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Ironically, my skin is currently misbehaving. Maybe it’s the excess of sugar lately causing the breakouts. I really should be better about following my own advice. Whoops. Well, regardless, my skin has generally been better than ever!
I’ve had a long history of problem skin. Acne, sensitivity, redness. My skin and I weren’t very good friends. In its defense, I probably didn’t treat it as well as I should have. A lot of my friends had flawless skin and I was stuck with breakouts. People can be mean. I remember being picked on in middle school for it. It took a toll on my confidence and I desperately wished for clear, beautiful skin.
Your smile, your face. It’s one of the first things people notice when they look at you. But when your skin is struggling, you really don’t want people to notice you at all. So if you’re struggling now, I feel you.
This advice is based on many years of striving for improvement and figuring out what works best for me. My hope is that it’s helpful for you. You’re beautiful and you deserve to feel that way.
My skin care routine
I used to be someone that washed my face ALL the time because I thought that would help, but I realized how irritating and stripping that can be for my skin.
My routine is always evolving as I learn more about good skin habits and what works best for me. I’m open to mixing things up if I think it’ll benefit me, but this is what’s been working for now!
After I brush my teeth, I splash my face with cool water. This helps wake me and my skin up! Next I’ll put toner on a cotton ball and wipe that all over, removing anything that’s settled on my skin over night. If I do a workout in the morning, I’ll usually wait until after for the toner to remove any sweat, dirt, etc.
As soon as possible, I wash my face at the end of the day. I use a cleanser with my favorite cleansing tool (see my fave products below), which helps remove any makeup and also acts as an exfoliator. Next, I do the toner/cotton ball all over to remove anything the cleanser missed. I follow that up with whatever my skin is needing at the moment (face mask, acne spot treatment, serum, moisturizer, etc)
My best tips
- Let your skin breathe — I try to go makeup free as much as possible. Not only does it save time and money because you’re using less products, but it gives your skin a chance to breathe. If it’s a day where I choose to wear makeup, I remove it as soon as possible. This makes me feel clean and like I’m being good to my skin.
- Keep it simple with your routine and products — You don’t need a complicated 19 step routine to have healthy skin. Most of the time, less is more. Doing too much can lead to irritation and further problems. A quality cleanser, toner, and moisturizer is a good place to begin.
- Practice consistency and patience — Another reason to keep it simple: it’ll be easier to be consistent. The habit is cumulative. You won’t necessarily ruin your skin by skipping your routine one night, but a week of that? Not so good. It will take time for your skin to respond, so be patient, but also be willing to switch things up if something isn’t working.
- Use “good for you” products — I’m going to talk about some of my favorites in a bit, but seek out products that are natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. All that good stuff. Luckily companies are hearing that we want access to non-harmful products, so finding them has gotten so much easier. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it matters. Plus, we vote with our dollar, so spending is a good way to demonstrate priority. Companies listen to money.
- Hydrate — I’m sure we all know that drinking water has amazing benefits for your body and your health. Your skin is no different. Your skin is an organ and just like any other part of your body, it’s made up of cells. These cells are made up of water, so it’s needed for the organ to perform at its best. A hydrating moisturizer will be a great partner with the drinking water.
- Nutrition — Did we see this one coming? Your skin is a good indicator of how things are going on the inside. If you’re fueling your body with whole, healthy foods, your skin will likely reflect that. If you’re consuming tons of sugar, carbs, greasy foods, your skin will likely reflect that too. I know those foods are tasty, but it’s all about moderation and what your nutrition looks like as a whole.
- Take care of yourself — Sleep, exercise, relax. No part of our body is an island, they all affect each other. Have you noticed how your skin probably breaks out when you’re super stressed? The stress plays a part, but you’re also probably not sleeping well, you’re skipping your workouts, you’re eating more junk to feel a little better. It’s all intertwined. Be mindful and take steps to care for yourself.
- Stick to what works best for you — At the end of the day, you need to do what works best for you. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to health. There’s no perfect skin care routine or perfect product. You may need to try many different things before you settle on what works. Be patient, give yourself grace, and take the advice that meshes well with you.
My favorite products
- Cleansing tool — This tool has made such a difference in my skin! It makes it feel so clean and has greatly improved its tone and texture. I love that I don’t have to buy replacement brushes since it’s made of antimicrobial touch points. It lasts forever on a charge and travels well. I can’t ever go back.
- Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner (Rose Petal) from Thrive Market — Snag this toner and tons of other amazing products for 25% off with that link. Some of my other faves are the Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo, Purely Elizabeth Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola, and the Thrive Market brand staples. So handy to have great products sent right to your door!
- Primally Pure — I adore this brand! PP has incredible non-toxic skincare that actually works. I’m a huge fan of their natural deodorant, Everything Spray, and lip balm. They have a wonderful Starter Kit Bundle that’ll help you transition to natural products and allow you to try their best, which is how I started. Get 10% off your entire first purchase with code RACHELT.
- Beauty Counter — I’m slowly, but surely, transitioning all my products to healthier, “good for you” products. Beauty Counter is a makeup and skincare brand that believes in transparency and safer skincare… Yes please! My good friend is a BC Consultant, so if you have any questions she or I can help!
- Prescription products from my dermatologist — Never underestimate a good dermatologist. I know there’s countless products out there, but you don’t have to do this alone. Of course, it’s good to have your skin checked for any abnormalities, but they can also help with any of your annoyances. I was actually able to get a cleanser, moisturizer, and retinoid gel for free with my insurance. Win!
What’s your best skin care tip? Do you have a favorite product you can’t go without? I’m always open to mixing up my routine with something better, so I’d love to hear what works best for you!