So, the other day my friend, Rachel, and I were discussing our daily skin and makeup routines. I was super flattered when she complimented my skin, because I’ve made some changes in the past few years and was glad someone else noticed!
I’m going to share my healthy, glowy skin tips with a disclaimer: Everyone’s skin is different, so these tips won’t work for everyone. I have combination, sensitive skin. I can get super oily in the summer, super dry in the winter, and harsh products can really irritate my skin. Your skin may not be exactly like mine, but hopefully you’ll find something that helps you in at least one of these tips!
1. Keep your skin care routine simple
I’ve tried various skin care products that promise to make my skin flawless. What I’ve learned is that all the nasty, chemically stuff you put on your face is only going to make things worse. If it fixes one problem, it’s probably going to cause another. After testing about a zillion different products, I decided to go back to basics. I use a gentle, natural soap that I bought at our local Farm Market (I call it my hippie soap). I wash my face once a day (in the evening) and I use oil free lotion in the morning and at night. That’s it.
2. Tinted moisturizer is the best thing ever
I have to give Rachel credit for this one. She taught me this trick a few years ago. When you’re applying your usual moisturizer in the morning, blend in a dab or 2 of tinted moisturizer. I absolutely ADORE this trick. It evens out my skin tone and works as my substitute for foundation, which saves me a step and leaves my skin looking fresh and natural instead of matte and overworked. I like Aveeno Positively Radiant because it’s oil free and has SPF in it.
Similar to the tinted moisturizer, I turn to mineral powder to give me a natural, glowy look, rather than made-up. I like Physicians Formula, which made me look fresh, even at an outdoor wedding in July.
I honestly believe the first step to healthy skin is to take care of it from the inside out. Hydrate! Drink plenty of water, which is a highly underrated health and beauty tool. Also, eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Thanks to my mom, I now have a juicer which allows me to cram a ton of fruits and veggies into my diet in a way that’s both tasty and allows my body to process everything efficiently. Anything green is great for your skin (think spinach or kale), cucumber is great for inflammation, and I turn to carrots and apples for a good base that will sweeten it up. It may look questionable, but it’s actually delicious.
I kid you not, this is by far the greatest thing I’ve done for my skin. About 2 years ago, I started getting really bad breakouts. Like, worse than I’d ever had in my teen years. It was embarrassing and frustrating having such awful skin in my late 20’s and not know how to get it under control. In a moment of desperation, I tried Proactiv, but all that did was dry out my skin and make the breakouts worse (see #1). After a bit of research, I learned that studies that had shown that hormones in dairy milk (even organic milk) were shown to cause breakouts. I realized that I’d drastically increased my milk intake around the time that my breakouts had started, so although I was skeptical, I decided to give up dairy milk. My skin almost instantly cleared up and has been nearly flawless since. The great thing is that there are a ton of tasty (and healthy!) alternatives. Soy, almond, and rice milk- just try them and see what works for you.
Here I am, proudly rocking the no makeup look.