It's been a while since I've shared some skin care knowledge with you guys and that is for a good reason; my skin has been struggling.
Part of me feels like a hypocrite preaching about transforming your skin when I'm suffering through a full blown acne attack and have massive scarring, but newsflash to me, it's totally normal!
I go through up's and downs with my skin just like everyone else and just because my skin is going through a bit of a bad time, doesn't mean I have a bad routine! Troublesome skin can be the result of many different things, whether it be hormones, stress, reactions with makeup products, something you eat, something in your environment, etc. However, there are a few things you can do to instantly transform your skin and get it back on track like I did, which is what I'm going to share with you guys today!
Identify Your Problem
This may seem like a simple tip, but inaccurately diagnosing the true problem could cause you to go about a skin care regime that could be working against you. Are you having trouble with acne, or did you forget to take off your makeup? Do you have dry patches or did you just drink a little bit too much the night before?
Identifying your problem has to come from a whole-body standpoint, and being honest with yourself! Things like sleeping in your makeup can immediately take effect onto your skin the next day through clogged pores and acne, however our skin sheds and goes through cycles, so the issue you are having is probably caused by something you did a week or two ago. Take some time, listen to your body, and identify if your skin is going through something on-going, or if it's just the result of something you might have missed.
Take a weekend off of makeup
Bet you'd never see me talking about this! Putting on my makeup in the morning is literally my time to relax, focus on myself and truly enjoy a moment to myself, so the thought of even going a day without that mental boost in the morning is something I cringe at! However, I recently had to get surgery on my jaw, which meant I couldn't pounce a Beautyblender on my face for at least 5 days (and boy, was it rough!)
Through that time though, I noticed that I was able to focus a little bit more on my skin and I instantly saw it transform! This might have something to do with me cutting out alcohol because of my medications and chugging water on the daily because of feeling dehydrated, but I noticed my skin become more radiant, bright and less irritated for the time I went without makeup. I hate to say I enjoy that, but I feel like taking the few days of reset my skin and let it breathe put it back into focus and when I did put on my makeup again, the application was 10 times smoother than before.
***for those of you reading this who don't wear makeup on the daily, you can take this section to treat yourself to some extra luxurious skin care treatments like sheet masks and serums to start taking action against what you recognized to be the problem in the first place!
Limit Your Skin Care Routine
You may have 3 items kin your collection or you may have 300. In either case, take the time to see what you are ACTUALLY putting onto your skin.
This now goes back to identifying your problem. In most scenarios, if you have a 20 step skin care routine, you are probably over-doing it. Pick out only a few products from your collection to help reset your skin issue and put the others on hold. If you don't feel like you have the products you need in order to treat whatever it is you're struggling with, do some research and invest in one (you'll feel good to treat yourself to some nice skin care as well!)
In the end, it's all about balance. You don't want to over-do anything when it comes to your skin care because our bodies are smart. Too much of anything is never good, so simplifying your routine down to a few products for a week or so can give your skin time to relax, rebuild and regenerate to a healthy stand-point.
Looking for a quick fix?
I know there are some of you guys out there who are literally looking for a quick fix of skin care, so I don't want to leave you guys disappointed! In the end, there is no overnight fix to skin care, it does take time. However, here are a few of my favorite makeup products that I can see results from in just a few hours and some, even minutes!
Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Spot Gel: relives redness in acne in under an hour and my blemishes are gone within a day or two! ***stubborn acne brand only! The regular doesn't work as well for me.
Summer Friday's Jet Lag Mask: rescue product for tired, dehydrated skin! Apply a thin layer overnight and your skin will be taught in the morning
GlamGlow Youthmud: kind of a harsh mask, but it exfoliates like no other and leaves skin instantly looking even and soft.
Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel: the one moisturizer that instantly hydrates for the entire day.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: apply this overnight and the crustiest of lips are saved instantly!
Hope these help you get your skin to where they need to be! Comment below your skin concerns and I'll give you some tips on how to fix it.