So right now I am enjoying my first cup of Joe after a little over a month. Even though this post says week three it is actually past week four. I wanted to back track and still fill you in on some of the things I did for my detox and will continue to do.
One of the things that will definitely not change is my water intake. I will always drink at least half a gallon of water a day, I can’t stress enough how much of a glow I have now even after my long days…And when I say long I mean up at 6 am and not going to bed until 1 or 2 am the next day because of work. So this is a great natural remedy for tired dull skin. I’ve added back my cup of Joe but I’m going to have that in moderation along with soda pop, which I’m finding to be unavoidable. I had Sprite because I went to the movies and of course there is nothing for the health conscious at the snack bar.
You also notice my sweets, the danishes are highly unusual for what I have been having every morning. I usually have my Special K and cinnamon bread but since I forgot to go to the store I don’t have milk or bread right now. But this is something I am going to continue because I always find the Special K on sale at one of the many stores and the cinnamon bread isn’t a terrible price considering its only me that is eating it. I also get different cereal in between the Special K as a treat to myself…I love Reeces Puff. The only thing I have to buy frequently is the milk but other than that it is a very inexpensive breakfast that is fast, and thanks to the bread and milk, very filling.
For lunch at work I have been buying the different deli meats from Walmart and keeping that and the condiments and bread at work so I can make it during my lunch hour and I keep chips (No hot chips!) and fruit and carrots. For the rest of the day I am snacking on things like the carrots and trail mixes and other things…Not hot fries unfortunately. 😦
I also added vitamin supplements to my daily habit. I take multi-vitamins, biotin and vitamin B gummies every morning to start my day. I also bought these cleansing detox foot pads off of amazon to use a couple times a week at night. You’ve seen them off of the commercial where you stick them on your foot and after a
while you take them off and they are black from all the toxins. To early for my diagnosis on those but stay tuned.
One thing I couldn’t avoid through out this month was my period. It came right in the middle of my detox and made me realize where the root of my skin problems come from. I have terrible break outs when I start my period and as good as this routine has been going for me there is just nothing I can do to minimize the period break outs. So for a while it seemed like all my efforts went to waste but all that is clearing now and to help clear up the scarring that occurs I bought Ambi cream to help with the dark marks and even out my over all skin tone.
I ordered detox teas and other things that have not come in yet so I couldn’t add that to my habit building obviously but I am excited to see how those work out as well. With this habit building, which I briefly mentioned in the first post for my detox, was really to help this detox be successful. Making some lifestyle changes and building a better discipline to small things really made it easier to drink half a gallon a day, or resist the sugar binges. All these things contributed to my skin and once I started cleansing my insides I noticed the change on the outside.
To wrap everything up I will conclude with a post later this week to show my very light make up routine. My routine is just enough to keep my oily skin under control while still keeping my pores cleared and and reduced all at once. After that post still check in as I am adding more and more natural remedies as well as other products to continue with my detox that is switching over to a lifestyle change.
The updates just keep on coming and this past week (week 2) was extremely tough as I had a huge craving for hot fries and Starbucks…Yes I wanted them together. And while I am doing a lot to help with the inside, my outside break outs are still equally important. With my skin, my routine will never be just washing my face and going to bed or even washing my face and going to work. I had to put together a routine based on the problems I was having with my skin. This can get frustrating as I went through many products and many errors to try to get the best routine. The easiest step was giving up on foundation and concealer. This should not be a shocker at all but it can also be the hardest. The first thing we like to do is go for our cover up to do simply that…cover up the imperfections. But that was only adding to my problem, and piling on top of my break outs only caused more break outs. So now that I don’t wear any heavy cover up I had added motivation to take care of my skin. For me my night-time routine is important because I have such long days that I want to refresh my skin as much as possible. These steps are a walk through of my face routine right before bed:
Step 1: Loosen the dirt. I haven’t given up on make up completely, I still fill in my eye brows and wear eyeliner and mascara. So before I wash my face I take my Sephora soothing cleansing milk (Sephora, $7) and take about two pumps and just rub it all over my face. I focus around my eyes, gently rubbing the mascara and eyeliner off. It loosens up all that make up and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.
Step 2: Wipe away the dirt. So after I have loosened up all the make up I like to take my Walmart brand exfoliation wipes (Wal-mart, double pack 120 ct. $6.97) and wipe the make up and loose dirt and oil away. These two steps are just what I consider my pre wash and I think add to a really deep cleanse to my face.
Step 3: The wash cycle. Now I’m ready to wash my face and this step kind of changes because I use different face washes. For the sake of another post right now I will just mention my Garnier clean, black head eliminating scrub (CVS, on sale $4.96). I just remember this buzz going around not too long ago about the products with charcoal in it and how it polishes and detoxifies the skin so when I found this on sale at CVS I thought I would give it a try. In this step I like to apply the product directly to my dry face very lightly. This is an exfoliating cleanser so i don’t want to scratch the surface of my skin. I do see and feel a difference in skin when I apply this to my face dry as opposed to applying it after I have wet my face. So i lightly rub the cleanser onto my dry face then I rinse my face and pat dry with my face towel. I do have other charcoal products and they all really do polish the skin.
Step 4: Drying out. Okay so this next step is a little unconventional. I use rubbing alcohol on my face, BUT only on my bad break outs. I mentioned before in a previous post that I get huge white heads and irritated red pimples from time to time due to stress and my period and what ever else they decide to pop up for. So this step is when I use my astringent but first I like to take a little bit of rubbing alcohol on one of my cotton pads and just dab it on my pimples. Again, I am not using it all over my face as this would dry out my face terribly! But this on my problem areas and then followed by my Biore blemish fighting astringent (CVS, on sale $4.96) has shown me results over night with my problem pimples both in size and redness reduction.
Step 5: Moisturize. This step is self-explanatory. After I have cleaned my face and dried out all my pimples I still want to take care of my over all surface with a little moisture. My Clean & Clear dual action moisturizer (Target, on sale $2.50…and included face wipes) both treats and moisturizes which I think is needed when you have problematic skin. You want to have products that give you a little more than just the basic moisture or cleanse. For me, having a product that treats my acne even after I have washed my face is a huge thumbs up.
Step 6: Medicate. So my final step ties in with my previous step, where it is basically treating the acne after the fact. The large white heads or irritated, itchy red pimples I cover with this store brand Benzoyl peroxide gel (Target, Up and Up brand, $3.74). The gel dries and hardens similar to a mud mask and wipes off easily in the morning when I wash my face. With this I am drying out the pimple and reducing the scarring.
After I do this last step then I can finally call it a night and head to bed. The best advice I can give is sticking to your routine. I know sometimes we have busy schedules or think you don’t have time to do all this but if you really want to see a difference and continue to see a difference you have to really commit to it. There are times when I just want to wipe off my face and just go to sleep but I know the difference it will make to just go through all my steps. Everything worth having takes commitment…yes even healthy skin!
I have completed my first week of my detox and I have not ran for the hills screaming I quit…yet. There were a couple of bumps along the way…maybe even mountain sized bumps but I still managed through with it. Remember, step one was all about finishing up the junk food. I had my last bag (and a half) of hot fries and my last cherry Coke for a while (I don’t think I could give them up permanently). Also good thing to mention is that all the other junk food in my house I have been bringing to work to leave for other people to take. Candy, rice krispies and other packaged goodies all go into my candy bowl for everyone to take. I am kind of being a bad influence on everyone at work but if everyone only takes one then its okay. Hehe.
I truly am seeing a difference in my skin which is the main goal of this detox. I am seeing the redness in my breakouts decrease; my complexion is clearing to one tone; my nails even are seeing better days with this as well. In the picture above you can see the comparison of now and two weeks ago. I want to also add that in the recent one I am not wearing any foundation or concealer. I owe it to the bowl of Special K every morning for helping my nails because I definitely wouldn’t have that much milk otherwise. I have dark spots from my pimples that are fading thanks to the face cream I am using. I am not pimple free by any means but i don’t think I can avoid the stress breakouts while running between three jobs. Eek.
This is just a brief look into everything, I have tons of pictures and am working on videos but hey it’s only the first week so you are going to have to stay tuned for more updates. If you are trying it out along with me then stay strong my friend because I definitely know the struggle. I do have videos in the works for my daily make-up routine, my day and night skincare and my detox clay wraps. The fun continues!