All I ever wanted was clear skin. I wanted the confidence to go outside without makeup, and the confidence to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger without wondering if they were looking at my acne. I wanted this SO badly that I was willing to put chemicals all over my face and in my body. It didn’t seem so crazy at the time; After all, I was just following my dermatologist’s instructions! But after 5+ years of using antibiotics, 3 topical medications, and a face wash that was turning my skin yellow, I still had acne. Not to mention that I was completely destroying my skin with toxic ingredients, and for what?! I wish it had dawned on me earlier that my skin wasn’t the problem: it was everything I was putting on my skin.
Think about what you put on your face in a day, even if you don’t use medications. Face wash, lotion, primer, concealer, foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara? And at the end of the day: makeup remover, face wash, more lotion, eye cream, etc. All the things! Even if you have a much simpler routine, when was the last time you checked the ingredients in your beauty products? You might be surprised that many of the ingredients even in your mild or “sensitive skin” products still contain harsh chemicals and known carcinogens. These ingredients are absorbing into your blood stream, stripping your skin, clogging your pores, and AGING you! Now, personally I think old age and laugh lines are beautiful, but there is NO REASON to prematurely age your skin!
So this year, I decided enough was enough. I threw out all my medications, all my makeup, my lotions, my face wash, everything. Honestly, it was terrifying and liberating all at once. I decided to simplify my routine and find products that were made with only natural ingredients. I also decided to take a closer look at my diet, because what we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies. It might not be too dramatic, but these are my results so far:
It’s a process and a journey and I’m so excited to share more about how I got here! If you’re interested in learning more, just let me know and I’ll keep the blog posts coming. I’d love to share my new daily routine and all the natural beauty products I’ve discovered along the way. Stay tuned!