Aaaaaahhhh what the hell is going on!
I have been battling with my skin for the past few months at first I put it down to stress, then to using too many new products, then to hormones, diet in fact just about everything you can think I have blamed it on.
So to try and rectify the situation I have banished all new fangled products and have gne back to basics.
By basics I mean basics, these were the products I used all through my university years (when sleep was lacking and alcohol was plentiful) yet my skin was always ok.
So im using boots sensitive foaming facial wash twice daily, Boots vitamin E moisturiser twice
daily, bio oil to remove eye make up, boots sensitive wipes to remove stubborn make up and good old TCP/Savlon or tea tree oil to treat the odd stubborn spot.
Money was tight as a student and the majority of the money I had went on clothes not on skincare hence why all of the products are cheap and boots own brand. However let it be said that these have never let me down.
As an alternative to an exfoliator I use a muslin cloth with my foaming wash when I feel my skin needs a pick me up.
I have been doing my new boring I mean basic routine for 2 weeks and my skin is getting better but still not what it was. Apparently i'm 'over reacting' according to everyone I bore with my skin 'problem' which I may well be, i'm not saying my face is covered in spots but I know it is not in it's usual state at the moment for me. I would not feel confident going sans base to the shop which is ridiculous for a grown woman to feel.
I used to be the kind of girl that could get away with using a little concealer and bronzer with no base but now I need a good coverage everyday. I think this is what is causing havoc with my my pores. Its a real catch 22.
The only other things I can think is that I did stop drinking my usual 2L of water which I used to do religiously. But surely H20 cant affect skin so much...maybe it can!
So my new plan is to drink lots and lots of water, I find having a pint pot filled with water or a large bottle always with you is the easiest way. If i'm cleaning I will have a huge glass filled with water near the sink so I keep drinking and make sure I refill at least once before my cleaning is finished.
When at the gym I will make sure I drink two 500ml bottles instead of one, I have also tried to avoid fizzy drinks which is hard because I am actually addicted..oh sweet sweet bubbles be mine.
So thats all really i'm cutting down on chocolate (HARD) increasing water, exercising more and keeping my skin free from any gorgeous smelling products (BORING)
But what I want to know is why? why now at 25 years of age is my skin acting like that of a pre pubescent girl. Has anyone else had the same problem. I would really really appreciate any advice you have or any magic products to make my skin glow with health.
FYI - My skin type is sensitive/combination and my main breakout areas are my cheeks and forehead
One other thought I had was maybe it's linked to having my son. My skin was lovely and clear throughout pregnancy and the first few months after having him but problems started when my cycle kicked in properly. Oh I don't now i'm sick of summising, short of putting a paper bag over my head i'm at my wits end!