Kristina: I spent 8 Months Focusing on my Skincare Routine

Hey friends! Kristina here.

So I love makeup. I truly do. Not only is it super fun, it just makes you feel like a million bucks to feel polished and pristine, awake and fresh. It also washes off, so it’s fun to try new things. So why on earth did I quit wearing a full face of makeup 8 months ago?!

*cue hazy, cheesy flashback scene*

It was the summer between 5th and 6th grade. I was at our city pool, enjoying the last few days of summer before another school year. To make a long, painful story short, a friend of a friend approached me. The first thing out of her mouth is “woah…you have tons of zits on your forehead now.” *facepalm*

And thus, my struggle began…

This past February, (nearly two decades later, I might add…) I realized I was still fighting

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The usual breakout for me. I believe this one was in 2016. Ouch!

the same ole fight with my skin. Occasionally, I would think everything was under control, settling for a few new blemishes a month…then at the drop of a hat, my acne

would come back with vengeance. I had tried literally everything I could over the years… doctor’s visits, pills, topicals, hormonal birth control, over the counter regimens for acne-prone skin, natural remedies…you name it. Most blemish shrinking products just made my skin more angry, and the ones that worked would only work for a little while.

I was ready for something drastic. Thanks to Lindsay and her love for good skincare, I had learned years ago that taking care of my skin was way more important than covering up the problems on my skin. So… I said ‘goodbye’ to my daily makeup routine and here are my results on focusing on care instead of covering up blemishes.

  1. My acne has pretty much disappeared.
    • The only time I have had blemishes pop up over the past several months, I was under SUPER stressful situations or forgot to wash my face at night. They were usually in my chin area, small and went away within a day or two. I can now go multiple weeks without a single blemish, which is something I haven’t done in YEARS.
  2. My skin is the healthiest it’s ever been.
    • My skin feels fantastic! It’s soft and my pores don’t appear as large. I’ll admit, I do have a strict skincare routine but it is SO worth it. I use a face wash and moisturizer twice a day, and I will wash my face directly after exercising or being outside for extended periods of time (pollution will build up in your pores). If you can’t take the time to fully wash your face, I recommend wiping it with a damp microfiber, silver-infused cloth (I use the Body Cloth from
      TimeWisePeel

      This is absolutely my favorite facial peel!

      Norwex). I also use a charcoal mask three times a week. On occasion, I will use a facial peel to exfoliate but I’ve learned I don’t have to do that as often since I’m not putting as many products on my face every day. For cystic blemishes, I use a drop of tea tree essential oil* because it contains anti-bacterial properties and promotes healing.

  3. I am not as self conscious about my appearance.
    • Yes, I have imperfections. The area under my eyes has a purple tint and isn’t smooth. I have acne scars and divots. I even have a few “wisdom lines” here and there. In this age of technology, it’s become more and more difficult for us to accept imperfections on our bodies. Forcing myself out of my security blanket of makeup made me realize that this is just how I look…naturally. I was created this way. I take care of my skin and it’s healthier than it’s been in decades, and I should be proud of my effort to be happy, healthy, and comfortable in my own skin.

My advice to you today is not to quit wearing makeup. In fact, I’m back to wearing it regularly. I personally had to take drastic measures but we are all different as far as our skincare needs go. I do want to encourage you to focus on taking care of your skin, recognizing issues and addressing them. Even if it’s just a face wash and moisturizer, twice a day every-single-day. If you do wear makeup, remove it before going to bed, and don’t forget to exfoliate. Another great tip to keep in mind is that companies often formulate their products to work in unison. If your skin-demons are out of control, consider sticking to one brand so there are no negative interactions between ingredients.

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December 2018 – I apparently did not keep any images of myself over the past 8 months without editing out my acne. Here I am today though — Zero airbrushing on my skin!

If you’re not sure where to start, I will link the skincare I started with HERE. Don’t be afraid to try new things until you get your skincare regime right. I have adjusted several times over the years. Most importantly… don’t give up on your skin!!

xoxo,

Kristina

*I am not an expert concerning essential oils. I only know their benefits based on my own experience and research, so please be sure find reputable sources and companies to review more information before using! They can be very potent and wonderful remedies if used correctly.

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