I receive all kinds of questions from readers. Most of them are about about recipes, Body Pump, and pugs, but others range from career and relationship advice to hip injuries and money matters. They’re typically all over the place, but I’m more than happy to help in anyway that I can! 🙂
Recently, I’ve received a number of questions about my skincare routine. I’ve struggled with breakouts for as long as I can remember, so it’s flattering that readers ask me for advice. (Maybe I’m just too critical of myself?)
In the past 6 months or so, I’ve finally gotten control of my skin. (*Knock on wood!*) I’ve made some changes to my routine and diet, which have really improved my skin. I hardly breakout anymore.
Obviously, I’m not a doctor or a skincare expert, so I can only tell you what works for me. We’re all different, so something that works for me, may not work for you. Maybe I “outgrew” my bad skin by turning 30-years-old? I have no idea. But, here’s what works for me and, hopefully, it’ll work for you, too!
Routine & Products
I wash my face twice a day (morning and night) using Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash. It contains little “scrubbers” and salicylic acid to help prevent breakouts as well as aloe and chamomile to sooth and reduce redness. You can find it at most drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) and Target. It rules.
During the day, I use Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Moisture SPF 30 all over my face and neck.
At night, I use Hope in a Jar on my face and neck. I like this product, but once it runs out, I’ll probably buy a similar night lotion from Neutrogena. I’ve heard that mixing and matching products from different lines can cause breakouts.
Once a week, I use an exfoliating masque from Arbonne. I lovveeee this masque!! In fact, when I ran out of it a few weeks ago, I used Twitter to find an Arbonne rep to sell me more. I’m obsessed.
As soon as I put this masque on my face, I feel it working. It tingles! When I wash it off, my skin feels soooo soft. I’d even say that it glows! 😀
Another thing I do to prevent breakouts is wash my makeup brushes once a month or so. I never used to wash my brushes until Jenna mentioned it to me. She said washing her brushes keeps her skin clear, so I figured I might as well give it a try. So far, so good! 😀
To wash your makeup brushes, just use a small amount of gentle shampoo and water, and then rub the bristles between your fingers. Do this until the water runs clean. Air dry the brushes.
With regard to the changes that I’ve made in my diet, please take what I say with a grain of salt. I’m not a Registered Dietitian. The information below comes from magazines, the Internet, my dermatologist, and my own opinions.
Breakouts are the result of too much oil and a collection of dead skin cells, which combine to clog pores. What goes into our bodies (as well as our hormones) affect the “health” of our skin. When I realized that certain foods can reduce or contribute to breakouts, I immediately started making changes to my diet. Here’s what I did:
- Ate more whole, high-fiber grains and stayed away from refined carbs (except for the occasional cookie! 😉 ): When you eat refined carbs, your pancreas sends out a surge of insulin, which triggers a change in hormones that increases oil production and tells your cells to multiply. This clogs pores and leads to breakouts. Whole grains help your body absorb and burn carbs more slowly, which keeps your blood sugar and insulin levels steady. They’re also filling and keep you regular! 😉
- Incorporated foods rich in vitamin A and zinc into my diet: Vitamin A is kryptonite for acne. It attacks blemishes by reducing inflammation and encouraging cell turnover, which leads to clearer pores and less breakouts. Vitamin A-rich foods include spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and cantaloupe. I also try to eat foods that are high in zinc, like pumpkin (pumpkin beer counts, right? 😉 ), chickpeas, and peanut butter. Zinc helps regulate oil production, which prevents shiny skin and breakouts.
- Avoided cow’s milk. I always thought that the hormones in cow’s milk caused me to breakout, but after years of buying organic milk, my breakouts continued. I even “traded up” to organic non-fat milk when I started working at NuVal last fall and my skin freaked out. Again, I’m not an expert, but drinking cow’s milk (with or without hormones) makes me breakout.
- Drank lots and lots of water. I’ve always been good about drinking water, but I started to drink more. I definitely notice a difference in the way my skin looks when I am hydrated verses dehydrated.
In addition to the diet tweaks above, I also take a daily fish oil supplement. I started taking the New Harvest capsules once a day after my trip to Philadelphia. About a month ago, I ran out of them and my skin started to act up again. Interesting, right? So, now I’m back on board with the fish oil supplements.
So, that is my healthy skin routine in a nutshell. Again, I’m not an expert. This post is based on my own personal experiences, but if you have specific questions, please let me know!
What’s your healthy skin routine? What are your tips for healthy skin?
I packed lunch to take to NuVal with me this afternoon. I had Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries and Kashi 7 Grain cereal and a blueberry Soyjoy bar. In the afternoon, I also munched on some caramel popcorn.
Still no word from the sellers about the house. I’m getting antsy!!! 😕
P.S. I’m hosting an end of the summer giveaway on Trading Up Downtown today! 😀