As the big 3.0 looms ever closer, so too does the deadline for my 30before30 list, and if you’ve been following my journey you’ll know that at number 21 was to take better care of my skin.
Now the truth is, I’ve been quite lucky in my life in the fact that I’ve never had bad skin, aside from the obvious acne ridden teen years. And admittedly I do get the occasional emotional red bump appearing during those special times of the month, but my skin is as ‘normal’ as you can get.
So, when I really got thinking about what taking care of my skin meant to me, it wasn’t about removing any nasties or trying to blast-away the blackheads, it was more a holistic approach that I felt was needed.
I wanted to focus on what I was eating because as we know this also has an impact on our skin, and I wanted to get a little more confident in going makeup-free more often. I don’t know why but I just felt that for so long I was caking my face in too much makeup and I just wanted to let it ‘breath’ if that’s even a thing.
There was also a reason I wanted to really drill-drown my skincare before I was thirty. As in my head, it feels like a really important time to create a routine that will ensure my skin will still be looking fabulous well into old age. I’ve got my fingers crossed on having that natural beauty where people still question my age – hey a girl can live in hope!
So, the big question – how’s it going?
Well, so far this year I’ve only gone to bed once with my makeup still on my face. Tut tut. But I will excuse myself for this as I may have had a few too many tipples during a supper club, which is very unlike me.
But ignoring that little blip, my entire approach to my skin care has been significantly better.
- For two days a week, I go makeup-free; more if I have a day at home during the week.
- I use natural or organic products as much as possible.
- I stopped using baby wipes and swapped to muslin cloths and flannels.
- I drink my recommended daily amount of water, plus herbal teas.
- I eat mainly a vegetarian diet now, with only two meat meals per week.
- I drink very responsibly. (Not counting that night at supper club!)
- I use SPF50 on my face and SPF30 on my body, no matter the temperature.
- I cleanse, tone and moisturise every night.
- I face masque once a week.
- I only use natural products or brands that use natural products.
- I get outside every day.
For me personally, some of the smallest changes have made the biggest impact. Such as taking more walks in the great outdoors, eating less meat, and drinking all the H20 I can get.
These are all the choices that I have been conscious of making, and I haven’t done too much research because I simply wanted to find things that made me feel good about my skin, rather than being dictated to by a beauty editor or by the facialists in Boots desperate to get their commision.
When the world is dominated by so much information and so many people telling you ‘what’s good’, I think it’s important to step back and find things that feel good for you. We all have different lifestyles, varying skin types and a mix of beliefs. There have been some brands that I just haven’t got on with, and others that I couldn’t live without. But you have to find routines, products, and habits that you can keep up with. And that’s exactly what this little mission has been about. I didn’t want any overcomplicated routine that I wouldn’t keep up with, and I didn’t want a quick fix.
At the moment, I’m feeling positive about my skin and how it feels and looks. I’ve been playing with a mixture of products, but currently enjoy using the brand Rio Rosa Mosqueta, as they’re vegan, use many natural oils that work well with my skin type. My eyes seem brighter, my complexion appears to be glowing and it even feels smoother.
I know that like anything my routine will have to adapt and change as I get older, but I’m pleased that I’ve learned to find my way with things. Educating myself on natural products, food and finding habits that work for me.
What are you learning about your skin as you age? Share your thoughts and feeling below.