Skin is such a big thing and for women it is something that they can be judged on quite quickly. We are meant to all have beautiful clear skin, but the truth is a very small amount of women actually have photoshop like skin. Those that do are incredibly luck and probably take great care of it, so fair on em!
If there was one thing physically I could change about myself it would be never having to worry about and just having naturally great skin. In an ideal world I could be one of those girls who could get up and go make up free and look absolutely insane, but that is not the case. I love make up don’t get my wrong, and I actually enjoy putting it on, but if my skin was good I would go make up free much more during the day. Now I know what some people will say: ‘if you wore less make up, maybe your skin would improve’. Well thanks for your great advice, but I don’t wear bloody buckets loads and I always take it off at the end of the day, so really that is not the issue.
I have never had bad skin until the last 2 years or so. Since this time I have found my skin has become much more uneven and can become very red and aggressive, especially on my chin. As this is a hormonal area, at first I though ah maybe I’m coming on, or maybe I need to change my pill (which I still feel is a fact but I will get on to that). Eventually my skin was continually deteriorating and was constantly getting me down, and this is when I knew something had to change. Now contraception could be a contributing factor but is such a tricky thing. When I changed last time, it just made me gain so much weight so I felt I had two choices: be fat or be spotty. It is a loosing battle. My contraception is something I am going to look into much more, but for now I have updated my skin care routine. I wanted to do this post to share with you the products I have found seem to be helping and bring up a insecurity a lot of woman face.
This is the first time I have had a real skincare routine and I now realise how important it is! I never had to worry about it before, but that was when my skin was good and now as something has changed I had to listen to my body. Lets start with the products I’m using and what order!
I start with getting rid of make up wipes as I had done some research and apparently if your skin is spot prone, Micellar water is a better choice and much more kind to skin.
I found that this simple one is really gentle and really gets rid of all the dirt from the day and the make up. It is such a nice feeling to pour this cold onto a cotton pad and take everything off- actually very relaxing. One thing I have found is that I enjoy my skin care routine as I take my time to treat myself to it, feels like a well needed pamper every evening- some real self love.
I have heard that the expensive cleansers tend to be better for skin, but as I had just started I wanted to try a high street brand and see if it worked for me. That’s the thing with skin, everyones is so different and it is very individual for what works. This Superdrug cleanser is so lovely on my face and gives it a real good clean! I would recommend this.
I had heard really goof things about the L’oreal Fine Flower range and this toner has not disappointed. I still don’t really know what toner does but it really does feel lovely and gentle on your skin. I would really recommend this, not only for the lovely packaging and smell but it really it kind to your skin.
Now this is the god send! I was recommended this by my step sister and it is a 2% BHA Liquid, Salicylic acid. Now this is quite a string exfoliant, but it has really made all the different. It is quite strong and they recommend if you use this during the day to also wear suncream at least 15 strength, but I have just been applying this at night to sleep. What it does is: creates radiant, even-toned skin, reduces redness & build collagen and unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores. This one is a little pricey compared to my other products, but it is the one thing I think that has made the biggest difference.
The last thing I am trying out is really concentrating on what I am putting in my body. I have googled what can help skin and these are the things I’m trying:
- I am taking a Vitamin C and Zinc tablet you dissolve in water every morning. It doesn’t taste the best but you just knock it back and its not too bad. Not only is this meant to be great to skin (more so the zinc) it helps with your immune system and fatigue.
- I have changed my daily cup of tea for a green tea, which is meant to be amazingly good for your entire body but has also been said to help acne.
- I am a picky eater but I am taking a real interest in what I am eating in my diet. I am trying to eat less meat and generally make my meals healthier and to be honest it hasn’t been too hard so far but I do need to be a little more strict.
I do thing that it is improving slowly but I will keep you updated with the progress but I hope this could be helpful to anyone struggling with bad skin as I completely understand that it can get you down.