Usually when we have a gap in the beauty content, like we do today, I leap at the opportunity to write something. There is always a new product I’ve tried, or a treatment I’ve experienced that I want to wax on about. Or I use the space to complain about my acne / grey hair combo, a classic Veronica move. But leading up today, all week I was mulling on beauty and…. nothing. Nothing thrilled me. Nothing moved me. Nothing was even that new in my routine, except…
…that I don’t really have a routine anymore.
The girl that has gone on and on about the plethora beauty products she loves (here and here if you’re still deep in your beauty obsession and want to know what’s what), is now barely using any, and loving the simplicity.
Even better, my skin is loving it.
Yep, the girl that has repeatedly screamed ACNE WOE IS ME from the rooftops is looking at her skin with wide eyed wonder. Knocking on every wooden surface and whispering about it under her breath in the hopes it will last one more day.
What do I attribute this skin 180 to? A few things…
1/ I gave up all forms of foundations, tinted moisturizers and concealers. I haven’t put a drop of that stuff on my skin in two months and it hasn’t looked this good in years.
The no make up thing started as a bet with a male friend who was convinced that was the reason I was struggling. I rolled my eyes and said, “look, you mansplainer, you don’t know what you’re talking about. You have no idea about the delicate balance of my skin. I’ll quit make up cold turkey for two weeks and you’ll see, no difference.”
Alright, so there was a big difference, at least for me.
2/ I don’t put anything on at night except eye cream.
Yep, I wash my face, put on eye cream and go to bed.
I know. A lot of people are screaming at their computers right now. BUT YOU NEED FIVE LAYERS OF THINGS TO STARVE OFF WRINKLES.
Eh. Maybe I do. But my skin was crumbling under all that pressure. Instead it breathes all night and re-sets and I wake up looking better than when I was layering on five layers of things (at least that’s how I’m explaining it to myself in my mind).
Plus, hello. It’s cheaper.
3/ I still exfoliate.
4/ I splurged on microneedling.
I got my first round of microneedling done about 4 weeks ago to remove my acne scars. The intention was to banish the pockmarks on my forehead — which I can already see an improvement in! — but an unknown side-effect was all around skin improvement. From smaller pore size to evened skin tone, and decrease of fine lines, my skin has been glowing since the treatment.
I have two more to go till the pockmarks are drastically lessened, but I’m just as excited to see what other benefits my skin will reap from it.
Yes, it is expensive. But the emotional toil of cutting bangs every year when I wanted to hide my scars was much greater. And after cleaning out my beauty cabinet down to the basics, I’ve saved enough money that I can justify it.
How has your beauty routine changed this past year?