Some of you may know that my desired beauty aesthetic is French. Which is to say, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to putting on makeup and doing my hair. Instead I’m a bit of a skin care junkie. Why spend time and money on makeup to cover up your skin when you can just have great skin that doesn’t need any, am I right?
Unfortunately, my skin isn’t the most cooperative. I’m very lucky to not struggle with chronic acne like some, but my skin in its natural state is still far from perfect. It’s very sensitive and dries out easily if I use products that are too harsh or fragranced, yet still manages to have an oily T zone, causing clogged pores and blackheads galore. Yay, combination skin!
Over the years, I’ve tested enough products to have zoned in on a routine that works for me, and recently I made a few more changes to my lifestyle that have really made a difference! Now my skin looks great and I can feel great about being lazy with my makeup routine, haha! Here are my top tips and products for the clearest skin of your life:
I know this is a cliche tip, but I really do notice a difference in my skin when I eat right and drink plenty of water versus when I don’t. One thing that I’ve started doing every morning is drinking a warm glass of water before I have anything else. I had read this tip before in many a model interview, and once I tried it I really did see a difference. I wouldn’t call it an end-all-be-all cure for pimples, but I certainly see a decrease in clogged pores when I do this every morning. Adding lemon juice or apple cider vinegar is something that I also see recommended occasionally, but I don’t see a significant difference when I do this. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to test them out and see if they make a difference for you!
As far as diet goes, I wouldn’t say that I eat exceptionally “clean”…I like bacon just as much as the next girl, but I do try to avoid eating very “dirty” for long periods of time. When I moved into my new apartment at the end of the summer, I ended up eating left over pizza for a week straight. You can imagine the cluster of volcanoes that became my face. I had never seen such an obvious correlation between what I ate and what my face looked like. Since then I’ve tried to avoid eating large amounts of gluten (my mom also breaks out when she eats it, though this may be different for you) and made an effort to load up on fresh ingredients when I go to the grocery store.
I don’t have a photo for this one, because popping pimples is gross and you shouldn’t do it. But oh man, not doing it has been so difficult for me. You don’t understand how much I love to pop pimples. It’s like bubble wrap. Call me gross; I don’t care. I have been known to take my extractor and just go hunting for clogged pores for half an hour (sometimes more…I’m not proud). For the love of clear skin, don’t be like me! All this does is leave my face red and blotchy and cause scarring. It’s the worst. I actually started to kick this habit about a week and a half ago, when I got my wisdom teeth out. Funny thing about picking at your skin: it’s impossible when your face is swollen like a chipmunk storing nuts for the winter. While the swelling went down, my skin started clearing up. Now, I’ve taken my extractor out of the bathroom. I’m still in withdrawal a little bit, but it’s definitely for the better.
Over the years, I’ve tried way too many skin care products. Cleansers, toners, creams, serums … my medicine cabinet used to look like an explosion of free sample packets, deluxe minis (thanks, Sephora), and redundant full sized products I had tried and never used again. I finally started clearing these products out, one by one, and only kept the things I repeatedly went back to. I still have some duplicate products (read: 3 cleansers), but my skin does tend to “adjust” to whatever products I use. Once this happens, I just start to break out again, so I try to keep it guessing, as it were.
I have to take a moment to direct you to the newest feature of the website: a shop section! All of the beauty products I love and use regularly will be shown there. At the moment, I have to shout out the Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask, which is a-maze-ing. Seriously. It’s so gentle yet effective. I use it at night and by the time I wake up the next morning my skin feels like a baby’s butt. My skin absorbs other products better and the scars along my jawline are starting to fade. It also brought a lot of gunk to the surface of my skin, which I obviously wanted to squeeze the crap out of. But instead I used Biore Pore Strips right when I got out of the shower and my pores were nice and steamed open. This really did the trick for me and I have visibly less blackheads on my T zone now (I put one on my nose, my chin, and my forehead).
Wear (Some) Makeup
I know, I know. But I just said earlier that the goal was to not have to wear makeup! This is true. But when you’re itching to start touching your face because, let’s face it, you don’t get 100% perfect skin overnight, it’s good to put on just a little bit of makeup. This helps me because 1) it gives my hands something to do besides pick at my skin 2) my skin looks better when I look in the mirror which also deters my constant need to look for problems and 3) now that I’ve done the actual work of putting on makeup, I’ll be pissed at myself if I ruin it. Pictured above is what I use for a very minimal every day look. The Dior foundation is a little pricey, but it’s so light and gives you just the right amount of sheer coverage that I’ve totally fallen in love with it. Otherwise, I just use some blush, tinted lip balm, and mascara. All the makeup products I use are also featured in the shop tab above.
I hope these tips were helpful! What do you guys think? What are your best skin care tips?
Have a great day!
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