It's hard for me to believe that I have better, healthier skin now, than I did 10 years ago, but it's true.
After a decade of trying to figure out what worked for me and what didn't, I've got my skincare routine down to a science. Of course there are days when I still break out, or when it's feeling a bit more textured than usual. But we are so far beyond where we were, and for that, I'm so grateful.
If you're acne prone, clear skin is something you might have to work at. Diet & lifestyle changes, supplement regimens, and finding the products that work for YOUR skin will be the holy trinity of getting the skin you want.
I've adapted some skincare non-negotiables that I want to share with you! Here are my tips for healthy and glowing skin.
Don't Follow Every Trend
With the uprising of TikTok and everyone (myself included) sharing how we achieve the perfect glow, it can be easy to want to jump onto every little thing that a pretty girl on the internet tells you to. But that might actually be inhibiting your skincare journey and progression. In my experience, skin craves consistency. It wants you to find what works, and it wants you to continue doing what works for you. If you introduce something new every month, your skin doesn't have a chance to adjust and it's constantly in a state of attempting to heal. Instead, find a dermatologist that you trust, and stick to the regimen they have for you!
Stop the Sunscreen Slander
I truly think I can attribute my lack of fine lines and glowing skin to the fact that I've worn sunscreen every day since 2014. Right now, there's a lot of confusing information in regards to sunscreen. Here's my take: yes, Vitamin D is good for you. However, the intensity of today's sun is different from the intensity of our great grandparent's sun. I try to make sure I'm using a sunscreen that is somewhat natural and medical grade. I currently use the Elta MD SPF 46. I love how light it is and that it doesn't leave a heavy film on my skin.
There is a level of skincare that is really only accomplished when you go get a facial. I have talked for YEARS about Dermaplus and how they've saved and transformed my skin. And I would suggest anyone who is serious about their skin health find a reputable facialist or esthetician who you can see consistently enough to see results. Remember, not all estheticians are created equal. I've had some horrible experiences with people who did not know how to properly administer extractions. But that's a story for another day. Do your due diligence to find someone good, and get in their rotation!
Low Sugar Intake
You've heard this before so I apologize for being yet another person telling you to lower your sugar intake if you want glowing skin. And look, I don't even do this one that often because y'all know how much I love to bake. But I will be honest, the minute I eat something sugary, I break out. Every. Single. Time. There are ways to bake and not use inflammatory sweeteners. My naturopath has suggested using monk fruit, coconut sugar, and other natural alternatives in baking so that you can still enjoy something sweet that doesn't enter your bloodstream as quickly. She also says if you're going to have something that's naturally sweet, like fruit, to ensure that you have it with a nut butter to balance the sugar.
Multivitamins & Probiotics
This probably shouldn't go before eating a healthy diet, but in my experience, taking a whole food multivitamin in addition to eating a well balanced diet gives me the best results for hair, skin and nails. I love this multivitamin so much. I've used it for almost 10 years now, and every time I'm taking it consistently, I see a huge difference in my skin's texture and brightness.
When I started taking Florastor two years ago, I had no clue it would clear my acne. I've mentioned this in other blog posts as well, but yes, I'm still taking it. And I love the way it balances my gut and puts good bacteria in there so I can eat certain things and not break out the next day.
Don't Skip Your Skincare
If there's one thing I do religiously, morning and night, every day, it's my skincare routine. No matter how tired I am, I always have time to wash, tone, and moisturize. I use the Dermaplus line of skincare, but whatever your routine is, be consistent!
Of course, I have other tips to share, but again, what's most important is that you find what works for YOU. Consult with your dermatologist and find a good esthetician in your area. You'll be surprised at what putting a little extra effort into your skincare can do for you!
Check out my other blog post on skincare here with all the links you need and more of my suggestions!