This is a vain post

This is going to sound quite narcissistic, so I apologize in advance. But I like how my skin looks like nowadays. Have a look at this picture of me taken last Friday. Vain me can’t believe at how clear my skin is, even with hardly any mekap.

The only products that I’ve slapped on my face are :

This means quite a lot to me because I’ve been battling with acne since I was a teenager. Not just the little ones mind you, but the big, angry, pulsating ones. Suffice to say that it made me feel ugly for the longest time.
I’m not proud of this, but hey, this is how I was

I’ve tried a lot of different things. But to make a long story short, the thing that worked the best for me at the time was Diane-35 which is an oral contraceptive. But it also controls your hormones which affects your skin. I’ve stopped using it for about 4 years now since the year I got married. Thankfully, I haven’t had any flare-ups since.

Nevertheless, apart from that, I think that there are several factors that has brought on my better skin. Firstly, the doctor did mention that a woman’s hormonal system tends to stabilize when they reach their 30s. And now that I’m living in Rome, the cold winter effect is making my skin less oily and less prone to zits.

I’ve also been using an app on my phone to remind me to do my facial routine. I keep telling myself that it’s a good habit to wash + tone + eye cream + moisturise. But there are days when I feel super lazy.

So I’ve been using this app called Habit Streak. It’s been very motivating for me, especially how I could look back and see how many days I can go without breaking a chain. So much so that it would be a shame if I did, so I try my hardest not to!

Apart from that, I don’t know what else that I did differently. Perhaps I’ve been reducing in consuming food that I know that triggers my flareups. And maybe I’ve been jogging more? (Although I don’t know how much that affects the skin)

Only thing is, now that I’m in my 30s and my battle with acne is over … but there is a new set of problems that I have to face soon … WRINKLES! So I’ll just enjoy my skin as it is for the moment :p