Wack. Odd. Strange. Random. Weird. Stupid. No, I’m not talking about Justin Bieber’s behaviour in the last 9 months, I’m talking about my skin. Lately, it’s been alllllll over the place. I typically have super dry, sometimes combination skin. However, in the last month or so, it’s been going berserk! Sometimes I wake up in the morning (feeling like P. Diddy; sorry, I had to, it was right there, lol!) and I feel like someone has put a vacuum to my face. It’s lacking in moisture, it’s flaky and it’s just overall not happy. Other times, though, I’ll wake up and I’ll feel like an oil slick. It’s so bizarre…
Also, I’ve never, ever in my 22 years of life on Earth (because, you know, I casually lived on Mars for a few years ;)) been prone to acne or any kind of serious breakout. Of course, when I’m *ahem* hormonal or for some reason my skin is acting up, I’ll get the occasional SMALL zit or pimple, but never any big patches of affected area or anything. When I use a product that irritates my skin, though, I will get a breakout — but it’s a rash or something of the like that lasts for a couple of days and then it goes away. Lately, however, I’ve had some mild breakouts on my cheeks, forehead and chin. :/ I almost feel like my skin is going through a midlife crisis – it’s sick and tired of the calm, adjusted life it has been living and wants to switch things up, but doesn’t know how. The result is a bunch of flippin’ annoying signs of about 3 or 4 skin types that a) I’m not used to, and b) I DO NOT want to deal with!
At this point, I’ve had enough. I’ve given my skin a couple of chances and tried to deal the best I could, but it’s not cooperating with me at all, so… I’m doing the inevitable. Call in Dr. Drew, because this girl needs a skintervention.
I’ve already vowed that I was going to treat my skin and hair better this year, but when I sat down and thought about it, not much has changed. About 8 months ago, I completely changed my hair routine and got really serious/hardcore about treating my hair better. It’s a long story but I had realized that I was losing a lot of hair and I was losing it at a MUCH faster rate than it was coming in. So, I intensified my regime, eliminated some things and now at about the 8 month mark, it’s in much better condition than it was. It’s still not where I’d like it to be in an ideal world, but it’s on the way there. It’s longer, thicker and healthier. If you want to hear more about my decisions and “how I got my hair back,” click here.
Anyways, I realized not too long ago that, if I get as serious about my skin as I was/am about my hair, I can “fix” my skin and get it back to “normal,” or at least something that I can cope with. After giving it some thought, these are some of the ways I plan to improve my skin in the next couple of months:
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1. Drink more water
This one is a given, but I thought I’d include it in this list in case you weren’t aware of the benefits of water for the skin. Not only will drinking more water make your skin more hydrated (in this weather, every bit of hydration you can get is a BONUS), have more elasticity and create a natural glow from within, it will make your body healthier overall. They say to drink about 8 – 10 cups of water a day, but let’s just say, I’m having WAY less than I should. If you can’t stomach plain water, add some fruit or a couple of slices of lemon to flavour it! 🙂 #yummyinmytummy
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2. Remove Makeup Every Single Day
Another given, but I can’t remember the last time I properly removed my makeup before hopping into bed. I often just go to bed because I am tired, and I rationalize this by thinking “it’s okay, most of my makeup has melted/faded off of my face throughout the day anyway, what’s the harm, right?” WRONG. I seriously need to get back into a full nighttime skincare routine and cleanse my face. Makeup doesn’t just sit on your face, it sinks into pores, and if not properly removed, it can cause breakouts and all other kinds of things. Taking off makeup at the end of a busy day is never fun, but it’s just something that needs to be done.
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3. Cleansing Thoroughly and Properly
Right now, I cleanse my face once a day. But, to be honest, I really don’t feel like I AM cleansing my face. I use my hands to massage the Boots No. 7 Cleansing Balm for Dry Skin into my face…but I never feel actually clean after. I don’t know if it’s the cleanser, my method of cleaning or a mixture of both. However, I am going to switch things up and cleanse my face a bit more thoroughly. I am currently looking into face brushes/face cloths that I can use in conjunction with a cleanser to remove all of the dirt and bacteria from my face. Once I step up my game, I think my skin will be a bit happier with me.
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4. No Touching!
Aside from the fact that we are currently in the midst of cold and flu season, and every time you touch an object and then touch your face, you are basically creating a lovely little pathway for germs and bugs to find their way into your body, touching your face is SO bad for your skin. All of the dirt and oils that are on your fingers get transferred into your pores when you touch your face, and if you are like me, you do this so often that you do it without realizing. I suspect that this will be the biggest challenge for me, just like twirling my hair was the hardest for me to break when I was in the middle of my hair mission. Sometimes I’m in the middle of a train of thought and then come out of it to realize that I am stroking or poking my face (which sounds SO strange), and it really has to stop if I want to stop random breakouts and promote a clean, healthy face.
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5. Using Better Products to Protect the Face
Did you know that facial skin is one of the most sensitive areas on the body? It can easily by damaged, namely from improper care and inappropriate products. I’ve been doing a mixture of both, over the years, but it’s time for that to change. Some of the products that I don’t often use but need to start using are:
This builds a protective layer between your pores and your makeup so that everything doesn’t sink into your pores (thus leaving your face cleaner and not as bacteria-filled). Also, it helps makeup last longer, look more vibrant and they are both high end and low end options available.
A very wise friend of mine told me once, in no uncertain terms, that I would be sorry that I don’t use SPF more regularly. She was indeed correct (thanks Dawna), as I’m already starting to notice the difference between well protected skin and…well, mine. I am a dark skinned diva *snap*, so I’ve never really been too bothered about sunscreen and I’ve never been sun burnt in my life. However, as Dawna reminded me, everybody can develop skin cancer, and it’s really stupid not to do what you can. I only have a few friends who actually wear sunscreen on a daily basis, and the majority of those people don’t actually realize because it’s built into their face makeup. I really need to buy a sunscreen and apply it daily, because this will prevent wrinkles and any other signs of aging, and also give me a fighting chance at protecting my skin from any other dastardly condition. If you are someone who wears sunscreen often, good for you, and if you’re not, it’s never too late to start! 🙂
This is very much so a supplement, not a requirement, but oh my word, what a difference it makes. For the last two weeks, I’ve added a mask or a peel (though I’m not too fond of those, #dryskinproblems) to my weekly Sunday unwind ritual, and I’ve already seen a difference in my skin’s overall condition. Even if you can’t afford or don’t want to spend a lot of money on those sorts of products, an inexpensive one from the drugstore made for your skin type can do wonders. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!
Alright, that’s it. Those are the things that I am going to make a conscious effort to do/change in my skin care routine. It might not be easy, but I realize that if I make a conscious effort, it can only get better. Hopefully, in a couple months, I’ll have cleaner, brighter, healthier skin than I do now, and that will be a welcome change from what I have going on at the moment. I don’t by any means have “bad” skin, but it’s been acting very sporadic as of late, and I simply can’t take it anymore. It’s time to take control! 🙂
So, what do you think? Do you need a skintervention? What are the ways you plan to better your skin this year? Do you have any helpful tips? If so, please feel free to share in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!