August 22, 2017
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How I maintain my clear skin

tips for skincare

I've said it before and will say it again, I love my skin and take good care of it. I've never had any acne issues and don't particularly have problematic skin, but I do know that some part of that is attributed to my skin care habits, since when they lapse, and I'm human so from time to time they do, my skin shows it. 

Since I crossed the 3-0 mark in age a couple years ago, I've become that much more obsessed with taking care of my skin. I've been blessed with good genes (my parents both have great skin) but I still do what I can to fight off the aging process or at least delay the inevitable. So far so good.

I thought I'd share what I do to maintain my clear skin:

good skin tips

Drink tons of water
I drink a lot of water. In fact, apart from drinks on a weekend (and some afternoons, who are we kidding) I only drink water and rarely drink juice or soft drink (if Im wasting calories its gonna be for the good stuff). I find when I drink more water and less of everything else, my skin stays soft and clear. When I lapse on water intake, my skin is noticeably different.

Clean skin of makeup / Makeup-less days
I'm a bit of a weirdo in that as soon as I get home, I feel my makeup. Its like clothes, when I walk through the door, its gotta come off. I may not wash my face immediately but I do use wipes and makeup remover, and off it goes. Also, on days that I'm not working or don't have some event to go to, Im typically makeup free. It legit boggles my mind that people put on makeup to stay at home or run minor errands. I just don't get it. No judgment, ok maybe a little. 

Eat Clean
So I don't always eat clean, or I haven't always eaten clean rather but when I do, my skin is clearer. These days, Im trying to eat as clean as possible, as I desperately need to shed some weight in the coming months. Anyway, when I said bye bye to sugar, my skin not only became smoother, but it also lost a lot of the oiliness that was the only skin complaint I really had through the years. I know its unrealistic to never ever eat anything tasty but the truth is that maintaining a healthier diet has worked wonders for my skin.

Sleep
Full disclosure, I am a horrible sleeper. Im a self proclaimed night owl and just work better at nights so I stay up late a lot. I wouldn't have even put this on the list, but having just gotten off two weeks of vacation where I got more rest than usual, I can tell you that when my body is rested, my skin glows. 

Exercise
I recently started back exercising seriously. This is a no brainer - exercise is good for overall health, skin included.

Sunscreen
Just gonna say this, black people need sunscreen too, no matter what they tell you. I use it - mostly on the days where Im in the sun a lot - but I do use it. 

Find a skin care routine and stick to it
I'm a creature of habit, and for the most part, have an established skin care routine. Some products have changed over time, with a couple additions ( I will update my routine at some point) but its generally the same. I don't use a lot of products and I don't ever plan to. If I find a new product I love, I remove one that I'm currently using.

That's it, that's how I take care of my skin.

Am I anal about my skin? Is skin care important to you? Let me know what you do to maintain clear skin.

Have a great Tuesday guys!!

17 comments:

  1. Water is definitely key in my skin! Mine is fine, I really don't break out except sometimes hormonally, that time of the month. Water is probably the biggest reason for that, I've never had pop in my life.
    I wear makeup at home though :) Minimally. At least mascara because I look dead without it and I don't like being caught off guard if someone comes over or we have to go do something on the weekend.

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  2. I'm the same way about my makeup, for some reason when I get home all of a sudden I can feel it and it needs to be washed off! Your skin is flawless, keep up the amazing work <3
    Green Fashionista

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  3. i'm a total skin fanatic and dedicate so much time to making sure my skin is 100% healthy. i love this and i'm so glad that you take good care of your skin....your future self will thank you for it!

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  4. I can tell a difference in my skin right away when I drink less water or eat more crap. On the one hand it's so annoying, but on the other it's just more motivation to keep up those healthy habits! What aggravates me the most is hormonal acne, which I can do absolutely nothing about with any skin care routine or diet changes, UGH.

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  5. As I have gotten older, I too have become obsessed with skin care. You are so correct, drinking lots of water makes a huge difference. As soon as I get home from work, I too take my makeup off. Nothing like having a clean face.

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  6. I definitely agree that water and sleep are key!!! And your diet. I can always tell a difference when I am on top of that stuff compared to when I'm slacking!

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  7. Water!

    You added the GinZing eye cream? I have the scrub cleanser that I use sometimes now (use a charcoal bar the rest of the time).

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  8. Great routine! I am a big water fan too. I totally need to work on my sleep schedule though. My skin is generally good but I definitely noticed a difference if i don't as clean as I should.

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  9. Great tips! I practice all of these except for using sunscreen. I really should get it together and take it seriously.

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    1. I mostly use it on the really sunny and hot days but I do use it. I think its necessary.

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  10. Great tips. I think they are so true as well. I always feel better all around when I am being healthier. I love that your routine works for you. I sadly, do not have good skin genes.. so I do my best despite it! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  11. Skincare is so important, and I'm realizing that more and more as I get older! Makeup with SPF or applying sunscreen to my face regularly has worked wonders for me. Great suggestions!

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  12. Great tips, lady. thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. You do have amazing skin! I am always shocked when I hear people say that they dont take their makeup off at night. I am like wait, what??? My eyes start itching as soon as I get home and I can feel every little bit of it and cant wait to get it off!

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  14. this is fantastic girl. i definitely try and let my skin breathe and have many makeupless days - probably more than actually makeup days lol. and water water water, so important!

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  15. I agree on all accounts! Whenever I eat poorly, my skin shows it 48 hours later, it's terrible! I also live by the makeup-less days routine. I try to do one makeup-less day a week and do my best to wash my face as soon as I can at the end of a day!

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    1. Oh totally!! Eating poorly for a long period of time guarantees me a pimple. No joke.

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