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Okay ladies, it’s spring and we’re unfortunately stuck inside during a QUARANTINE! Never would’ve thought we’d see the day but here we are (I hope you’re all staying safe and staying strong!).
Just because we’re stuck inside, it does not mean that you stop taking care of yourself! NO!
It’s time to kick that new self care routine into shape and actually get consistent! I know for me, this past Winter was kind of rough on my skin (environmentally and professionally) so I was in dire need of a change in my routine.
Keep reading for some of the tips and tricks I used and continue to use in my routine for glowy, acne-free skin to #WakeUpFlawless:
- Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is nothing new as it is found in many skin care products but what I found out is not many people know what it is. Simply put, glycolic acid is best known for clearing your skin!
It clears up acne and also helps rid your skin of dead skin cells for a brighter, smoother complexion! What that means is that it clears up new pimples as well as the old acne scars you may have. Say buh-bye to those dark marks and hyper-pigmented skin!
If you are applying 10% glycolic acid daily to your routine you should see smoother, more radiant skin in about a month (consistency is key, girlfriend).
I currently use Loreal’s Glycolic Acid. I can tell you that after consistently using it for my month, my skin looks bright and youthful. Also, some of the stubborn acne scars on my cheeks have even lightened up and/or disappeared! It has 10% glycolic acid and comes as a liquid with a dropper to apply 4-5 drops to your skin.
Proceed with caution though as your skin may become sensitive to the sun and may be drying to some people. Start by applying this 2-3x/week nightly before you incorporate this into your routine on a daily basis. Also, make sure you apply sunscreen when you go outside.
- Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is known for aiding in binding water to collagen to keep your skin moisturized, glowy, and supple (basically the Benjamin Button of serums to make your skin age backwards).
Did you know that our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid?! Our skin naturally produces it to retain moisture but with age, air pollution, etc. we sometimes need a little boost! Adding a little extra moisturizing agent never hurt anybody.
Apply hyaluronic acid to your skin a few days a week alongside your moisturizer. This will promote collagen production, well-hydrated, and more lustrous skin!
- Tea Tree Oil
I have literally been using tea tree oil for as long as I can remember. Whether it was to treat cuts so they wouldn’t scar or to moisturize, I have used it in a routine. It’s all-natural so for a hippie-in-training like me I have always gravitated to it (*shrugs*).
Tea tree oil has proven healing benefits for scars, dry skin, dandruff, and fighting bacterial infections (yass, everyone loves a multi-talented Queen)! For example, I had gotten an ear piercing when I was 18 and it got infected (to say the least). I opted for tea tree oil because I’m just more inclined to use that than a chemical product. By using tea tree oil 2x/day, the infection cleared up and the piercing healed within a couple of weeks!
In my skin care routine, I dab a couple of drops on pimples and acne scars and THEY’RE GONE! I don’t know about you guys, but to me natural products are definitely the better route sometimes!
- Aloe Vera Gel
Normally, people think of Aloe Vera Gel and think of sunburn.
Yes, Aloe Vera Gel helps with soothing sunburnt skin but it is also perfect for treating acne and acne scars. Plus, it’s very moisturizing!
I like to mix Aloe Vera with tea tree oil before applying it to my face. Yes, I said MIX IT! Mixing these two can’t get any better because they both aid in clearing acne as well as healing your skin. Also, they double as some super 2-in-1 healing moisturizer!
I would recommend using a dime-sized amount of Aloe Vera gel in the palm of your hand and then add a few drops of tea tree oil (3-5 drops). Apply to your face like you would with your normal moisturizer and that’s it!
I only do this “face mask” if I have a bunch of breakouts at once and need something that will effectively get rid of my acne quick (if not I become Dr. Pimple Popper and that’s just…no bueno).
Microdermabrasion is normally heard of at spas but you can also do it at home!
If you don’t know, microdermabrasion is like a vacuum for your face to unclog pores (essentially clearing acne and blackheads)! It gets rid of that top layer of dead skin cells, lighten dark spots, and even your skin tone!
I currently use the Exfora Personal Microdermabrasion Wand and it is literally a godsend #blessed! I exfoliate with a scrub once a week but adding this has kicked my glow-up into high gear!
It’s so soothing to drag this little wand over your skin and clean out your pores from all of the gunk it has trapped in it (*sigh*).
- Clean Pillow Cases
Ladies, this is the easiest, simplest but most beneficial thing you can do for your skin…
WASH YOUR PILLOW CASES!
Wash them every 2 days (a bit excessive, I know) or if you can’t then washing them on a weekly basis should do the trick. As long as you’re washing them!
This may seem like a no-brainer but it can be easy to forget to do this as you wash the rest of your laundry and vow to just wash the pillow cases next time (but girl, realistically, who knows when that’ll be?).
Just by cleaning your pillow cases of the nasty drool, oils, dirt, etc. on a regular basis you could be clearing that acne in NO TIME!
Pillow cases trap all of the oils from our hair and our face as well as dirt and dust from the environment. How could you expect your skin to thrive without ever washing where you lay your head? (Side note: cotton pillow cases are drying and damaging to your skin and hair. Make the switch to silk/satin pillow cases instead, thank me later).
Bottom line? When you clean your pillow cases, you clear your face. It’s as simple as that!
- Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil, much like tea tree oil, helps diminish acne scars and hyperpigmentation in your skin. I mostly use tea tree oil but I have heard from friends that Vitamin E oil is just as good!
Vitamin E is can protect the skin from damage as well (such as the sun and other environmental factors). It’s also an ingredient in a lot of skin care products so nothing extremely new to test on your skin.
Be warned though, too much Vitamin E oil on your face can clog pores and worsen current breakouts! I would say use this in your night routine about 2x/week (everything in moderation).
- Daily Detox Water
I used to be so good at making detox water and actually committed to drinking it everyday. I am going back to drinking detox water because when I did consistently I felt more energized, refreshed, and my skin was naturally glowing! It also made it easier for me to drink water throughout the day because it had some flavor (I love water but I like to spice it up sometimes, too).
I believe that in order for the outside to look good, you have to start from the inside. So, even though you may be doing all of the right things on the outside of your skin, you may not see progress simply because of what you’re putting into your body!
I love detox water because it’s not a huge change in your diet but a gradual change into your lifestyle.
Get yourself a pitcher or even a tumbler full of water, cut up some of your favorite fruits and/or herbs, and place it in the fridge overnight. Just 3 steps to make the perfect, low-calorie drink full of vitamins and antioxidants to boost beautiful skin!
I like to add cucumbers, mint, and lemons to my water but to each their own. You can be as creative as you want here!
- Green Tea
Green tea is by far my favorite tea, hands down!
I love green tea because not only does it have a host of natural antioxidants, it also curbs your appetite and reduces bloating (clear skin and a thin waist? Win-WIN!)!
I usually drink Green Tea in the morning instead of grabbing a cup of coffee. I add about 1-2 tablespoons of honey and there you have it! So simple yet so satisfying.
- Turmeric & Honey
A few years ago, I was obsessed with watching skin care videos by Farah Dhukai, the creator of the makeup line, Farsali. She had made a home remedy using turmeric powder (click her name above to watch the video!).
Immediately after watching I proceeded to recreate the mixture and when I tell you my skin was BOMB…it was THEE BOMB! My skin was glowy (probably because turmeric is naturally yellow) and looked bright and refreshed.
You will definitely notice a difference in the brightness of your skin after doing this once. I don’t follow her exact recipe every time but I do mix 1 part honey with 1 part turmeric. I do this every once in a while and still achieve the same results of bright, clear skin!
No matter your routine, make sure you’re adding the necessary essentials for both healthy skin on the outside as well as healthy skin on the inside.
Are any of these beauty tips part of your skin care routine? What are some of your quick fixes and tricks to clearing up stubborn acne?