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Beauty Lesson: One Step at a Time



Trying new things? It might be better if you take baby steps and try one thing at a time.

I was going to do a FOTD post but my skin is still somewhat recovering from… well, I’m not sure, really. Yesterday I got red bumps all over my forehead and the side of my face. That was weird in itself because I never have breakouts en masse – usually only one or two on my T-zone. I also kept my hair well out of my face all day, not that I ever really get breakouts specifically around my hairline.ย They resembled a mild case of acne or hives but they weren’t particularly painful nor were they itchy or “poppable” (not that I tried, i swear!). Most of it has disappeared today, so I assume I got a reaction of some sort. I could only think of a few things that caused it:

1. Diet

Maybe it was something I ate. Mom made me some soup I hadn’t had in a while. Or perhaps I’m having an overabundance of tea. I’ve been trying different teas from Davids Tea over the last few days. Maybe the tea is flushing my system. Unlikely, since these are not things that have ever caused me problems before, but it crossed my mind.

2. Skincare

Since my Asian beauty haul post, I’ve switched out my cleanser and face cream for the ones I bought at The Face Shop. I’ve been using them for about a week without problems, so perhaps it was the Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum I had applied to my face Sunday night. Maybe it was too rich for me, but I’ve used it in the past and I had no reaction to it before. Perhaps it just didn’t mix well with the current products I’m using. I stopped using it immediately last night and my skin got much better today. I’ll have to re-try it in the future, but this seems the most likely culprit.

3. Lack of sleep

Exam season always means less sleep, but a one-day flareup is strange.

4. Stress

We all know that stress does all kinds of evil on your body, so having it affect your skin is not surprising.

5. Any combination of the above

Or even other factors I hadn’t considered.

Take-home message: Don’t try too many new things at once because a massive change could shock your system, especially when it’s not at its strongest. It was an especially bad idea for me to try new foods, new tea, and new skincare all during the stressful exam season.

Hope you’ve had a better start to the week!

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Author: pearlessence

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13 thoughts on “Beauty Lesson: One Step at a Time

  1. Awww man I hope your skin clears up soon! Exam season is never good for skin… or health. I have been eating so much bad snacks it’s not even funny. I feel like I need to do a month-long detox after the exam… (or after NYC lol).

  2. Good luck on your exams, and sleep early! Sleeping early the day before a final is better than cramming! Drink more water!

  3. Diet affects mine more than I ever knew! Milk especially! Hope it gets better!

    • I’ve never been able to pinpoint what the cause is because I didn’t really pay attention to what I ate during the day. At least you know! Is it just milk for you or all milk products? (*cough* ice cream?)

  4. I hope your skin clears up soon! I’ve been struggling with bad skin for most of this year, and it is perhaps because I am guilty of changing up my entire routine instead of just a product at a time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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