I’ve been off the pill for a month now, and figured it was time for an update. My skin has been mostly okay, I’ve definitely dropped some water weight and I’m yet to experience any negative effects. My cycle has not returned but, in all honesty, I don’t expect that it will for a few months yet (I’m not exactly known for being regular).
My weight has been all over the place in the last couple of weeks given my illness and then subsequent carb-demolishment, so I’m not going to get too excited about any apparent losses just yet.
About a week ago, I developed two new spots on my face. This might not sound like a big deal, but I hadn’t had any new pimples pop up for over two months! I’m hoping this is just a temporary reaction to all the sugar I’ve consumed lately, and not a sign that things are going downhill again due to my PCOS.
I’m doing my best to minimise any hormonal backlash by removing things which I have previously found to trigger my acne. I’ve cut way back on dairy (from two large servings a day to around two small servings per week), minimising sugar (including fruit) and keeping my skincare regime simplistic.
At the recommendation of some of my lovely readers, I have also started taking DIM and vitex agnus castus as a preventative measure to balance my hormones. I have also bought black soap but am yet to try it.
For the past two years now, I have cut most beauty products out of my “beauty regime” (I typically take less than five minutes to get ready in the morning, so wouldn’t exactly call it a regime!).
Morning and night, I wash my face with jojoba oil. When I have a spot, I dab manuka honey on it and leave it for 20-30 minutes. I ran out of manuka honey a few months ago and haven’t bought any more, which tells you how great my skin has been lately. Once every two to three weeks, I will make a scrub with brown sugar and coconut oil. It’s simple but it does the job! In the past, I’ve also found tea tree oil particularly good for leaving on spots overnight.
Everything is natural and I save tonnes of money on expensive beauty products. In the past two years, I’ve had three facials using very expensive products and, no matter how “natural” the products claim to be, I’ve had a bad reaction every single time. Last time, both of my cheeks and neck broke out in hives!
I’m fully convinced that all of the expensive products do nothing more than aggravate my skin. I much prefer the idea of keeping everything as natural as possible.
The only “artificial” products I use are the most basic products from Simple. I have face wipes (for when I get home late after a night out and can’t be bothered washing my face), a moisturiser (which I only use before applying foundation, which is no more than twice a week) and eye make-up remover (which I use daily). Their products are great value and don’t irritate my sensitive skin.
I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Clarisonic – or, at least, a knock-off version – but plan on keeping everything else as natural as possible. I should also probably buy some anti-wrinkle cream at some point…
Do you use any natural skincare products?
Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Simple. As always, opinions are honest and my own.