.
Protecting myself from the sun with SPF has been a game changer. This helps to prevent damage but to also prevent those dark spots from getting darker instead of lighter like they should. If you're like me you can get a tinted moisturizer with SPF in it. You can mix SPF with your foundation or you can apply SPF on its own or before your makeup routine.
These 9 steps have allowed me to go outside with little to no makeup with ease. I don't need heavy foundation anymore to cover breakouts, I don't need silicone primers to fix my skin's texture, I don't even need a matte finish because my skin doesn't get oily anymore. This may seem like a lot but keep in mind I didn't implement these all at once. It happened over weeks and when I found what worked I stuck to it.
Below is a screenshot from a video that clearly shows my textured skin, my before. Next to it, a photo, completely unedited with minimal makeup and six months after switching my routine.