I am not overly great at keeping to a skincare routine however, my skin is currently in a good place so I don’t need to do too much to ensure it stays healthy.
As a teenager, I didn’t have bad skin, I would get the odd spot or two when it was that time of the month and other than that, my skin was in good condition. When I was 19 I moved interstate and my skin broke out like wildfire all over my back, chest and around my chin area. Naturally, I went to the Doctor and was told a different thing each time like it’s an allergy, have some antihistamines, its the pill, lets change that. It’s a rash, I’ll give you some cream. You can see where this is going and there was no end in sight.
When the Doctor’s kept giving me different reasons for the acne I felt like a crash test dummy when it came to acne. I started to look into the root cause of my acne and I also discovered acne maps. The maps really helped me find the internal cause for my acne and all the areas of my skin that had acne, were linked to my digestive tract. This made so much sense to me because I had a lot of digestive issues which I thought was due to the bread I was eating and some other carbs like pasta. I started drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) every morning and this did help my digestive issues along with my skin.
About 12 months after discovering acne maps, I read somewhere about a woman telling Woody Harrelson to stop eating dairy and it will clear up his acne. He stopped consuming dairy products and in a matter of days, his acne started to disappear. I started researching about the impact of dairy on our bodies and found numerous articles linking dairy and acne. I cut down the use of dairy at home when cooking and only consumed it when eating out. After a year of not consuming dairy at home, each time I consumed dairy, my skin would breakout and be horrible for the week following.
This year, I have cut out dairy all together and I wholeheartedly believe that diet is imperative to healthy and glowing skin, along with hydration and drinking ACV every day. No product I have ever used, has cleared up my skin the way changing my diet has however, there are a few products that I love to use that aide in keeping my skin clean and healthy. I don’t believe that there is any product out there that can mask the impact of an unhealthy diet.
I now consume a diet free of all animal products, filled with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. I have also eradicated oil from my diet as I found I would have breakouts around my chin area when I consumed oil.
I have quite dry skin, especially in the cooler months and these are the products that I use to keep my skin clean, hydrated and healthy in conjunction with a clean diet.
Endota Spa Organics, Moisture Restore Cleansing Milk ($42) – I have found that a lot of cleansers strip the natural oils from my skin and leave it feeling super dry and flaky. This cleanser however, leaves my skin full of moisture and doesn’t dry it out in any way. I use this day and night (when I remember).
Endota Spa Organics, Triple Action Exfoliating Cream ($45) – I never really knew that you were meant to exfoliate your skin until I went into Endota one day and the lady at the counter asked me if I ever exfoliate. I cannot describe the look on her face when I told her I never have. She was shocked. She had one look at my skin, handed me this exfoliator and to be honest, I have never looked back. I use this between one to four times per week depending on how clogged my skin is. If for example, I wear makeup every day that week, I will need to exfoliate more than normal. I know it seems redundant exfoliating more when I have dry skin however I spoke with my facialist and she recommended this based on my skin.
Endota Spa Organics, Rosehip Oil ($35) – I use this one at night because I feel there is more time overnight for my skin to soak in the moisture from it. When I use this, I wake up in the morning with hydrated and supple skin. I love it.
Endota Spa Organics, Advanced Eye Contour Cream ($50) – This cream seems like a bit of a fad considering I am only 24, however I figured that the earlier I get onto preventing ageing, the longer I will keep my younger skin. Well, that’s what I am hoping for.
Kora Organics, Hydrating Face Mask ($45) – This mask is my favourite product of all time and I have been using it for over four years. As I said before, my skin gets quite dry especially during the cooler months so this has been a lifesaver when it comes to keeping my skin hydrated. I use it once a week during summer, then during winter I use it up to three times per week if needed. One of my favourite Sunday rituals is having a shower, getting into my robe, making a fresh juice or smoothie and covering my face with this mask. I then watch Netflix and let the mask work it’s magic!
Kora Organics, Hydrating Day & Night Cream ($60) – This is my morning moisturiser which I also use underneath my makeup. I have been using this for quite a few years as well and simply put, it is a super hydrating moisturiser that does what it is meant to do. I won’t be changing from this product any time soon.
Bragg, Apple Cider Vinegar ($8) – ACV has helped clear my skin in so many ways. I drink one table spoon diluted in 600ml of water each morning and if I have a breakout, I will put some on a cotton ball and pat it onto my skin. Honestly, this works wonders for my skin and it seems to be more common now to use ACV for skin related issues as well as internal ones.
So there you have it, all of the products I use in conjunction with a clean diet to maintain fresh and clear skin.