I never really had a routine that was catered to my skin type because I never thought I had to. I had two instances of severe acne, once as a teenager and once as an adult, and these were the only occasions I actually focused on my skin. When I was in high school I incorporate a ton of water and my face was clear in about a month. As an adult it was a bit more challenging. I literally woke up one day and bumps started popping up all over my forehead. I quickly got bangs to cover it up to still feel human, but had to handle what was underneath sooner than later. I went to the doctor who recommended pills and creams that had some severe side effects and I was not about to mess with that. So I said hey, let me do what I did when I was younger. But despite all the water I still had the problem. After doing a bit of research I started applying diluted Apple Cider Vinegar daily and after about 3 months it was cleared.
But I still never developed a routine. Something I can do daily to prevent this from happening in the first place or even out my skin from scarring. And that’s what this challenge is about. Implementing a routine we do on a daily basis that keeps our skin in check and those annoying problems at bay. Now let’s be honest, it’s not a full proof way to never get acne or hyperpigmentation and uneven tones again. Our hormones change and we may be allergic to something we never knew, so those annoying issues may pop up. But with consistency we can make a difference.
Ready for the challenge? Don’t worry this is not going to be so restricting that you have to change your life completely. It’s about adding small aspect to improve your overall skin health. As you know, this starts internally, so it’s important to pay attention to what we put in our bodies.
We will be increasing the amount of leafy greens and not eating any processed snacks. Leafy greens, such as kale, watercress, and arugula are rich in vitamin A, B complex, C, manganese, carotene, and potassium which help reduce inflammation and detoxifies the body. As for snacks, if it comes in a bag or a box you can forget it. Replace with fruits such as papaya, avocado, and walnuts which aid in digestion, keeps the skin moisturized, and help prevent the formation of scars. Also, water. Water flushes toxins and impurities out of the body which ultimately reduces acne and breakouts. The common recommended amount of water to drink is about 8 glasses per day.
Breaking a sweat. Your pores open up when you sweat which releases the toxins inside them. So to further increase the probability of glowing skin, workout at least 3 times per week, if you don’t already, for a minimum of 20 minutes.
The routine. While reading one of my favorite websites, Byrdie, I found a helpful post about skin type and recommended AM and PM routines. I will be using this as the foundation to my daily routine. It’s so important that we remember everything doesn’t work for everybody, so make sure you listen to your skin as you go along. If something irritates you then stop using. Some people only use water to cleanse and their skin is flawless. I personally am a minimalist and don’t want a ton of products on my skin, so I will modify my AM and PM routine just a little.
So are you ready to get started?
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