I really want to talk about embracing your acne and other skin issues, but every time I sit down to write about it, it doesn't feel right. Maybe because I'm not all of the way there myself, but also because I don't want to come across as preachy.
I've always struggled with acne. As a teenager I was nervous about going out in public, and I was worried people would look at me differently.
I'm not going to say I don't anymore have anxiety about my skin, especially because as a 'beauty blogger' I feel like I need to have perfect skin all of the time. But I do feel like I've gotten to a place where I see a new zit and I don't freak out. Part of that is all of the self care I do to make myself feel comfortable in my skin. Part of it is taking good care of my skin and prioritizing my skin's health because frankly, it's easier to accept your skin if you know that a) deep down, acne isn't the end of the world and b) your skin is healthy and this zit isn't going to change that.
So instead of me going on and on about how to embrace your skin, because I feel that's a very personal thing, I'm going to share some things I've done to ensure I'm taking care of my skin's health.
The Skin Cleanse.
I'm a very sensitive person and I've always been in tune with my body. It's made it easy to connect the dots between habits and their effects. I've always noticed how different foods, beverages, and activities affected my body, and eventually, my skin.
But it wasn't until I read The Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore and executed a food log and beauty product log for two weeks. Though I've always been in tune with my skin, writing things down over two weeks gave me so much insight into how I was irritating my skin.
I know you've probably heard this a thousand times, but it's still true. Drinking enough water will help your body flush out the bad stuff. It will help hydrate your skin from the inside. And it will help you feel physically better. Water isn't just to make your skin glow, it's to help all of your body's systems run smoother.
Get your eight, nine, or ten hours. They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing. Sleeping gives your body time to repair and restore. It's your body's time to heal, so give it that quality time so your body can heal your skin too.
Use a facial sunscreen every single day, and use a sunscreen lotion when you'll be outside for long periods of time. The sun is incredibly damaging to your skin, causing wrinkles, sun spots, and of course, there's the possibility of skin cancer. Protect your skin by using a sunscreen every day. And if you're into that kind of thing, wear large sunglasses and hats to help protect your skin even more.
If you read my post, '5 Skincare Mistakes to Learn From', you'll know one of them was not moisturizing my skin. Providing your skin with adequate moisture and hydration provides a protective layer, balances your skin, and helps to repair your skin. If you're unsure of whether your skin needs moisture or hydration (or both) read this blog post.
How do you take care of your skin's health?