I have terrible skin (ok, slight exaggeration; I have meh, ok skin) and I’ve only recently started paying attention to skin care. I’ve always dealt with the monthly smattering of pimples thinking they would go away if left alone. It never bothered me until last month when I noticed that some of them seem to be permanent fixtures on my face (chin and forehead pimples). And did you guys know that there are several kinds of acne? Mine look like nodular pimples; I would need to see a dermatologist to make sure (and I’ll get around to doing that soon!). My whiteheads also give me grief and I find myself reaching for my mirror way too much just to check on them.
No Photoshop, with flash. Pimples!
Lately, I’ve noticed a slight improvement on my skin and no, it’s not because of Olay lol (I’ve also ditched using Garnier Light Complete because it gives me little bumps on my chin area) or acne pills. I don’t think any over-the-counter skin product out there works for me so I’ve decided to stop wasting my money and go natural (there are exceptions, of course).
What I’ve been doing:
1) Oil cleansing method once or twice a week. The OCM is safe to do everyday but I get lazy so I do it once or twice a week, depending on how oily my face is when I wake up. It is important to wash your face with soap after, not just wipe it off with the hot towel. Any traces of oil left will cause pimples!
2) Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque once a week. It supposedly dries pimples fast but eh, I don’t know. I just like the minty feeling though it stings a little at first.
3) Honey mask once or twice a week. I use unfiltered wild raw honey which is BAD (because it might contain bee hair etc that might cause allergic reactions) so when I’m done with the what I have, I’ll be looking for filtered raw honey. I just apply and leave it on for fifteen minutes and my skin instantly feels softer after.
4) Exfoliate every other day with baking soda. I think this is what’s been giving me somewhat radiant (lulz) skin. I just love the effect on my skin! It feels smoother and rosy and glowy and brighter. My makeup goes on smoothly, too! I used to exfoliate using St Ives Apricot Scrub which didn’t really do much for me (it feels super good, though) and I never exfoliated religiously.
I’ve also started using sunscreen on my face! Better late than never.
My skin is faaaar from clear and this is a misleading photo but I like it cos my skin looks pretty without Photoshop. Of course, my 50mm lens and the lighting helped a lot lol. I’m hoping I’ll have time to schedule a visit to a dermatologist and get a facial and that long due diamond peel. I want to be absolutely pimple-free!