I wanted to put together a summer of my 21 day skincare challenge so that you guys could see in more detail. Check it out below!
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Day 1-8 See my blog post here on my Week One Update
Day 9 Wash Pillowcases
Luckily, we wash our pillowcases and sheets every 7 to 10 days already. Martin would kill me if he knew I was telling y’all this, but when he sleeps 100% of his body (including head/face) is under the covers (?!?!?). This makes him get really hot and sweat in the night and I love that man, but we wash our bed linens fairly frequently due to this weird sleeping habit. And yes, we even have the TEMPUR-breeze°mattress which keeps us up to 8 degrees colder than a normal mattress and we also have PeachSkinSheets Duvet cover, which is also supposed to help with night sweats. Believe me y’all, just wash the pillowcases (and sheets!) at least every two weeks if not more.
Day 11 Use SPF!
Using SPF is the most important thing you can do for the long-term health of your skin. Even in winter, sitting in the car, or on an overcast day – you can still get sunburnt. You’ll need to wear at least 30 proof to protect your skin on a daily basis. The Sun is the #1 cause of wrinkles.
Don’t remember what step in your morning routine SPF is supposed to go on? Read my post on my daily makeup routine – I’ve not only listed out the order of your pre-makeup products, I’ve also included a chart on the order in which you’re supposed to do your entire skincare and makeup routine.
Day 12 Combat Wrinkles
When you don't get enough sleep, the body produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Experts say if you get enough rest, you'll produce more HGH (human growth hormone), which helps skin remain thick, more "elastic," and less likely to wrinkle.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) cautions that sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to "sleep lines -- wrinkles that become etched into the surface of the skin and don't disappear once you're up. Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face-down gives you a furrowed brow. To reduce wrinkle formation, the AAD says, sleep on your back.
Don't squint -- get reading glasses! The AAD says any repetitive facial movement -- like squinting -- overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin's surface. This groove eventually becomes a wrinkle. Also important: Wear sunglasses. It will protect skin around the eyes from sun damage -- and further keep you from squinting.
Eat more fish -- particularly salmon. Not only is salmon (along with other cold-water fish) a great source of protein -- one of the building blocks of great skin -- it's also an awesome source of an essential fatty acid known as omega-3. Perricone tells WebMD that essential fatty acids help nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping to reduce wrinkles.
Eat more soy -- So far, most of the proof has come from animal studies, but research does show certain properties of soy may help protect or heal some of the sun's photoaging damage. In one recent human study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, researchers reported that a soy-based supplement (other ingredients included fish protein and extracts from white tea, grapeseed, and tomato, as well as several vitamins) improved skin's structure and firmness after just six months of use.
Use moisturizer. "Women, especially, are so concerned with antiaging products they often overlook the power of a simple moisturizer. Skin that is moist simply looks better, so lines and creases are far less noticeable," says Ashinoff.
Don't over-wash your face. According to dermatologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash them off too often, and you wash away protection. Moreover, unless your soap contains moisturizers, you should use a cleanser instead.
Day 14 Disinfect Everything That Touches Your Face
This includes your cell phone, your work phone, pillowcases, makeup brushes (in case you cleaned yours with me on Day 3!), and your hands. I tried to do this about every three hours for my phone – and let me tell you each time it was so gross! I can definitely see how this would help keep your face cleaner.
Day 17 Throw Out Expired Cosmetics
I actually threw out a lot of cosmetics, including nearly all of my nail polishes. I honestly had to look up when things expired and just for y’all I made a chart:
Day 18 Relaxation Day
This weekend we went to East Texas and hung out with friends on their company ranch and had the best time. I love getting away – it truly soothes the soul! Hanging out with our best friends and they're babies is always the best. I truly love being "aunt Taylor!"
Day 21 Start the Day with a Positive Affirmation
I am my own person. There is no need to compare myself to others.
I chose this quote to end this 21 Day Challenge with on purpose. Being human (and female) we can find ourselves comparing our bodies, or waredrobe, or family, etc. to other women. I know I do and it’s honeslty something I struggle with. I don’t want to envy other women, but I still do sometimes. Anyone else?
I don’t want the Extra to be that for anyone. There is NO reason to compare yourself with me. Nor do I want you to! This online platform is meant to give other women confidence in their own choices and serve as a source of inspiration - but the choice is always yours!
Check out my Instagram post on this here.