I Love My Skin: Things You Should Do to Love Yours

One of the most important things that I care about, especially as a twenty something year old, is my skin. Beautiful skin makes you feel radiant and boosts your confidence. I started really caring about my skin when I was 15. I was a teenager in high school and like most other teens, my skin was full of bumps and breakouts. I tried numerous over the counter products to help cure my skin, Neutrogena, Proactiv, just to name a few. I hated having acne and vowed that one day I would get perfect skin. I wanted to have the most flawless skin in the world. 


For my 15 birthday, my mom took me to a spa for my first facial. It was the best experience ever! When I left spa, my skin was glowing, it was radiant, and I couldn't believe what I saw. I was the happiness person in the world that day. I wanted to continue with the facials, but obviously as teenager in high school I couldn't afford to go to the spa much. So, my skin still continued to suffer a little.  


Fast forward a few years and I became obsessed with having great looking skin. I found a wonderful dermatologist in Chicago. I started a detailed treatment plan and never looked back. My skin started to look better and better as months went on. My goal was to stop depending so heavily on makeup and foundation to make my skin look good. I believe that clean and clear skin makes every woman in the world more confident. It promotes self-love, positive self-images and high self-esteem.


In order to achieve nice skin that I was finally happy with, I had to be patient, it took time. But, there were many things that I did and continue to do to treat and take care of my skin. All of which I would like to share and believe are very important. To me, these are an essential part of what became my skincare journey and life. 


The first decision I made was to visit a dermatologist so that we could identify exactly what was going on with my skin. A lot of the time we tend to self-diagnose, which is never the right thing to do. It is wiser to seek professional assistance in an area in which you are not an expert. Companies use commercials to make us believe that if we show all of the symptoms that are being advertised their products are automatically the cure. This is simply not true. There are many products available that cater to everyone depending specifically on your needs. Whether you are vegan or want to use all organic skincare products, there is something for everyone. 


As soon as I wake up I drink a glass of water. Without an adequate amount of water my skin tends to looks duller, and my pores start to look more prominent. Water plumps and hydrates the skin, and creates a stable water and oil ratio. If there is more oil in the skin than water, you are more prone to breakouts and blemishes. 


Nice skin is not only about what you use on the outside, it’s also about what goes on inside of your body. I ensure that I eat a diet full of leafy green vegetables like kale, and healthy fats, such as almond and avocado, daily. These foods are rich in vitamins C and E, and antioxidants. Kale is also a great source of beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps repair and renew the skin. 


Every day, I either take a flaxseed oil supplement or use flaxseed oil in my smoothies. I prefer to add the oil to my smoothies because flaxseed oil does not have a strong taste and can be added to any meal. Flaxseed oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and is more concentrated so I only need to use a small amount. Over the years, through talking to fitness professionals and doctors, I’ve learned that you can achieve glowing, hydrated skin by consuming Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s support the skin by acting as natural moisturizers that revitalize dry skin from the inside out.


The last thing that I do, I will warn, may not be for everyone. I drink fresh fruit and vegetable squeezed juices that I make at home or buy from Whole Foods. If you’ve ever heard of the raw glow then you will know what I mean and why I drink fresh juices. Typically, I make a green juice with cucumber, green apples, celery, ginger and kale. Freshly made juices are full of highly concentrated nutrients like antioxidants, enzymes, minerals and vitamins. Without the fiber, the nutrients go straight to your liver and bloodstream. 


I hope some of the things I do will help others achieve great skin that glows. 

By: Rachel M. Roberts