I enjoy getting dolled up for a special occasion as much as the next person, but most days I tend to let my face be nude. Ya know, au naturale? I just value those extra few minutes in bed more than I value getting all put together. I nanny part time and I just don’t think my toddler and preschool boys care much one way or the other what I look like as long as I’m willing to draw them dinosaurs and blow some bubbles.
I used to be so self-conscious about my face, and just my skin in general. I never had bad acne, but I would sometimes get stress pimples right in the middle of my nose. I also had dry, peeling skin while having greasy hair and it was difficult for me to figure out my skin type. My complexion has always been splotchy and red and my thyroid condition just made it worse. When I was in high school and then later at OU for my undergraduate degree, during my most self-conscious times, I wore a full face of makeup every day. I was hiding.
I’ll spare you the pictures. You’re going to have to just trust me.
As I’ve grown up, I’ve cared less about physical appearances, but I’ve also learned how to care for my skin. With that being said, I have gathered for the steps I have taken to clear up my skin and feel flawless bearing my naked face to the world.
1. GO VEGAN
Did you think I was going to write a whole post without mentioning the “V word”?
Seriously though, veganism means cutting out animal products such as dairy and meat, which are known to carry hormones and bacteria that contribute to acne. When a person cuts animal products from their diet, they also tend to eat more fruits and veggies than they had previously. Those foods are packed with nutrients that make your body glow from the inside out. It’s all about the vitamins and minerals when it comes to radiant skin. Lastly, because veganism is about more than just avoiding animal products in our food and it also extends to what we put on our bodies, going vegan means more natural skin care products, hygiene items, and makeup. Items marketed towards vegans do not have animal products in them, nor are they typically filled with harmful chemicals that irritate the skin and cause breakouts.
- 1/3 cup ground coffee
- 1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil (solid at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder*
*this ingredient is totally optional, but recommended because it smells so good!
Step one: mix all ingredients together
There’s only one step here. Easy peasy.
I exfoliate my face 3-4 times per week (about every other day) and I exfoliate my entire body 1 time each week. My skin thanks me. You simply run warm water over your skin to open up your pores and then use this scrub to gently remove any dry skin and dirt that has built up. Rinse away and then turn the water down cooler to close the pores back up.
3. CLEAN DAILY
This is so important. I used to be so bad about wearing makeup and not taking it off before I went to sleep, but that is the biggest skin sin you can commit! Our skin is happiest when it is clean, so let’s do the best we can to keep it happy.Here are my tried and true favorites:
BONUS: TREAT YOURSELF TO A FACE MASK
I do this every once in a while just as a little treat to myself. Because I work from home, this is often part of my work day routine and it somehow makes work so relaxing.