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I wrote the above sentences yesterday. Today, I can feel a bit of congestion around my nose…
Don’t get me wrong, my skin is most definitely looking at its best these days. But I don’t want to leave you with the impression that all is perfect. Today I noticed the congestion around my nose, the other day I got a new cherry angioma 😦 That’s life.
To be honest, my whole body has been through a lot in the past two-three months, yet my skin not only remained clear of blemishes, but it became more luminous and brighter.
I don’t know if you would be able to relate to this, but my face has never been one uniform colour. The skin around my eyes and my neck are ivory with neutral to yellow undertones, but the rest of my face has always been a shade of pink due to post inflammation scars and a bit of sun damage. Imagine how difficult it has been to choose the best colour foundation. Do I get one that matches my face, or my neck? I won’t go into that right now. I started telling you about all this because I wanted to share that these days my whole face is the same colour- super calm ivory with neutral to yellow undertones. Also,
1. I’ve had no skin issues before or during my periods.
2. Often times taking new supplements give me a few breakouts, but not this time. I am taking interesting new supplements. I will write about them in a different post.
3. I tried and failed at the Keto diet which apart from depleting me from electrolytes it didn’t give me any skin rashes or pimples (Thank Goodness!)
So let me share with you the products responsible for my clear, brighter skin:
This is my Morning routine
The first product I use after I cleanse my skin is the Mizon AHA and BHA toner.
It is a lovely smelling toner which prepares my skin for the BHA and AHA products. When I first used this toner months ago, I didn’t think it did anything for my skin and had no plans to repurchase. But since then I’ve learnt that some products work on the skin without making a visible difference.
So how does this toner prepare my skin for the BHA and AHA products that follow?
Apparently for BHA and AHA to work properly they need the right pH. Some people cleanse their skin, then wait 20 min so that the skin gradually gets to the “right ” pH and only then they apply BHA or AHA products. But I learnt that I can achieve the right pH quicker by using the Mizon toner. So after I wash my face, I don’t wait around for 20min, I use the Mizon toner straight away and then I apply a BHA or AHA product. Currently I use Cosrx BHA and AHA products.
On most days I alternate between BHA and AHA products. But occasionally when I have more time, I use one after the other but I wait 20 min between the two applications.
20min after I have applied either the BHA or AHA product, I am ready to use The Body shop Anti-imperfections solution mixed with a couple of drops of Tea tree oil from The Body shop.
The Anti-imperfections solution has a serum-like consistency, it smells of Tea tree oil and it feels cooling and refreshing on the skin. But it leaves the skin sticky. To be honest, I didn’t even notice that it leaves the skin sticky till today, because I apply several more layers of skin care on top and the stickiness disappears.
The reason I mix it with a few drops of Tea tree oil from The Body shop is to make it more powerful for my super oily/acne prone skin. Please note that the Tea tree oil from The Body shop is diluted, it is not pure essential oil, therefore it is super gentle on the skin.
Both products are highly regarded by customers judging from the tons of positive reviews on The Body shop website. I am quite impressed with The Body shop these days, I have bought many products from the Tea tree range and several really good cleansers. I have not included cleansers in this post because I will be writing about them in a separate post later in the week.
This step of applying the Tea tree oil products is crucial for my clear skin. It has taken me a long time to figure out that BHA ( Salicylic acid) alone does not keep my skin clear. BHA unclogs the pores, but it doesn’t get rid of acne bacteria.
In my experience, Tea tree oil deals with the acne bacteria quite well especially when there is not too much of it. What do I mean?
When I had really bad acne ( lots of acne bacteria and clogged pores), neither Tea tree oil nor Salicylic acid worked for me….Now I think that the reason for that was not only the severity of my acne but also the fact that I did not use the two ingredients together.
Based on my experience, I think that my skin remains clear when internally I have my hormones balanced, when I have good digestion and healthy gut bacteria.
Externally, my skin remains clear when my pores are not clogged with oil, keratin or dirt and when acne bacteria is kept to a minimum.
In my experience, Tea tree oil and Salicylic acid on their own are not as effective as they are together. I know there are tons of people for whom only one or the other ingredient has “solved” their skin issues, sadly that is not the case with me. I need to use both ingredients.
The next step is the most fun. I apply super potent anti-aging products. I love the a.g.e. stop Switzerland products I use currently because they are improving my skin in several ways. In addition to moisturizing, nourishing, brightening, soothing and smoothing existing wrinkles they stimulate collagen production and improve the elasticity of my skin. I am very interested in all things that stimulate collagen production because I have acne scars which are in essence indentations due to destroyed collagen. If you haven’t read my reviews on a.g.e.stop Switzerland products you really should.
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Till next time, Milu