Today I am going to talk about something I am really sensitive about and feel is really important, my skin!
This is my face now bare. No makeup, no photoshop.
I´ve had problems with my skin and with eczema since I was a small child. I have really dry and sensitive skin and that includes my face but of course I have had problems with zits and blackheads in my face like everyone else.I´ve been teased horribly because of my skin, both as a child in school and as an adult. And frankly, I hate it! I´ve hated my skin for years! It made me feel like a someone with leprosy and I was constantly thinking about it and what people said about me and I thought that I tried everything to get it better. Unfortunately it seems that my son Mattis has inherited my bad, dry skin with eczema, something I really hoped he would not have to go through. So I hope I can help him as well.
I started to follow a strict routine, every single day, and I found that it really helped. I want to share some of the tips and products that really helped me.
Some of the tips is just common sense that many of you will think is very obvious and you probably already knew. But I wished someone had told me about some of the things when I was younger because I have made a lot of mistakes with my skin and could have really needed to hear them and follow them diligently.
I don't think that there is one miracle cream that will miraculously fix your skin, that many brand of skin creme advertise in their commercials but I will be telling you about some of the products I think is great and use on a daily basis in the next part of this blogpost (this is my own opinion and I don't get anything to talk about this).
Also if you, like me, have eczema you need to go to a doctor who can look at it and give you the right care. I´ve been to many doctors and have cortisone-cream prescribes for my eczema, which is something I have to use on my break outs. But there is also some natural option that soften and moisturizes the skin, like olive oil (also see part two)
So, 10 things I changed in my life that really helped with my skin.
1. I quit smoking
Oh so obvious! Everyone know that smoking is bad for your body and it is SO bad for your skin. If you what your skin to dry out, age faster and give you premature wrinkles, go ahead and smoke away. And of course it is also bad for your lungs, heart and everything else in your body.
I actually quit smoking before I got pregnant and I am so grateful that I did. I recently had a good friend that passed away of heart problems, because of his smoking.
So, if you want good skin, you can't get it if you smoke.
2. I got pregnant
Sorry all you men out there but I can't deny that my skin got a lot better when I got pregnant. It was like a epiphany and I was really surprised. Prengnancy-hormones is really a wonderful thing and many women find that there skin and hair approve when they are pregnant and breastfeeds.
But it also means that when the hormones disappears it can get worse again. My skin approves a lot when I was pregnant and has, so far, staid quite good afterwards.
3. I found out my REAL skin type and the real products for that skin type
This is something I really wished that someone would have helped me with as a teenager. Then I thought that I got zits and blackheads because I had an oily skin type in my face and used products for that skin type. And most of us don´t really know what kind of skin type we really have and therefor use the wrong types of products. So it is a good idea to go to a professional, most of them can give a free consultation, and find out which skin type we have.
4. I changed my diet
What you put into your body will affect you skin and when changed my diet I notice a approvement. Keep away from processed food, like sausages, fast-food and to much meat and eat vegetables and fish that are rich in omega 3. Also cut down on the sugar! I started to make my own bread and müsli so I know whats in it and not so much sugar.
To get my daily intake of vegetable I drink Kimberly Snyders, who is gorgeous by the way, glowing green smoothie, after reeding about it in Dita von Teeses book "Your beauty mark". She drinks it every morning and I thought "I wanna try that" so I bought Snyders book. It is really a great way to get more vegetable in your diet and it really taste really good.
5. I dink a lot of water (and green tea)
I drink a ton of water everyday and its very important. It helps hydrating your skin from within and it also helps with oxygen and blood flow to the skin.
I also drink a lot of green tea, both cold and hot, which contains antioxidants and is very beneficial for the skin. The antioxidants in green tea may also help with the aging of the skin.
6. I started working out
This is also obviously good for your body but also for your skin. Working out unleashes endorphines and makes you happy and also gives your skin a great glow. It also improves your circulation and oxygen capacity, which improves complexion.
It was hard for me to get back to the gym after having my son and the doctor said that i couldn't work out for three months (!!!) after the birth. It was so frustrating to only be able to do a little bit of. exercises and walking. But now I go to the gym two times a week and yoga.
Yoga is great for the body. It helped with your breathing, relaxes the body but also strengthen it and makes it more flexible.
6. I try to get more sleep
This have been a real challenge with a little baby. I have hardly got three hours of sleep every night with all the nighttime feedings and changing. But now when Mattis is four months and have got into a more regular sleep pattern it has gotten easier. He wakes up only once in the middle of the night and then early in the morning and Jakob and I split the feedings so we both get at least seven hours of sleep. Then when Mattis sleeps during the day I sometimes try to sleep as well, but often I'm to occupied with all the other stuff, like laundry, to have the time to sleep. But I try.
7. I stick to a beauty-routine
If you want good skin it is really important to be consistent, something I have been really bad at. I find it really hard to find time sometimes to do this everyday. But it is good to have a good beauty-routine and use the same products every day.
I actually wrote all the different steps in my beauty routine down and which products I am going to use. And this routine I try to do every day. If you are consistent you will se changes in your skin.
I will go through my routine and the products I use in the next part of this blog post.
8. I never go to bed without taking my make up off and washing my face
NEVER go to bed with makeup on! It will give you clogged up pores and give you more breakouts and unpure skin. It will also dry out your skin because you won't let your skin breath during the night.
It is during the night repairs itself and with makeup on it won't be able to do that, which can lead to irritation, sensitive skin, rash and even infection of the skin. Also it will make the skin appear more dull, appear older and give you more wrinkles.
9. I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
This is something everyone need to do every day, with any skin type. There is some misconception that if you have oily skin type you don't need to moisturize because you have oily skin (I had to convince this to my boyfriend who thought this) and that will just cause breakouts but actually all skin need moisture. Dryness will actually make your breakouts worse. For me moisturizer is of course essential because my skin is dryer that the desert. I moisturize like ten times a day and even more in the winter.
10. I wear sun-protection, every dag
The sun is vital for our vitamin D intake, which is good for us to feel happy and healthy but the sun is also dangerous. You actually you only need to be in the sun for 15 minutes to get your daily vitamin d intake. To much sun-exposure can cause som irreversible damage like dryness, discoloration, premature aging and winkles and even cancer (as we all know). Sunscreen is not only for when we go to the beach and we actually need to apply it hours before we go out in the sun.
I wear it everyday, even in the winter (and I live in Sweden)! When i tell people this, they think I am silly and ask me "Why, you don't need sunscreen everyday?". But you can get skin-damage even when its cloudy. Sun-protections does not only mean sunscreen. I also wear sunglasses, hats, clothing and parasols.
After changing these 10 things, which is not really that big of a change and very hard, I started to see a change in the quality in my skin. I think that the most important thing is to stick with it and be consistent.
Hopefully these tips was useful for you and help you to get better, natural and beautiful skin. I know how hard it can be and how unhappy you can feel in your own skin when you have break outs or like me a lot of eczema.
In the next part of this blog post I will go through my (new) routine and my favorite products that I use on a daily basis. So look out for the next post!