Never in all the years I’ve been blogging have I disappeared for two whole months! It definitely wasn’t planned, but things just kept snowballing. Thankfully, everything appears to be getting back to normal and I’m starting to feel amazing. 🦄✨
When It Rains… ⛈
Usually, blogging is what keeps my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground. Only this time I needed to be free for a little bit while dealing with some heavy emotional stress out of state. I had every intention of getting right back into it when I came back in June. However, upon arrival everything decided to start… misbehaving!
Now that the day has been saved and the dust has settled, I’m welcoming blogging back into my routine because it’s my favorite thing to do. Amidst the chaos, we even welcomed a new kitty into our household this summer!
Staycation = Glow Up
The best thing for me to do, of course, was to use this unintended staycation to my advantage and give my hair and skin a little TLC. You guys! My skin is freaking glowing! 💆
Before I spill the details on the specific products I’ve been using, let me just say that drinking a gallon of water a day has helped immensely. You heard that right: a gallon of water. Drink your water, your skin will love you for it. 💦
Skin For The Win
Amazon and MakeupAlley are my go-to places for honest reviews; I do a lot of research before I spend my hard-earned pennies on anything. The items I have been using are working for me as well as other beauties looking to improve their skincare routine.
Step 1: Cleanse
For cleansers, I reach for Lush’s Dark Angels scrub or Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. Dark Angels is amazing but if I use it too often if dries me out so I only use it once or twice a week. Cetaphil is my daily, basic, no-nonsense cleanser.
Step 2: Tone
Next, for toners I use Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner w/ Tea Tree Oil most days of the week. Pixi Beauty Skin Treats Glow Tonic has made a lot of Best in Beauty lists all over the Interwebz lately so I had to try it out. It’s an exfoliating toner that contains 5% Glycolic acid, and it promises to leave you glowing. It tingles a bit, but it really does leave me glowing. I tend to glow on my own these days so I only use this about once a week.
Step 3: Masks, Serums, Extras
Oh, I am so relieved to say acne isn’t much of a problem for me anymore. My skin responds best to sulfur-based acne products and I’ve been using the De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment as a 10-Minute Mask 3-4 times a week and it has completely cleared away my acne. I rinse with water, dry my face and I’m done.
For my constantly red cheeks (😒), Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Problem Skin mask helped a ton. Also, it smells like Play-doh! The mask is applied weekly and I keep it on for 20 or so minutes, rinse with water and pat dry.
The days that I don’t use any type of mask, I use TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C serum overnight. It’s definitely helping with the glow, my skin is so soft and supple in the morning!
Beauty Is Pain… Sometimes
A year or so ago I explained at-home dermaplaning to you. Dermaplaning at home is basically just shaving your face with a different type of razor for a very close shave. This is something I still do every week and I love it.
Microneedling (or dermarolling) is something new that I’ve recently picked up; it involves a rolling a bunch of needles over my face to intentionally poke holes. This is to trigger a healing response, so your brain will send collagen to the area to plump up your face. This also helps serums penetrate your skin better.
Of course I’m still experimenting with it and trying it out, I’m not yet comfortable with writing much about it yet so please do some research (here’s a link to the best in-depth dermarolling post I’ve found). I have experienced some fantastic results from it so far, however.
Here We Grow, Again 💇
This was bound to happen. With all of the coloring, and bleaching… I damaged my long hair so much I couldn’t take the texture anymore. The ends weren’t as silky as I liked so I chopped it all off back in May. My focus now is growth and getting it as healthy as I can.
I’m currently popping Hairfluence Vitamins and soaking it in coconut oil weekly.
We live, and we learn. Besides my hair and skin rehab, I’m focusing on growth in all areas of my life. Except physical growth… I’m back on my keto/low-carb diet and I’ve already lost [#] lbs 💪. I maintained a 50 lb loss and I’m ready to tackle some more. It feels so good to be typing on a computer again, lol! 😄