After the roaring success of a few months on Differin, I feel like my skin is in a bit of a rut. Spots have been creeping back in, mostly on my jawline and neck but also a few on my cheeks. I haven't been making as much effort in my routine. So, in order to stop myself getting down about it, and to give my skin a kick up the bum, I have come up with some basic tips that will hopefully help you if you are struggling with your skin, and I am trying to follow them myself.
Stop touching your face!
An obvious one, and something that I had been getting a lot better at. It's difficult if you are obsessing over your skin as you'll be tempted to run your hands over your face, feeling for new spots. I am trying harder to stop this, and to stop resting my chin on my hands - I tend to get spots along my jawline and at the top of my neck when I do this too often.
Back to basics
Try not to chuck loads of new products at your face in your quest for 'perfect' skin. I am focusing on keeping my routine fairly simple. This is also in a bid to waste less and buy fewer items in plastic packaging. Try one new product at a time if you want to introduce new things, then it is easier to tell what is making a difference or if something is aggravating your skin.
Hydration, hydration, hydration
I had possibly been slacking a bit on keeping my face super moisturised. If you are acne-prone, several layers of light hydration is key. I have been layering up my face mist/gentle toners for extra moisture, and never skipping out on a good night cream. Hydrating night masks a few times a week and squalene oil on other nights (at the end of my routine) are helping my skin to feel soft and supple again.
Take your time
Treat your skincare routine as self care. I think I had got into a habit of rushing through getting my makeup off and doing my skincare routine, rather than enjoying it. Taking time to really massage in my cleanser and serums as part of a relaxing pre-bed routine has helped me to fall in love with skincare again.
Looking back (then onwards and upwards)
It has been extremely frustrating for me getting new breakouts when my skin had got so clear. However, it's important to look at the bigger picture. It is still so much better than it was. Looking back at photos of my skin a year or two ago, I can appreciate how far I have come. It also brings back memories of how down I was at that time because of my skin, and how much happier I am now. I have to remind myself that a few spots does not mean that the acne is coming back.