HAPPY JUNE 1ST! Today marks the first day of the month, meaning we're 20 days closer to my favorite season! Just because it's a new month doesn't mean your skin has completely recovered from last month's stress. If you're also recovering from a rough semester, your skin is likely still extremely worn out and in need of some TLC.
Over the past few months, my skin has been going through it. Between finals, figuring out where I'm going to live for the summer and then moving into the apartment, my skin is just reflecting what I'm feeling inside. It's mellowed out now that the semester is over, but during the months of April and May my skin was a disaster.
I'd broken out on my cheeks and chin, felt a dryness under my bottom lip, and had rough patches underneath my glasses. It was not a great look. I figured that I needed to do three very important things: cut out as many sugars and dairy products as possible/drink lots of water, exfoliate, and mask often. I'm in a transition period with my diet where I'm trying my best to cut out red meat, excessive dairy intake and processed sugars. I know that there's a link between what I eat and where I break out, but I so often choose to ignore it.
Here are the two products that helped me survive this skin emergency.
I haven't had an excellent exfoliant since St. Ive's when I was in middle school, but I later learned that their product is so abrasive that it can cause micro-tears. I've used this Burt's Bee's exfoliant before but I never bothered to replace it until last week. I love how big the beads are because it makes it easier for me really exfoliate the areas of dead skin with just a few big beads in my hands.
Tea Tree oil has never failed me. Though I'm not as dependent on it like I used to be, I still see it as my best friend during intense break-out periods. This particular mask is so great because it tingles the first few times you use it. It also doesn't dry or crack like other masks, which actually signals that it's drying out your skin, but it absorbs into your skin. It's also fun to walk around with a green face, I feel like a Go-Go.
It seems simple, but when your skin is freaking out sometimes it only need a couple of products. I've found that when I'm in panic mode, I'm not clearly thinking about what my skin will benefit from in the long run. I'm thinking short term when I'm in the middle of a skin emergency, but this isn't always the most appropriate response.
Instead of throwing layers and layers of acne product onto your skin, consider this instead: Cleanse like you regularly would, use one product for each problem that you're encountering, then tone and moisturize. Leave your skin alone. Let the products work its magic and accept that your skin's current condition needs to run its course.
If you struggle with cystic or severe acne, by all means, seek professional help. But the same message still applies: don't overload your skin with chemicals, products or remedies. It's not always easy to step back, but your skin will thank you in the long run.
Until next time, everyone! Love and light.