For our second topic in the 2014 blogger challenge, we were given skincare. I loved our last topic of ‘Inspiration’ (for the new year) and have read some fabtastic blog posts. Keep em coming peeps.
I had thought I was a beauty addict before I started blogging, but my thirst for lovely things has increased exponentially since I caught the blogger bug. Knowing that there is no ‘imperfection’ that can’t be corrected is pretty addictive, and I now have products to combat problems I never knew I had before. This post however I will be discussing those skin issues that hit most of us when the clock strikes 30.
I never suffered terribly as a teen with spots. I had the odd spot, and an irritating blackhead issue on my nose, but compared to my peers I got of pretty lightly. Entering my 20’s, I thought the odd spot was just a hangover from my teens, and they would cease and desist with time. Now I’m in my 30’s, and am kind of accepting that spots will always be a skin issue to one degree or another. I get hormonal breakouts, and little pimple clusters when I am tired and run down. They are an issue for me right now, so I am on the acne defencive. There in lies the rub….so to speak. The beauty products I have been using thus far to try and combat my spotty cheeks (on my face – mind out of the gutter please), tend to be quite drying. This is not ideal once one has reached an age where we, like clockwork, start to worry about…..
Lines and wrinkles
When my 30th year was well and truly here, I began what can only be described as a staring contest with my mirror. Not a regular mirror, no, a magnifying mirror. 5X magnification to view and scrutinise every pore and every blemish, and of course start a metaphorical 24 hour guard against wrinkles. No way were they coming in on my watch. In the proverbial ‘fight against wrinkles’, I had in my arsenal every known moisturising product known to man. Of course it gets more complicated than that, but in essence I knew that my once neglected skin now had to be moisturised to within an inch of it’s life, to keep the nasty blighters at bay.
So, my current skincare routine involved taking all the moisture out with one set of products, and putting it all back in with another set of products. Sounds totally sane to me!
Rather than giving you a rundown of everything I do to combat acne and prevent wrinkles, this post is intended to be a lighthearted introduction to both topics. I know that in my teens and 20’s, I did not foresee me spending nights slathering on so much night cream I regularly slip off my satin pillow (better for preventing wrinkles), and the day slathering on a salicylic acid based product and covering it with lots of beige, for undercover spots. I promise you it’s not just me. Stars such as Cameron Diaz and Katy Perry still battle acne, and they are smokin! What wonders makeup can do.
In case I have you younger gals worried, the odd night on a sauce will not destroy your skin. Drink plenty of water (this is actually a good remedy to so many things, and I will do a dedicated post at a later date), get enough sleep (even if you occasionally fall asleep in your makeup, this will not do permanent skin damage) try to eat well (a balanced diet can still include chocolate). Don’t worry about spots or impending wrinkles – this is true for everyone of any age. It’s good to age gracefully, and love the skin you’re in, but it also doesn’t hurt to take care of yourself. I’m a big believer in healing from the inside out, so what you put inside your body really does make a difference. How you feed your body for great skin, hair and nails is as individual as you are, but there are tonnes of simple things you can do, eat and drink that will make a huge difference that you will actually be able to see in the mirror.
If you’ve any questions, comments or stories, please do share below. I love to hear what you guys have to say.