This is part two of the two part post about how to love the skin your in, last weeks post was more focused on changing the mental perspective and shifting the way we view ourselves. Using techniques like meditation and taking a break from social media, but this week we’re going to be focusing on a skin care routine. One that is simple, minimal and inexpensive and could potentially clear up your skin for good.
There are a few rules to this skin care routine and in order for you to see a significant change you need to stick to them or the routine is null and void. I find that each person is completely different and what their skin needs is also different, I would recommend trialling each thing for a week or two. If you don’t see results or it has the opposite results, discontinue using those products or that section of the routine.
The first rule seems like a mouth full of gibberish, but in reality all of those things are ingredients of products that will claim to give you clear, youthful and glowing skin when in most cases will actually have the reverse effect. Dulling your natural skin sheen and clogging your pores with chemicals that are to harsh for the skin. SLS/SLES and ALS/ALES; are surfactants that give shampoo, body wash and other cleansing products to clean and produce foam. These ingredients are often derived from petroleum and can cause skin and eye irritation, rashes and other similar allergic reactions.
Rule number two – Less sugar more water.
Recent studies have shown that sugar and refined carbs (a high-glycemic diet) cause acne and other serious skin conditions. You might be a little sceptical at first to cut sugar out all together but dramatically reducing your sugar intake will do wonders for your skin. Try cutting out all unnecessary products from your diet i.e Soft drink, cordials and store bought juices, then replace that with water. You’re daily water intake should be around 2 liters per day which sounds like a lot but your skin will thank you.
Rule number three – Reset your skin.
Reseting your skin is extremely important, for years you’ve probably been covering it up, smothering it in the latest beauty guru fad product, using face masks that aren’t suited to your skin type and all because great marketing told you to. Let me ask you this, when was the last time you purchased something that was exactly for your skin type, do you even know your skin type and when was the last time you actually listened to the directions and did a patch test? Probably never.
To reset your skin, discontinue using all your products for a month then slowly over a few weeks add back in some of your favourites, take note of each change in your skin, did that cream make you slightly oiler? did it make you a little bit flaky? then decided how your skin feels and if you should continue using that product.
Skin care routine
In shower routine.
After care routine.
So there you have it, an inexpensive and extremely easy to follow skin care routine that if done combined with a form of mediation or even a social media detox will have you feeling absolutely comfortable in your own skin. If you would like a list of products that are sls, sles, als, ales, petrochemical cleanser and paraben free leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.