skincare tips I swear by

My skin has pretty much always been something I’ve struggled with, so I’m always super determined to find exactly what my skin needs to be bright + healthy. Somehow, by the grace of God, I think I’ve finally stumbled upon the combination of lifestyle changes + habits that my skin needs. Of course, skincare is never one size fits all, but I wanted to share these hacks that I’ve come to swear by in hopes that it might be the pick-me-up you need to get the glowy skin you want!

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Do your skincare routine twice daily. This is probably going to be the most Captain Obvious thing I’ll say in this post, but it is seriously so important to keep up with your skincare routine in both the morning and in the evening. Dirt and oils can accumulate more than we realize and truly impact breakouts and the texture of our skin. Also, did you know that it’s been scientifically proven that not washing your face will age your skin more quickly? So, wash your face, chica.

Micellar water after you workout. I cleansed my face one morning directly before my workout, and when I got home I figured I would use my micellar water to wipe off some of the grime and y’all, I was seriously floored at how quickly dirt had built back up on my skin.

I had a cotton pad that turned out even worse than this one just the other day. My point being, the proof is in the pudding and the proof is disgusting. I recommend micellar water because it’s designed with micelles (tiny bunches of molecules) trap dirt and it’s easier than redoing your whole skincare routine. I, of course, swear by Arbonne’s micellar water, but any you can get your hands on will do, I’m sure.

Supplement with collagen/collagen builders. This depends on your preference – I still really like Vital Proteins if you’re going for a collagen peptide supplement, but for the past year I’ve been using Arbonne’s skin elixir that uses sea buckthorn powder, pine bark extract, and vitamin C provide antioxidant protection and support my body’s own collagen production, along with hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture and biotin to support healthy skin, hair, and nails. I’ve read articles here and there from dietitians that say that collagen peptides are supposedly “ineffective,” but I have yet to find the research that backs that up, so that’s why I’m still of the opinion to do what works best for you!

Prioritize gut health. You can pretty much tell how good or bad your gut health is from what your skin is doing (also known as the gut-brain-skin axis). I do this by supplementing with pre/probiotics to keep everything balances and by avoiding gluten because I’ve come to see the correlation between my breakouts + gluten consumption. Eating a cleaner diet in general will help, but I used the EverlyWell food sensitivity test to figure out what foods might be triggering inflammatory reactions.

Remove makeup before cleansing. If you really want to make sure you get all your makeup off, I recommend keeping makeup removal and cleansing as separate steps in your skincare routine! I use the Makeup Eraser to get off stubborn makeup and it works like a fricken charm. It keeps me from wasting cleanser by having to wash multiple times.

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