Late last week I went in to see the lovely team at The Cosmetic Clinic in Hornby - we had a catch up and they offered to gift me some amazing treatments which included microdermabrasion. Following these treatments I couldn't wear makeup for at least 24hours, but I had to try avoid it for most of the weekend. This wasn't really a problem for me until Saturday night rolled around and I was invited out with some of my friends. When I went to apply foundation, my skin was not prepared to let me do my thing. I was peeling like crazy and the more I tried to hide it, the worse it got so I removed everything and sat there thinking "Well I can't go out without any makeup so I'm not going at all".
I'm not overly self conscious when going makeup free, I embrace it as much as I can but I think the thing that got to me was, all the other girls would be wearing makeup and I wasn't - that's what made me question whether I should go or not. Some of you reading this may be thinking "that's such a silly reason" but remember, I have NEVER gone 'out out' without makeup. Ever! It was never a thought that crossed my mind. As I was chatting to my friend and telling her my first world problems, she simply said you don't need makeup! Then it hit me - I am always telling others to be comfortable in their own skin so I should take my own advice.
I have to say, I am extremely proud of myself. I went out on Saturday night without makeup and I felt great about it. Not to mention, I didn't have to worry about touching up every 30 minutes or wonder if my inner fake lashes had come off. In a very weird way, it felt amazing being able to touch my face without having to worry about moving my makeup. I felt free.
All it took was one time of going "out out" makeup free and I feel like I have a new outlook on life. Okay, that's a bit dramatic but it's incredible how much more comfortable I feel in my own skin.
I will admit, my skin has been pretty good lately, so not having pimples to cover/hide did help boost my decision making but as I'm writing this, I'm thinking why?! Why if we have pimples or blemishes or scars, we hide them? We are all human and we all have experienced uneven skin tone, texture, pimples, blemishes, and all that nasty stuff at some point in our life. Most girls suffer with this every month (at least I do), so although my skin is good for now. Give it a few days and things will be very different.
Over the past few months I have worked with a couple of skin companies to educate myself more on "inner health". It's crazy how your diet, exercise and drinking can impact your skin. I used to suffer with endless pimples at the start of most weeks because I was drinking 'heavy' on the weekends and sometimes that led to me being too tired to take my makeup off at the end of the night. I used to get so frustrated at myself but by the time Friday rolled around, my skin had pretty much cleared up so I did it all over again and again and again. This not only caused short term damage to my skin, but overtime I noticed I got more black heads and congestion.
Over the most few months I've started eating a lot more healthy, and tried to maintain my drinking. We've been going alcohol free during the week and limiting ourselves to big Saturday nights. Meal planning was never something I thought was worth it, it seemed like a lot of time and effort and my laziness definitely took control. However; that has all changed. Although I don't meal prep all the time, I make sure I have healthy snacks at home so I'm not tempted to have a packet of chips because it's simply quick and easy.
I've lost 3kg so far purely from eating healthy which is an added bonus because I started this journey mainly for my inner health and not my appearance. I am a sucker for eggs and seafood so I have been having a lot of this lately! My go to meal is mixed seafood with tinned tomatoes (kind of like a seafood pasta but without the pasta). I've cut out chips, chocolates and lollies and I'm cautious of drinking RTD's, Ciders and Pinot Gris. The first couple of weeks were hard, and I was tempted every single day. But once you start noticing small changes, you are automatically encouraged to keep on going and it does get easier. I've not only noticed a difference in my energy levels but also my skin.
Exercise is another important aspect to becoming a healthier you on the inside and out. If you know me, you know I hate exercise. When my friends suggest going for a walk or hike over the weekend, I will find away to get out of it. I don't like spending my spare time exercising, it's just not me. However; in saying that I make sure I get to the gym at least three times a week for a 30 minute workout. Getting that blood flowing is a great feeling and I've never felt worse after a workout, it always puts me in a good mood. Always! Make sure to cleanse your skin afterwards especially if you're going to be wearing makeup.
Of course you can do all of this but if you don't have a good skincare routine, you may not notice much of a difference. Cleansing twice a day is essential to clear out any impurities and depending on your cleanser, over time this may help your skins appearance. Serums and moisturisers are my holy grails. Applied after your cleanser, this will help hydrate your skin and there are many serums that target different problem areas. You can check out my skincare routine here: https://nikitahhx.com/blogs/news/my-skincare-routine
If you're wanting a little something extra to help your skin, I love Primrose and Fish Oil Tablets. These also help hair and nail growth so taking these when you can, may help make a good difference.
Sounds like a lot right?! But incorporating this into your lifestyle as oppose to trialling it for a few months will actually be surprisingly easy. Just like you brush your teeth every morning and evening, spend some time concentrating on your inner health and slowly introduce new things. Most importantly, if you have blackheads, pimples, acne, scars, redness, uneven skin tone - know that you are human! Be confident in your own skin, and if you aren't happy with something, try changing it instead of covering it up.