September 5, 2019
I couldn’t resist the urge. I ordered a scrunchy and OMG how cute is this!!??
Should I design some scrunchies for POPFLEX!? Maybe to match our next collection??!!! Vote in the comments!
Now…onto skincare and hair care…
I am so proud of my hair growth and the state of my skin. Over the past year, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to it and the work is paying off. For the first time ever in my life, people are actually complimenting my skin – something that used to be a huge source of insecurity for me.
As a teenager, I had lots of acne, and because I constantly picked at it, I had scars as I entered young adulthood. I continued that picking habit even after the acne went away and basically ended up with dark spots all over my face. In addition, I never had a skincare regimen. Like literally, I’d do a half makeup wipe at night and then maybe throw on some moisturizer before bed. Some Vaseline for the lips. No facials. No cleansing foams. No toner. No SPF. Nothing.
About a year ago, I decided that it might be a good idea to start washing my face – like, for real. I envied the smooth skin of the girls who could go foundation-less. It would save me so much time in the morning if I didn’t have to put on foundation, I thought. So I invested time in my skin health. So here’s what I do for my face everyday!
By the way, this is not a sponsored brand deal at all. Yes I am using affiliate links, so I’ll be rewarded a teeny amount if you happen to click on the link and buy something, but there’s nothing beyond that. These are all things I REALLY use. Some of the brands have sent me product in hopes of a shoutout (perks of being an “influencer”), but that’s not how things work around here. I’m not here to sell you stuff all day long. I’m here to teach you how to find the joy in working out while living your happiest and healthiest life! But for the purpose of this particular blog post, I know you guys will ask me what brands I use anyway, so this one’s gonna be a little different!
My Actual Skincare Routine
My process begins in the shower. I like the steam to soften my face and begin dissolving the makeup. Plus, it relaxes me and puts me in a good mood for skin care 🙂
#3. Step three: …and I put it on my spin brush! The one I use is the Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa Facial Cleansing Brush. I spin the cleanser on my face for about a minute. I like doing this in the shower so I don’t have to worry about cleanup around my sink.
After my shower, I check my skin in the mirror and it is literally tight and shiny. It’s like I have a gloss all over my face. It’s kinda amazing. I stare at myself for a moment every night after this. I don’t know what it is with the brush but I think it really does take away dead skin cells or something because the shine is for real!
#4. Step four: I put on night cream. Currently, I am using Night Fix Enzyme Treatment by Murad. It feels light and smells really good. This makes my face feel really soft.
#5. Step five: I put Vaseline on my lips! This is something my mom taught me when I was a little girl. I’ve been doing this since FOREVER and it keeps my lips from being chapped.
#6. Step six: In the morning after I wash my face, I put on some Murad Perfecting Day Cream with SPF 30. I was told recently that if I don’t wear SPF during the day, my skin will get damaged and that my acne scars will darken. So I got scared and started using SPF moisturizer during the day and I think it’s been helping keep my skin even-toned.
I should also probably be using toner, eye creams, serums, and other things I don’t even know about yet, but give me time. This is a lot for a simple skincare girl like me! I love learning about ways I can better my skin health, so I’ll update you when I begin adding more elements to this current regimen!
#7. Step seven. This isn’t really a step 7. It’s more like an all day erry day thing. But I think the number one reason why my skin looks good is because of how hydrated I am and because of the type of food I’m eating. I drink enough water so that my pee is lime juice colored most of the time. And I eat a lot of vegetables. Oh and I’m taking collagen, which is supposed to help fill out wrinkles and increase the elasticity of my skin. More on collagen in the next section!
My Hair Growth Hack
Okay, I don’t have any scientific evidence to prove that this is the actual reason for the increase in my hair growth, BUT I believe it is because of the collagen I am taking! I’m taking it a few times a week (I just put it in my water), but seriously you guys – my hair was at neck length about 1.5 years ago and now it’s at mid back!
Normal collagen doesn’t have any flavor so you can just put it in your water. But, I started using this matcha collagen from Vimco Wellness and it’s honestly REALLY good. It tastes like matcha with a hint of sweetness.
The sad part is, they discontinued their matcha collagen line, so I’m trying to ask the owners to please reconsider! I love this stuff so much!
There you go! Hope this helps you guys in some way. What’s your skincare regimen?
DAY 20 RECAP:
My Fit Journal entry. Yesterday, I started to finally feel that KBBQ wear off! Yes, my digestive system is THAT SLOW. My stomach is feeling better now. Def not going to go to an all you can eat restaurant again for a while! 😛
I did a HIIT class at lunch time and got super sweaty. Didn’t have time to work out in the morning (which is my preference) but hey, you gotta get it in when you can get it in! I don’t really like non morning workouts anymore because I feel like it breaks up my flow. I’d rather start off hard so that the rest of the day feels easier.
Lunch was the ahi tuna salad from Tender Greens! Yes, again. This week has been crazy. No time to meal prep lunches.
Snack was pepperjack cheese with thai chili almonds. I think I’m going to start cutting out cheeses pretty soon from my diet. I think it’ll help me get out of my stall. But I gotta finish out what I bought first! Will NOT waste food!
Oh, not pictured but I also ate a ton of cashews and peanuts. I think – nah, I KNOW I’m overdoing it in the nut department. Must be more conscious!
For dinner I made shishito peppers with scallops and cauliflower rice. I also had this with coconut aminos and sriracha. Absolutely delish!
Post dinner, I wanted dessert so I dug into my keto ice cream. SO GOOD. I’m eating straight outta the tub. Probs not a good idea. But I’m too lazy to get a bowl. Tomorrow I’m pretty sure this will be gone. Haha.