The older I get, the more I’m realizing that simple is best when it comes to skincare…simple products, simple ingredients, and simple routines. Surprisingly, the simpler it is, the more powerful it is.
I’ve struggled with acne for many years, starting in my late teens and continuing in my twenties. I tried numerous skincare products, especially ones targeted for blemishes. Aside from having spotty results (no pun intended), they all had the same thing in common — they were super drying. Unfortunately, when I was younger I didn’t view that as a huge concern…hey I even used to lay out in the sun for hours trying to get the perfect tan (yes, lil `ol fair skinned me). As I get older and the seasons change, my skincare concerns change and I’m beginning to pay attention to dark spots, dry patches, wrinkles, etc… It’s crazy to think about how I used to neglect my skin, because I’m always reading up on skincare “secrets”, the best foods for your skin, and different beauty routines.
With all that being said, I have to keep a close eye on my skin in order to keep it blemish free and clear. Unfortunately, I’m not one who can get away with falling asleep with makeup on, or just rinsing my face with water at night. A while back, we mentioned how we have actively changed our diets (eating organic whenever possible and cutting out red meat), and began to include more exercise into our daily routines. A healthy diet + some great products can really help turn your skin around. Here’s a glance at what has been helping keep my skin fresh, along with my current skincare routine.
Strawberries + Blueberries: Every morning we have some fresh fruit with our breakfast. Strawberries and blueberries are packed with antioxidants to protect our skin. Citrus fruits are great too!
Kale + Tomatoes: Pack these into your salad, or eat them as a snack! The antioxidants in tomatoes act as a natural SPF and help prevent sun damage. (Be sure to still apply SPF before going outside though.) Kale has a ton of vitamin C and A, which will help keep your skin firm.
Green Tea: We have a cup every morning and night. The antioxidants boost blood flow and oxygen to your skin, which helps create a smooth, even tone.
Avocado: Avocado toast anyone?! 😉 Since integrating more avocado into our weekly diets, we have definitely noticed smoother skin. Avocados are packed with vitamin C and E, with antioxidant carotenoids, and moisturizing fatty acids.
Once we began to eat healthier, we also began to pay more attention about what was in our skincare. I recently began using a regimen by bareMinerals and so far, my skin is really loving it. On most days I use the Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam. It’s a great, light everyday cleanser with grapefruit that leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, but not stripped away. If my skin gets a little congested from traveling or just having a Netflix marathon, which is usually accompanied by one too many sweets, I use the Blemish Remedy Acne Treatment Gelee Cleanser. It’s oil free and has a bit of salicylic acid to fight off clogged pores.
As we age, our skin naturally loses minerals. We all search for that healthy looking glow and radiant skin, and while I truly believe healthy skin begins with what we eat and put in our bodies, the products we use on our skin are just as important. After cleansing, I follow up with Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion. In the past, I would always skip that middle step in-between cleansing and moisturizing, whether it was a serum, toner, etc… I was always in a rush, but this has been a miracle product of sorts. It has California Poppy, Lempuyang Ginger extract, and Long Life Herb extract, which is known to help fight pre-mature aging. This gives my skin a nice glow and is super hydrating.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! When I was younger I used to skip this step (gasp!), thinking it would just make my skin more oily and cause more break outs (double gasp!). Boy, was I wrong, but in my own defense I was using the wrong type of moisturizers that were too heavy for my skin. Lately, I’ve been loving bareMineral’s oil-free replenishing gel cream. This stuff is so light and airy, yet so powerful! Moisturizing my skin morning and night, in addition to drinking plenty of water, has been one of the most important components in keeping my skin as clear as possible.
What are some of your go-to products and skin care routines? I’d love to hear about them. Share them below!
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I just wanted to say that I really appreciated this post! I recently started following your blog after stumbling across one of your photos on Instagram, and I’ve enjoyed every single post. This one in particular was meaningful for me though, as I’ve recently started to struggle with acne (I never had any issues in my teen years, but I’ve started to have some trouble now that I’m into my twenties), and I found it so reassuring that someone who takes such wonderful and beautiful photos has struggled with similar issues. I’m definitely planning to take your advice and make some alterations to my diet and skincare routine. It made me feel a lot more confident to read your post, and I just wanted to express how thankful I was to come across it today! 🙂
Hi Janille — Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad that this post and sharing my ups and downs with my skin has been encouraging to you. I know everyone’s skin is different but I’m glad I can offer some of my own personal experiences and some things that have worked for me. Hopefully they work for you too!
Thanks for following along with us. 🙂 xo
I am very curious about this new (or rather revamped) skin care line from bare minerals. There hasn’t been too many posts about it. I’ve got a sample of the serum I am anxious to try after i finish the serum I am currently using. I currently am having a bit of a love affair with Pai skincare and Sunday Riley products. Both are on the higher end, but i really love them and they both use such amazing and interesting ingredients!
I stumbled across you ig post one morning and was hooked about your make up look. So pretty and fresh. From then on i followed you.
I was left behind regarding cosmetics and can consider myself as a late bloomer that started wearing one at the age 32 and now in my 40’s and still at hooked.
Regarding your post i agree about the healthy food intake and added taking good care of your skin at an early age is the key and yourskin will thank you in the end. The skincare routine is a must have as i reminded my daughter, too.
A great topic and i enjoy reading about bits of your beauty, make up and skincare post. Best regards.
I am so very curious as to where you got that cute makeup bag at? I am always breaking my eye makeup and ruining my bags. But if I had one as cute as that, I think i would take better care of it. Also, I love this post and am running out to get all of these products stat! You are such an inspiration!
I am a new follower of your blog and insta, and love your natural make up look, I wonder have you ever done or would you consider doing a post about which make up products you use and how you apply them? I’m working my way through the blog posts so may well find it myself if it’s something you’ve done before!
Just inquiring about where the cosmetics bag is from?!? Need it.
I love your tips! Here in Brazil we don’t have that education a lot, we are created to think that only one product (that in general are expensive) can save our skin. Good nutrition, sleep well and do exercises can help a lot.
Kiss, love your blog.