Changing Up My SkincareThursday, January 22, 2015
I feel I have hit rock bottom where my skin is concerned. 2014 was a year where my skin misbehaved more than ever, and to be honest, it's confidence crushing to still have teenage skin as such when you're in your twenties. I rarely go out of the house without make up as I feel that un confident about my skin, and sometimes I'd even refuse to open the door to the postman because they'd caught me unaware and I hadn't got any concealer on. I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to try and improve my skin. I realised that what I had been trying and using obviously weren't doing the job, but I also realised that it's not what's on the outside what just counts, I need to also think what I'm putting inside my body too.
First of all, I did a lot of research and decided that after seeing how much of an aggressor dairy was to people, that maybe it was time to ditch it in an attempt to help my skin. This means that I have totally cut down my cheese intake, whilst I could never give up cheese, I rarely have it anymore. However finding a milk alternative was quite difficult as I needed to find something I could have in my morning coffee. After trying soy, and almond milk and making a funny face whilst drinking them, I finally found coconut milk. Which surprisingly doesn't taste like bounty's. It's a thinner consistency than milk but its really sweet and you can't notice a difference. In fact I prefer it to milk now. I've also been trying to eat healthier in general, more salad, more fruit and more veg. Oh and less sugar. I do sometimes crack in the evenings when it comes to sugar but I am trying to be strong and I don't eat half as much junk as I used to, so that's a step in the right direction.
Next up I looked at supplements. i found this super helpful post from Meg and also read this book from Liz Earle. These both told me the vitamins and supplements, that I should be taking for my skin problems. So I ordered Zinc ( to encourage healing and balance hormones) Vitamin A (reduces inflammation and excess oil amongst other things) Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin, helps to improve mood swings as sunshine would and reduce inflammation.) So far, I have been taking these every day for about 6 weeks, whilst I haven't noticed a huge difference, I have noticed that my skin has calmed a little bit. But I know that skin doesn't just change overnight. I might add some other supplements to my collection but I thought these three would be good to start with. I'll keep taking them and will keep you updated on the process.
Finally I looked my skincare routine, and got rid of the harsh spot busting treatments that were making my skin sensitive, red and sore. I replaced them with natural more kinder products, and even looked at the fact that the constant red spots on my cheeks could be acne rosacea. I have been trying La Roche Posay's Serozinc ( zinc solution to calm blemishes, kill bacteria and keep oil at bay), Weleda's purfying lotion (to neutralise the area and calm inflamed spots) and La Roche Posay's Rosaliac AR Intense (serum to calm redness and sensitivity, so far the redness in my cheeks is already fading) .
As I said it's still early days, but I'm enjoying using some new things, and to finding out new ways to treat my skin. I'll keep you updated with my skin's progress, but I am hoping to more clearer days soon. What's your favourite product to treat the pesky blemishes?