As I've mentioned before, my biggest goal in these blog posts is to share my tips and tricks for surviving (and thriving) through all the craziness that life has to offer. One of my biggest challenges not only as a mother, but as someone that has very much opened up their life to the public, has been my skin and the curveballs it's thrown me since having children. I get a lot of questions about my skin and I have honestly really prioritized finding a solution to my skin related issues. Through research, a few skin gurus, and trial and error, I think I've finally found a good routine. Keep reading to hear what I've discovered to be the most helpful, and hopefully learn from my mistakes and avoid them.
1. If you're having problems with your skin, start slow. My first response was to buy everything on the market. My biggest tip: Add new products in ONE at a time. Give them at least 3 weeks to see changes. Certain products will make your skin worse before it gets better, especially exfoliants that can cause peeling and purging at first. Additionally, If you add two new products and you experience bad symptoms, you're not going to be able to tell which one is causing them. Be patient, it's hard but it'll pay off in the end and lead to a smoother transition into happy and healthy skin.
2. Beauty comes from within, literally. A huge shift for me was when I discovered my food sensitivities. I've had to cut out eggs, dairy and wheat and man was it life changing, for my skin and entire body. If I dabble in a little dairy or have eaten an excess of sugar I can see it impact my skin right away. I'm definitely not perfect at this (hello Cheetos!) but I am able to track how my diet choices impact my skin. A few simple ways to start are taking probiotics, drink as much water as you can (I add lemon, or cucumber and it makes it a lot easier), and avoid inflammatory foods like sugar, dairy and wheat.
3. Know your skin. I personally have combination skin that's currently acne prone, it's also sensitive and can get dry and irritated easily. This is helpful for me to know because when I use products that are too intense, I actually get breakouts as a response to the skincare. The more you know about your skin, the better you can communicate your needs to a skin expert (dermatoligst, estitetitian, ect). Lots of websites are also organized by your skincare need, if you're wanting to go solo and figure things out yourself.
4. Exfoliate. This is maybe the most important of all. If you don't get rid of dead skin then you're really just rep-lumping it when you moisturize and it's going to exacerbate clogged pores. There are so many different kinds of exfoliants so I suggest really reading up on which might work for you. Sometimes a warm, wet washcloth can be just enough and if you're like me, you use Retinol. I'll tag one of my favorite exfoliators below, it's super gentile and I use it every day.
Ok, now to the routine! Step one, cleanse. I'm going to link a cleanser for all skin types and a cleanser for acne prone skin (I alternate between both). Step two, exfoliate. If you're going to get any recommended product in this post, it's the Lyctic Tx.