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Happy Tuesday, sweet friends. We are now officially over two weeks into the new year and I think I have just started writing 2018 on all my documents. Last week, I was completed embarrassed because I was in a professional setting signing documents that were very important and because i signed the wrong date, we all had to resign the documents. Talk about a rookie move! Anyway, how was everyone’s weekend? I got to spend time with some of my NC blogger babes at the Kendra Scott Spring Launch party in Raleigh, then enjoyed good conversation and fellowship over lunch. Whenever we have a meet-up, I always leave feeling refreshed and more motivated than ever! This week, I am hoping to publish 5 (Yes, five) blog post for y’all.
Today, I am talking all about tips for clear winter skin, which is one of my most requested posts. After my last beauty finds post, I received so many emails and comments about updating my skincare routine with y’all as the seasons change. A few months ago, I had awful breakouts and started trying to research the best tips and tricks for clear skin which lead me into a deep hole of too many options and products to try. Instead, I started my own regimen and habits and am so happy to have had my skin clear up so nicely. So, here are my top tips for keeping your winter skin clear and bright with Zapzyt.
1 | Water For me, increasing my water consumption has been a difficult task during the winter when I only want warm drinks, but it has changed my skin overnight. Before, I could tell that my skin would look extremely dry, if I didn’t layer on moisturizer and face oil, by mid-afternoon. While drinking more water during this time, I have noticed that my skin doesn’t look dry or super tight and I tend to get less acne scarring when/if I have breakouts.
2 | Salicylic cleanser/wash For the longest time, I didn’t understand why salicylic acid was in most face washes/cleansers/masks. In case you didn’t know, salicylic acid degreases skin and unclogs pores helping to reduce gross pores and breakouts. I don’t know about you but I am someone who basically examines and digs into my pores whenever I see they are getting clogged, which is totally the opposite of what any of us should be doing. For one, our hands are dirty/covered in bacteria and we don’t want to add those germs to our face. Plus, we are opening our pores when washing our face and could be exposing them to more dirt if our hands aren’t clean. Cleansers with salicylic acid can also be used on other parts of your body if you experience any type of breakouts on your back or arms.
3 | Avoid greasy/friend foods Okay y’all, I cannot deny the fact that I love a good burger with fried mushrooms or CFA every once in a while (more like once a week, oops)! Since I have combination skin that weighs more on the oily side most of the time, you can probably imagine that if I have too much fried food and junk during the week, I can see the oil seeping out of my skin all day and I spend so much time bloating and dabbing it away. If you’re like me and can’t completely get rid of fried foods, try to increase your water consumption and take note of how your skin reacts after eating fried foods over a couple days. Whenever I do treat myself to fried foods, I always drink double the amount of water that I normal would. As you can imagine, that is A LOT of water but it helps with balancing out what I am consuming. Next month, I am planning to give up fried foods for a few weeks to see how my health/skin/energy improves.
4 | Spot treatment gel Y’all, I don’t know why I never thought about using spot solutions before the breakout came to surface. Even when you feel a breakout developing or if one just starts showing, you should use fast acting treatment gel or cream. I try to keep a small spot gel in my makeup bag at all times just in case I have a midday breakout and want it gone by dinner. Spot gels also have salicylic acid to help unclog pores and prevent your skin from becoming greasy, so they go go perfectly with your salicylic face wash/cleanser when trying to keep your pores free from dirt.
5 | Pore scrub I personally L O V E a good face scrub. What I recently learned was that using scrubs too often will create mini tears in your skin and could expose your pores to more dirt and oil. However, using scrubs sparingly will encourage exfoliation of dead skin cells and remove any leftover dirt or makeup. Your skin cells naturally shed and turn after about 28 days but using scrubs can help get rid of any dead skin cells that are still around and clogging your pores.
Well y’all, those are my top tips. Other major tips I have come across are to change your pillowcases often, skip days in between wearing makeup and eat more fruit. Do you have special tips for keeping your skin clear? I would love to know about them! Leave me a comment with your suggestions. I hope y’all have a lovely Taco Tuesday and a great week. Check back tomorrow for a new post 🙂 -xo, Azanique <3