My Skin Journey #3: New Year, New Progress

Wow, time sure flies when you’re…doing stuff. I’ve very heavily neglected this blog and thought jee wiz, I haven’t posted in so long I should show it a little TLC, no? Things have just been go, go, go in my personal/work life lately I forget to take a minute to chill and do something for fun. So here I am, first post of 2019 to update ya’ll on what my skin has been up to for the past 4-5 months.

I’ve been pretty lazy about keeping up to date with my skin progression these days—I haven’t been consistently updating on Instagram like I had been last year. Anyway, I wanted to share where I’m at and what I’ve been doing. So let’s jump into it shall we?

Winter, current skincare routine, and visual update:

I haven’t changed up what I’ve been using too much, but I did begin trying out a new product and also started incorporating more of a regular item. Here are the deets:

Morning

  • Cleanse with water only. NO cleanser (only 1x a day, at night)
  • Benton Aloe BHA Toner
  • Missha Time Revolution: The First Essence Treatment Intensive Moist
  • Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil
  • Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Facial Mist
  • Krave Beauty The Beet Shield (day fluid/sunscreen)

My morning routine is essentially the same as it has been for a while, with the exception of adding in Krave Beauty’s The Beet Shield as my new and MOST FAVORITE sunscreen/day fluid EVER. With winter, I’ve also begun using my Herbivore Lapis oil during the mornings instead of just at night. I’d say all of the above mentioned products have done a pretty great job at keeping my face hydrated and protected from the harsh winter bite this year. My location is a bit on the drier side, so the cold feels a bit more harsh to me and makes my skin more dry than I’m used to.

Nighttime

  • Cleanse with Lush Coal Face
  • Missha Time Revolution: The First Essence Treatment Intensive Moist
  • Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA
  • Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil
  • Saturday Skin Wide Awake Eye Cream
  • COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

My nighttime routine has been altered very slightly, along with the addition of a new product I’m testing. The last update on my skin progress and products I was using stated that I used Krave Beauty’s Kale-Lalu-yAHA 3x a week and alternated each night with my Benton Aloe BHA toner. I did so because I didn’t want to be too harsh on my skin with the KB AHA, but found that my skin really loved it! So, I started using it every night since probably December 2018. After a few months I think I’ll continue using it nightly—my skin isn’t irritated at all, it feels more smooth in the morning, and all of my other products sink in much better following the AHA, so I’m a happy camper.

The second change in my nighttime routine is the COSRX overnight mask. I ran out of my usual Laneige Water Sleeping Mask I’ve been using for years and thought I should try something new. I also wanted to go for something that might be a bit more hydrating/heavier than Laneige’s WSM. Unfortunately, while I think the COSRX Honey overnight mask is OK, I won’t be repurchasing once I’ve finished the tube. It’s non irritating, but I find that it doesn’t do ANYTHING for my dry skin. I’m not sure if my skin has just switched over to being fully dry from what usually is combination skin, or if it’s that along with a combo of winter time, but my skin is THIRSTY even after slathering on this mask. I was also looking to try something less scented, as the Laneige WSM has a bit of scent to it that I’m not totally fond of.

Thus I’m left continuing my search for a good night cream for my super dry and thirsty skin.

Visuals

Here’s what we were looking at last year in September 2018:

So my skin wasn’t doing the worst back in September all things considered. I’ve definitely got some textural issues and a couple breakouts and angry red bumps on my left cheek and on my chin. I would say at 4-5 months later, my textural issues are just a tiny bit smoother and less apparent. I took these photos today:

I’ll say that though there isn’t MUCH difference in texture from last September, my skin is a little more hydrated than it used to be. You can see a slight “sheen” on my face and that’s from my day fluid and adding my facial oil to my daytime routine. Another development: if you look at the photo of my neck, you’ll see irritated red splotches near my collarbone—I’m not certain it’s eczema but it very well could be. At first I thought maybe it was because I had some food with peanut sauce/cooked in peanut oil and that’s one of the items I’m supposed to avoid. So I thought this was my reaction but it’s been a few months and I figured it would have healed by now. But just as the weather continues to get colder, my skin gets more agitated, so who knows about the rash. For the most part you can also see where the spots I get regularly, don’t ever actually go away forever. Comparing September to today, I can see that some of my spots that come and go, are always in the same spots. Take a good look at my chin area and the little divots on my cheeks. Though the skin there is softer to the touch today compared to September, the appearance is still quite texturized. I’m hoping that when I find a heavier/more moisturizing night cream, that my skin drinks it up and ends up being a little more on the plump side which should help with the texture issue I’m having.

Diet and other deets:

My diet basically hasn’t changed in 4-5 months. I am still very heavily diary & egg free. Sometimes I get lazy and don’t sub out cheese for vegan options and just eat it anyway when I shouldn’t, however I don’t do that as often as I used to.

  • We are still doing Hello Fresh 3x a week and I sub things when I need to to keep up on my restrictions.
  • We stopped eating out almost 3-4x a week to save money and also make it easier to stay on preferred diet.
  • I make lunch everyday for work.
  • I have cut going out for coffee down to once or twice a week to save money and make it easier to skip the caffeine more often in a week.
  • I also invested in an espresso machine for the apartment to save money on going out.
  • I still go to aerial yoga once a week.
  • I’ve been trying out Not Pot gummies since December.

A few notes on my observations regarding my current diet and routines. I’ve been super enjoying having an espresso machine at home. It’s by no means a complete replacement for going to my favorite shops and getting the perfect lattes and mochas I know I’ll always get, but I’ve been saving a boat load of money and able to not go overboard with coffee every single day for my body and my wallet. I’m also LOVING experimenting and practicing latte art/the art of pulling shots etc. I love playing barista lol.

Right now I have a very small coffee every morning during the week and often times I skip and have coffee every other day or a couple times a week at most. As for the Not Pot gummies, I read somewhere the CBD in it would help with mood and things of that sort, so I thought I’d give it a go to help with the winter blues. I’ve been taking it since December, but not religiously so I can’t attest to how well it works or if it does anything for me. As for exercise and all that, aerial yoga is still amazing and I look forward to it every Saturday morning. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend and unwind from a long work week.

So this about wraps up my update and first post for the year. If you’re still with me, thank you for reading. If you’ve got any suggestions for a good, heavier on the moisturizing side, night cream or moisturizer, help a dry skin sister out. I hope everyone’s 2019 started out well and is looking to be your best year yet. Here’s to hopefully getting this blog out of a rut and filled with more content soon! Until next time.

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