- The Body Shop, Vitamin C, Cleansing Polish
- Neal’s Yard Remedies, Micellar Cleanser
- Pixi! Glow Tonic if at home or The Ordinary, Lactic Acid
- Ecologue Bamboo Face Pads
- The Body Shop, Vitamin C Moisturiser
- Neal’s Yard Remedies, Rosehip Oil
On the rare days I wear makeup I use the Vit C Daily Glow (by foaming it up, rather than massaging with the scrubby bits). I only use the Pixi Glycolic or The Ordinary Lactic Acids every other day. I use the micellar cleanser, moisturiser and oil everyday. Read previous weeks routine and diary
Did full skincare routine. Forgot oil before bed last night but still looking quite radiant this morning.
Samosa for dinner and big bowl of Daal (lentil curry) and oat cakes for tea.
Used The Ordinary Lactic Acid, moisturiser and lots of oil today.
I woke up feeling so thirsty and wanted hydrating foods so Saag Aloo (spinach and potato) with rice for lunch and aubergine curry for tea (and a random samosa for super).
When I woke up my skin felt and looked like I didn’t need to do any skincare at all! Still did my routine though. My lips are really smooth and nourished as well (I think it’s the oil).
Had four beers but hydrated before and after drinking.
My skin was dry, so more inside and outside hydration was needed.
Had a salad for dinner with shredded carrot and beetroot, cucumber, ice berg lettuce and seeds and cashew nuts, had mushroom Satay for tea.
My skin felt quite grainy and looking quite matte so I applied Pixi Glow Tonic, left it on for 15 minutes, rinsed it off with a wet face pad and then moisturised. Much better!
Having a drink again tonight so I’ve eaten a big salad and replaced my coffee with a nut milk protein smoothie instead. Left my Rosehip oil by the bed to remind me to use it.
Considering I ate a huge bread crumb coated veggie burger with spicy curly fries (certainly not wheat free) I’m impressed with how I look just after waking up today. A bit pink, rather than red, my skin isn’t really dry and I don’t have loads of water retention at the side of my nose, chin or eye bags, like I normally would after drinking and having wheat. Draining massage everyday when applying skincare really does work!
Here I am (with no product on my skin) in the one bit of week sunshine we had that day, before it disappeared behind clouds again. My skin would have needed a filter to look anywhere near this smooth and radiant a month before!
The Conclusion of my Month Long Challenge
It feels great to just be able to casually take a no-makeup selfie, without reaching for the foundation and even then, deleting so many rubbish shots. I also leave the house bare faced now and with confidence because I know people won’t be staring at my puffy, blotchy face anymore but wondering instead how I look so glowy, when it’s not even sunny!
What I’ve Learned
- Oil can balance oily skin as long as you find the right oil for your skin and use it at the right time of day/night
- What you put inside of your body has a huge effect on the outside, it might just take several days or weeks to notice, which can be confusing so keep a diary.
- Before you touch your face for any reason make sure you wash your hands first. I always forget this when applying makeup, usually because I’m in a hurry or being spontaneous.
- Yes, you should cleanse your skin in the evening but don’t beat yourself up if you forget now and then.
- Get used to you! Your face maybe having a bad day but that’s life and you’re still you behind it. After all, it’s your personality that’s he point!
- All of this facial massage and staying hydrated and getting enough sleep advice actually does work, if you stick with it.
The Realistic Road to Success
If you don’t have, or are already on top of a medical/allergy related skincare concern (for me it was spots, oil and a huge amount of redness in the past), then yes, it is possible to get naturally healthier looking and skin in a month! It does take patience to find the right skincare routine and diet for you and the tenacity to stick to it though.
Do you think my experiment over the past month might help you?