Bikini prep progresses… I’m warning you now that in my upcoming posts you will be bombarded with body photos. Brace yourselves.
Like everyone, I just wish I’d magically be in perfect form already and stay that way so that I could be lazy and eat a whole bunch of whatever the hell I want.
But thank god I actually like exercise and lifting weights so this is pretty fun. Plus, all of the planning really appeals to my inner nerd.
I’m five weeks from an NPC competition in Arlington, Texas (which just reminded me that I need to update my event calendar in my sidebar. don’t let me forget that y’all). I think I’m five weeks. I’d have to actually count it out. I hope I’m further than that because I really need to lean out my waist a bit more.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just all slob out and wear our big comfy clothes all of the time instead of when we are at home? That would be so cool.
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Okay now the rest of this post is going to be about skincare and rosacea….
So last week my skin just totally went crazy.
Did I ever tell you that I have rosacea? Ick, oh my god, I totally do.
Except it usually doesn’t matter even at all because I am a really super good eater and have figured out pretty much what causes it (for me) so I just avoid anything that might provoke a flare up. It’s really important to me to have pretty and luminous skin – I don’t ever want to have to wear makeup or anything like that. And, I just think it’s really sad to have to go around with crappy skin. That’s hard on a girl.
So last week it was SO bad. I was pretty upset because I hadn’t done anything different to speak of. It totally affected my self confidence, so I was sad. And. I was on a mission to get to the bottom of what was causing it.
I only use my standard Face Brand (and had even really not been using that lately or going to the spa even at all – the heat treatments tend to make a flare up even more noticeable once I’m in the throes of one) and Aveeno eczema therapy lotion. This combination has worked for me for years. As long as I avoid processed foods (sometimes I get weak. i like junk food too! i am not immune to it’s siren-like allure), grains and sweeteners I keep a clear face. My cleanser is Cetaphil – only because last year when my Clinique bar soap finally ran out, I didn’t replace it because the soap dish was cluttering up my sink.
So. Tried everything that usually works and just couldn’t get it back in balance.
yeah. I stopped taking Claritin last year because I felt like I was getting the same results by just using a saline nasal spray (gross, I know) for allergies. Why put a medicine in my body if I don’t need it, right?
But since I’d been experiencing more than my usual share of allergy symptoms in the past week, I had to wonder if my flare up wasn’t from allergies.
But just to be on the safe side, I’ve also added a few other things to my arsenal.
Well, first and foremost I’m headed to a surgeon early this week for a laser treatment consult. Enough is enough. He just needs to fix my damn face so that this doesn’t happen even at all.
Also, I’ve started taking probiotics again. You know those folks who keep saying all of our … actually I don’t know what they are saying except that it has something to do with our “gut” (i’m guessing they are referring to some kind of mysterious stomach part that I am not interested in) and overall health. Rather than waste time bothering to understand this, I just wanted to get to the point and try out this probiotic thing for myself. I chose one that I took in the past when I remember not having any issue with my rosacea at all. Also, it tastes really good.
I’m probably drinking too much of it because I don’t have any junk food or sweets in my life while I’m on contest prep, so this stuff is like candy to me.
Here is my *slightly revised* skin care routine, which has helped remarkably.
First I switched my cleanser back from Cetaphil to my tried and true Clinique bar.
I do not use a washcloth or hot water on my face. Ever. You don’t need a washcloth to “exfoliate” your skin – especially if you apply retin-a to your face. Exfoliating your face, particularly if you are prone to redness, eczema, or rosacea is totally unnecessary.
Anyway, right after washing my face I use my standard Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy lotion. I’ve told you before that I have tried Everything – from high end moisturizers to bargain bin crap at the dollar store, and I swear that nothing compares to Aveeno if you have rosacea.
Right on top of the Aveeno, I blend in Clinique’s Redness Solutions Daily Relief Creme. The reason I do not use it as a stand alone is that if I do not have a base of Aveeno moisturiser on first, even the Daily Relief Creme will burn when my face is inflamed.
After that is mostly totally absorbed, I mix a bit of Clinique’s Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base Creme with a bit of my Aveeno moisturizer and smooth it on.
But here is my favorite thing which I consider somewhat magical…
Later in the day, I apply rose hip seed oil and after that sets a second or two, a little bit of Proactiv’s Green Tea Moisturiser. It is BRILLIANT in a flare up. I totally swear by this magical rose hip seed oil. You have to go and get some.
Anyway, if you have rosacea I totally hope this helped.Enjoy your week (: