“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gibran
I couldn’t agree with that quote more. However, as some one who was dealt a hand of unruly combination skin, it can be hard to believe at times. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that my skin was horrible, but it was never as clear as I would’ve liked. I tried everything from at-home remedies (lemon and honey masks) to dermatologist visits. NOTHING. I mean NOTHING worked.
Everything came to a head about 3 months after moving from Chicago to San Francisco. My skin is so sensitive that the quick change in the environment took its toll. If that wasn’t enough, I had started regularly taking yoga classes, and was sweating out all sorts of toxins. One morning, I woke up with the worst breakout of my life. It was so bad I thought I had hives. I’d never seen anything like it on my body before. I immediately took to researching everything I could.
More and more of the same old tricks I had read and tried before were resurfacing. I was getting worried. That’s when I came upon my holy grail: Dr. Hauschka. Their philosophy is to “always deliver the most effective, highest quality natural skin care that supports both the health and beauty of your skin.” They take a refreshing and logical approach to skin care. For instance, I have combination skin, meaning my t-zone can be very oily, whereas my cheeks tend to be dry. Part of my routine was to cleanse with their ultra-soft Soothing Cleansing Milk, spritz my face and decolletage with the brightening Clarifying Toner, and then put their Clarifying Day Oil on my face. The last part was radical to me. I have NEVER moisturized my face, let alone put oil on it, in fear that it would clog my pours even more and cause further breakout. Even though it was crazy, I tried it anyway. I was desperate and had nothing to lose. Of course, I coupled this new skin regimen with healthy eating, continued exercise and drinking lots and lots of water, which is always recommended across the board for healthier, glowing skin.
The first few days, I didn’t notice much difference. It was troubling, but I knew these kinds of things take time to start working. After the first week, however, there were MASSIVE improvements. I literally couldn’t believe it. My skin wasn’t just clearing up, it began actually glowing, and all the typical redness went away completely. Strangers would comment on how lovely my skin looked. With all of the healthy eating and exercise, I felt better than I have in years. It was like everything finally connected. I was strong, positive and happy.
That was 2 years ago. I’ve continued using almost the same skincare regimen, with a few tweaks here and there. It was amazing how thinking about my body and skin differently – trying to nourish it instead of force it to be what I want – changed everything. I always believe skin care to be very personal, and what works for me will not necessarily work for anyone else. But thinking about my skin in a new light made all the difference.