My skin has always been a clear indicator of how well I am feeling both physically, as well as mentally. Whenever I eat poorly, my skin is the first to show signs of beings deprived of valuable nutrients. Same goes with stress – the first signs of internal stress or a busy schedule for me has always been a distressed skin. So over the years of battling with acne and breakouts, I have tried my fair share of beauty routines, products and co while pursuing better skin. Today I want to talk to you about the skincare that is really making a difference for me – so far.
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Dealing with what life throws at your skin
Living in Graz, your skin has to deal with quite a lot of environmental distresses. Air pollution, hard water flowing through the pipes and living in a busy city aren’t exactly beneficial for that glowing skin that we all crave for. Going off the pill and having to deal with hormonal changes, being allergic to milk products and eating them anyways and an ever-changing beauty routine certainly does not better the situation. That much is for sure.
And while I cannot specifically target my hormonal problem or completely avoid the polluted air that not only harms my health but also clogs my pores even more so, I can try to switch things up when it comes to my beauty regime and implement soft water, especially silky-soft Pearl Water into my routine at home.
My quest to better skin and what is currently helping me
Have you ever noticed how innately different water feels in other people’s homes than yours? I realized this for the first time when I moved from Carinthia (an area of Austria blessed with naturally soft water) to an old building in the center of Graz, a house with pipes older than my grandmother and water that even felt hard at first touch.
The difference between silky-soft Pearl Water and hard water is, that with soft water (= lower lime content) you need fewer skincare products and those you use will be better absorbed by your skin and therefore have more effect. You know this nasty residue that layers on top of your tap and bathtub? The same calcium residue also stays on your skin after showering in hard water. If you live in a hard water region, you can get silky-soft pearl water with the installation of a softening system (Peal Water softener), such as the AQA perla from BWT. All Pearl Water softeners get installed by a plumber in the area of the house water inlet after the water meter. The heart of the system is the ion exchange process. This takes the lime out of the water and transforms it into silky-soft Pearl Water.
When being asked about their beauty secrets, celebs often answer with “water”. And while that answer incredibly annoys me, knowing that they probably invest in a good deal of beauty treatments too, I now can see why water plays such an important role in our beauty routine. Not only in the form of drinking it – a girl’s gotta stay hydrated- but also in the kind of water you let touch your skin while washing your face on a daily basis.
My stripped back beauty routine
Over the years I have seen that frequently changing beauty products irritates my skin even more so. And so does stress and a wrong skincare routine. So here’s what I learned in years of trying to find a skincare routine that actually works – for me at least.
- CLEANING YOUR SKIN IS KEY = Dust, sweat and environmental damage can leave your skin feeling irritated and dirty. So cleaning your skin twice a day is essential. I usually clean my face in the evenings with Micellar water, an Acne-friendly face wash and use a non-alcoholic toner in the mornings to get rid of the nasty stuff on my face from a good night’s sleep.
- SCRUB IT OFF BABY = I’m not the biggest fan of peelings as I am one lazy girl. However, they are so beneficial for your skin. Every few weeks I would mix myself a peeling made from coffee ground and coconut oil and get rid of dead skin cells on my face.
- WATER, WATER, WATER = Water really is key. Try to clean your skin with soft water, especially with silky-soft Pearl Water. As mentioned above, if you use soft water, you’ll need fewer products as your skin can better absorb the ones you use due to not having been clogged by lime beforehand.
- STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE = Sticking to a pretty basic beauty regime of only a few products and not switching those products up too frequently helps me a lot. You got to give those products a few weeks to get working and can’t expect them to heal you from your skin problems overnight (been there, done that). What I also realized is that the fewer products I use, the better my skin reacts to them.
- NO MAKEUP DAYS = Sundays usually are my “no makeup days” aka days on which I bare it all and don’t use a single product on my skin. Here I don’t only reject makeup per se but also moisturizers and the likes. This a day on which I strip it back and give my skin some time to breathe with only water, air and the sun touching it.
- NATURE RETREATS = As often as I can I try to flee to the countryside instead of walking through the polluted city streets. And after a few days of nature, I can see a huge difference in my skin. Maybe it’s the clear skin, the stressless days or the good water back home – whenever I treat myself to a few days in nature I come back as refreshed and glowing as ever.
- HANDS OFF = One of my biggest problems is that I frequently have my hands in my face. Whether it’s leaning on my hand while listening to someone speak or touching my chin or cheeks when I’m thinking. It’s a bad habit that truly affects my skin as it continuously transfers bacteria from my hands to my face. Ew!