So, I suffered a skincare setback. This year was a stressful one. My grandmother passed away in the spring, my Dad had a kidney transplant and my full-time job and the blog have been really busy. All of this made for the perfect storm of stress and worry.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really been trying to calm down and take some “me time”. I haven’t been exercising as much as I normally do and I’ve been turning to my favourite comfort foods – Cheetos, donuts and Atomic Fireballs. I will never, ever cut out my cinnamony fireballs, YOU HEAR ME??? You’d have to pry the Sugar Mountain Bag out of my cold, dead hands. The rest – I admit – I can do without.
This new horrible diet coupled with stress is showing on my skin. Over the past month, I have suffered one of the worse breakouts I’ve had since I was 17 years old. Not cool. Every morning, I’d wake up with a new crop of zits, and my skin was oilier than ever. Something officially had to give.
Cleaning Up My Skincare Act
Now that my Dad is on the mend and getting stronger day by day, I’ve been feeling more motivated to take a little time for myself. I signed back up for boot camp and got back into my running routine. I also amped up my skincare regimen.
The first thing I did? Chucked the junk food. Second thing I did? Took a long hard look at my skincare routine.
My skin has been really greasy lately and it lost its glow. I reincorporated regularly exfoliation which immediately made a brightening difference.
I went back to basics too. I picked up my long-time favourite skin cleanser, SkinMedica Gel Cleanser, which I am now using morning and night. I stopped using serums as I was so tired at night that cutting out little skincare steps made sense in my fatigue-induced stupor.
Fatigue seemed to be the common denominator here, so I began going to bed earlier. I then made a promise to myself to get back into my good skincare habits and started using products that I knew would work for my skin.
Re-incorporating my favourite sheet face masks into my skincare routine was a no brainer. For Beloved One’s Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s key Bio-Cellulose Masks are really effective. What sets them apart from the cheap face masks that feel like sopping wet paper towel? They are thick, plant-based masks that feel like hardened gel. They adhere to your face better than those paper towel ones, therefore administering the high-quality ingredients more effectively to your skin.
These masks contain For Beloved One’s patented Lumiskin™ and Wonderlight™, which hinder the formation of dark spots. The masks also contain Matrixyl 3000™ which assists with collagen formation and elastin, leading to plump, bright and happy skin.
Sundays are my home spa days, and I’ve been indulging in these masks for the past three weeks. My skin is definitely calmer, brighter and clearer.
I started using For Beloved One’s Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Essence Serum. It promises to “reduce the look of dark spots and improve uneven skin tone”. In addition, it restores skin’s luminosity and suppleness.
I needed all of this. My skin was dull, rough and gross. Thanks to the onslaught of breakouts too, my skin had a some of scarring that I wanted cleared up.
Acne scarring is harder to get rid of on black skin. After using this serum for over a month, my skin certainly look brighter, and the dark spots seem to have faded more quickly than usual. It also feels much smoother and less greasy…thank God.
Over the summer, I started using a moisturizer that was doing nothing for my skin. It was fine for the first couple of weeks, then I noticed my skin getting really dull. Like I said, I was stressed out and it showed on my face, but this moisturizer felt oppressive, tacky and heavy. After the first terrible breakout, I lobbed that moisturizer into the trash.
For Beloved One’s Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Moisturizing Cream was a godsend. It was hot out which exacerbated my oily skin, but this moisturizer had a nice, matte finish. While matte, it still left a bit of a dewy glow which I loved. After a few weeks, my skin settled down too thanks to this consistent skincare regimen.
This moisturizer works best at night, delivering concentrated ingredients to skin that work wonders while you rest. Ceramide smoothes your skin’s outer layer. Squalane provides a supple, firmer appearance and red tourmaline works to increase circulation.
This cream also contains Vitamin E and oat kernel extract to repair damage from environmental aggressors (ex. pollution) and regenerates skin for a more flawless complexion.
A little over a month later, my skin looks a whole lot better. I’m still working to reduce dark spots, but they are definitely a whole lot less angry than they used to be. Being consistent with my skincare coupled with eating better and exercising more frequently is really working for me.
Have you tried any of For Beloved One’s products? Let me know how it worked for you!
*Press samples provided in exchange for my honest opinion.