From moving to the city and being exposed to more pollution to added stress from school, my skin has definitely taken a toll over the past few years...

Happy Wednesday friends!

I know I typically don't do a whole lot of beauty type posts on my blog, but I think it's fun to switch it up every now and then to keep things fresh and exciting. Even though my blog is primarily fashion based and I love sharing style inspiration with you all, I do think it is important to share tips on how you can take care of yourself as well. After all, you need to take care of yourself first before worrying about what you're going to wear, right? 

I guess let's start off with a little background story of my skin first. Thankfully I never really had that big of a problem with breaking out. I get the occasional one or two breakouts when I get stressed out with school, my diet starts going downhill or when it's "that time of the month" (thanks Mother Nature..), but other than that I would say my skin is pretty good. 

I have to say, the number one thing that keeps my skin looking it's best is washing my face daily. I like to try out different face washing products, but lately, my favorite has to be the Clairsonic Mia 2.

I have heard so many great things about the Clarisonic and was so excited to finally have a chance to try it out for my self. With the holidays coming up, this could be a great gift for any female (or male!) in your family. I know my mom is all about having her skin looking fresh and clean so I may look into getting one for her. You can pick up one for 15% off with code: HERCAMPUS! Coupon expires on November 20th! 

The Clarisonic comes with a deep pore daily cleanser and a detoxifying clay mask. Both are great and they don't irritate my skin which is a major plus because I have pretty sensitive skin.

The directions on the Clarisonic recommends that you wash your face twice a day, but with me usually rushing out the door in the morning I typically don't have time to wash my face in the morning. I usually do my face washing routine right after I get out the shower just so I can feel completely clean! I first start off by putting a thin layer of the Deep Pore Daily Cleaner on my face. 

Next I'll take the Clarisonic Mia (or I like to call it the giant toothbrush) to exfoliate my face. The Clarisonic has a set timer where it beeps letting you know when it's time to move to another part of your face.

The timer is set:
  • 20 seconds on your forehead
  • 20 seconds on your chin
  • 10 seconds on each cheek
The brush head is very gentle on the skin which is essential for me because I have very sensitive skin. 

I typically don't do a face mask often, but when I do my skin always feels super refreshed! I usually do a face mask when Mother Nature decides to visit or when I feel stressed out from school. It's a great way to unwind for a little bit and refresh yourself.

Additional skincare tips:

Drink plenty of water!
I know this has been said plenty of times, but there's a reason why! Water is a lifeline and I can definitely tell a HUGE difference one day where I drink lots of water versus days I don't get my daily 8 glasses.

Have a balanced diet
If you put good food in, you'll feel good, right? Since late middle school, early on in high school I started cutting out soda and fried food and have noticed a huge difference. I'm not saying you don't have to cut out all cookies, ice cream, and french fries out of your diet (because let's be honest, I might go crazy), but you definitely need balance. 

Take time to relax 
It's no surprise a great amount of stress isn't good for you, especially your skin. Try taking 30 minutes out of your day to wind (or wine *wink* *wink*) down and relax. 

And that's it! That's my skincare routine and my tips on how I keep my skin clear. What are your tips on keeping your skin looking on point? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope you all have a great day!

*This post was in partnership with Clarisonic and InfluenceHer Collective and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Pastel N Pink!

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