it’s pretty much our life mission to make our skin glow. there’s no better feeling than when your skin’s in a good place; clear of breakouts and luminous. sadly, it never seems to last. before you know it, your skin’s lost its luster and gone back to being whack

there are a multitude of contributing factors for why this happens, so we’re highlighting the main culprits and how to fight back…

environmental aggressors

cause: environmental factors such as pollution, cigarette smoke and the sun, can wreck serious havoc on your skin. pollutants rob your skin cells of oxygen, causing it to look dull and grimy. they also increase the number of free radicals in the air, which leads to collagen and elastin breakdown- AKA accelerated aging


because of how porous our skin is, it’s a primary target for absorbing these harmful pollutants. always apply an antioxidant serum every AM, particularly Vitamin C, to protect your skin from free radical damage. and while it should go without saying, never leave the house without applying a broad-spectrum SPF to shield your skin from harmful rays


cause: during your cycle, oestrogen dips and testosterone rises, causing an increase in oil production. this leads to breakouts, clogged pores and cystic acne


· oil cleansing: if you aren’t already on the oil cleansing bandwagon, we highly suggest making the switch. the same way like dissolves like, oil dissolves oil. see our video for how to oil cleanse here as well as this post for everything you need to know about oil cleansing *make sure to followup with your regular cleanser for a deep, thorough cleanse*


· anti-cyst treatment: the best product we’ve ever found for treating cystic acne (the painful ones that form deep under the skin and are usually found on the chin and jawline) is by Renee Rouleau (anti-cyst treatment). i use this immediately after spotting a blemish. i also use it along the chin and jawline area a few times a week to prevent new blemishes from appearing


cause: when it comes to having a flawless complexion, you’re at the mercy of your skin’s pH. the human skin is naturally acidic (around 5.5). however, when your pH gets thrown off due to harsh products and becomes alkaline (above 7), it can cause everything from acne, to wrinkles, dry skin, etc. the goal is to keep your skin’s pH at a happy-medium by using the right products


using acid-based products to keep your pH even-keeled such as…

· AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids): these work by shedding the top layer of dead skin cells to help improve overall tone & texture AKA chemical exfoliation. see vid here on how to use



· hyaluranoic acid: a powerful moisture-binding acid that restores and replenishes the skin. it keeps the skin balanced as we age and start losing moisture (apply on top of your vitamin c serum)