In the last 5 years I really started to take my skin seriously. I like to think that I was blessed with some decent genes from my Mom, but genes can only get you so far. You do have to take care of yourself and invest in your skin in order to prevent yourself from looking 15-20 years older than you are. I don’t want to look all crazy with face that has been injected too much, or pulled too tight, but I also want to age gracefully 🙂
My skin is by no means perfect, but I try to take care of it the best I can. And since some of you have asked what I do, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite ways to keep my skin healthy. Sorry if this is repetition for you long time readers! But a new year is a time to make change and to switch up your routine. So hopefully this inspires you!
Many people don’t think that what they are ingesting affects their skin. But, I think that plays a huge part in how your skin looks and feels. When I went gluten and dairy free my skin looked completely different. It was less blotchy and red, and I definitely have had less skin issues and irritations. The minute I eat those things, I get some sort of zit and my skin freaks out. I know many people that have psoriasis and other skin issues and once they cleaned up their diet they had less problems. The gut controls everything, and your diet can cure many issues you may be having. Also, the more hydrated you are will also keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. So keep drinking your water!!!
I always wash my face at night and use a full regimen of products before bed. Nighttime is the best time to let your skin rest and rehydrate so I feel that those steps before bed are very important. You also know my love for the Guasha tool which I use a couple times a week.
My makeup and skincare is about 75% all natural products. I haven’t gotten rid of everything yet, although I know I should. The natural products get rid of redness, irritation, and seem to even out my skin better. Natural beauty products have come a LONG way over the years, you can’t even tell a difference. I have been getting natural skincare at Hand & Land in Kansas City, and Within Apothecary has helped me start to clean up all of my cosmetics. I highly recommend both for the best quality products with the best results.
I have talked about collagen powder before which I think is something that has greatly improved my skin, hair and nails. I use Further Foods, but have heard good things about Vital Proteins. These powders are odorless and tasteless; I just add a scoop to my coffee every morning.
How could I forget to mention SPF and wearing a hat! once I started doing lasers I knew I couldn’t mess up the work I had done, so now I slather on the SPF and bring a hat with me wherever I go. You can still get a little sun kissed without frying your face. I prefer all natural sunscreens; because sunscreen is one of the products that have the worst chemicals in them! So make sure to do your research. If you want a great list, look HERE.
Outside of my diet, the biggest improvement to the overall look of my skin has been due to incorporating lasers and Botox. I think doing the BBL a few times a year or a Halo every few years is a great way to get rid of sun damage and to even out your skin tone. It can completely get rid of dark spots, help heal scarring on your face, and reduce pore size. My skin was glowing, and literally looked years younger after I did the Halo a few years ago. I have gone to Dr. Amy Carter at Kansas City Wellness Center over the past year for BBL and they did a great job. If you want to do the Halo, Aestheticare is the place to go. The Halo is equal to 3-4 BBL treatments. It gets into deeper levels of the skin that the BBL cannot reach. It is better for skin that is more mature, or with more damage. The BBL is a quick in and out treatment with no downtime, where as the Halo you will have about a week of redness swelling and then peeling/flaking.
I started doing Botox last year, and it has made such a difference in the appearance of my skin. Just those few shots across the forehead work wonders 🙂 I do a little in my forehead and on the sides of my eyes to get rid of the fine lines and creasing. I have been going to Mandy at Bare Med Spa, and she has really listened to what I like and what I don’t like and I think she has helped me achieve the natural look I was looking for.
I do owe you all a makeup roundup which I hope to do in the next month!