Considering that I have been through quite a lot lately–stress, emotional rollercoasters, irregular sleeping patterns–my skin has held up really well. I can’t even remember the last time I had a breakout. I used to get at least a couple of hormonal spots during that time of the month, but I haven’t seen any of those in a while either–and I’m not complaining.
Beside using products that work really well for me, I believe that my current diet, but more specifically, the elimination of the foods that I am sensitive to, has made a difference. It is probably since I quit eating those foods that I have seen the biggest difference in my skin. And guess what, the list of foods includes (beside dairy and wheat–no surprise there) tomatoes, walnuts, pineapple, green beans, all types of peppers, and even vanilla (fjiugtigfbfioshwqlkqe???!!!). I was definitely eating all of the above, so it makes perfect sense to me that my skin improved after removing foods that cause an inflammatory response in my body.
Back to my morning routine (but I would dedicate an entire post or two to food sensitivities & skincare, if you were interested–it is one of my absolute favorite topics), I have kept things quite simple and minimal. I stick to a daily regimen that includes very few products, but good ones–so good that they are almost irreplaceable.
A Few Considerations
As you guys will notice (especially those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time), not much has changed. Yet, my skin looks a million times better now. Which means a few things:
- Less is more. At least for me. For some people the whole ten steps routine works–but it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. If layering several products cause your skin to get congested, like it did to mine, you might want to try to use less. Please, don’t get caught up in what your skincare routine should be like according to the Internet. Unless you consult a dermatologist and they give you specific product recommendations, you are the the one who should tell how much products your skin needs. I use less products than I ever have and my skin is healthier than it’s ever been.
- Diet and lifestyle are VERY important. And I don’t mean just eating healthy, drinking juices, herbal teas, and doing pilates. What I mean is: identifying nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, and lifestyle factors that may be causing inflammation in your body. I know so many people who eat plants-only, do yoga, but cannot get rid of acne. Sometimes working with a functional doctor or nutritionist may be necessary to improve certain skin conditions.
With that being said, here’s exactly what I have been using.
YÜLI Halcyon Cleanser I have remained loyal to this cleanser throughout the years, because I simply haven’t found one that works the same for me. I just started testing another cleanser that is less expensive, but it will be a little while before I can review it. This cleanser for me is still the best. You can read my full review here.
MUN Anarose Toner I know that some people don’t really care for toners/face mists, but I am a fan. This one helps to balance my skin after cleansing and allows the following product to work better. Full review here.
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Barrier Restore Serum*. The texture is super-light and almost gel-like. It feels soothing and refreshing, hydrating, and non-greasy. It also leaves a lovely luminous finish on the skin, so it looks great under makeup. Dare I say, this has become my foundation. I practically only use concealer at the moment. It is very expensive, unfortunately, so I am treasuring every drop of this bottle. If it fits your budget, it is worth trying. Full review here.
And guess what?! I’m back on Youtube, so you can watch the whole skincare routine I just described below :)