You know those New Years Resolutions that you seem to make every year, yet somehow they never make it on the to-do list? Me too. Working on improving my skin has been a reoccurring goal for me – yet I’ve never attempted it with any sort of plan or focus.
But today, that’s all gonna change. Today, I’m ready.
That’s right: My skin is a dehydrated, picked over, oily/dry combo of a mess – and with all due respect to myself – I’m ready to do something about it!
In fairness to myself, my skin is not the worst it’s ever been. In my teenage days I had acne that absolutely ravaged my face. Although that has subsided, I still get blemishes and breakouts on my face, neck, and shoulders.
I get comments all the time on social media about how my skin is perfect – trust me, it’s not! Makeup, contour, and natural lighting go a long ways. But we all know it’s what’s underneath that really matters, and I’m ready for truly healthy skin. Not skin that just looks healthy. And true to my values, I will be basing this mostly on healing my skin with nutrients that work from the inside out – with a few fun exceptions.
Today begins the #betterskin challenge, and here’s how it’s mapped out: each week I am going to introduce two new strategies to help improve my skin. I’ll tell you what they are, and later update you on how they worked. I’m going to build upon the two I start this week by adding two more next week, etc etc, until we get to the end of 4 weeks.
So here’s my starting point. I have blemishes, blotchy tone, and puffy eyelids. It’s hard to tell, but my skin is also extremely dry – especially this time of year and on towards winter.
Week 1 Strategies:
Drink more water. Yes, I dragged you all the way through this post to tell you I’m going to implement the most boring strategy ever. Sorry! But the importance of healthy skin and water cannot be undervalued. I’m also horrible (yes, even as a wellness professional) at staying on top of my water intake.
I downloaded an app called “Daily Water” to help me out with this. I love having a visual cue as a reminder of where I’m at for water intake, and this app also allows you to set reminders. I did cruise other apps, but some counted drinking beverages such as coffee towards your daily water intake (ummmm, I wish). Just know that there are options, but this one is free, simple, and I’m going to use it.
Secondly, when it comes to skin it is really important to keep your stress levels under control. Cortisol is a powerful hormone, and it effects other hormones, and this can lead to serious breakouts. So I’ve decided to add a new supplement to my regime, which is Himalaya Stress Care. The main ingredient is ashwagandha, but there are other stress supportive ingredients in the formula as well. I’ll be taking a daily dose to help me regulate cortisol levels and keep breakouts under control.
I’ll be updating on this series every Friday, so meet me here next Friday for the week 2 post and updates on how week 1 went!
#betterskin , here I come!