- Aug 23, 2022
Over the past year I have been investing more than ever in skin maxing and here is what I have learned.
Background: For a long time I struggled with kp(keratosis pilaris), back acne, enlarged pores, dry skin and skin discoloration. I tried many things and nothing helped until I started doing my own research and experimenting and now my skin is the best it has ever been.
Changing my diet was was one of the major things I did to help clear up and give my skin a soft glow.
I was eating many foods high on the GI index and it manifested itself on my skin. When I ate foods that were high in carbs or sugar I got very dark circles under my eyes the next day. I started noticing the pattern and by limiting these foods I managed to lessen the darkness under my eyes. Some days they even disappeared.
Now I know some people can consume dairy products without a problem but unfortunately I am not one of those people. When I consume mass amounts of dairy it manifest itself in acne especially back acne as well as worsened kp. I now don’t consume any dairy products and I have seen noticeable improvements in my skin quality. Not only is there less acne and kp I’ve also noticed it has a better glow to it. These are just my observations.
The only source of meat I consume is fish and liver. I consider fish a form of meat btw and I think anyone that disagrees is a fucking idiot but back on topic. I cut out all meats but fish and liver and this dramatically improved my skin quality. My kp is virtually gone ever since I took this step. This is because fish isn’t as fatty as red and white meats and contains more omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in clearing up kp and improving your overall skin quality. Omega 3s can also aid your skin in fighting off harmful UV rays and this is scientifically proven. Salmon, herring, tuna, cod and sardines have been the best for getting rid of my kp and giving my skin a glow. Consuming liver especially beef liver has made all the difference as well. Beef liver is loaded with all sorts of vitamins especially vitamin A which is an essential for having perfect skin. I stayed eating liver weekly and saw not only signficant improvements I my skin but also in the way I felt. I had more energy than ever and now I walk 30 miles a week average. I make sure to cook my meats in sweet almond oil or broccoli seed oil, sometimes pumpkin seed oil will also do. I display cook them medium rare. This may not be for everyone but for me personally this as improved my skin quality the most.
I make sure I get a fair share of vegetables in my diet. The vegetables I consume the most of are raw onions, kale, spinach, garlic, peas, cabbage, broccoli and carrots. These vegetables have been amazing for my skin and has probably given me glow that I’d never thought I’d have. Raw onions probably have had the best effect because they are loaded with antioxidants. This has not only has a positive effect on my skin but also on my overall health. The only downside is onion breath.
The fruits that I enjoy the most of are bell peppers and berries. Bell peppers have an insane amount of vitamin C. In fact half a bell pepper has the equivalent of 2 oranges worth of vitamin C. So you get the vitamin C without all the sugar. Vitamin C is an obvious essential for having healthy glowing skin so I usually consume two bell peppers first thing in the morning for breakfast along with either salmon or herring. Berries are good because they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins needed for an amazing skin appearance as well as they are surprising low in sugar but still maintain a sweet taste. I like to berries for dessert after my dinner.
I cut out all sugary liquids from my diet. This step has made a surprising difference in my skin discoloration and the getting rid of any fullness in my skin as well as almost clearing up my dark circles completely. The only liquids I drink outside of water are vegetable juices because not only do they make my skin appear better they also make me feel better overall. For water consumption everyone is different but I personally drink 1/2 to 2 gallons of water a day depending on the day.
I only eat 2 big meals in day because if I eat frequently throughout the day it has negative effects on my kp. Usually my breakfast consists 2 fish rich in omega three fatty acids paired with steamed kale or spinach, carrots, and peas along with 2 bell peppers. My dinner consist of one fish(usually salmon) a raw onion, steamed cabbage and garlic. I have a 12 hour waiting period between each meal.
I only put on a cleanse once a day because I find that using twice strips you skin if it’s natural oils. I only cleanse at night btw. I recommend if you have dry skin like me finding a hydrating cleanser. I personally found that Eucerin’s worked best for me.
I use facial mask twice a week to minimize my pores and keep acne away. The Aztec clay mask is godsend. I saw results immediately with it. My pores are virtually gone as well for acne it took care took care of it in just 6 days of using straight. Make sure to immediately moister after using this though. I would also recommend a hydrating mask just to keep the skin plump.
I use hydraulic acid serum by proya and noticed the difference in skin plumpness in just a couple of day within using it. I use this twice a day and always enjoy massaging it into my face. I use a tiny amount of vitamin c serum for my dark circles.
I find using a light moisturizer after my cleansing and masking my face has worked best. Cetiphil’s facial moisturizer has so far worked the best with my skin and leaves my skin feeling hydrated for almost 24 hours although everyone differs. It also took care of any skin dryness I’ve ever had.
African black soap has made biggest difference in clearing up an bodily acne I’ve had. My skin all over my body is now clear as well as there is no more discoloration on skin. I never though Inwoudl see the say where my skin tone is even and my back acne scars are gone but this is what African black soap has done for me. I recommend using a soft washcloth to rub it it because rubbing it in directly and dry out your skin too much. Rub it in for 15 to 20 seconds and then then rinse with warm to cold water. Make sure you sit fall for the fake African black soap. Real African black soap is a brownish black color and turns mushy after contact with water. I do not recommend using this all over your body just in problem areas.
Try to find a good shower gel that will get rid of all the bacteria and dead skin cells. I personally recommend Neatragena’s rainbath shower gel. It does the job of getting rid of bacteria without drying out the skin to much.
I use sugar scrubs every other day not to be to harsh on my skin. I recommend using a scrub that shea butter in it because it feel amazing and it’s less harsh on the skin. I also will use an exfoliating mit on my legs after soaking them and it gets the dead skin cells right off. I exfoliatie the areas where I have kp everyday to keep it from popping back up.
I use a spinning body brush on my skin everyday along with my shower gel because it gets rid of any bumps and acne on skin.
I make my own body butter sonI know the ingredients that I dealing with. I usually melt yellow shea butter, beeswax and different types of butter together to create a super moisturizing body butter that leaves my skin smoothe. I also put different types of oils in for the benefits. My favorite oils to use so far are pumpkin seed oil, hemp seed oil, rose hip oil, and watermelon seed oil. These oils have incredible benefits that have made my skin top tier. I also use aloe vera and vitamin e oil as well. I always apply the butter after my shower
Before I apply the butter I put lotion on first. I use Amlactin because it is godsend for my kp as well as super moisturizing. I put the butter on after 5 minutes to seal it in.
I use broccoli seed oil on skin after moisturizing with lotion and butter for the cherry on top. Broccoli seed oil is loaded with omega threes that when applied topically give my skin a fiendish touch as well as leave my skin moisturized for days. Broccoli seed oil as also aiding getting rid of kp and discoloration. Apricot seed oil ha said helped.
For sunscreen I like to use kids mineral sunscreen since it is less harsh and the minerals and benefit the skin. Banana boat is the brand I use. I only use 25 spf because I am mulatto and I also still like to get a tan. If you lighter I recommend something higher spf.
I always try to get in 8 to 10 hours of sleep a day. Getting this much sleep has gotten rid of a lot of the dullness I used to struggle with.
I sleep on satin sheets because of the smoothness of them and the fact that regular sheets cause friction which will effect skin quality.
Exercise and is an essential for top tier skin. I personally prefer cardio above all because not only for does it get my blood circulating the most it also also induces sweating which is great for taking out any toxic materials within the skin. After I run I have a nice after glow because of the blood circulation and sweat. I order to run outside because I get a nice tan form the sun as well. I usually run 25 miles a week.