At the beginning of the year, I listed clearing up my acne as one of my resolutions. In the 6 months since then I’ve continued to try anything and everything to clear things up. I’ve finally found a routine that works for me, and just like everyone always told me it’s not all just my skin care routine.
A little back story to begin. Once I hit my 20’s, my skin became incredibly oily and I started getting large breakouts on a regular basis (not just small ones at that time of the month). At first they were just hormonal near my chin and jawline. But once I started a new job where a phone was practically attached to my face, things just got worse and the breakouts spread to my hairline and my cheeks. I had already tried so many things, but nothing was working. I had heard of coconut oil as a face cleansing method, but since my face was already so oily I never tried. But at 27 with breakouts all over my face I gave it a go. It worked as you can read here. But it wasn’t preventing breakouts. I felt stuck until I realized maybe things other what I used to get my makeup off and cleanse my face needed to change. Here’s a before picture from around the time we moved (February of this year) . . .
1. Tea tree oil – as well as cleaning my face with coconut oil, I added a tea tree oil toner to my nightly routine. Every night I simply, rub a small amount of coconut oil on my face and wipe it off with a warm cloth, then I spritz with tea tree oil toner (a mix of apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and water), put plain tea tree oil on any current acne spots, and then moisturize with Cinique daily moisturizer.
2. Wash your pillow cases weekly – A friend mentioned this worked for her, and it clicked in my head that by not washing them weekly I was basically rubbing my face in all it’s old dirt and grime every week. At this point I was already using my new skin care routine for about a week. My skin had cleared up except for a spot or two on my chin. After just 1 wash, they went away in a day or two.
3. drink your water – I’ve struggled with drinking enough water for a long time. Sometimes I get on the right track and then I fall off. I’ve been on the right track for about 3 months now and I can notice smaller pores, less breakouts, a glow to my skin. Sometimes it’s the simplest things, right?
4. a weekly mask – Things can change with skin as the weather changes. There are also weeks that I’m outside more and more damage has happened to my skin. So I keep a few different masks around and use the 1 I feel I need most weekly. A few I keep are an acne fighting mask, refinishing mask, relaxation mask, and a revitalizing mask.
5. get enough sleep – Never did I think that struggling to sleep would be anywhere near my radar. You know those tests where you’re supposed to sleep with no alarm and let yourself naturally wake up. The hours you sleep is supposed to be the amount of sleep you need a night. I’ve tried it a few times, and I always get 8.5 to 9 hours. I’m a heavy sleeper and I need a lot of it. But the past few months I have not been sleeping well. No sleep = stress = hormonal imbalance = breakouts. I wanted something natural and that I wouldn’t get addicted to so I started using Botanyst Restful Sleep . Botanyst balances the chi in your spleen to promote
– Calm and quiet a restless mind and body
– Promote a full night’s restful sleep
– Nourish chi to bring harmony and balance into the body
– Promote calm throughout the day
– Restore vitality to the spleen and heart organ systems
I was skeptical too, but I figured better to start here with natural herbs and minerals than with more chemicals. Turns out it works well for me. Once my sleep was back in sync, my skin seemed to bounce right back to it’s former glory. It was like the last link I needed. Wanna try Botanyst Restful Sleep for yourself click here and use code SAVEREST for 20% off!
I’m a firm believer that what works for me won’t work for everyone, but hopefully some of my tips can help you in your journey to good skin. What have your found that works for you?
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