Here is a fact of life that I’ve learned after being on this earth for 30 some years: Good Skin is Not Easy! Yes, some people (even your lucky friends or siblings) may have effortlessly flawless skin, but I was not a member of that exclusive group. Like with most people, my awkward teenager years were filled with oily skin, acne, and a self-conscience attitude. What’s even worse was that I would look at the people with the perfect complexion and then hid into my inner sanctum of envy and shame.
I asked myself, why couldn’t I be like them? Just go about my day and not worry about a blemishes and wrinkles? What was I doing wrong? Everyone and everything would tell me different things were causing my skin troubles. Unhealthy lifestyle, stress, milk, and even my favorite, chocolate may have been playing a role in my facial downfall.
I told myself this was all natural and that I would somehow outgrow this phase of my life. I hoped that leaving college and starting my career would magically release me from my shackles. That was not the case. It even got worse during my first job, as my long hours, expensed lunches, happy hour binges, and lack of sleep showed on my face.
Eventually I said: Enough is enough! I had to take control of my life, and by that I meant my skin!
So how did I do it? I stopped making excuses for myself first.
I did some heavy research on all aspects that may impact your skin, and then changed my lifestyle around it.
Here are some things I focused on:
- Build a routine and stick to it no matter what! Bad skin comes from laziness. Tell yourself that every time you want to hit the sack before you remove your makeup. This means cleanse your face daily, remove makeup before bed, exfoliate on a cycle, and apply sun screen when stepping outside.
- You are what you eat. Yes it’s such an old cliché, but it’s true. This is the hardest part for most people. But the tradeoff is huge. Avoid food that fried, salty, sugary etc. If you’re wondering if it’s bad for your skin, it probably is. Not only does a balance diet improve your skin, you will feel more energized and look skinnier as well. Eat fresh foods, vegetables, and health foods like rice and oatmeal.
- Stay active and hydrated. Your body and your skin need water to operate at its peak. If your workday doesn’t allow for a gym session, add small things in your day to compensate. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around the office every hour to get your blood circulating. Trade that fifth cup of coffee for some water instead.
- Invest in your skin. Just like with friendships and relationships, you have to nurture your skin. This means reducing stress whenever possible. Be aware that stress affects your skin, and remind yourself of that whenever you’re feeling not your best. Treat yourself to some spa time if necessary. It’ll pay off in the end.I also always look into new natural ways to nourish my skin. I joined the SwissZell team after being introduced to the product by my friend who used it for one year. It uses the stem cell of tomatoes to help rebuild the cells breakdown with age, stress, and wear. It may sound like science fiction, but many researchers believe that cell therapy is the wave of the future for health and skincare. You can read more about it by going to their main website here.
Now my skin is much better, and my confidence has grown three sizes like the Grinch’s heart.
I often heard that people in Alcoholics Anonymous refer to themselves as alcoholics long after they kicked their habit. It’s to acknowledge that they always fall back into their old ways if not careful. I think that always holds true to skincare. One long club night or a stressful day at work can schedule a reunion with your old pal, Mr. Pimple.
However, knowing that you have control over it gives you the power to combat it. Be patient. Be aware of your lifestyle. Be beautiful, inside and out.
-Queenie Y (regular SwissZell Blogger)
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