So upon discovery I developed a chronic illness, I fell into a deep depression. I grieved my old life. I grieved my athletic abilities that kept my frame slender and toned. I missed my job. It was one of my hardest challenges to accept. I gained a lot of weight. Like…a lot. I’d guess about 60 pounds. Prior to this, I had always been fit and tiny. This took a massive toll on my self image and the depression lead to binge eating and you can guess what else. So eventually, I decided it wasnt okay to wallow anymore. I processed my grief, deciding I wouldn’t view my new circumstances as limitations but instead challenges to overcome. I started working out 5 minutes a day. I’m now up to 25 to 30 minutes and down 10 pounds. However, something else that drastically helped me feel better was taking care of my skin. I never had horrible skin but it was kind of dull and could use some help. I began washing my face daily, applying toner, and moisturizing with an spf moisturizer. I noticed a difference in about a week and a half. My skin appeared brighter. I decided to also invest in some anti aging products. Now, I wash, tone and moisturize in the morning. In the evening I remove my makeup and apply my night cream and eye cream. My skin looks better than it has in several years. I rarely wear foundation anymore which used to be something I refused to leave the house without. Additionally, on sundays I make a homemade exfoliator (coconut oil & brown sugar) and do a face mask. It sounds like a lot of work but once I implemented it into my routine, it became something I enjoyed. Much like my workouts. Sometimes the smallest exertion if effort can lead to a world of difference in how we feel.
Here’s a photo of my skin this morning.