LIFESTYLE

MY JOURNEY TO A BEAUTIFUL SKIN

Having a perfect skin has always felt like a goldmine to me, I have struggled with acne for most of my adult life, I have longed for that glowing, radiant, luminous skin for what seem like eternity. Not only do I suffer from acne, I also have had a fair share of hyperpigmentation and skin discolouration. So, you can see I have been at a constant battle to have a clear and healthy looking skin for the most of my adult life. My dream is to have a skin that requires zero foundation to look amazing but I am at a place where I feel that is almost impossible to achieve.

Having had a fair share of “tried and tested” of the numerous tropical skincare solutions, and with millions of them produced daily, knowing the right one for my skin became really overwhelming.

I am currently experiencing a lot of breakouts (reason for this post) which lead me to do an intense research about possible solutions to my skin problems. Most of the information I gathered are things I already knew and general information associated with having a glowing clear skin.

To find a lasting solution to my everlasting problem, I am changing and incorporating a few things to my lifestyle with the hope that I find a permanent solution.

here are three basic steps out of tons I read about. I have taken this year (2017) to clear up my skin and achieve a healthy-looking skin. I will give an update after 3 months of trying these steps.

 

Eating for beauty

I read somewhere that when it comes to a beautiful skin, “what you put in your mouth is as important as all the products you put on your skin” Not that I didn’t know this fact or that what I put in my body reflects the appearance on the outside, but the problem was I knew all this information but I never practiced any of them. even though I wanted to have a clear skin so bad, I never bothered to discipline myself in terms of what I eat. I have researched and found out that my journey to a gorgeous skin has a lot to do with my diet. hormonal imbalance causes acne which seem to be the problem I am facing because of my unbalanced lifestyle.

Some of the foods recommended for “good looking skin” are foods that I am very familiar with and I ate as often as I could but it is one thing to eat healthy food and it is another to eat it right.

Feeding my skin, the vital nutrients is my ultimate goal, eating food with powerful antioxidants is my main focus to protect my skin from free radicals that causes cellulite. . Vitamin E is known to be rich as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals," explains Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.

Drink lots of water

You probably have heard this like a million times, so have I, but I have never underestimate the power of water when it comes to a healthy-looking skin. Drinking water keeps the skin hydrated—and staying hydrated makes it appear plumper and less wrinkled, even though I have always loved drinking water, my plan is to increase my water intake, I am currently at drinking 2 liters of water a day, I plan on drinking 3 liters and probably go up to 1 gallon a day (Thanks Gabrielle Union for the inspiration so this shouldn’t be a challenge for me.

Exercise/ Working out

I have always associated exercising as the process to losing weight. I stumbled on a lot of articles that wrote intensely the importance of exercising for a better-looking skin, I started picking interest and I did more research to find out how it could help me but I have a feeling this part of the skin care journey will be the ultimate challenge, as exercising isn’t my favourite thing to do.

I have challenged myself to walk 2 miles a day for start and I will be engaging myself in some home fun exercise videos which is easy to follow.

Sweating while exercising is great at opening the pores which in return expels trapped dirt and oil in the skin. Not only does sweating benefits the skin, it also helps the skin-significant hormones and prevents free- radical damage.

These three steps are the most important of all the advice I have read on having an acne free glowing skin, I am starting this journey with so much determination I will get the results I am aiming for. Changing my lifestyle has become mandatory. I will be cutting out a lot of things I eat that affects my skin.

I will post a follow up journey with my diet plan, my skin care routine, exercise routine and possibly before and after pictures.

MY BUCKET LIST

One of my new year’s resolutions is to go out of my comfort zone and try things I normally wouldn’t attempt. I consider myself a really boring person as I would rather stay home than go out and I am really scared of doing anything adventurous. But hey, Life is too short to live a boring life and as the old saying goes "You Only Live Once  (YOLO). I have decided to update my bucket list I wrote a while back  to share on my blog; I am putting it out there for everyone to see because I am serious at trying most of them if not all especially those associated with being in water as I am terrified of big waters (Oceans, Seas), So this will be a motivation and commitment to the list.

I am doing a lot of things differently this 2017, I am bored of my same old boring routine, I intend on learning a lot of things this year (dancing, new languages, read more) be more adventurous really. So here is my list.

I have gone ahead and added those that have been on the list for so long and have already been achieved, I will highlight and possibly give little details of my experiences, feel free to click and read more.

Feel free to share your bucket lists with me (I might just find more to add to mine) and let me know if there is anything on my list you have plans on trying.

 

My bucket Lists

  1. Be a self made millionaire
  2. Fly in a private jet
  3. Meet Oprah Winfrey
  4. Open a food bank in Nigeria
  5. Be featured on a television show
  6. Be in a prominent magazine
  7. Visit Australia
  8. Visit the Maldives
  9. Visit most of Africa
  10. Start a blog
  11. Have a YouTube channel
  12. Be on a radio show
  13. Learn to speak French and Spanish
  14. Adopt a baby
  15. Walk the great wall of china
  16. Visit Dubai
  17. Visit the seven continents
  18. Visit at least 3 of the 7 wonders of the world
  19. Learn how to swim
  20. Visit the holy Land of Jerusalem
  21. Gamble at a casino in Vegas
  22. Buy/build my house
  23. Swim with the dolphins
  24. Go on Empire state building
  25. Learn how to skate
  26. Win the lottery
  27. Go scuba diving
  28. Own a channel bag
  29. Run a marathon
  30. Get a tattoo
  31. Go Up the Eiffel tower
  32. Ride a camel
  33. Learn to play a music instrument
  34. Visit the pyramid in Egypt
  35. Start my business
  36. Attend a carnival in Brazil
  37. Fly in a hot air balloon
  38. Go indoor sky diving
  39. Visit a castle
  40. Milk a cow/goat
  41. Be a chief bridesmaid
  42. Learn how to dance
  43. Attend a film premiere
  44. Invent something new
  45. Watch an Arsenal match live at Emirate stadium
  46. Be a philanthropist
  47. Have two dogs
  48. Eat Caviar
  49. Have limited editions of perfume collections
  50. Donate blood
  51. Have my own farm
  52. Open my own restaurant