After so many years of dealing with skincare issues, I’ve finally nailed down a solution – or at least for now. I’ve told this story a few times, but ever since I moved to Dubai, I started dealing with adult acne. At first I thought it could be an intolerance to gluten – I also had sharp stomach pains. But after a few tests, I learned that I had food intolerances. My doctor told me those are common nowadays. Mostly because of what’s added/done to the foods we eat. He also said that these change every 6/8 months. And this threw me off a bit.
How am I supposed to deal with a problem that will not be the same in a few months? After the anger subsided, I figured that, there were some changes that needed to be done. I started by cutting a few food groups off my list. Dairy, eggs, sugary drinks, processed foods and more often than not, meat. It wasn’t a 100% cut, because every now and then, I still have a few of those items – like cheese on a pizza. But for the most part, they aren’t a part of my grocery list.
Then, I turned to my beauty and skincare routine. In the beginning of the year, I cut off all makeup products and stuck to skincare only. While I noticed some visible changes, it still wasn’t enough. I was still faced with pimples, black heads and unevenness on my chin and around my mouth. This can really mess up someone’s self esteem, especially because it’s right there in your face.
I started digging deeper and found a lot of articles like this one. Talking about how probiotics and vitamins can help beyond your outside wellness. The expression, beauty comes from within, never made more sense. And while a lot of the things I read can be fading trends, others actually worked for me. I started by ordering this organic powder. Every single morning, before anything else, I chug a glass of water with a spoon full of it.
Second step was looking into vitamins. I was never an advocate for them – for no particular reason. But after reading about how they can help target specific needs, I decided to give it a try and came across HUM. Because I have food intolerances, I decided to start with digestive enzymes that help improve my digestion. These two products help me regulate perfectly my stomach and gut flow. While translating into a healthier looking skin – which is my end goal.
While I’m still experimenting, I’m focused on having a healthy diet, skincare and exercise routine, and doing everything with a grain of salt. I have to restrict myself most of the times, but also allow to cheat here and there. The most important thing is how you feel at the end of the day, especially when it comes to food and supplements.
Of course, I’m not an expert and, what works for me might not work for you. Check with your physician or even take the HUM quiz to find out what you need to focus on. Thank you to HUM Nutrition for sponsoring this post. And if you’re thinking about ordering HUM vitamins, use code NEWSETTE for 20% off.