I don't tend to change my skincare too drastically, despite very much enjoying activities that involve purchasing new skincare.... Anyway! There are two new products I've introduced in the last month, the first being the Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque - this is so delicious and cleaning and nourishing at the same time, I basically need a human sized tube of this stuff. As I've got oily, blemish prone skin, I do enjoy masks that will hoover up all the impurities hiding away in my skin. Most masks of this kind tend to be clay masks and often can be pretty drying. This is the total opposite and my skin adores it. I love using this on a Sunday night, or midweek if I feel my skin needs a bit of a pick me up.
My Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion was nearing the end of the bottle (I thought it would last forever, it's such a big bottle!), so I treated myself to the Clarins HydraQuench Moisturising Lotion. My Mum is a huge fan of the serum from this range and hey, if my Mum likes it, I most likely will too. Whilst my skin is mainly oily, it can get dehydrated (thank you, Nespresso). I figured a hydrating yet light moisturiser would tick all the boxes and lo and behold, this is the moisturiser my skin has been waiting for. I apologise because everyone says this about hydrating products but my skin really does drink this up! It's light but you can feel it's a substantial product and will actually sort your skin out. Plus, it smells so delicious too.
About two/three weeks ago I spontaneously decided to avoid any refined sugar for an entire week. Somehow, I managed to succeed and it really hasn't been that bad at all. There's been the odd morning/evening where I've found myself inhaling half a box of Hotel Chocolat chocolates but otherwise, my diet has been pretty damn clean of sugar - in all forms. I have definitely seen my skin reap the benefits, which just goes to show that cleaning up your diet really will improve your skin. I've also been drinking more vegetable based smoothies and about 90% of my meals have been cooked completely from scratch. It really isn't much more of an effort to make, and if it means clear skin and minimal nasty cystic spots, I'm all for making the extra effort.
Now this is where I think most of my improvements have derived from. I mentioned in last month's The Skin Diaries that I was aiming to drink a big glass of water first thing, before I even think about growing myself in coffee. Almost everyday this has happened, and I've ensured for every coffee I drink, I compensate hydration levels with a big glass of water. Also, drinking more water in general has helped hugely, and I've been reminding myself to drink water if I think I'm hungry, and see how I feel 5-10 minutes later. If I'm still hungry, I'll have a small something to eat. If I'm not hungry then good, I'm just re-hydrating myself. My skin LOVES water, and this is something I really hope to maintain.
I'm still yet to see how exercise can improve your skin. Perhaps that's because my workouts have been a little of of whack lately, but in all honesty, there's little I'm noticing. I'm hoping to really nail my workouts throughout May so if this happens, fingers crossed there'll be some sort of results to report back on in next months post...
For as long as I can remember, I've never really noticed much of a difference in my skin and when I get my period. However, I think I've realised about a week before it all starts, that's when I get cystic acne on my chin. There's still a few spots lurking but otherwise, I feel quite proud to have finally noticed some sort of 'link' with my skin and my period - but bare in mind this is coming from someone who has relatively irregular periods and PCOS!
So overall, April was a pretty good month for my skin. I remember the week when I wasn't consuming refined sugar, I was honestly so happy with the condition of my skin. It wasn't perfect but it looked so much clearer and healthier. That's definitely a telling sign of what works for my skin then! Here's hoping I can keep it up. My skin has been a little worse over the last week but again I'm blaming my period for that - and maybe the fact I need to clean my make-up brushes but shh, don't judge!
Do you find sugar affects your skin? Are there any products your skin has been loving this month?