It’s amazing how much the complexion of our skin affects our confidence. As a middle and high school student I remember those yucky red blotches making me cringe when I saw myself in the mirror and feel unworthy when speaking to certain people. I was envious of my best friend who had beautiful skin, having approximately one break out (and that meant a single pimple) a year. Even at a young age I knew then that I would do all that I could to protect and heal my skin. I imagined being an adult with a clear, even toned face; confident in public, unashamed of my complexion and ready to age gracefully.
While I absolutely love love love all of my LUSH Cosmetics products that keep my skin well-kept and healthy, my skincare regimen starts before I put anything on my face.
My steps to clear, healthy, gracefully aging skin…
This is probably the best thing you can do for your entire body, but especially your skin. When I lived in Florida, drinking water was no problem, it’s hot there all the time. But when I moved to Colorado, drinking anything cold only brought my temperature down. Despite this struggle, I visibly notice a difference in both my skin and hair when I have had a series of good water days, versus when I haven’t taken in enough agua.
Pay attention to your breakouts; when they happen and what your daily diet looks like. Often, breakouts can be triggered by certain foods. I have met many people who know that after eating too many chips or fatty foods, their skin often breaks out. (drinking lots of water helps to mitigate this problem!) We all know that eating fruits and veggies are good for our insides, turns out, it is just as important for our “outsides” as well.
Clean your makeup brushes
This is one that most women are told, but usually forget. WASH. YOUR. BRUSHES. When purchasing from Ulta, or MAC, make sure you ask how your brush should be washed. My mother always used MAC and I remember the makeup artist telling her that she could wash her brush with shampoo (at the time, brushes were made from boar’s hair...no idea if that is still true). Should you be washing with dish soap? Is hand soap going to ruin the brush? Do some digging for best practice when washing your makeup brushes… your skin will thank you.
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